Today in Labor History

Labor history is OUR history

November 20, 1896

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Rose Pesotta — union organizer, anarchist, and vice president of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union — is born.  Pesotta began working in a shirtwaist factory in New York in 1913 and there became involved with ILGWU Local 25.  She went on to organize tirelessly for the union around the country and in 1934 was elected vice president of the ILGWU, the first woman to hold that position.  [Photo:  Pesotta with bread for striking workers in Los Angeles, 1941.]

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