Today in Labor History

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February 16, 1926

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In response to a lockout by employers during contract negotiations, the New York City Joint Board of the International Fur Workers Union, led by Ben Gold, calls for a city-wide strike by all 12,000 furriers in 2,000 shops.  The strike, which lasted into June, ended when a new contract was mediated that established the first guarantee in the country for a 40-hour/five-day work week and overtime pay.  The workers also won a wage increase, union inspection of shops, and employer contributions to an unemployment insurance fund.

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