Today in Labor History

Labor history is OUR history

February 22, 1860

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3,000 union shoemakers on strike in Lynn, Massachusetts, meet to form committees and guards to prevent violence and keep scabs from coming into the city.  Within a week, the strike spread throughout New England to include 20,000 workers in 25 towns.  President Abraham Lincoln told a reporter that he was “glad to see that a system of labor prevails in New England under which laborers can strike when they want to.”

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