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September 4, 1894


The New York Times reports that the “contract tailors of New York and Brooklyn celebrated Labor Day yesterday by going on strike.” 10,000 workers went on strike for shorter working hours and demanded to be paid wages instead of being paid for piecework. Unemployed tailors pledged not to replace their striking brothers. “Reports,” said the Times, “show that the tailors…are united and will not give in.”

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