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November 27, 1937

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The musical revue, “Pins & Needles,” opens on Broadway with a cast of International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union members. The show – a “lighthearted look at young workers in a changing society in the middle of America’s most politically engaged city” – ran on Friday and Saturday nights only, because of the casts’ regular jobs. It ran for 1,108 performances before closing.

November 22, 1909

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Striking garment worker and International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union organizer Clara Lemlich delivers an impassioned speech for a general strike to support her co-workers who had gone out on strike in early November for better wages, working conditions, and hours.  The next day, 20,000 shirtwaist workers took to the streets of New York.  An estimated 30,000 workers participated in the 11-week long strike.

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 taken into custody during the 1941 Los Angeles garment strike; she was charged with battery of a police officer.]

October 12, 1933

tumblr_m01f69cRQc1r8g0ouo2_r3_500Following a campaign by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union to organize in Los Angeles’ garment industry whose workforce is 75% Latina, 4,000 garment workers in Los Angeles walk off the job, demanding union recognition, a 35-hour work week, and the minimum wage. The strike ended on November 6 with the workers winning some of their demands.

November 27, 1937

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The musical revue, “Pins & Needles,” opens on Broadway with a cast of International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union members.  The show — a “lighthearted look at young workers in a changing society in the middle of America’s most politically engaged city” — ran on Friday and Saturday nights only, because of the casts’ regular jobs.  It ran for 1,108 performances before closing.

June 20, 2006

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Legendary labor lobbyist and union activist Evelyn Dubrow dies at the age of 95.  Dubrow worked for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union and its successor union for nearly fifty years and was a tireless advocate for garment workers, a higher minimum wage, fair trade laws, family and medical leave policies, and civil rights.

June 3, 1900

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The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union is formed.  At its founding convention, delegates represented roughly 2,000 members.  The ILGWU grew to become one of the largest unions in the U.S., with 450,000 members at its peak in 1969.  It merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in 1995 to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE).

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