Historic American labor strikes that shocked society

May is Labor History Month

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08/05/23 | StarsInsider


The first general strike in the United States took place in 1835. This dispute in Philadelphia marked a turning point in early American labor relations. Employees began using strikes as a way of imposing bargaining power against employers while protesting dangerous working conditions, unfair treatment, low wages, and other grievances. Some of these stoppages became notorious for the violence and intimidation directed towards those on the picket line. Others are noted for achieving their goals relatively peacefully. All, though, sent shockwaves through society.

Click through and revisit historic American strikes that helped shape—or dismantle—American labor policy.

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