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    Default 125 Years After the Pullman Uprising, We Could Be on the Verge of Another Sympathy St

    Another great union history article. And the question would be, could it happen again?
    Roaming the sleepy streets of Pullman on Chicago’s Southeast Side, it’s difficult to imagine a time when it was the chaotic center of worker struggle in the United States.

    Many of the handsome red brick homes in the center of Pullman—once a bustling company town and now a Chicago neighborhood—are occupied and well-maintained, but the shuttered luxury hotel hasn’t hosted a guest in decades, the skeletal factory buildings are locked behind a chain-link fence, and the hands of the derelict clocktower that helped govern the working lives of thousands of men and women remain frozen in time.

    But in the spring of 1894, a company-wide walkout at the site’s factories snowballed into a two-month long nationwide “sympathy strike” that, at its peak, galvanized as many as 250,000 men and women in 27 states and territories. A sympathy strike, or solidarity action, is when workers strike in support of others involved in a labor dispute in a different company, but often in the same or a related industry.

    Later known as the Pullman Strike, the struggle became the largest-ever organized work stoppage and the most significant demonstration of union strength in American history, up until the Great Steel Strike of 1919.

    In 2019, 125 years after the monumental strike at Pullman, the area’s physical infrastructure continues to crumble. But the revitalization of sympathy strikes and mass labor organizing all across the country in recent years—from teacher walkouts to the work stoppage threat by flight attendants that helped end the government shutdown—suggests that the legacy of the Great Pullman Strike remains very much alive today.
    125 Years After the Pullman Uprising, We Could Be on the Verge of Another Sympathy Strike Wave

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    Default Re: 125 Years After the Pullman Uprising, We Could Be on the Verge of Another Sympath

    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    Another great union history article. And the question would be, could it happen again?


    125 Years After the Pullman Uprising, We Could Be on the Verge of Another Sympathy Strike Wave
    It truly is ripe for the picking
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    Default Re: 125 Years After the Pullman Uprising, We Could Be on the Verge of Another Sympath

    Here is another article that details the timeline of union labor history starting from 1866.
    Following is the first entry into organized labor, then the last written about by this author.
    The link will give you all the years and movements in between.

    Timeline of U.S. labor history
    1866: Founding of the National Labor Union
    The NLU is the first national labor federation in the United States, dedicated in large part to fighting for the eight-hour day. This goal is not achieved nationally, though in 1868 Congress does establish the eight-hour day for government employees (a law not consistently enforced). The organization falls apart during the depression of the 1870s.
    September, 2012: Chicago Teachers Union strike
    Rejecting the paradigm of narrow “business unionism” and concessionary bargaining that most unions have followed in recent decades, the CTU embraces a militant, social-movement strategy to fight back against the national assault on public schools and teachers’ unions. Having painstakingly built up community support for teachers and students, the CTU is able to mobilize many thousands of people in picket lines and protest marches through the streets of Chicago to fight for improved public education. Drawing international attention, the strike makes possible what is widely considered a victory for the union in its contract negotiations with the Chicago Public School system.
    https://libcom.org/history/timeline-us-labor-history

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    Default Re: 125 Years After the Pullman Uprising, We Could Be on the Verge of Another Sympath

    When I look back at these where the strikers were met with extreme violence and the very plain threat of death by the sadistic police, government and the Pinkerton men it makes me wonder if I would have had the fortitude to walk the line.
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    Default Re: 125 Years After the Pullman Uprising, We Could Be on the Verge of Another Sympath

    Quote Originally Posted by RedRollingRoadblock View Post
    When I look back at these where the strikers were met with extreme violence and the very plain threat of death by the sadistic police, government and the Pinkerton men it makes me wonder if I would have had the fortitude to walk the line.
    Reminds me of something I heard........ You kick the dog enough times and you break it. You kick the dog one more time beyond that, and it kills you."

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