Garment Workers

Hellraisers Journal: In Bangladesh, 200,000 garment workers protesting, factories set ablaze.

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Wednesday September 23, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - All Finns Imported as Strikebreakers Have Escaped

All of the Finns who were imported as strikebreakers last week have now managed to escape from the clutches of the military and the mine owners' gunthugs. They worked under the bayonets of the soldiers, and were forced to scab, but, to their credit, these imported strike breakers were not born to be scabs. They have been provided transportation out of the strike zone by the Western Federation of Miners.

Another rebellious worker, however, was not so lucky. Near the Strong Mine a sentry saw movement in the dark and hollered, "halt." When the the movement did not cease as commanded, the sentry opened fire. Soon all hell broke loose as other sentries joined in, firing off twenty-five shots in all. The movement in the dark turned out to be a burro, now quite dead. Bullets also came flying into two nearby houses, but we are relieved to report that none of the occupants were injured. We cannot say whether the burro was trying to make his escape, or only lost and wandering about. But the incident does point to the risks taken by those attempting to escape from the mining camps of the Cripple Creek District.

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Hellraisers Journal: Bangladesh losing its duty-free trade privileges with US

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Monday June 29, 1903
San Francisco, California - Solidarity between men and women yields strike victory!

An agreement has been reached between the striking Bindery Women's Union and their employers. Claiming victory, the women returned to work this morning. The Union Women won the wage scale of $10 that they were demanding. The men of the Bookbinders Union have been striking in sympathy with the Women's Union. When news of this victory reached them, they declared their sympathy strike off, and they also returned to work this morning.

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Hellraisers Journal: Hunger! the great strikebreaker, 1000 weavers return to work in Paterson

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday June 24, 1903
From The New York Times: "Garment Workers Threaten Strike"

About thirty-five thousand members of the Garment Workers' Council threatened a general strike in this city to enforce a demand for a new wage schedule for the summer trade. The unions affected include those of coat tailors, vest makers, and knee breeches makers. A conference will be held in a few days between committees of the clothing manufacturers and the Garment Workers' Council in the interest of peace.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mansions built on "quivering hearts and drooping heads of these children."

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday June 17, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Mother Jones Will Parade Striking Children to City Hall

Mother Jones is in this city where 100,000 Textile Workers are on strike, 16,000 of them children. Mother Jones considers child labor to be the worst of the industrial sins. She will lead a parade of striking textile workers to City Hall today with the striking children in the lead. She states that she will demonstrate that:

Philadelphia's mansions were built on the broken bones, the quivering hearts and drooping heads of these children.

She has been at the Textile Union Headquarters where she reports seeing:

Little children..some with their hands off, some with the thumb missing, some with their fingers off at the knuckle..stooped little things, round shouldered and skinny.

Meanwhile, The Wellsboro Gazette published this news item today:

War has been declared on child labor by the authorities in this state. The great textile strike in Philadelphia disclosed conditions that are astounding in this particular, showing that there has been perjury relative to the ages of children employed. State factory inspectors are instructed to hereafter demand a birth or baptismal certificate with every minor's application for work and the next Legislature is expected to pass a law making it unlawful to employ any child under fourteen years of age at labor in any factory, store, shop or mine and requiring in any case a certificate of the record of birth for every minor child.

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Hellraisers Journal: Kalpona Akter of Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity on Democracy Now

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Thursday June 11, 1903
Morenci, Arizona - Federal troops sent into strike zone.

Federal troops have been sent into this area where the Western Federation of Miners is conducting a strike against the copper interests. The troops were ordered into the strike area by the President in response to this telegram sent by Arizona's Acting Governor:

Three thousand men, mostly foreigners, on strike at Morenci, Graham County, Arizona. Sheriff and Captain Arizona Rangers advise me that strikers are armed and in the hands of professional agitators, and that there is immediate need of a large force to quell riot which is impending. Have ordered out militia, but number small, scattered and undisciplined. No probability of restoring order except by presence of United States troops. Needed there tonight. I respectfully request that troops be sent from Fort Grant and Fort Huachuca immediately.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones to Speak at Carnegie Hall

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday May 27, 1903
Philladelphia, Pennsylvania - Four Kensington Textile Mills Are On Strike

The demand is for a 55 hour week, and the strike date had been set for Monday June 1. However, hearing that the textile manufacturers are refusing to grant any concessions, four of the textile mills in Kensington went out on strike today. The Central Textile Workers Union will meet tonight. All of the crafts in the various textile industries will be represented. We can expect that a a general strike call will be issued, and that the date for the strike will be moved up. As many as 100,000 workers could be on strike by the end of this week. Of that number, 16,000 of those strikers would be children under 16 years of age.

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Hellraisers Journal: Congressman George Miller to visit Bangladesh

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Tuesday May 26, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Big Textile Strike Set for June 1

Executives from fourteen branches of the textile manufacturing industry met recently and decided that they would not negotiate with their employees. Hearing this, the Carpet Weavers held a mass meeting to take up the matter of issuing a strike call. The 1500 men present voted two to one to go out on strike. They set the date for June 1. The strike will close 65 mills in Philadelphia, and will idle about 6000 workers.

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Hellraisers Journal: Dear Consumer, conditions in Bangladesh are your fault as Walmart profits!

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Monday May 25, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Company seeks court injunction against Teamsters' Boycott

The Kellog Switchboard and Supply Co. of Illinois has been granted an injunction in state court today to stop the boycott declared by the Teamsters' Union against them. 800 Teamsters employed by the firm have been on strike since May 7th. When the company refused to sign a close-shop agreement, the boycott was declared.

The American Anti-Boycott Association has been advising employers on the use of litigation to fight union boycotts. Once an injunction is granted against union activities, then union leaders can be charged with contempt for conducting union business. This includes advocating boycotts through union newspapers, or in speeches.

One would think that freedom of speech would cover advising unionist and union sympathizers on where to shop or not shop. But apparently freedom of speech is not applied equally between the company and the workers. The manufacturer's journals are free to print any sort of diatribe against the union without fear of legal consequences. They are also free to strongly advise their employees not to join a union.

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Hellraisers Journal: You can help bring Bangladeshi Workers to Walmart Shareholders Meeting!!

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Saturday May 23, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - 40,000 Workers Threaten to Strike

The city of Chicago is bracing itself for strikes and lockouts which may soon involve 40,000 workers. 12,00 restaurant and hotel employees, women and well as men, have issued demands and stand ready to strike. 8,000 barbers may be on strike next week, Stockyard men numbering 10,000, including teamsters and laborers, as well as the skilled tradesmen, have issued demands and threatened to strike if those demands are not met. Railroad men and freight handlers may soon shut down the flow of goods to and from the city.

Employers are discussing the possibility of attacking the unions through the courts.

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Hellraisers Journal: Bangladesh Death Toll now over 1000 & yet another fire.

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Monday May 11, 1903
Woodstock, Illinois - A typical iron-clad oath, or yellow-dog contract:

The International Association of Allied Metal Mechanics has provided us with this example of the iron-clad oath, often called, the yellow-dog contract:

I, the undersigned, in consideration of the Oliver Typewriter Company giving me employment, do hereby agree with the said company to withdraw from any and all labor organizations during the time or term of employment with said company , and I further agree not to urge, request or try by any means whatever to induce others to join such labor union or organization during said time.

Those seeking employment with the Oliver Typewriter Company are forced to sign this oath before they can begin work.

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