Item no. 28155
New York
Occupation: Hotel and restaurant
Collection: Union

Even after the first contract for New York City hotel and restaurant workers had been signed, some of the larger hotels held out and refused to sign. Here, in 1940, workers picket the Savoy-Plaza and protest management's refusal to recognize the union and sign the contract. Note once again the well-dressed pickets. When do you think dress codes for pickets and other activists changed?

Image courtesy of HERE, the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union.

See the LaborArts exhibit Labor Pains:  The Birth of a Contract for related images.

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