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(ILGWU Archives, Kheel Center, Cornell University.)

Garment workers strike, 1910

In the winter of 1909-1910 20,000 young women shirtwaist makers, most of them Jewish and Italian immigrants, went on strike for better working conditions, and just five months later 60,000 cloakmakers, most of them men, went out on strike. They won a landmark agreement which established a six-day workweek of fifty-four hours, abolished home work, and required employers to give preference to union members if they were equally qualified for a job. The poster in the window reads "Help the garment workers in their fight for bread and freedom," in English and in Yiddish.

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