Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Anniversary

Here's one from yesterday:
On this day in American history in 1894, 3000 employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company went on strike in Illinois in response to a 30% wage cut.

Wages were cut because demand for the company's train cars declined due to the [1894?] economic panic.

The workers, most of which belonged to the American Railway Union, effectively stopped traffic west of Chicago in their strike.

The strike was eventually broken up by President Grover Cleveland, who sent 12,000 Army troops in stating that their strike effected delivery of the mail and presented a threat to public safety.

During this Pullman Strike, 13 strikers were killed in the ensuing violence.

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