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-Mother Jones


Sunday February 7, 1904
From The New York Times: "Coal Strike Not Expected.

Pittsburg, Feb 5.-Francis L. Robbins,  President of the Pittsburgh and Monongahela Coal Companies, said to-day:  

"I do not fear that a strike will result because the operators of four states could not agree with the miners at  Indianapolis. The Miners have to much sense to insist on the scale of 1903 when every commodity is decreasing in price. We will meet again Feb. 15, and I expect a settlement will be reached."

William Dodds, local Secretary of the  miners, who also attended the Indianapolis conference, said:

I think that by the next meeting an amicable agreement will be reached. I do not anticipate a strike."

The New York Times
(New York, New York)
-of Feb 6, 1904

Saturday February 7, 1914
From The New York Times: Militant Girls on the Picket Line in Chicago.

Chicago, Feb. 6-Eleven young women acting as pickets in front of a downtown restaurant where the waitresses were on strike, were arrested today. All were released on bond.

When a squad of policemen arrived the girls adopted militant tactics and seated themselves on the slushy sidewalk.

"You'll have to carry us to the station," they said when told by the police to "come along."

The police lifted the girls to their feet and half dragged them to the station.

The New York Times
(New York, New York)
-of Feb 7, 1914


Friday February 7, 2014
"Seattle waitresses unionize on November 23, 1900."

Seattle Waitresses Union, 1917
On November 23, 1900, 40 Seattle waitresses organize a union. It is Local No. 240 of Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Alliance. Before they were organized, waitresses worked 12 to 15 hours a day seven days a week and earned an average of $1.30 per day.

By 1902 membership had increased to 195 and hours had been reduced to 10 hours per day seven days a week.

History Link

Photo: Seattle Waitresses Union
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And the Struggle Continues!

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 11:00 AM PST.

Also republished by Sexism and Patriarchy, Shamrock American Kossacks, In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, and History for Kossacks.

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