5th Lecture - 5th Lecture 28/1/2007 Strikes: The way that...

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5 th Lecture 28/1/2007 Strikes: The way that the unions exersiced power was by going on strikes. They would stop working. By doing this you deprive business from profits thus forcing them to negotiate with you., Sometimes would become violent when the business would hire scabs to work in the factories instead of the workers. And sometime they would hire detectives to put down the strikes. In the late 19 th century there were many strikes (7000) where they were violent Classical example was the Pullman strike of 1894. the Pullman railroad companies built passenger cars run by George Pullman who was a wealthy arrogant man who thought that he paid his workers well. He paid them well and they provided them with housing in the Pullman town. Life in the company town was not as easy at it seems, workers would have to pay more for some utilities such as water and gas than they used to pay outside their towns. They also had to oay annual fees for the libaray. In 1894 united states was in a depression. Pullman responded to the depression by cutting wages to cut expenses. But of course he didn’t cut the coast of living in his town. This pissed off the workers. They were joined by many other rail road workers who sympathized with the Pullman workers plight. They went on strike as well where 15000 workers refused to work. The rail road system
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5th Lecture - 5th Lecture 28/1/2007 Strikes: The way that...

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