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Progressive Era Activists Call for Trade Unions (with text supports)

Founded in 1903, the Women’s Trade Union League (WTUL) was an organization that brought together working-class women, reformers, and women from wealthy and prominent families. The WTUL believed that the best way to help women workers was to help them organize into labor unions so that they could bargain for fair pay and safe working conditions. WTUL members provided money to striking workers, walked on picket lines, got lawyers for strikers who were arrested, and sometimes were arrested themselves. This statement was written in support of a strike of 35,000 female garment workers in Chicago in 1910.


Source | Women’s Trade Union League of Chicago, “Statement on the Strike of the 35,000 Unorganized Garment Workers of Chicago,” Harvard University – Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America / National Women’s Trade Union League of America Records, 1910-1934; B-16, folders 24, 30, 58, and 63. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/nwtul.html#arc
Creator | Women's Trade Union League of Chicago
Item Type | Pamphlet/Petition
Cite This document | Women's Trade Union League of Chicago, “Progressive Era Activists Call for Trade Unions (with text supports),” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed December 17, 2018, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1943.

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