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July 3, 1835
2000 workers, many of whom are children, from 20 textile mills in Paterson, NJ, went on strike. They demanded 11 hour days (down from 13.5 hours). Employers refused to negotiate and broke the strike by declaring a reduction in work hours to twelve hours daily during the week and nine hours on Saturdays.
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Workers Are Striking Across America– See Which Protests Brought Lasting Change
Posted On: Jun 02, 2020
June 2, 2020 | LABOR HISTORY | Plenty of Americans probably saw stories about the recent strikes by workers at Amazon, Instacart, and Target. The public protests aimed to bring awareness to the companies’ treatment of its employees during the coronavirus pandemic. Workers are seeking better wages and working conditions to reflect the increased risk posed by COVID-19. And their timing is apt. The value of their labor has never been higher, which gives them leverage to potentially create changes that could last beyond the current crisis. In doing so, these workers are joining a long history of American labor movements that have used large demonstrations to produce lasting change. So, which of these protests had a lasting impact? Yahoo Finance

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