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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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As States Reopen, Workers, Executives Want Gov’t to Make Masks Mandatory
Posted On: Jun 25, 2020
June 25, 2020 | SAFETY & HEALTH | Business executives and front-line workers are pushing government officials to require customers to wear masks, a step that could allow companies to avoid alienating a portion of the public. As coronavirus cases surge around the U.S. following reopenings in numerous states, public-health experts and many in the broader public consider the face coverings essential for slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. An equally vocal group opposes mask requirements because they think they curtail personal liberty or for other reasons. Rules vary by state and even by municipality, and some executives have said the issue would be simpler if governments ordered them to require masks, so they could tell reluctant customers that they are simply abiding by regulations. Las Vegas casino workers on Monday called on Nevada’s state leaders to require casino customers to wear masks, which have been encouraged but optional since Nevada allowed gambling to resume starting June 4… Wall Street Journal

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