(Canada and United States) Labor Day and Jewish Influence in Union Form
From Jan Meisels Allen firstname.lastname@example.org@21:1/5 to All on Tue Sep 3 03:46:27 2019
Both Canada and the United States celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September. Other countries also celebrate Labor Day but on other dates: Australia, New Zealand, India and the Netherlands to name a few. May 1 is International Workers' Day and many countries celebrate that day as Labor
Day. Labor Day is the day to celebrate workers' rights organized by trade unions.
At least in the United States, Jews were involved in early efforts to
unionize the working class. Many Jews worked in sweatshops located in tenements. An early (1885) spontaneous walkout occurred by cloak and skirt workers. While this organization did not survive by 1890 the United Hebrew trades has established 22 unions. Later Samuel Gompers, a Dutch-Sephardic
Jew, participated in the founding of the cigar-makers union and he
negotiated the formation of the American Federation of Labor becoming its
Many of us had ancestors in the women's garment industry, especially in New York City. Immigrant Jews were actively involved especially in the needle trades union formation. Women's clothing was a major consumer-goods industry
in the early part of 20th century.
Jan Meisels Allen
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