• (Canada and United States) Labor Day and Jewish Influence in Union Form

    From Jan Meisels Allen janmallen@att.net@21:1/5 to All on Tue Sep 3 03:46:27 2019
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    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
    first president.

    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.

    To read more about the history of the Jewish movement in unionization, see: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/jewish-workers-and-trade-unions

    The Legal Genealogist also has an interesting post regarding labor union resources with an interactive map. The repositories are across the US and I found that several such as at YIVO in New York City may be of special
    The map of labor archives in both Canada and the United States may be found
    at: https://tinyurl.com/y54u8bbx
    Original url: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1FomWEpuAt5KxJi4q_2soYtSs__g&ll=36.52760516579541%2C-110.82280864999996&z=4
    To read the Legal Genealogist article see: https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2019/09/02/mapping-labor-day/

    Jan Meisels Allen
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