SEPTEMBER 22: Teen prompts Chicago garment workers’ strike

Annie ShapiroON THIS DATE in 1910, seventeen-year-old Hannah Shapiro (sometimes called Annie) launched a major labor action by walking off her job at Chicago’s Hart, Schaffner & Marx clothing shop. By the end of the week, about 2,000 employees had joined a strike that was prompted by a quarter-cent pay cut in the piece rate for pocket sewers.

Six decades later,  Shapiro told the Chicago History Journal that older employees “were all afraid to say a word but I wasn’t.”

The shop agreed to rehire the workers at the end of strike but many were harassed and sought other work.

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