On July 7, 1910, cloakmakers (most of them men) went on strike, showing support for the already-striking shirtwaist factory workers (most of them women). This strike eventually became known in the labor community as the “Great Revolt”. The community united in support, hiring some 50 halls as meeting points. The strike lasted 2 months, and concluded with the unions winning a definite wage scale, fixed work hours, a Board of Sanitary Control, and a “preferential union shop.”
I am a Philosophy major and a History minor at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Much of my family came from the Lower East Side, after emigrating from Eastern Europe at the turn of the century. Therefore, the history being preserved here is very dear to me.