Ceceilia Bucki

Strikes for the Eight-Hour Day in Summer 1915 Bridgeport

Strikes for the Eight-Hour Day in Summer 1915 Bridgeport
August 18, 2015

by Cecelia Bucki, Professor of History, Fairfield University

On Monday, August 16, 1915, one thousand women corset workers struck the Warner Corset Company, demanding the eight-hour day, elimination of fines and other work rules, and recognition of their union shop committee. “Chaos reigned in manufacturing circles,” declared the Bridgeport Herald as other unskilled and semi-skilled workers struck the city’s factories, garment shops, foundries, rubber works, and laundries, all demanding the eight-hour day, pay raises, and union recognition. (more…)

Bridgeport at War, Featured, Labor