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Spertus Closed for Labor Day

Spertus Closed for Labor Day

Monday, September 7, 2015

 

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.

The history of American labor movement and the Jewish experience in America are intertwined in many ways. Here are some resources to explore:

Enjoy the holiday!

Factory or sweatshop work was a non-negotiable part of nearly every young Jewish woman's life in the early part of the twentieth century. Their long hours, low wages and unsafe working conditions led to the rise of unions. In 1915, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers went on strike. Their objective was the abolition of the sweatshop and home work, and a reduction of the twelve-hour workday.

Main image courtesy of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, www.americanjewisharchives.org and B'nai B'rith.

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