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Spertus Closed for Labor Day

Spertus Closed for Labor Day

Sunday, September 6, 2020 - - to Monday, September 7, 2020 - -

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

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

From all of us at Spertus Institute, enjoy the holiday!

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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. 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.

Image courtesy of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives,, and B'nai B'rith.