This Day in History: 1917-01-20
Over 350 workmen of the Brake Shoe went on strike. Only the Pattern makers Department, which has a staff of 25, none of them foreigners, is still working. The strikers demanded an immediate 10% wage raise. They claim that the new workers hired to fulfill the large war contract were being laid 10% above the old hands. The Union had held talks with management but the owners refuse to arbitrate and announced that all workers would be fired as of Thursday, the 25th. Mr. Price asked the Sheriff for guards and ten were sent. They patrol 24 hours a day and have been stoned by the strikers. The management is prepared to hire strike breakers.