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In May of 1894, workers from the Chicago Pullman Palace Car Company protested wage cuts and for the firing of union representatives.
Eugene V. Debs from the American Railway Union (ARU) joined the fight. The ARU then started a boycott of all Pullman railway cars.
The ARU will not handle any of Pullman's cars on our railroads!
More fighting and boycotting resulted, but the governments actions would cause this to eventually end.
sympathy strikes occurred in 23 states
Railroad Owners: We demand the federal government to intervene with this strike, the transportation from Chicago to the Pacific coast has been paralyzed!
Attorney General Richard Olney: President Cleveland is sending federal troops to insure the delivery of mail and to end this violence.
It's a good thing we stopped them and we can get our mail now.
Debs and three other union officials were jailed for disobeying the injunction.
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