History-Pullman Strike

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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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