Homestead Strike

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  • The Homestead Strike began due to policy changes in a Carnegie Steel Plant.
  • I, Henry Frick, have decided you will be required to raise production rates and be paid less.
  • We will not!!! Those terms are not acceptable.
  • When met with opposition to the new policies, Frick dismissed all workers on July 2, 1892.
  • You will all be dismissed then!
  • We, the workers of the Carnegie Steel Plant, will strike!!!!
  • Against the wishes of the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel workers, the workers of the plant wanted a strike. A committee was formed which headed the strike and took over the company town.
  • On July 6, 1892, Pinkerton guards fought against armed strikers but eventually surrendered.
  • We will fight!
  • We surrender!
  • Some strike breakers went back to work at the plant under the protection of the local militia.
  • Fine, but others shall be arrested.
  • We want to come back and get the plant running again.
  • After an attempted murder on Frick, the strike lost momentum and ended on November 20, 1892. The Amalgamated Association was all but destroyed and because of that, wages were lowered and production rates raised and nobody could do anything about it.
  • Get back to work!
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