Andrew Carnegie left Henry Clay, his operations manager, in charge of his company for a few days asking him to get rid of the Union which consisted of the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers.
Henry, do you agree that the worker's wages should decrease?
Yes Andrew! And the mill is going to operate non-union in the future!
Your wages will decrease and this factory is going to operate non-union
This ain't fair!!! STRIKE STRIKE STRIKE!
STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE!
Thousands of workers stormed the factory after being angered by the campaign. Frick sent 300 Pinkerton guards and after shots were fired, the Pinkertons surrendered.
Many Pinkertons were beaten by the crowd along the way to the jail as they went there for protection. That night the Pinkertons were released and sent on a train bound for Pittsburgh. Three Pinkertons and 7 workers died during this battle and its aftermath.
We're gonna die!!!!!!!!
The workers then took control of the steel mill for a short time until Frick got the government to send him 8500 soldiers of the state National Guard. The factory plant was turned over to militiamen. By July 15 the plant was again operational but with replacement workers.