Irish immigrants came to the U.S looking for jobs and were reluctant to take the factory jobs. Workers increased their power by forming trade unions.
The cottage industry was a system in which manufacturers provided materials for goods to be made at home
We spin the thread in the Factory
Mill girls were young girls that were payed less than men
We are the mill girls
Your salary has been cut down. Get to work!
Managers cut wages and tightened factory rules. 800 "mill girls" went on a strike.
We are going on strike!
Raise our salary!
We came from Ireland to flee the famine and find work.
We also are forming trade unions.
Factory owners opposed the trade unions and initially had help from courts that declared strikes illegal. However in the Commonwealth v. Hunt case, the Massachusetts Supreme Court supported the right of workers to strike in the case.
The Commonwealth v. Hunt case rules that workers have the right to strike.