News: Railroad Workers Strike (1899)

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----Source: Clark Co. Press: Neillsville, WI; Aug-1899

Merrillan assumed the metropolitan airs of a first-class railroad strike Tuesday morning, when about 150 men employed on the Omaha's line walked out on a demand for a raise in wages from $1.50 to $1.75 per day.

Supt. Slaker arrived by special train about 12 noon and offered $1.60, a few men returned to work at that amount Wednesday morning. The whole gang assembled at the depot and violence was threatened if anyone attempted to board the train for work. No attempt was made to start working, though a number were present with their dinner pails expecting to work.

Finally in the afternoon, the railroad company came to terms, giving the workers their desired pay, $1.75 per day.

 

 


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