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“Memories of the 1982 ILGWU Strike in New York Chinatown”

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Members of ILGWU, Local 23-25 on strike, New York City’s Chinatown, 1982. © Robert Gumpert, 1982

Contributed by : Katie Quan

Object # 1020

In June 1982, more than 20,000 immigrant women garment workers went on strike in New York Chinatown to demand a good contract. Their employers demanded deep cutbacks in wages and benefits… However at the sight of thousands of immigrant women workers marching through the streets of Chinatown, the employers withdrew their demands, and within hours the workers and their union had won the strike. This is how I remember it.

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  • Courtesy of : Amerasia Journal 35:1 (2009)

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