Ralph Golzio

The Silk Strike at 100

The Paterson Silk Strike of 1913 began in late January, when broad-silk weavers at Henry Doherty Silk Co. walked off the job to protest an attempt to increase the number of looms each weaver tended, from two to four. The action spread to other mills, halting silk manufacturing in the city by late February.

The strike lasted five months and resulted in a partial victory for the workers: The two-loom system was preserved, but workers would not win an eight-hour day — another of their demands — until 1919.

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark, at 83 Norwood St. in Haledon, is marking the strike centennial with an exhibition through Dec. 28. Go to labormuseum.net for information.

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Published in The Record on Jan. 16, 2013