Union Broadside in Yiddish, Italian and English


In the early 1900s, union organizers overcame the seemingly impossible task of uniting employees in factories and small scattered shops. Surmounting ethnic divisions and hostile owners, workers built lasting labor unions within the major divisions of the garment industry. The International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union organized women’s and children’s apparel workers; the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America focused on men’s clothing employees; and the United Garment Workers of America centered primarily on makers of work clothing.

With President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation granting unions legal protection to organize, membership in needle trade unions rose to more than 400,000 out of a garment industry work force of more than 600,000 in 1934.

Date Made: 1916Associated Date: May 3, 1916

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York CityMade At: United States: New York, New York City

General Subject Association: Textile Processing and ProductionLabor UnionsStrikes and Boycotts


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Credit Line: International Ladies Garment Workers Union

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1986.0710.0043Accession Number: 1986.0710Catalog Number: 1986.0710.0043

Object Name: Poster

Measurements: overall: 17 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in; 44.45 cm x 29.21 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-dc80-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_538732

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