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Memories of the 1982 ILGWU Strike in New York Chinatown

Memories of the 1982 ILGWU Strike in New York Chinatown
Members of ILGWU, Local 23-25 on strike, New York City's Chinatown, 1982, @ Robert Gumpert, 1982

Posted with permission of the publisher. “Memories of the 1982 ILGWU Strike in New York Chinatown,” Amerasia Journal, 35:1 (2009):76-91.

Introduction

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, and threatened to withdraw from the union altogether if their demands weren’t met. However at the sight of thousands of immigrant women workers marching through the streets of Chinatown, the employers quickly withdrew their demands, and within hours the workers and their union had won the strike…