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Lawrence celebrates Bread and Roses Strike

April 28, 2012
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LAWRENCE, Mass.—Lawrence is marking the passage of 100 years since thousands of immigrant workers walked away from their textile mill jobs to protest against unjustified pay cuts and bad working conditions, sparking a massive strike that produced pay hikes.

The so-called Bread and Roses strike lasted for two months. It marked the first time that unskilled immigrant workers were able unite and take on powerful mill owners.

The Lawrence History Center and the Bread and Roses Centennial Committee have been celebrating the historic strike since January. On Saturday, more than 300 researchers and labor leaders will gather in Lawrence for the centennial symposium.

Bob Forrant of the Bread and Roses Centennial Committee says researchers will present papers on the strike and union leaders will discuss lessons from the strike.

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