Seven thousand workers in the children’s dressmaking trade and 1,200 raincoat makers went on strike Tuesday morning.
The children’s dressmakers are asking an increase of $2 per week for salaried workers and a ten percent raise for piece workers, with a five-day, 42-hour week. The raincoat makers are seeking a renewal of their agreement with the manufacturers which expired August 1. The manufacturers asked the workers to accept a 20 percent cut in wages. The dressmakers are also demanding the abolition of sweatshop conditions and the establishment of a system of arbitration.