DALLAS DRESSMAKERS STAGE HISTORIC STRIKE

By Bartee Haile.

In the sixth month of the longest strike in Dallas history, dressmakers tore the clothes off the backs of replacement workers, who tried to cross their picket lines on Aug. 7, 1935. A labor official from the Midwest was so shocked by the starvation wages and wretched working conditions of women hatters in Dallas sweatshops that he said they were "worse off than former negro slaves." Dressmakers did not have it much better enduring 10 and 12-hour days in hot and suffocating factories for a weekly paycheck of $9.50.
 
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