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Samuel Gompers in Derby

Samuel Gompers

Derby was once an industrial giant as the Borough of Birmingham prospered with the growth of a very diverse manufacturing base. However, labor strife was part of that growth as well. In 1901, the president of the American Federation of Labor came to Derby at the request of Stephen Charters, the head of the local carpenters union and future mayor of Ansonia, to help settle a nasty strike. 70 women who worked in the Paugassett Mills had been out of work for 54 days when he arrived in Derby. He quickly negotiated an end to the strike, and the next night announced the settlement from the stage of the Sterling Opera House.

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