John F. Kennedy on Jobs
Kennedy was furious, believing that there had been an implicit agreement by industry leaders to hold prices steady if the workers made concessions. The administration had convinced union leaders to drop their seventeen-cent-an hour proposal on the understanding that all parties concerned were helping to contain inflation to improve the nation's competitive position abroad. Jack thought he had been double-crossed and knew that if he failed to resist the price increase he would be in deep trouble with labor, a vital backer of the Democratic Party.
Like the Irish and the Italians before them, they had to work at whatever they could find. Most found an outlet for their skills in the needle trades, as garment workers, hatmakers and furriers. Often they worked in sweatshops. In an effort to improve working conditions (which involved child labor and other forms of exploitation), they joined with other immigrant workers to form, in 1890, the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union. In time, they developed the clothing industry as we know it today, centered in New York but reaching into every small town and rural area. The experience and tradition of these pioneers produced many effective leaders in the labor movement.
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