LABOR: Hatters & Hosiers

Historic to Labor was the case of the Danbury Hatters. In 1902, A. F. of L.'s United Hatters of North America called a strike and instituted a nationwide union boycott against D. E. Loewe & Co. of Danbury, Conn, (still a hatting centre).

Loewe & Co., because of the boycott, charged 240 Danbury hatters with conspiracy in restraint of interstate trade under the Sherman Antitrust Act, won a verdict for triple damages. Lest the defendant hatters lose their homes and savings, A. F. of L.'s Sam Gompers asked all Federationists to chip in...

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