The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1860

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p.2 Strike Among Sailors in Chicago - On Friday morning the crews of some of the grain vessels lying in Chicago harbor struck for higher wages. The movement was followed by crew after crew, until about four o'clock the number of strikers was about one hundred and fifty. They got together, and marched in a sort of rude procession from one vessel to another, and boarded each as they went without ceremony, with cries of "A dollar a day." They would then explain the movement to the crew and ask them to join the strike. If an assent was given, as was generally the case, the "dunnage" of the sailors was brought up from the forecastle, and sent on shore, while the strikers, emboldened by their fresh recruits, proceeded to another vessel, to re-enact the same scene.

They justified the strike by saying that owners were now receiving more than double the rates for freight that they had received in the spring and early in the summer, and that therefore they could afford to pay the advance asked by the sailors. The wages they have been receiving are twenty dollars per month, and they now demand thirty dollars.

The Mayor was applied to send a detachment of police to the docks; and he gave orders to have measures taken to prevent any disturbance.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1860