[1883 TELEGRAPHERS' STRIKE]
Notice! A Public Meeting To Discuss the Telegraph Strike Will Be Held At Ford's Grand Opera House [...]
[Baltimore: 1883]. Broadside, 23cm x 15cm (ca 9" x 6"). Printed recto-only on a single sheet. Toned and lightly edgeworn, with 1" loss at upper left corner (well away from text); Good. Handbill announcing a public meeting in Baltimore to air the demands of the Brotherhood of Telegraphers, a union affiliatede with the Knights of Labor. The 1883 strike was the first large-scale labor action by the Brotherhood of Telegraphers; about 8000 workers, nearly one-third of all the operators in the U.S., participated in the strike for reduced hours, higher wages, and equal pay for women. The strike failed, severely impacting the viability of the union; the B.O.T. had mostly faded away by around 1890, eventually to be replaced by the AFL-affiliated CTUA in 1903.