Group 1 Cigar Workers Strike

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The demands of the Tobacco Workers

A substantial wage increase for all workers
Automatic wage up-grading system
Equal pay for equal work
Sick benefits and hospitalization
Overtime pay
Paid vacations
Retirement & Pension Plans
Grievance Procedure
Probationary period
Change in several of present working conditions

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  • Give background on the factory and the job market in Charleston at the time.
  • Explain the location of other factories at the same time period. Emphasize the conditions at the other factories and unions.
  • Message to the public as to the reasons why they were striking!Only 2 big employers in the area: American Tobacco and The Naval Yard.
  • While this is not an image from the Charleston Strike, this is a similar strike. Many women were the ones on the picket lines. A woman named Lillie Doster played a major role here in Charleston. Here is a portion of her interview from the Southern Oral History Program. This interview took place on June 25, 2008. Here is a clip from that interview
  • Singing on the picket lines 1940shttp://blogs.citypages.com/pscholtes/2006/06/something_about.php Talk about the song, why it was sung, how it changed
  • Group 1 Cigar Workers Strike

    1. 1. 1945-1946<br />
    2. 2.
    3. 3. <ul><li>Impact on Employees
    4. 4. Impact on Economy of Charleston
    5. 5. Impact on area businesses</li></li></ul><li>The demands of the Tobacco Workers<br />A substantial wage increase for all workers<br />Automatic wage up-grading system<br />Equal pay for equal work<br />Sick benefits and hospitalization<br />Overtime pay<br />Paid vacations<br />Retirement & Pension Plans<br />Grievance Procedure<br />Probationary period<br />Change in several of present working conditions<br />

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