Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters

Meet the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters who were the first Black union

They were a large part of the labor in the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago. The workers went on strike to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives on May 11, 1894.

Despite their large numbers, the black porters were not allowed to strike and were not allowed access to labor unions.

The US federal government sent in troops which led to riots and deaths. Oh history…

The work from the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters and the first union President, A. Philip Randolph, led to an order barring racial discrimination in the federal defense industry. Black folks were able to get jobs they were previously excluded from.

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