Great Railroad Strike of 1877The Great Strike of 1877 was instigated by a ten percent cut in workmen's wages on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad—one cut of many since the panic of 1873. The industry at large had experienced significant wage cuts and lay offs. By 1877, three million people, or 27% of eligible workers, were unemployed. Two fifths of the employed were on the job only 6 to 7 months of the year. As railroad companies downsized, the demands placed on the remaining workforce intensified. On July 19, 1877, the average distance traveled during a workman's shift on the Pennsylvania Railroad more than doubled, with an unpaid layover. Train workers were expected to go further, faster, for less money and to foot the bill for their own accommodations or a ticket home.
|Placed By||The Howling Mob Society|
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|Date Added||Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 3:56pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17T E 586166 N 4478463|
|Decimal Degrees||40.45236667, -79.98381667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 27.142', W 79° 59.029'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 27' 8.52" N, 79° 59' 1.74" W|
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|Area Code(s)||412, 724, 215|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2100 Smallman St, Pittsburgh PA 15222, US|
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