September 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The House of the Seven Gables welcomes back Aviva Chomsky of Salem State University for a Community Conversation about the Pequot Mill Strike of 1933. Chomsky is a professor of history and coordinator of Latin American studies. She has been active in various movements, including Latin American solidarity initiatives and immigrants’ and workers’ rights issues” for her career.
The Naumkeag Steam Cotton Company, popularly known as the Pequot Mill, gained national attention in 1933 when workers initiated a wildcat strike—a strike undertaken without union support. The company was Salem’s largest employer with 2000 workers at the time. Many of these workers were first-generation immigrants from Poland and French Canada who had concerns about layoffs, job research, and rules about raises and working conditions.
Chomsky will explore the history of this strike and its parallels to immigration trends and labor issues today.
Free and open to the public.
Reservations are not needed for this event. Please contact Ana Nuncio, Settlement Programs Manager at 978-744-0991 x105 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.