Los Angeles garment workers strike 1933

On October 12, 1933, about 2,000 mostly Mexican women dressmakers struck 80 Los Angeles firms for higher pay, union recognition, a shorter work week, paid holidays, and an end to home work. The strike was surprising because of Los Angeles’ tradition of anti-unionism and because it occurred when unemployment was especially high.

The walk out lasted three weeks. At first the factory owners refused to negotiate with the strikers, but eventually federal mediators forged an agreement that ended the strike. Business owners agreed to comply with codes and wage scales set by the Federal government, and a collective bargaining process was created.