Strikes Put On Trial

On this day in 1810 the New York Branch of the Journeymen Cordwainers were put on trial for illegally conspiring during a strike. This trial was seen as crucial to the young movement of labor unions that were starting to pop up around the nation. The union members put on trial were found guilty and were ordered to pay punitive fines of $1. This defeat for the union workers did not deter the labor union movement. In 1842 the Massachusetts Supreme Court overturned the legal conflagration of strikes and conspiracies.