Today In History- May 11

Today In History- May 11 - Stories


Illinois wildcat strike brings 4000 Pullman workers out of work.

  • Chicago, Illinois

In the height of the labor reform movement, on May 11, 1894, 4000 Pullman Palace Car Company workers went on strike in Illinois.  The company had previously instituted a 28% wage decrease for the workers, mainly as a result of the widespread Panic of 1893.  During the strike, all traffic west of Chicago was severely limited, with the pervasive Union actions of Eugene Debs.  The strike was ultimately settled with assistance from the U.S. National Guard, under the direction of President Grover Cleveland.