Globe Insiders

Work stoppages of days past

August 23, 1928: New Bedford children waited in a soup line during the 1928 New Bedford Textile Workers strike. Twenty-five of the 26 cotton mills here were closed from April 16th until October 8th. The children lined up daily to bring warm soup home and bread to their families.
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August 23, 1928: New Bedford children waited in a soup line during the 1928 New Bedford Textile Workers strike. Twenty-five of the 26 cotton mills here were closed from April 16th until October 8th. The children lined up daily to bring warm soup home and bread to their families.

In honor of Labor Day, which celebrates American workers and their achievements, we look at images of past strikes in Massachusetts. In fighting for their rights, employee unions have stopped working and created disturbances to bring attention to the hardships they are facing. —Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite