Memories of the 1982 ILGWU Strike in New York Chinatown

by Katie Quan


In June 1982, more than 20,000 immigrant women garment workers went on strike in New York Chinatown to demand a good contract. Their employers demanded deep cutbacks in wages and benefits, and threatened to withdraw from the union altogether if their demands weren’t met. However at the sight of thousands of immigrant women workers marching through the streets of Chinatown, the employers quickly withdrew their demands, and within hours the workers and their union had won the strike.

In this article, Katie Quan recounts first-hand account of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) Strike.

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