Roots of Collective Bargaining

Cross-posted with permission from Madama Ambi

"The boss is hurrying the life out of me."

Rose Cohen and her father immigrated from Czarist Russia to the tenements of New York City, working exhausting schedules under harsh conditions to survive and to send for the rest of the family.  In this podcast, I read an excerpt from Rose Cohen’s book, Out of the Shadow:  A Russian Jewish Girlhood on the Lower East Side, published in 1918.  She tells of her first days as a child worker in a garment sweatshop.

My First Job by Rose Cohen is taken from Out of the Sweatshop: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy, edited by Leon Stein, published in 1977.

Listen at Cyberears

This podcast is 18:53 min. 

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