Daniel B. Markind, Esq.
Flaster Greenberg PC
The nation’s natural gas infrastructure needs attention if the promise of the shale revolution is to continue to be delivered for the benefit of Americans.
On January 11, 1912, women weavers shut down the Everett Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Earlier that day, they opened their pay envelopes to find their wages cut by 4%. A recently enacted Massachusetts law had reduced the workweek for women and children from 56 hours to 54. Mill owners reacted by cutting the pay of their already lowly-paid workers. The women revolted.
The strike soon engulfed the city. Workers slashed machine belts, threads and cloth. Mill owners hired strike breakers and militiamen. That only ratcheted up the tension. Known in history as the “Bread and Roses Strike”, the bitter work stoppage lasted nine weeks. When it was over, Congressional hearings had galvanized the public against the working conditions allowed by the owners, and the workers gained a 15% pay raise. The political earthquake would be one of the seminal moments of the American labor movement.
A century later, a more literal earthquake in Lawrence, Massachusetts may portend a seminal movement for the natural gas industry.