McKees Rocks

In 1909 nearly more than 4,700 workers from a broad range of ethnic backgrounds went out on strike at the Pressed Steel Car Company in McKees Rock, PA. Like other labor actions during this era, the two-month strike was wracked by violence. A confrontation with the police left twelve dead, many injured, and ended poorly for workers. (from

The Pressed Steel Car Strike of 1909 is memorialized in song and pictures from the centennial commemoration here: Remembering the 1909 Strike in McKees Rocks, PA

The song is by Mike Stout, a former steelworker, and pictures by Saul Schniderman of the Labor Heritage Foundation and Library of Congress.

McKees Rocks Strike Meeting

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