Philly labor strikes, a look back [photos]

Marybel Colon, 10, of Philadelphia holds her mouth and nose while cutting through a temporary dumpsite in her neighborhood in Philadelphia, July 15, 1986, due to the strike by municipal workers. The strike is in its third week. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Marybel Colon, 10, of Philadelphia holds her mouth and nose while cutting through a temporary dumpsite in her neighborhood in Philadelphia, July 15, 1986, due to the strike by municipal workers. The strike is in its third week. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In honor of this Labor Day holiday, let us look back on Philadelphia’s history of labor strikes.

Over the past sixty years, thousands of union workers have taken to the picket lines. While not all arguments were won, and not all causes may have been just, all were vehemently fought for.

Let us remember not just those who won their fights, but those who stood up for the benefits they lost, and the pensions and job security that would ultimately be rescinded.

Scroll through the photos above for an historical snapshot of Philadelphia’s of labor strikes.

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