Two striking Deaf workers sign to each other on the corner apart from the other strikers

Striking Deaf Workers - Embedded
Two striking Deaf workers sign to each other on the corner apart from the other strikers. 1903
In 1903 100 Deaf employees of the Chicago Automatic Telephone Company joined with their hearing colleagues to demand a shorter workday without reduced pay. Such an agreement would provide Deaf workers with equal employment to their non-Deaf colleagues. The Deaf worker strike was given profile coverage in the Chicago Tribune that described a “talk of strike by signs,” and called them “enthusiastic but noiseless.” This strike is likely the first collective action undertaken by self-identified Deaf workers in the U.S.