By Howell John Harris
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Always marginal to the city's white working class, they were quickly forgotten by it. When, in January 1937, sit-downs came to Philadelphia in force, and were participated in by masses of white, skilled, and by now solidly unionized workers, their points of reference were their fellows in Akron, Ohio, and, more immediately, Flint, Michigan. 36 C. Ethnicity Unlike gender and race, this was an important dimension of difference among metal workers. It was something that they and their employers recognized, and that mattered to them, but it too is not very significant for the purposes of this book.
3 In Philadelphia in 1900, almost 284,000 people were employed in manufacturing - about 18,000 proprietors and officials, 19,000 salaried employees, and 246,000 wage earners. These were distributed among almost 16,000 separate establishments, and made up about one-half of the city's labor force. About one-fifth of them were engaged in making metal goods of all kinds - everything from buttonhooks to battleships, according to the local boast. 4 Philadelphia's largest metal manufacturers in the early 1900s were its giant transportation equipment makers.
Philadelphia metal trades labor relations in the 1930s were undeniably turbulent, but they were not particularly violent - whether compared with the city's strife-torn, strongly unionized textile industry or with the bloody martyrdoms still occurring elsewhere in the nation. In the MMA's territory, at least, labor achieved the second almost bloodless victory in this book. Workers and their allies destroyed the social order of the Open Shop, but they were assisted in so doing by the fact that businessmen increasingly appreciated both that it had outlived its viability and usefulness, and that by conceding they could help create a tolerable new order on the rubble of the old.