Chinese Cannot Form Union

by Laurel | July 28th, 2009

July 28, 1902, page 6

The Chinese Laundrymen would not be allowed a charter should they form a union of their own. Such was the reply sent to Business Agent Dowd of the central labor union in reply to an inquiry of the national headquarters of the laundrymen’s union at Troy, N.Y. Mr. Dowd was questioned by a delegation of laundrymen the early part of last week as to whether it would be possible for them to join the laundry workers’ union. On receiving a negative reply the committee wished to know whether they could form a Chinese laundry union. Mr. Dowd said that he would have to inquire of the national officials of the laundry workers’ union whether a charter could be granted. He wrote, and last Friday received an answer stating that it was thought inadvisable to issue a charter to the Chinese at present. It will be remembered that during the past two months fines have been imposed upon members of a majority of the unions in Holyoke in case they should be found patronizing Chinese laundries. This has hurt the Chinamen’s trade, and increased that of the steam laundries, according to the laundry workers. Several unions reported fines against patrons of the Chinese at the central labor union yesterday.

From The Springfield Republican.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.


Suggested Holyoke Books

Mountain Park -- The Holyoke destination we all loved.

Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College, Postcard History by Donna Albino. Many Holyoke women have attended Mount Holyoke. Author also maintains an amazing MHC website based upon her personal collection.

Holyoke - Chicopee, A Perspective

Holyoke-Chicopee: A Perspective, by Ella Merkel DiCarlo. DiCarlo, a former Transcript columnist offers a fascinating compilation of her essays. Published in 1982, this out-of-print book is worth looking for in the aftermarket.


Holyoke, by Craig Della Penna. The first Holyoke book in the Arcadia series, published in 1997.

Belle Skinner Collection

Belle Skinner Collection, by Ruth Isabel Skinner. Published in 1933, this book is long out of print but copies are still available in the aftermarket.

Mitch Epstein: Family Business

Mitch Epstein: Family Business Published in 2003, available in the aftermarket. Epstein's furniture.