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ALCO workers achieve raise with 37-day strike in '51 (with photos)

ALCO employees gather for a group shot during a group demonstration against the company on Jan. 24.
ALCO employees gather for a group shot during a group demonstration against the company on Jan. 24.
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All Lobby DiLorenzo, Joe Maiorielli and thousands of their pals wanted was an extra 16 cents an hour. The administration at the American Locomotive Co. in Schenectady decided against the raise. That’s when Lobby, Joe and thousands of other ALCO employees decided to go on strike. The labor trouble began for real on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1951, when management laid off 2,850 workers. One thousand other employees left their jobs in protest; 600 office workers ...


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