Get ready to pedal through history on an exciting bike ride that explores the iconic Great Steel Strike of 1919, the largest labor walk-out ever seen in the U.S. It’s a pivotal moment for the American labor movement, and we’re thrilled to take you on this important journey.
Get ready to pedal through history on an exciting bike ride that explores the iconic Great Steel Strike of 1919, the largest labor walk-out ever seen in the U.S. It's a pivotal moment for the American labor movement, and we're thrilled to take you on this important journey.
Led by the passionate folks from the Eugene V. Debs Local Initiative, our bike tour will take you to all the significant spots of this historic strike. We'll start at the Lackawanna Steel Company plant, where it all began, and end at Holy Cross Cemetery, the resting place of Casimer Mazurek, a decorated World War veteran and steel worker who tragically lost his life at the hands of company police.
While the Great Steel Strike of 1919 didn't achieve its immediate goals of an eight-hour workday, a six-day workweek, and union recognition from the steel barons, it became a symbol of dignity and humanity. It laid the groundwork for the Steel Workers Organizing Committee's triumphant strike in 1941, which eventually led to union recognition by Bethlehem Steel. Subsequently, it brought about better wages and improved working conditions for steelworkers.
The estimated three-hour tour promises an immersive experience, and if you're up for it, we'll even cap it off with an optional dinner at Curly's (647 Ridge Road). But if you prefer, you can choose to cycle back to Canalside at your own pace. As a token of our appreciation, each participant will receive a Remember Casimer Mazurek pin as a memento of this centennial ride. Let's ride into history together!