Aftermath

Aftermath

The strikers, however, lost nearly all of the gains they had won in the next few years. The IWW disdained written contracts, holding that such contracts encouraged workers to abandon the daily class struggle.

The mill owners proved more persistent, slowly chiseling away at the improvements in wages and working conditions, while firing union activists and installing labor spies to keep an eye on workers.

A depression in the industry, followed by another speedup, led to further layoffs. By that time, the IWW had turned its attention to supporting silk workers in Paterson, New Jersey. The Paterson strike ended in defeat.