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Theatrical Protective Union of New York created

Photo caption: First Local One's Member Card, issued in 1886.

First union members (later Local One) used a strike to win such victories as a $1-a-day wage.  Foolish producers in houses such as the Academy of Music tried to hire strikebreakers to perform the work of experienced stagehands.  When a poorly-placed flat toppled over on the great actor Louis James, the story is that he refused to continue until the striking stagehands were rehired.