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The Nine-Hour Movement

The Nine-Hour Movement

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

The Nine-Hour Movement

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted February, 2011

Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
On the northwest corner
of King Street West and Locke Street North


Coordinates: N 43 15.665 W 79 53.015

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Plaque Text

In the mid-nineteenth century industrial workers laboured ten to twelve hours a day, six days a week. Inspired by British and American examples, Hamilton unionists launched a crusade for a shorter workday in January of 1872. The workingman, they argued, needed more time for family, leisure, education and civic life. Soon the Nine-Hour Movement had branches across central Canada. In Hamilton on May 15, thousands of union and non-union workers walked off the job. Cheered on by large crowds, they paraded through the city and staged a demonstration here at the Crystal Palace grounds. Resistance by employers ultimately defeated the movement, but workers learned the potential of large-scale mobilization and would eventually win a shorter workday.

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> Posted November 10, 2008
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