The Fulton County Glove Cutters' Strike of 1914 - Board of Mediation and Arbitration Hearings
The Glovers of Fulton County

The Glove Cutters' Strike of 1914: New York State Board of Mediation and Arbitration Hearings, October 5-13, 1914

On August 21, 1914, the 1500-1600 glove cutters of Fulton County struck en masse over a wage dispute with local employers. At the time, Fulton County was the center of glove manufacturing in the U.S. The industry was the heart and soul of the local economy. The County's 150 glove firms -- located in Gloversville, Johnstown, and surrounding communities -- employed approximately 15,000 workers. Because the strike devasted the regional economy, the New York State Department of Labor stepped into the fray. The New York State Board of Mediation and Arbitration of the Department of Labor convened hearings on the strike in Gloversville, New York on October 5, 1914 and began taking testimony from workers and manufacturers on the following day. The accounts that were carefully transcribed offer fascinating insights into the glove industry and the working lives of thousands of workers. What follows are the transcripts of the entire hearing -- over 700 pages in all. The testimony is organized by session, to facilitate rapid download and printing by users.

A note about this document and copyright:

This document was microfilmed by the History Documentation Center of SUNY-Albany a few years ago for the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archive of Cornell University's ILR School. A paper copy was prepared from the microfilm and Debbie Neuls converted the document into electronic form. It was then HTML coded. Since the original source is a government document -- a transcript of a 1914 public hearing -- it is not copyrighted. All narrative introductory text, annotations, and formatting, however, should be considered copyrighted. Extensive fair-use excerpting is permitted. Under no circumstance should the following electronic version of the original document be commercially sold. We have put it on the World Wide Web to make it freely and widely available. In all cases of reference to this electronic version of the Board of Mediation and Arbitration hearings, users are asked to properly credit the source -- and to recognize that some errors may have crept in during the process of converting the original paper manuscript into an electronic document.

Gerald Zahavi, University at Albany ~ State University of New York, January 14, 1999

Testimony -- By Session

Testimony -- By Witness [This section has yet to be completed]

  • Aaron, Albert
  • Abbott, Herman J.
  • Abbott, Theodore
  • Alvano, Albert
  • Bachner, Abraham
  • Barcosi, Edward
  • Berliner, Isidore
  • Buckley, William
  • Cermek, Miroslav
  • Cittenberg, C.J.
  • Compipiano, John
  • Compo, Antonio
  • Dare, William
  • Day, Arthur
  • Dente, Earl
  • Desendels, John
  • Ehrlich, Julius K.
  • Etman, Edward N.
  • Hager, John**
  • Hager, John**
  • Hanson, George
  • Harper, Frank
  • Haverly, Murvin
  • Ireland, James S.
  • James, Nathan
  • Jones, Thomas
  • Katz, Jacob
  • Kennedy, Martin
  • Koberlein, Robert
  • Kushnel, Charles
  • Lehar, Samuel
  • Lehr, Abraham
  • Leveys, Edward L.
  • Lewis, Algeron J.
  • Lieberman, Simon
  • Linto, George
  • Mandrell, G. W.
  • Mansell, George**
  • Mansell, George**
  • Martin, Leo
  • Moses, Isaac
  • Moses, Joseph
  • Murray, Wendell T.
  • Nelson, Abraham
  • Northrup, J. K.
  • Pedder, Claude A.
  • Pitonberg, Jacob
  • Potter, George, C.
  • Riebraud, Harry
  • Rob, Ellius
  • Rosen, Max
  • Saunders, Alfred
  • Schwieb, Harris
  • Silver, Max
  • Simmo, Eugene
  • Spares, Samuel
  • Spinnock, Saul/Saml.
  • Steiner, Max
  • Stitt, William J.
  • Sturm, John
  • Swetman, Edward
  • Taylor, George
  • Tozzi, George
  • Wallach, Louis
  • Walters, Gustave
  • Willmar, August
  • Windsor, William
  • Ziller, Samuel

  • ** These names appear twice, with no note of the witness being recalled.
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