Today in Labor History
Today in labor history, August 12, 1919:  Learning that their boss, Florenz Ziegfeld, was joining the Producing Managers’ Association, the chorus girls in his Ziegfeld Follies form their own union, the Chorus Equity Association.  Marie Dressler, a former chorus girl, was elected its first president.  The union’s first action was to march down Broadway in solidarity with the Actors’ Equity Association strike.  [Photo:  Dressler with Ethel Barrymore during the 1919 actors’ strike.]

Today in labor history, August 12, 1919:  Learning that their boss, Florenz Ziegfeld, was joining the Producing Managers’ Association, the chorus girls in his Ziegfeld Follies form their own union, the Chorus Equity Association.  Marie Dressler, a former chorus girl, was elected its first president.  The union’s first action was to march down Broadway in solidarity with the Actors’ Equity Association strike.  [Photo:  Dressler with Ethel Barrymore during the 1919 actors’ strike.]

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