Builder and founder The Town of Pullman completed with homes, schools, parks and markets. While Pullman’s intentions were partially philosophical and humanitarian – improved working conditions generate positive labor relations, he operated his town on a profit.
- Which means that rent and utilities are
- 1) higher than in surrounding area
- 2) payment deducted off the workers’ paycheck automatically.
When Pullman reduced wages at his plant, he rejected the worker’s request that rent and utility bill will also be reduced, the workers went on a strike. The Pullman strike supported by the American Railway Union (ARU) crippled America’s railroads for more than a month. Rioting in Chicago killed 30, and the strike ended a after a court order backed by federal and state troops forced workers back to work.