s Chicago. Eugene Debs decided that there was no
s and thousands of workers left work to strike, so even if some workers hadn’t had left, the railroads would’ve still taken a very long time to actually make some progress. The government wanted the railroads to be functioning and getting work done to help the country and its economy. They were also mad because the mail delivering system was also not functioning, for they need trains to distribute it. The mail system was very important, so you could expect things to get out-of-hand if it wasn’t functioning. More problems arose and President Grover Cleveland became more frustrated. He had finally had enough. He knew he had to do something about this nonsense, but what could be done to fix this?
For the first time ever, the government got involved and imposed an injunction in order to end the strike. The federal court said that the strike was illegal and that the workers needed to stop. After the president sent troops into Chicago, rioters became very angry. The rioters stopped trains and set fire to anything they saw that would burn. Many people were killed and wounded from bullets because they tried to stop soldiers from escorting a train through downtown Chicago. Eugene Debs decided that there was no use in continuing the strike after he was arrested for interfering with the U.S mail. The workers that continued to work for Pullman received the same wages, but some of them were blacklisted and they couldn’t be hired by any railroad in the United States. There were negatives for the workers no matter what happened to them. They would be struggling to find another job that could provide for their family if they were blacklisted, or receiving the same, bad wages if they stayed to work with the railroads and Pullman.
The workers felt that the injunction wasn’t fair for them because their needs were not met. The workers had felt like their rights had been taken away because they were not allowed to protest, even though there was an amendment that said otherwise. Everyone involved seemed to get what they wanted EXCEPT for the workers themselves. The government was happy because the railroads were functioning again and making progress, including delivering the mail. Pullman was happy because he was still enforcing the cut wages and the increased working hours. He was still able to get the money that he desired so much. Everyone was doing swell, but all the workers got was one silly day where they did not have to work. That’s right… just ONE. Congress approved of making this day in response to the Pullman Strike. The workers weren’t as mad though because they figured something was better than nothing. This holiday that everyone seems to enjoy nowadays, is known as Labor Day.