Stone cutters working on the new Catholic Cathedral in New York City down tools
Around a hundred stone-cutters working on the stone for the new Catholic cathedral in New York City had downed tools. Their strike committee wrote to Archbishop Hughes asking for an increase in the payment by the feet of stone cut. St. Patrick's Cathedral had been begun in 1858 and thanks to the halting of work during the Civil War was not completed until 1878. (By John Osborne)
"Strike in the City," New York Times, February 29, 1860, p. 8.