The Pullman Porters Essay example

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The Pullman Porters were African American freed slaves that worked for George Pullman in his railroad sleeping cars. George Pullman was one of the few employers who hired blacks in that time (video). The Pullman Porters worked practically servants for the white elite. They worked for long hours a day and received a low pay. They were humiliated by being called "George" instead of their own name, and they were not able to form a union (video). I think that the significance of the Pullman Porters in American labor history is their long struggle to be recognized as a union and to for the first time collectively bargain with their employer. George Pullman was known for being strongly aggressive against employees who wanted to unionize. …show more content…
The Pullman Porter's were well spoken, clean, and well dressed in their uniforms. Their impeccable service made customers return and made the company prosper. Also I think that their leader A. Philip Randolph was a great African American that knew how to talk, lead, and organize the people with respect and dignity. He had a great conviction and was loyal to his beliefs in justice for everyone. In the museum there are various pictures of A. Philip Randolph and with great reason. I think that it is a great honor to know that A. Philip Randolph was a black man who rejected a huge bribe during a difficult time, which could have made him a rich man with no financial worries for the rest of his life. My trip to the Pullman Porter Museum was very pleasing to me because I made some connections of terms mentioned at the museum with some I learned in class. Before I took this class I had heard about unions in workplaces but did not know exactly what they were. In the museum it was said that the black Pullman Porter employees were able to form a union for the first time. When these employees met in secrecy to talk about their working conditions they were already a union; an informal union. In now days, they did not have to be recognized by their employer as a union to be a union. The Pullman Porters were coming together

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