John Fitzpatrick and William Foster meet with Pennsylvania strike leaders in Pittsburgh, PA., September 24, 1919.
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A conference of leaders of the steel strike at the Pittsburgh headquarters. Seated at the table at left are John Fitzpatrick, organizer of the steel workers, and William Z. Foster, director of the strike.

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

In 1919, more than fifty of U. S. Steel's 142 mills were located in Pennsylvania. Two days after the start of the national steel strike, John Fitzpatrick, acting chair of the National Committee for Organizing Iron and Steel Workers, and secretary treasurer William Z. Foster met with Pennsylvania strike leaders in Pittsburgh. The next day Fitzpatrick called unsuccessfully for President Woodrow Wilson to arbitrate a settlement.

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