by: Katherine Paterson "During the winter of 1912, Rosa's family and their neighbors struggle to survive on their jobs in the textile mills in the immigrant town of Lawrence, Massachusetts. When the mill owners demand more work for less pay, the mill workers decide they've had enough. Strike! Suddenly, Rosa has more to worry about than going to school."
October 19, 1980: After twenty years of virulent anti-unionism, the J.P. Stevens & Co. finally signs its first-ever contract with the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union. The collective bargaining agreement covered more than 3,000 workers in ten plants in the Carolinas and Alabama.