In 1969, 400 poorly paid Black women - hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina - went on strike to demand union recognition and a wage increase, only to find themselves in confrontation with the National Guard and the state government.
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mentions the workers are being paid $1.30 per hour. This was the federal minimum wage for those jobs in 1969. With inflation, that amount would equate to about $9.10 per hour in 2019. See more