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Aug. 29, 1959: $800,000 in unemployment goes to striking Buffalo steelworkers

With Buffalo’s 28,000 steel workers on strike, four-fifths of the state’s unemployment benefits were to be paid out here -- $45 to each of those eligible workers.

While the benefits were only available after the strike had exceeded seven weeks, New York was the only state involved that offered any unemployment benefits to strikers. Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois did not.

"$800,000 a week due steelworkers in Buffalo area"

“Steel talks recessed Thursday until next Wednesday to allow both sides to study their positions, but there was no indication of any change.”

29 aug 1959 steelworkers strike costs

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