Workers will not accept continued abuse from their employers.

Proletariate : Railway Workers
The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 was the first major rail strike in the United States. During a period of large-scale development of the nation's railway system, the industry's growth brought with it significant labor disputes. When railway companies imposed substantial, consecutive wages cuts, and increasing demands on workers without additional crew members, the workers responded by going on strike and blockading trains.
The strike, an anonymous Baltimore merchant wrote, "is not a revolution of fanatics willing to fight for an idea. It is a revolt of working men against low prices of labor, which have not been accomplished with corresponding low prices of food, clothing and house rent." (Source: