The first time anyone tried to organize around a labor issue in America it was for breaks to chew food. Teenage girls working and living in a New England mill were concerned that, due to the 16 hour, 6 day work weeks, their colleagues were literally inhaling their lunches without chewing to maximize their free time during their half hour breaks. Mastication was the big health craze of the day, so some of the women got together on a Sunday to petition the owners for better hours so they'd have time to chew their food.
They were met by the sheriff. The leaders were fired, and since everyone working at the factory lived in a dorm, they were also evicted.