Passaic pəsā´ĭk [key], city (1990 pop. 58,041), Passaic co., NE N.J., a port on the Passaic River settled 1678 by Dutch traders as Acquackanonk, named Passaic 1854, inc. as a city 1873. Formerly a great textile center, it now produces rubber goods, factory equipment, chemicals, plastics, aluminum foil, and other goods. The city has been the scene of considerable labor unrest an Industrial Workers of the World strike occurred in 1912, and an important strike in protest against a wage cut and involving the right of assembly occurred in 1926.

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