The town of Pullman was built under a company run by George M. Pullman. Workers would rent homes from him. In 1893, wages were cut due to the Panic of 1893, and Pullman refused to lower rents. Workers went on a strike, led by Eugene V. Debs. Within days, thousands of railroad workers in 27 states and territories went on strike, therefore there was no transportation from Chicago to the west coast. Most governors supported the business side, and union leaders were arrested and imprisoned.