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1934 west coast longshore strike

  • by billorton
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  • 9 minutes, 45 seconds
In 1934, dockworkers along the west coast united behind a strike committee led by Harry Bridges, who took longshore workers out for 88 days. The success of the strike came from the solidarity of other maritime workers honoring the line and public support that grew following the killing by police of two workers on July 5, 1934 in a melee that came to be known as Bloody Thursday. Ultimately, the longshore workers won a national arbitration award which established a coastwide contract and created a hiring hall that finally gave workers a say over how jobs are assigned on the docks. Born from this bloody and hard strike is one of the most vigorous unions in the labor movement, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, or ILWU.
In 1934, dockworkers along the west coast united behind a strike committee led by Harry Bridges, who took longshore workers out for 88 days. The success of the strike came from the solidarity of other maritime workers honoring the line and public...
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