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1934 Longshore Strike

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Uploaded on Sep 19, 2007

In 1934, west coast dockworkers joined together under the leadership of a committee headed by Harry Bridges and went out on strike for 88 days. Police and National Guard troops beat and shot workers, leading to deaths in California, Oregon and Washington and scores of injuries. Ultimately, a national arbitration award in Oct. 1934 ended in victory for the workers, who were awarded a joint Hiring Hall and a coastwide longshore contract, the two goals of the entire action.

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