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On December 6, 1977, the United Mine Workers of America walked off the job. This moment demonstrated a moment when workers thought they could gain more power in the economy. But they effectively lost this strike and the war on workers throughout American got underway. By the 1960s, the UMWA was a dictatorial mess. John […]
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On October 22, 1945, workers in the Charleston, South Carolina tobacco factories walked off the job. This largely Black but in fact multiracial strike was a critical point in the immediate postwar period and the victory that resulted served as a lesson in what unions could do if they can break down some of the […]
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On October 1, 1945, members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) in New York started a wildcat strike against the corrupt and conservative leadership of their union, as well as the terrible working conditions they faced. The wildcat strike would fail, showing the limits of rank-and-file insurgencies against corrupt and violent union leadership. As a […]
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On September 13, 1932, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers led a successful strike of garment workers in Baltimore. This strike was a sign of the growing organizing of the 1930s that would eventually change the world for much of the American working class. The garment industry was decline in Baltimore even before the Great Depression. In […]
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