In December 1946, 100,000 union members participated in a 54-hour general strike that effectively shut down Oakland, California.
Since November,425 non-union retail clerks at Kahn’s and Hastings department stores
had been picketing for several weeks, attempting to organize as the Retail Clerks (Local 1265). On December 1, after Teamsters refused to deliver merchandise to the stores in solidarity, the Retail Merchants Association, sent in 12 trucks driven by non-union strikebreakers, supported by a 300-member police escort
[PDF]. The next day, "the bus drivers," remembers Secretary of the Alameda County Central Labor Council Robert Ash, "told the police that the carmen had never crossed a picket line, and so long as that cop picket line was across the street, they were not going to take the streetcars or the buses through.
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posted by liketitanic
on Oct 27, 2011 -
is no stranger
(even breaking its own length record
), and the latest is shaping up much like the previous - TA & Lecturers' union on the picket line, admin in the ugly concrete buildings, and undergrads looking cold and confused all around
But since the last strike in 2001, a few things have changed. No, not the issues (same as always - living wages for TAs, job security for lecturers) or the effect (disruption of undergrad education) - but last time there were few discussion forums
, no facebook groups
by the local newspaper, and definitely no (somewhat obvious
, but still mildly entertaining
) Apple ad parodies
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posted by jb
on Dec 18, 2008 -
Teachers jailed for, well, NOT teaching...
I live in Middletown, but I think this is interesting for the general crowd. Aren't teachers allowed to strike? Should they be forced to return to work without a contract?
Should they be thrown in jail because the school board won't work with them on a contract?
posted by rich
on Dec 4, 2001 -