Today in Labor History

Labor history is OUR history. The stories of the struggles of working people in this country and around the world to make a better life for themselves and their children and all of us – people who work for a living – are often unknown and untold. Today in Labor History is all about helping to bring those stories to light.

July 16, 1934


After the brutality of “Bloody Thursday” (see July 5), the Joint Marine Strike Committee calls for a general strike.  The San Francisco Labor Council voted to support the call and on July 16, the city shut down as workers from all industries walked off the job.  The four-day San Francisco General Strike ended with an agreement on arbitration in which most of the striking longshoremen’s demands were met.

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