Today in Labor History

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August 17, 1985


When Hormel demands a 23 percent wage cut on top of a 1977-wage freeze, workers in Austin, MN, walk off the job in protest.  The UFCW called off the strike after six months, but the majority of the meatpackers refused to go back to work, and the international placed the local in receivership.  Hormel hired permanent replacement workers at significantly lower wages.


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