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October 25, 1949


A strike that began in May by longshoremen in Hawaii over wage parity with their mainland counterparts ends in victory despite scabbing and attempts to break the strike, arrests and court actions, and the employers’ refusal to go to arbitration.  The ILWU victory gave Hawaii longshoremen the same kind of recognition and status won by the mainland longshoremen in 1934.

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