Today in Labor History

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March 1, 1936


The crew of the passenger ship SS California launches a sit-down strike for better wages and working conditions. When the ship was due to depart from California, the crew refused to cast off or leave the ship. Joseph Curran (also born on this day in 1906) – a leader of the strike – went on to help found the National Maritime Union the following year, serving as its first president.


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