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November 10, 1933

November 10Workers at the Austin, Minnesota, Hormel plant begin a sit-down strike when owner Jay Hormel refuses to negotiate with their union, the Independent Union of All Workers.  Unable to open his blockaded plant, Hormel accepted binding arbitration and the workers received a ten percent wage increase a month later.

September 23, 1933

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Owner Jay Hormel agrees to recognize the Independent Union of All Workers after workers at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota, mass at the front gate and refuse to go in.  Union leader Frank Ellis stood his ground and Hormel relented, signing an agreement before the entire crowd.  [Image:  Workers on strike at Hormel a few months later.]

August 17, 1985

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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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