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May 16, 1934

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When employers refuse to recognize their union, members of the Minneapolis General Drivers and Helpers Union Local 574 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters go on strike, bringing trucking operations in the city to a halt. Despite a concerted and violent effort by employers, the police, and military, the strike ended successfully and was a turning point in Minneapolis labor history.

April 6, 1905


Teamsters in Chicago begin a sympathy strike in support of locked out Montgomery Ward & Co. workers who were on strike to protest the company’s use of nonunion subcontractors. When other businesses rallied to the company’s defense, the dispute spread quickly. Workers battled strikebreakers, police, and scabs for 105 days; 21 people died.

August 4, 1997


185,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from 206 locals across the country go out on strike over part-time work issues at the United Parcel Service (UPS).  The strike lasted fifteen days and ended in a victory for the workers.

July 25, 1907


Trotskyist and labor union leader Farrell Dobbs is born.  Dobbs was one of the principal leaders – along with the Dunne brothers and Carl Skoglund – of the Minneapolis Teamsters strike of 1934 and authored four books on the strike and the subsequent efforts that organized 250,000 truckers in the Midwest.  Dobbs went on to lead the Socialist Workers Party and serve as editor of its publication, The Militant.  (Photo:  Dobbs with Trotsky in Mexico.)

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