strikes

The tragic week, Spain 1909 - Murray Bookchin

General strike, Barcelona, 1909

Murray Bookchin's history of the "tragic week": a spontaneous workers' uprising in Catalonia, Spain, which was isolated and crushed by the government, leaving hundreds dead.

The 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite Strike - James Howard

A paper by James Howard about the 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite strike.

When the union's the enemy: an interview with Cleo Silvers

Cleo Silvers, a former organizer with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, discusses racism in the labor movement with Andrew Elrod.

Reflections on a rowdy picket line: The July 20th Ritzy strike

Cinema workers have been some of the leading lights of the class struggle in London. A primarily young workforce, they've been active in forming unions and going on strike. How are we, as radicals, to relate to this new wave of struggle that encompasses both self-organisation and trade unionism?

"We were the poor people": The Hormel strike of 1933 - Larry D. Engelmann

An article by Larry D. Engelmann about the 1933 Hormel strike, organized by the IWW-influenced Independent Union of All Workers (IUAW).

The 1916 Minnesota miners' strike against U.S. Steel - Robert M. Eleff

An article by Robert M. Eleff detailing a 1916 strike which involved the IWW, in the Iron Range of Minnesota.

Images from the South-St. Paul CIO-United Packinghouse Workers ̓strike of 1948

Images from a CIO strike in the meatpacking industry in St. Paul, Minnesota. The strike dragged on for months, picket lines were broken by the National Guard, and the strike was lost.

The 1935 Flour City Ornamental Iron Works strike - Drew Shonka

Damage to Flour City Ornamental Iron Company building during strike, Minneapolis

An article by Drew Shonka about an AFL strike at the Flour City Ornamental Iron Works in Minneapolis, which left 2 dead and dozens injured after police opened fire on pickets after street fighting.

The 1935 Strutwear strike: ‘The stories of the workers are different’ - Elizabeth Faue

1935: Pickets and striking workers at the Strutwear Knitting Company, Minneapoli

An article by Elizabeth Faue about the 1935 Strutwear strike in Minneapolis.

The occupation of the factories: Italy 1920 - Paolo Spriano

Fiat plant occupied by the workers, 1920

The story of the mass wave of strikes and factory occupations which swept Italy 1920-21 told from the documents and accounts of the time. Written in 1964 and translated into English in 1975 by Gwyn A Williams, who also wrote the introduction. We don't agree with all of the political perspective of the author but reproduce this text for its historical factual information.