Mark R. Wolff on the 1937 Memorial Day Massacre, in which police fired upon striking CIO workers.
Although the United Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) won a contract from the largest steel company, U.S. Steel, in 1937, the “Little Steel” corporations— including Bethlehem Steel Corp., Republic Steel Corp., Youngstown Sheet and Tube, National Steel Corp., Inland Steel Co. and American Rolling Mill Co. Republic Steel—refused to recognize the new union.
An account by anarchist and union organizer Rose Pesotta of the 1936 Akron rubberworkers strike, which utilized the sit-down tactic. From the book Bread Upon the Waters.
Akron, rubber manufacturing capital of the world. A drab Mid-Western industrial city of 255,000. A city with a hum, a throb, anodor all its own. It made the front pages in February, 1936. A strike had closed the largest tire factory on the globe, which had 14,000 employees.
Reports from an organizer involved in efforts to organize a Goodyear plant in Alabama in 1941.
Originally appeared in Labor History Volume 18, Issue 4, 1977.
An essay by Robert H. Zieger on some of the various writings on the CIO up to 1985.
Originally appeared in Labor History Volume 26, Issue 4, 1985
In possibly the best book on the American working class movement ever written, Jeremy Brecher narrates the hidden history of mass strikes from 1877 to 1970 from the point of view of the workers themselves.
Attached in PDF format is the 1972 version of this book. We heartily recommend readers buy this book - a revised version was published in 1999.