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The proposed contract was defeated by a small majority in both ballots. November 13, 1933 in History. It eventually became part of the United Packinghouse Workers Union of the CIO. By Staff Reports. But the Communist Party registered the leftist retreat the earliest and clearest: "The local leadership's attacks on the leadership of the UFCW has played into the hands of the corporations' union busting strategy and will be used to split and divide other locals and be used as ammunition against the union in organizing drives..." (Daily World, 2/6). Instead there were hundreds of union men and women blocking the gates and the scabs did not pass that day or the next. On August 17, 1985, about 1,500 Hormel Foods Corporation workers went on strike at the meat-processing plant at the company’s headquarters in Austin, Minnesota. A plant occupation may be illegal, but it is also illegal to block streets with cars. Hormel had already announced that a defeat of this proposal would trigger the opening of the plan with scabs and as many P-9 members as were willing to cross picket lines. See also Philip S. Foner, History of the Labor Move ment in the United States: The Industrial Workers of the World, 1905–1917 (New York: International Publishers, 1965), pp. 15, No. The UFCW's trusteeship was upheld by federal District Court judge Edward Devitt on June 2nd and the UFCW then changed the locks on the union's offices, seized all files and funds, and ousted the elected leadership. "We Were the Poor People" -- The Hormel Strike of 1933, by Larry D. Engelmann. People were not happy. Event: 1st modern sit-down strike, Hormel meat packers, Austin, Minn. More Notable Events on November 13: 1994 Sweden agrees to join European Union 1982 Vietnam War Memorial dedicated in Washington D.C. 1956 Supreme Court … General Headquarters He can be reached at rachleff@macalester.edu. But in 1984 the International proposed a $1.69 per hour wage cut for Hormel workers outside Austin (from $10.69 to $9 per hour). The day the plant opened there was no mass civil disobedience or publicity campaigns. Below is a timeline depicting the events of the Hormel strike of 1985. Local P-9 had wanted to restore the old $10.69 per hour standard wage. Since then his track record has been mixed -- some wins, some losses but nothing approaching the publicity of the J.P. Stevens campaign. On August 17, 1985, about 1,500 Hormel Foods Corporation workers went on strike at the meat-processing plant at the company’s headquarters in Austin, Minnesota. . But the company claims it can run the plant with only 1,050 people. They strike and hire a New York consultant to manage a national media campaign against Hormel. Hormel announces the plan to cut wages from $10.69 to $8.25 per hour ($28.05 to $21.65 adjusted for inflation). "CD" only produces arrests, it does not produce any power for the workers. Lewie Anderson, UFCW vice-president and head of the Packinghouse Division, had negotiated the agreement that was falsely presented to P-9 as protection against wage cuts. Meanwhile, if Hormel can successfully recruit and train a scab workforce, the company has no reason to listen to strikers' demands. What had been signed by the UFCW was not what had been sold to the local's members. The strikers, members of United Food and Commercial Workers’ Local P-9, cited a wage freeze, dangerous working conditions, and a wage cut as the reasons for the strike, which continued for thirteen months. So move out!”, – (Larry Engelmann, “We Were the Poor — The Hormel Strike of 1933,” Labor History, Fall, 1974.). And seeing the scabs take their jobs is demoralizing for the strikers. That this could even be considered a matter of serious debate was a disgrace. But instead of asking retail clerks to refuse to handle Hormel products, the International demanded unconditional surrender by P-9. Workers from all industries were there, carrying signs, union banners and the American flag. The $20 million in concessions helped to finance Hormel's new $100 million plant in Austin. It's included here for information purposes only. For an informative and fun ‘this day in peace/justice/labor history’ type list, sign up for the Peace Button folks’ newsletter. Nonetheless, about half of the 900 workers on the morning shift were persuaded to stay out. The International leaders are attempting to set up a "dual union" of the bureaucrats, to replace the real union of P-9 strikers, and negotiate a new constract with Hormel over the heads of the workers. The Packinghouse Division of the UFCW was the inheritor of the traditions of the CIO United Packinghouse Workers Union (UPWA) and the AFL Amalgamated Meatcutters Union. Since the AFL-CIO heads see corporate campaigns as a way to avoid strikes, they actually favor them, as the J.P. Stevens campaign demonstrates. The summary of the contract provided by the International said that the agreement continued the policy of wages being adjusted to the national standard and prohibited wage reductions. Union workers physically remove Jay Hormel from the company’s general offices and shut down the refrigeration system, causing the meat to spoil. At that time local P-9 was being led by a more pro-company case of officials, who decided to break away from the Hormel master contract in exchange for a supposed guarantee that there would be no more cuts at Austin. This article focuses on the circumstances and activism of commercial farmers and people working for wages. When strikers are outside on picketlines, they are an easier target for cop violence and management has a free hand inside the plant. Hormel was not motivated by financial losses since it was -- and remains -- highly profitable. Management would think twice before ordering a cop assault to clear the plant of sit-down strikers. In their collective defiance of the heads of the UFCW International Union, the Hormel strikers have raised the question, Who shall run the labor movement, the careerist, top-down hierarchy of the AFL-CIO-type unions, or the rank and file whose lives are directly affected? The heads of the AFL-CIO unions are definitely opposed to the sit-down tactic. The successful Hormel strike helped initiate a new wave of labor militancy, as the vast unemployment created by the Great Depression continued to put downward pressure on wages across the country, and new employment programs such as the Civil Works Administration, created by first year President Franklin Roosevelt, had only just begun. P-9 then sent out roving pickets to spread the strike and shut down production at the other plants in the Hormel chain. 483-510. (See Strategy of Appeasement.) On the company side, active preparations were underway for a strike. The local union president, Mel Maas, stood at the plant gates, along with representatives from the UFCW International, telling workers this was not a sanctioned picket and that they should go to work. Even before the trusteeship was imposed, Joe Hansen made an unconditional offer to Hormel for the strikers to return to work. Hormel was particularly vulnerable to this strategy since it is not a conglomerate that can bleed off profits from one industrial division to prop up another during a strike. “Four hundred men, many of them armed with clubs, sticks and rocks, crashed through the plant entrance, shattering the glass doors and sweeping the guards before them. For more information, see the Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-Class History, Vol. The NPR reporter commented that he sounded very much like a company spokesman. Kirkland lets it be known that from now on the AFL will try to intervene in disputes between Internationals and insurgent locals. The workers of Hormel's Austin operations were first pressured to give concessions in the 1978 contract, which included a rigorous "no-strike" clause. 'A Real Threat' Kim Moody, publisher of … The UFCW mailing included a form letter, addressed to Hormel's personnel manager, which states that the applicant is willing to take any job unconditionally. P-9 strike member | Star Tribune. Having broken through the protective circle of vehicles, the cops moved in to arrest picketers. The labor struggle in the meatpacking industry has faced some of the most brutal, dangerous, racist and unsanitary conditions in American industry. See also Philip S. Foner, History of the Labor Move ment in the United States: The Industrial Workers of the World, 1905–1917 (New York: International Publishers, 1965), pp. 1982–1984: Hormel opens the new plant and decides to terminate the 1933 agreement. States) Detroit, Michigan, Tool and Die Strike occurred. The strike lasted two days, and as the years passed militancy dissipated. For Rogers P-9 provided the opportunity of another J.P. Stevens and Corporate Campaign threw themselves into this like there was no tomorrow. To do that it was necessary to stop production. Everywhere in that crowded auditorium you could feel it, that we all need something, something diffferent, something new from the labor movement, and maybe this is where it will start. Olson refused to send in the National Guard to break up the strike, as Hormel requested. One . Magazine Premium created by c.bavota. When the pickets arrived at the Hormel operation in Atlanta, they discovered that the UFCW had only a minimal organizing effort going on. Published 9:57 pm Saturday, August 14, 2010. The tactic works; Hormel agrees to submit wage demands to binding arbitration. Local P-9 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), made up of workers at Hormel's main plant at Austin, Minnesota, has attempted to break out of isolation in several ways: a "Corporate Campaign" that tried to bring consumer pressure against Hormel's main bank, a consumer boycott of Hormel meat products, and by roving pickets sent to other Hormel plants. "In 1933 the meatpackers at the Hormel plant launched the plant's first labor strike" here or after it would be good to know the demands and if they were successful Added a new reference and added some demands, with the success of the strike discussed further down in the paragraph. Support in the community is fairly strong. People in Minnesota have made a living through a variety of ways, including subsistence farming, hunting and gathering, trade, and managing businesses. 15, issue 4 (Fall 1974) MNHS call number: Available digitally through the Electronic Library for Minnesota (link will not work outside MN) Father Hass and the Minneapolis Truckers' Strike of 1934, by Thomas E. Blantz. They put him in touch with Ray Rogers and Corporate Campaign, Inc. Ray Rogers is a man with a mission and that mission is to reshape the labor movement, for a price. 1933 (United States) Hormel, Iowa, Meat-Packing Strike occurred. Everyone wants to believe it. A sit-down strike would have been the most effective way to shut down production and force Hormel to take the strikers' concerns seriously. With Jesse Jackson, Juan Munoz, Ray Rogers. About 1,400 members of Local P-9 of the United Food and Commercial Workers walked out over wages and working conditions. The International failed to provide documents and witnesses by local P-9, which denounced the proceedings as a "sham" and a "farce.". "Strikes are obsolete," he told them. The rule of thumb in meatpacking today is that each company will squeeze or discard the UFCW for the lowest wages and the worst conditions it can get. First Bank was descended upon with pickets at branches in three states and protesters at their shareholders meeting. Workers' first concern may be their on-the-job situation but the International union heads do not share those conditions and their first concern is the survival of the union as a bureaucratic institution. On 19 August 1985 Local P-9 of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) went on strike against Geo. By the end of the week the National Guard was in place and the area around the plant was placed under martial law. The honorable governor was worried about the political fallout from a major confrontation between the Guard and large groups of strike supporters. 483-510. Rogers and his supporters in local P-9 preached "civil disobedience" yet a plant occupation would have been the most effective form of "disobedience." He came to Austin and sold Guyette -- and then the membership -- on a campaign to restore to P-9 what Hormel and the UFCW had taken away. Email - ghq [at] iww.org Strike leaders appear to be planning to join forces this summer with like-minded unionists who will be in bargaining between Hormel and the international union on contracts that expire Sept. 1. A timeline of the Hormel strike. 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