Today in Labor History October 5th

The Battle of Burbank

A  six-month strike by set decorators turned into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California when scabs tried to cross the picket line. The incident is still identified as “Hollywood Black Friday” and “The Battle of Burbank”. By the end of the day, some 300 police and deputy sheriffs had been called to the scene and over 40 injuries were reported. The strikes helped the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947 and led to the eventual breakup of the Conference of Studio Unions (CSU) and the reorganization of the then rival International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) leadership. – 1945

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The UAW ended a three-week strike against Ford Motor Company when the company agreed to a contract that included more vacation days and better retirement and unemployment benefits. – 1976

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