Video: The 1934 West Coast Longshore Strike

12 minute film written and narrated by Ron Magden

In 1934, Pacific Coast longshoremen went on strike to win better working conditions, control over the hiring process, and coast-wide union recognition. This short film commemorates their struggle and remembers the longshoremen killed in the course of the strike. Highlights include newsreel footage from the National Archives.

This video was funded by ILWU Local 23 and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. It was written and narrated by Ronald Magden.

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Newsreel Footage (click to play short segments from Ron Magden's film)

Smith Cove (Seattle) battle during 1934 Longshore Strike

Tacoma Timber Workers Strike 1935:
National Guard tear gassing picketers