War on the Docks:
Puget Sound’s Longshoremen in the 1934 Strike
Dock work in this early era was also notoriously uncertain.Employers ran their own hiring halls, known as “Fink Halls,” and typically only hired men on a day-to-day basis.Employer-controlled hiring also meant that owners could deny work to known union organizers.
Longshoremen loading cotton
on Tacoma Dock, 1929
“This is the kind of setup where men
around and waiting to go to work…Wondering whether they were going to be able to earn enough money for rent
for the family.”