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Civil Rights and Labor History Consortium / University of Washington

Labor Events Yearbook: 1930

This is a database of campaigns, strikes, and labor related events as recorded in the Washington State Labor News during 1930. It was researched by Eunji Lee. Start by reading her labor highlights report. Below that is the database. Click the links to read the articles.

Highlights 1930 by Eunji Lee

The Great Depression was beginning to make itself felt in 1930. Articles in the Washington State Labor News show the labor movement mostly attempting to carry on as usual. The weekly newspaper provided no information about changes in union membership, but did report that the American Federation of Labor announced a significant increase in membership nationwide. The article claimed that 3 million people were members of unions. But it is clear that with unemployment mounting unions were under pressure as employers broke unions or refused to renew contracts.

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