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Civil Rights and Labor History Consortium / University of Washington

Labor Events Yearbook: 1932

This is a database of campaigns, strikes, and labor related events as recorded in the Washington State Labor News during 1932. It was researched by Raevynn Leach with help from Magic Demirel. Start by reading the labor highlights report. Below that is the database. Click the links to read the articles.

Highlights 1932 by Raevynn Leach

The Washington State Labor News had much to write about in 1932 but there were few signs of labor activism in that year as unemployment rates surged above 25 percent and those workers who were employed clung desperately to their jobs.  The newspaper mentioned around 20 strikes, most of them out of state and as far away as England.  Closer to home there were numerous reports about wage cuts and articles discussing how long the work week should be in economy that was producing too few jobs.  One local struggle was well covered throughout the year as union workers urged a boycott of movie houses in Seattle owned by the Jensen-Von Herberg Firm. The WSLN encouraged readers to not attend these particular theatres.

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