San Francisco General Strike: Principles, Philosophies, and Applicability
Presentation by Gifford Hartman and David Duckworth.
Launching from the historic General Strike of 1934, historians David Duckworth and Gifford Hartman converse on the broader ramifications of this moment in West Coast labor unity. Considering the scope and tactics of that defining moment, examples of other significant strikes are examined and contrasted, principles and philosophies are drawn out, and analysis of effects assessed. Within a rich matrix of historical precedent, the question is raised as to the applicability of the general strike in today’s socio-economic world.
Laborfest began in 1994 to commemorate the 1934 general strike that made San Francisco a union town, and together with the 1934 General Strikes in Minneapolis and Toledo, made possible in 1935, the passage of the Social Security and Unemployment Insurance Act, and the legalizing of the right to organize labor unions with the Wagner Act. See https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v66n1/v66n1p1.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Labor_Relations_Act
(Wagner Act) http://www.laborfest.net/welcome.htm
See also: http://www.laborfest.net/2017/2017schedule.htm http://www.thegreenarcade.com/