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AVONDALE STRIKE

There were strikes all through 1933. I shouldn't say “all through” '33 really, but there were quite a few in the autumn. Even under the NRA there would be short-lived, sometimes serious, strikes over the fact that an employer did not wish to meet with his workers for collective bargaining. He would say that he wouldn't. It was out of that situation that the NRA labor adjustment committee was born. I have described some of those strikes, the most outstanding ones.

I don't recall now whether the large and general southern textile strike got going in the autumn and winter of '33, or whether it was the spring of '34. That was one of the most important and most difficult strikes that we had to handle. Certainly it long antedated the famous Toledo strike, which was actually not of much consequence. The Toledo strike got into the newspapers because the editor of the Toledo Blade chose to make himself a party to it one way or the other. Therefore, it at once had news value, which it otherwise would not have had. There were certain other aspects of it that gave it news value too,



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