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Minneapolis-Moline Strike, 1946

Work stopped shortly after 9 a.m. on May 27, 1946 at the Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue Minneapolis-Moline factory.  The resulting walkout pictured above caused a 45 minute traffic jam on Lake Street while CIO Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 1146 union executive William Mauser (circled) addressed the striking employees.  The union agreed not to strike during World War II but 5 days after the war ended 476 employees were fired by management because it claimed the union was orchestrating a slow-down. 

The strike lasted two months and marked the beginning of increased labor tensions between the union and management throughout the late 1940s.

If you would like to learn more about Minneapolis-Moline and the Lake Street Factory, check out our Minneapolis Moline Collection and the factory’s Placeography page.