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1934 Minneapolis Truckers’ Strike

Minneapolis Central Library, 2nd floor, Doty Board Room
Thursday, July 17, 6:30–9 p.m.
In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the 1934 truckers’ strikes, Canadian labor historian Bryan Palmer will talk about his book “Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strikes of 1934.” The strikes had state-wide significance and galvanized the labor movement in Minnesota.

Summary from our catalog: In the newest in the Historical Materialism series, Bryan Palmer tells the compelling story of how a handful of revolutionary Trotskyists, working in the largely non-union trucking sector, led the drive to organize the unorganized and build an industrial union. What emerges is a compelling narrative of class struggle, a reminder of what can be accomplished, even in the worst of circumstances, with a principled and far-seeing leadership.

Other speakers include Minnesota historian Mary Wingerd, historian and author William Millikan, and authors David Thorstad and John Lauritsen. More events around the 80th anniversary of the strike.

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.