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The Alliance loses its power struggle in Hollywood

Producers used the New Deal as an excuse to “keep operating at all costs.” They declared it their patriotic duty to keep the studios running.

A secondary boycott among projectionists was initiated, but the Great Depression reduced the numbers of union projectionists to less than half of what they had been.  Here, too, the IBEW was only too eager to step into a booth left empty by an IA projectionist walking out in support of his Hollywood brothers.

Nevertheless, solidarity was high among the strikers in Los Angeles.  They pledged mutual support and encouragement - right to the end.  Sadly, their courage went unrewarded. Despite appeals to the AFL Executive Board, a lawsuit against the IBEW and the Carpenters, and appeals directly to President Roosevelt, the Alliance lost its power struggle in Hollywood.