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CSU Carpenter strike

Photo caption: Picket line in front of the Disney Studio main gate on Buena Vista Street.

Source: MPSC, Local 839

CSU carpenters responded with a strike.  Roy Brewer and President Walsh persuaded the producers to support the IA in the matter.

By now studio workers were sick of the conflict and desperate to settle matters.  They knew that the producers had an enormous backlog of films they could release in the event of a protracted strike.  Workers, on one side or the other, were going to lose.  President Walsh was determined it would not be IA members who did.

The strike was marred by violence and tension on both sides.  The public and other industry workers were tired of this interminable fighting.  SAG President Robert Montgomery reflected the mood in Hollywood when he said: “Strikers and non-strikers are not fighting over a question of wages and hours.  They are fighting because two international presidents of AFL unions cannot agree on which union should have jurisdiction over 350 jobs.  The livelihood of 30,000 American workers, all members of the AFL, is endangered and an entire industry has been thrown into chaos and confusion.”

It was impossible to explain to those not directly involved just how critical a victory in this struggle would be.

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