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General strike against LA producers

Photo caption: In 1891, Harrigan's Theatre in New York was located on 35th Street.

The Alliance, through President Shay’s aggressive efforts, was successful in getting studio jobs for IA members.  The International felt confident enough to call a general strike in 1918 against producers, demanding recognition of the IA as the bargaining agent for its members, calling for a closed shop and a wage increase.  The IA also demanded overtime pay, and double time for Sunday work.

IA called out the projectionists in a secondary boycott.

But the timing wasn’t right.  Several studios remained open thanks to strikebreakers from the Carpenters.  The Department of Labor eventually settled the strike, with a wage scale granted but no union recognition.