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Union troubles come to a head in Los Angeles

Photo caption: American Federation of Labor Reports of Proceedings

The Los Angeles Merchants and Manufacturers Association (M&M) railroaded an anti-picketing ordinance.  The LA City Council complied.  Shortly thereafter, 470 workers were arrested for picketing.  However, public sympathy was with the strikers, and juries released defendants almost as quickly as they were arrested.

The climax came on October 1, 1910.  The Los Angeles Times building was dynamited, killing 20 workers.  James McNamara, brother of the secretary of the Ironworkers’ union, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the Times building explosion.

This event set back the cause of labor, not only in Los Angeles, but nationwide.