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Victory in New Orleans

Photo caption: A backstage look at a turn-of-the-century theatre.

Source: National Archives

With a successful strike in New Orleans, IA became a force to be reckoned with.  Fearful of picket line conflict, the theatre owners circumvented the pickets by bringing strikebreakers through a manhole in the street.  The story goes that then-President Charles C.  Shay took a chair and sat on top of that manhole so no workers could get in or out.

The successful strike got IA members back to work and the union gained recognition from dominant New Orleans theatre interests.