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Labor--Washington--Strikes - 2

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Tacoma Smelter Picketed
Members of Tacoma Local 25 of the United Steelworkers Union marched Monday morning in front of the main gate of the American Smelting and Refining Co. here. Nearly 1,000 workers struck at midnight and shut down the copper-smelting plant as part of a nationwide strike.
Photograph by Jerry Buck

Labor--Washington--Strikes - 4

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Workers picketed Utilities Department headquarters
Photo by Warren Anderson


Striking Water Division employees picketed the Utilities building and other facilities, blaming the bargaining impasse on the Utilities Director Aldo J Benedetti. Photo by staff member Warren Anderson.

Labor--Washington--Strikes - 3

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Russ Carmack/Photographer


Sally Zimmerman and Mary Ann Calkins, wives of Tacoma ironworkers Union Local 114, became stand-in pickets for their husbands and the union. The women appeared at a construction site on 19th and South State streets. Photo by staff member Russ Carmack.

Demonstrations 1975 thru 1980 - 5

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About 700 fishermen, mainly members of sportsmen groups, picketed the federal courthouse in protest of District Court Judge George H. Boldt's decision to grant special fishing rights to Native Americans. Photo by Bob Rudsit.


A crowd of several dozen gather on A Street in Downtown Tacoma outside the Old Post Office. Most of the signs held are blurred or other wise unreadable, but several visible signs read, "Fish Now Elk This Fall." Three small boats and one RV is parked along the street protestors are gathered on.

Labor--Washington--Strikes - 5

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Photograph by Bob Rudsit


Striking gasfitters and electrical workers stall in talks with employers. The strike had been in progress for 69 days. About 340 union members from parts of King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, and Lewis counties have been affected, with an additional 260 members of other unions striking in support. Photo by staff member Bob Rudsit.

Demonstrations 1975 thru 1980 - 6

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Demonstrations
Carmack


Striking teamsters Mike Brennen (left) and Brent Ranton play chess while waiting for Teamsters Local 313 and Pierce County beer distributors to agree on wages. The teamsters stopped delivering beer after talks about wages broke down. Photo by staff member Russ Carmack.

Labor--Washington--Strikes - 6

Striking foundrymen gathered at the Atlas Foundry and Machine Co. to picket as their negotiators met in Portland, trying to reach an agreement with a group of foundries located in Oregon, Washington, and California. “The strikers are members of Washington State Local 158 of the Molders and Allied Workers union.” They have been on strike for six weeks.


Striking workers hold up an effigy wearing a hardhat and holding a signs reading, "SCAB" and "Reward for the capture of any SCAB or truck inside foundry." Other signs read, "United we stand, divided we fall," and "On Strike/International Molders Allied Workers Union/Local 158 AFL CIO."

Demonstrations 1975 thru 1980 - 8

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Around 40 Iranian students marched nine miles through Tacoma, bringing attention to the revolution occurring inside Iran. They were protesting the Iranian state and the shah. Demonstrators, wearing masks, carry banners and signs reading, "Down with the Shah- the puppet of US Imperialism," "Stop and Shah's Bloodbath," and "Independence and democracy for Iran." Staff photo by Bob Rudsit.

Demonstrations 1975 thru 1980 - 9

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Two demonstrators march outside of the Metropolitan Development Council office. One holds a sign reading, "What is MDC doing for Puerto Rican Community?" Another sign says, "MDC does not serve us (Puerto Ricans) at all!"

Demonstrations 1975 thru 1980 - 10

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About 30 farmers halted the Port of Tacoma’s import meat operations while protesting the importation of low-cost meat. The farmers were mainly from Eastern Washington and said they were a part of the American Agriculture organization. Photo by staff member Bob Rudsit


Striking workers, wearing raincoats, hoods, and scarves, stand on a wet street. They hold signs reading, "American Agricultural Strike/100% Parity at the market place/We need your support you need agriculture."

Demonstrations 1975 thru 1980 - 14

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Demonstrations


Riot police stop a pro-Mao demonstration on University District’s main. The demonstrators shouted, “Long live Mao Tse-tung; death, death, death to Teng.” They were protesting the US government’s current friendly relationship with the Chinese government. Photo by staff member Bruce Larson.

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