Today in labor history: Rubber workers start huge sit-down strike

On this day in 1936, rubber workers in Akron Ohio began a sit-down strike that resulted in union recognition.

The sit-down tactic proved extremely effective. Workers literally sat in at their jobs and refused to leave. As a result, the company was unable to hire scab replacements.

In Akron, the tactic was first employed by competing union baseball teams, who protested the use of a non-union umpire.

The 1936 strike action began with truck tire workers at Firestone protesting the firing of a union committee leader. A wave of strikes at Goodrich and other plants ensued. Some 19 sit-downs in the following three months occurred. 

The tactic then spread to auto workers in  Michigan and was used famously in Flint.


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