Today in history: May 16, 1934 - The Minneapolis General Strike of 1934 begins. It grew out of a strike by Teamsters against most of the trucking companies operating in Minneapolis, a major distribution center for the Upper Midwest. The strike began on May 16 in the Market District (the modern day Warehouse District) and the conflict lasted periodically throughout the summer. The strike paved the way for the organization of over-the-road drivers and the growth of the Teamsters union, as well as making Minneapolis a union town. The 1934 Minneapolis strike along with the 1934 West Coast Longshore Strike and the 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite Strike were key catalysts for the rise of industrial unionism in the 1930s.
(image: open battle between striking teamsters and the police in the streets of Minneapolis)
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