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September 14, 2014
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Sept. 12, 1934:  National Guardsmen fire on “sullen and rebellious” strikers at the Woonsocket (Rhode Island) Rayon plant, killing one and injuring three others. A correspondent said the crowd of about 2,000 “went completely wild with rage.” Word spread, 6,000 more workers arrived at the scene and the city was put under military rule. The governor declared that “there is a Communist uprising and not a textile strike” in the state.
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Just What's Behind This Increase in Lockouts?
Posted On: Oct 12, 2012

Oct. 12, 2012 | Let's be clear about what a lockout is: It's the opposite of a strike. The employer withholds work in order to gain concessions from workers. Lockouts are growing in frequency. Sotheby's auction house locked out its [Teamster] art handlers. Cooper Tire did the same to its workers….Lockouts have not been very common in the past, because usually businesses would prefer to keep operating and getting the value of workers' labor. But in the current economic climate, even profitable enterprises are seeking to wrangle a few extra dollars out of workers. Full story here.


 
 
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