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Police Ignore the Right to Picket


On May 28, 1937, an orderly column numbering between 700 and 1000 people marched on Republic Steel’s South Chicago Works. The march was led by a woman, a bicyclist, and a man named "Dominic Esposito," who was carrying an American flag....



As Possibility of Strike Looms, Steel Companies Prepare for War


By May 5, 1937, with a steel strike looming, the sheriff of Mahoning County, Ohio (where Youngstown is located) had sworn in 214 deputies. Fifty-seven were on Republic Steel’s payroll and 114 on Sheet &...


Companies Use Violence to Undermine Union


By April 1937, most of the workers at Little Steel’s mills in the Calumet region of Indiana and Illinois had joined the union. There were 8000 union members at Bethlehem’s Cambria Works in Johnstown and 32,000 in the mills in...


Is It a Fair Fight When You Can't Even Discuss the Possibility of Unions?


In January 1937, Republic Steel sent agents to follow Cleveland-based union organizer, Gerald Breads, who was distributing pro-union literature. They shadowed Breads all day, kidnapped him near...

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