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Unions, Employers ‘Ready for War’ in Metalworkers’ Strike

June 5, 1910, Kilflea Dog Soap
Kilflea Dog Soap does the job!

June 5, 1910: The battle lines are becoming increasingly firm in the metalworkers’ strike and the attempt to unionize Los Angeles’ foundries, rolling mills and machine shops.

The Times says: "There is no secret about the laborite plan. [San Francisco union official Andy J.] Gallagher and other trouble-making bosses of the metal trades announced the programme. For fear that some of the local agitators might prove too soft-hearted, the work of unionizing the foundries and machine shops has been intrusted to the San Franciscans.

“These fellows boast that there will be a concerted move tomorrow. They say peaceful measures are useless; that Los Angeles must taste of bloodshed and riot before she yields to the labor-union anarchists.”

"Work at the Baker Iron Works has gone ahead without interruption," company official Fred Baker says. "Personally, I would rather raze our plant to the ground and sell the land for city lots than give in."

The Times also reports in the brewery strike that picketers' calls of "Unfair beer!" on South Main and Los Angeles streets "have acted as a stimulus to the thirsty."

June 5, 1910, Unionizing

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