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Title
Strikers gathered at Warner Brothers studio
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
1945
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Title supplied by cataloger.; Photograph was edited for publication purposes and has several light-colored spots.
In February 1945, Herbert Sorrell lead a six-month strike that originated with a dispute between two unions, the CSU (Conference of Studio Unions) and the IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada) over which one of them had union authority over seventy-seven set decorators. An independent arbitrator appointed by the War Labor Board found that the CSU had jurisdiction over the set decorators. When Hollywood producers refused to acknowledge that decision, the strike began. Around 10,000 CSU workers went on strike, picketing all of the studios. Many members of IATSE refused to cross the picket lines or do work normally filled by members of the CSU. The studios, however, had films already completed and were able to handle the strike better than the workers. By October, resources were running low and on October 5, 1945, picketers and replacement workers were involved in a bloody battle that became known as Hollywood Black Friday. Police and sheriffs from several departments were called in to handle the melee. Over 40 people were injured and property was destroyed. The strike was settled for a time. Another strike was called in September, 1946, after the studios replaced CSU workers and locked them out. After more fighting, the Screen Actors Guild voted to cross picket lines, a blow to the strikers. The CSU finally voted to permit impoverished members and supporters to cross the picket lines and return to work. These events led to the enactment of the Taft-Hartley Act, a federal bill that restricts the activities and power of labor unions.
Photograph caption dated October 10, 1945 reads "After mass arrests four pickets, arrows, allowed on main gate." The arrows are faded and hard to see, but the four men are standing in front of a line of policemen in the bottom half of the photograph. A traffic signal is on each side of the street. The middle of the street is clear, with a large crowd on the opposite side and beyond that group are several buildings and trees. Men can be seen on the roof of one of the buildings, Angelo's Cafe. An ad on the side of the cafe reads "Ben-Hur delicious coffee." Warner Brothers studios are located in Burbank, California.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00106618
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 7030
CARL0005348077
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/32160
Subject
Conference of Studio Unions
Warner Bros
Ben-Hur Products, Inc
Strikes and lockouts--Motion picture industry--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Motion picture studios--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)--Employees
Motion picture industry--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)--Employees
Labor unions--United States
Crowds--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Police--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Streets--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Traffic signs and signals--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Roofs--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Coffee shops--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Restaurants--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Trees--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Men--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Women--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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