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General strike against LA producers

The Alliance, through President Shay’s aggressive efforts, was successful in getting studio jobs for IA members.  The International felt confident enough to call a general strike in 1918 against producers, demanding recognition of the IA as the bargaining agent for its members, calling for a closed shop and a wage increase.  The IA also demanded overtime pay, and double time for Sunday work.
IA called out the projectionists in a secondary boycott.
But the timing wasn’t right.  Several studios remained open thanks to strikebreakers from the Carpenters.  The Department of Labor eventually settled the strike, with a wage scale granted but no union recognition.

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