As Labor Day approaches, we offer this look at a workers' strike at the powder plant to which Hercules owes its history and where many Pinole residents owed their livelihoods in the early 20th Century.
Workers at the plant were striking for an eight-hour day for non-union machinists. They refused to show up for work. Meanwhile, bricklayers denied that they were joining the strike in solidarity, calling the rumor a "malicious" ploy to hurt unions.
This article is from the May 10, 1907 edition of the San Francisco Call newspaper. We present it with the original punctuation, spacing and spelling, which includes an error in the headline.
EMPLOYES OF HERCULES POWDER MILL WALK OUT
Refuse to Work With Non-union Men Who Replaced Striking Machinists
BIG PLANT IS TIED UP
Local Bricklayers Deny Report That They Contemplate Going Out
The plant of the Hercules powder company at Pinole was tied up yesterday morning through the refusal of the union men to work at the side of 11 nonunion machinists who had been imported by the company to take the places of the machinists who struck for an eight hour day.
Nearly 1,000 men are affected by the strike. The boiler makers' helpers, electricians, lead burners, steam otters and other unions called out their members working in the mills and declare they will not return to work until the machinists get their eight hour day.
The brick layers union of this city denounce as utterly false a report published to the effect that a general strike of the bricklayers is contemplated. The statement was made that on June 1 the brick layers and structural iron workers would walk out unless their wages were increased.
The brick layers say the rumor is both false and malicious and circulated with intent to injure unionism in this city.
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