Cafeteria workers strike Government Printing Office: 1938
Cafeteria workers at the Government Printing Office pose for a photo as they go on strike September 19, 1938 in a contract dispute.
Nearly 100 predominantly white members of the Hotel & Restaurant Union, AFL struck for nearly three weeks in a quest for better benefits and pay.
The strike took place against the backdrop of a citywide organizing drive by the rival and newly formed predominantly African American United Cafeteria & Restaurant Employees Local 471, CIO.
The new-found militancy of at the GPO produced a contract with substantial wage improvements, sick leave, improved vacation pay and pay for holidays—benefits that cafeteria workers across the city were seeking.
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The photographer is unknown. The image is a Newspaper Enterprise Association photo obtained via an Internet sale.