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Bakers strike Safeway and Giant: 1971

Members of the Bakery and Confectionary Workers Union Local 118 walk the picket line at the Safeway bakery in Columbia Park, Md. November 8, 1971 during a strike after the expiration of their labor agreement with Giant and Safeway.


The other facilities affected were the Giant Food bakery in Silver Spring, Md. and in-store bakeries in both chains.


The strike began November 6th after a vote by about 500 members that were covered under the contract with the two companies.


Pickets were initially set up at the stores, but the Teamsters, Retail Clerks and Meatcutters unions refused to honor the picket lines and the stores remained open—a lack of solidarity that would haunt the Retail Clerks during a failed strike a few years later in 1974.


Some Teamsters Union members, however, refused to deliver supplies to the Silver Spring and Columbia Park plants.


The contract dispute with Safeway and Giant was settled after a week on Nov. 15th using the Bakery union contract with Continental Baking Co. and Ottenberg Bakers Inc.—two of the largest wholesale bakers in the region.


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Photo by Pete Copeland. The image is courtesy of the D.C. Public Library Washington Star Collection © Washington Post.


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Taken on November 8, 1971