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Police Clear Metrobus Strikers from Yard Entrance 1974 # 1 | by Washington Area Spark
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Police Clear Metrobus Strikers from Yard Entrance 1974 # 1

Police clear strikers from yard entrance at the garage on Bladensburg Road NE Washington, DC May 4, 1974. A union member who crossed the picket line after the union called an end to its strike is operating the bus. Most workers continued a “wildcat” strike until May 6.


Union officials had ordered the unauthorized strike ended on May 2 and some union members crossed picket lines including a shop steward at the Bladensburg Division. He was defeated in the next election.


For a blog post on the turmoil in the D.C. transit union from 1974-80, see


See set description “Transit Strike 1974” for more information and additional photos:


For images and information on the 1978 wildcat Metro wildcat strikes, see


Photo by Joseph Silverman. Reprinted with permission of the DC Public Library, Star Collection, © Washington Post. This image was not part of the original Washington Area Spark collection and has been added to give context to the time period. Scanned from an original photograph.

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Taken on May 4, 1974