Fairfax Hotel Strike 1974
Housekeepers and laundry workers went on strike in February 1974 at the Fairfax Hotel to gain their first contract after bargaining broke down.

In the photos, snow begins to fall heavily. During the mid-70s, strike support was commonplace and the photos show a supporter walking the picket line with strikers.

The 20 or so members of the Hotel & Restaurant and Bartenders Union ultimately succeeded and Local 25 of "UNITE-HERE" (the successor to original union) continues to represent employees at the hotel today. The hotel is located at the corner of 21st Street and Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC

This set of photos scanned from original negatives. Non-commercial use of these photos is permitted with attribution to Reading/Simpson. Commercial use is prohibited without expressed written consent.
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