May Day Picket 1974
This set of photos depicts a May Day picket line (May 1, 1974) at the Trailways terminal on 12th St. NW sponsored by On The Move Newspaper and the United Farmworkers in support of Trailways bus drivers who had been on strike for two years. The drivers were members of the United Transportation Union

The 300 drivers for the Safeway Trails Company (a subsidiary of the Trailways Company that Gulf Oil had a controlling interest in) began a strike April 2, 1972.

Two months after this picket line, an administrative law judge ruled unfair labor practice charges levied by the National Labor Relations Board to be without merit.

This strike foreshadowed the bitter seven week 1983 Greyhound strike that ended in defeat for the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and a disasterous 1990 three-year strike that also ended in defeat for the ATU.

The Trailways terminal on 12th Street between NY Ave. & I St where the photos were taken has been torn down and replaced by a large office building at 1201 New York Ave. NW.

This set of images was scanned from original negatives except for 1 scan of an 8 x 10 photo. Non-commerical use of photos on this site should be credited to Reading/Simpson unless otherwise noted. Commercial use of these items is prohibited without express permission.
18 photos · 57 views