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  • 32-77 Akron Police Clash with Strikers 32-77 Akron Police Clash with Strikers
  • 32-77 Heavily-Armed Police at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Strike 32-77 Heavily-Armed Police at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Strike
  • 32-77 Goodyear Tire and Rubber Strike 32-77 Goodyear Tire and Rubber Strike
  • 32-77 #1-The Setting 32-77 #1-The Setting
  • 32-77 #2-and closer 32-77 #2-and closer
  • 32-77 #3-The Marker 32-77 #3-The Marker
Title, side A
1936 Akron Rubber Strike
Text, side A
Five Depression-era strikes against many of Akron's rubber companies culminated in a giant "sit-down" strike against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, the industry's leader, in February and March of 1936. The fledgling United Rubber Workers (URW), created in September 1935, used the tactic of being at work but not working that had been pioneered by rank-and-file workers in a successful 1934 strike against the General Tire and Rubber Company. After a peaceful month-long strike, the URW won recognition from Goodyear and reached a settlement on March 22. The 1936 Akron Rubber Strike was one of the earliest successes for the Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO), sparking a wave of industrial organizing and similar strikes in 1936 and 1937. The "sit-down" strategy extended beyond the rubber industry and was instrumental in the founding of the industrial union movement in the United States.
Address
John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill Street
Akron, OH 44308
Location
The marker standing in from the CVB's office in the John S. Knight Center
Coordinates
Latitude: 41.076055, Longitude: -81.520830.
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