Pittsburg Power Strike

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The Pittsburgh power strike of 1946 was a significant event in United States history. This was one of the first strikes in a long time because of the war. With the war labor unions and companies agreed not to strike because it was considered unpatriotic during war. The strike was the triggered after the coal strike of 1946. About 4000 members of the power union voted to strike, in a move to increase their wages that were set by the Duquesne Light Company. The city’s power supply was reduced to 45 per cent when Duquesne Light Company employees failed to report for work. The Union President George Mueller was sentenced to one year in jail because he inspired the strike. The labor leaders of Pittsburgh supported Mueller’s. George Mueller’s arrest caused eight thousand steel and electrical workers in the Pittsburgh district to strike in protest. Mueller wanted them to return to work, but the union members had a meeting and voted to not consider a company offer about their wages until the court lifted its antistrike injunction. Due to the strike many stores closed, and the trolley service was reduced to 50 per cent of what it was before. The charges against Mueller were eventually dropped, which led to negotiations about wages. Trolley service was completely cut by a sympathy strike a short time after the negotiations began. The power strike also caused other strikes to follow; like when the city’s eight major hotels to close when hotel restaurant employees walked off their jobs to enforce wage demands. The Pittsburgh power strike of 1946 was a just one of the many strike during 1946. The United States was at a time where it was just coming out of the war, and workers went one strike because they knew they could get more money out of their employers. Work Cited
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