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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of General Strike Falls Amid Renewed Police-Labor Feud

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 4:22 PM

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This Sunday, July 5, San Francisco's International Longshore and Warehouse Union will hold a procession to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Bloody Thursday, the clash between police and striking longshoremen during the city's 1934 General Strike that led to a permanent local rift between cops and stevedores.

The San Francisco Labor Council is also going to be joining in the festivities, and is spreading the word about the event through its e-mail list. When we got one such e-mail, we couldn't help thinking that this landmark anniversary falls at a time when a renewed split between cops and the rest of local labor is deepening.

The new source of tension is the Labor Council's decision to support a group of former Black Liberation Army radicals charged with murdering San Francisco Police Sgt. John V. Young during an attack on the Ingleside police station in 1971. In May, San Francisco Police Officers Association President Gary Delagnes lambasted the council for passing a resolution urging that charges against the men be dropped.

The Board of Supervisors is also considering

whether to pass a similar resolution. Just goes to show that 75 years

after the General Strike, tensions between San Francisco's often

radical labor players -- who now wield considerable power at City Hall

-- and its police officers haven't subsided. The march will take place

beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Music Concourse, across from the

Ferry Building.

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