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The ILWU provided for alternatives whereby vital goods would be available to meet public need

During Longshore strikes in Hawaiʻi, 1949 and 1971, the bosses promoted public fear as a weapon against the workers. During the 177 day 1949 strike fear of Communism was a major ploy. In both ‘49 and ‘71 they also welcomed panic about shortages of essential food and goods to put pressure on the workers!


In a round table discussion on a Rice & Roses studio show (circa 1978), hosted by Max Roffman, AQ informs us that in both ‘49 and ‘71 the ILWU provided for alternatives whereby vital goods would be available to meet public need.



I know that many will be curious about the identity of the non-speaking

third individual on screen in the above clip. It is Richard Tam, then Secretary Treasurer, Local 5 Hotel and Restaurant Employees union.


Our moving image archive consists of more than 2500 items of film and video tape. We are preserving and digitizing the entire collection for the benefit of students, educators, and the general public. Each month we select an excerpt to feature on our AQ Labor History Website (www.laborhistoryhawaii.org). Please check it out and share with colleagues and friends.


Mahalo Nui Loa,

Chris Conybeare

Executive Producer

The Ah Quon McElrath Project

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