Railway Shopmen's Strike

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RAILWAY SHOPMEN'S STRIKE. The Railway Employees Department of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), representing 400,000 members, struck 1 July 1922 to protest the unfavorable decisions of the Federal Labor Board and the unpunished violations of the Transportation Act by the carriers. President Warren G. Harding issued a warning against interference with the mails and attempted unsuccessfully to mediate the strike. Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty supported the carriers by obtaining a sweeping injunction against the

strikers and their leadership. On 27 October a settlement was reached, largely in favor of the carriers, although both sides claimed victory.


Davis, Colin J. Power at Odds: The 1922 National Railroad Shop-men's Strike. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

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See alsoRailroad Mediation Acts ; Strikes ; Transportation Act of 1920 .