Boston Police Strike

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On September 9, 1919 more than 1,100 officers in Boston went out on strike, which removed more than three-fourths of the force from the city's streets. The police force had seen its wages lag badly during the war. Efforts were made to organize an order to gain not only higher pay, but also shorter hours and better working conditions. When people came to the realization that there was nobody to stop them from doing anything people began looting and several violent events occurred. Eventually the Massachusetts State militia was sent in to restore order. Several civilians died in fights with the militia, altogether around 20 or so people died during the period of the strike. Later the governor summoned the entire Massachusetts Guard, which rapidly caused the strike to collapse and earned the governor the reputation of a strict enforcer of law and order. The striking policemen were not allowed to recover their jobs, which went to returning servicemen. The new officers were granted higher pay and additional holidays, and also gained the additional benefit of free uniforms. The governor defended his decision not to rehire the strikers back in the following statement; "There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, anytime."

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