Hormel strikers' picket line

Hormel strikers' picket line

Hormel Foods employees link arms to form a picket line during the 1985–1986 strike against that company.

Police release tear gas on Hormel protesters

Police release tear gas on Hormel protesters

On April 10, 1986, police use tear gas on workers protesting the Hormel Foods company. Minneapolis Star Tribune negatives collection, box 596 (Hormel strike images).

American Dream movie poster

American Dream movie poster

The Academy Award-winning documentary film American Dream, directed by Barbara Kopple, chronicles the Hormel strike, exploring the human cost of the economic decline in America’s heartland. Kopple captured the tension between the strikers, the parent union, and Hormel through failed negotiations and demonstrations. The film shows P-9 members banding together to help each other as the strike dragged on. American Dream also follows union infighting, fights with replacement workers, and P9’s hiring of consultant Ray Rogers, who specialized in union strategizing and gaining public support. Used with the permission of Barbara Kopple.

Hormel strike button

Hormel strike button

Local P-9 Hormel strike button worn by member of the United Foods and Commercial Workers International Union, Local P-9, to protest at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota, 1985–1986.

Hormel strike button

Hormel strike button

Hormel strike button worn by a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local P-9, to protest at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota, 1985–1986.

Hormel strike button

Hormel strike button

Hormel strike button worn by a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local P-9, to protest at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota, 1985–1986.

Hormel strike sign

Hormel strike sign

Local P-9 Hormel strike picket sign used by Vernon P. Gavin, a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local P-9, to protest at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota, 1985–1986.

Hormel Boycott T-Shirt

Hormel Boycott T-Shirt

T-shirt worn by Marion Hersey of Minneapolis in support of the Hormel strikes, ca. 1985.

Protest against Hormel policy of non-union hires

Protest against Hormel policy of non-union hires

Demonstrators protest Hormel’s practice of hiring non-union workers. Minneapolis Star Tribune negatives collection, box 596 (Hormel strike images).

Nation’s labor movement takes center stage in Austin

Nation’s labor movement takes center stage in Austin

On April 10, 1986, union members from around the nation show support for striking Hormel employees by marching and protesting alongside Local P-9 union members. Minneapolis Star Tribune negatives collection, box 596 (Hormel strike images).

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