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Inventory of the Frank Bardacke Watsonville Canneries Strike Records, 1984-1989
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Series Description

 

Series I:  Teamsters Local 912 1985-1987

Extent: 5 folders

Scope and Contents

Contains the Weekly Bulletin, the official union publication that was published during the strike (starts with the December 23, 1985 issue and continues through September 1986, with several issues missing), other leaflets and notices from Local 912, the Workers Strike Committee, and other ad-hoc groups of striking workers. Also included are a small number of press releases, financial records, and portions of proposed contracts.
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Leaflets 1985-1987

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Weekly Bulletin 1985-1986

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Press Releases 1986

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Proposed Contracts 1985-1987

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Strike Assessment 1985

 

Series II:  Teamsters for a Democratic Union 1985-1987

Extent: 3 folders

Scope and Contents

Contains leaflets, reports, and a press release about the strike as well as non-strike related materials on Local 912 elections, the firing and trial of cannery worker Juan Parra, the United Farm Workers, and other issues. Also contains three issues of the "Convoy Dispatch: Voice of the Teamster Rank and File Since 1975."
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Strike Material 1985-1986, undated

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Non-Strike Material 1985-1987

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Convoy Dispatch 1985-1987

 

Series III:  Community Support for Strike 1985-1987

Extent: 5 folders

Scope and Contents

This series contains material, primarily leaflets, that was published by the Watsonville Strike Support Committee and the various other groups that helped the strike efforts. The latter organizations include Santa Cruz Strike Support Committee, other Teamster Locals, the Communist Party USA, Cannery Workers Organizing Project, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Central Labor Council of Santa Clara County, Northern California Watsonville Strike Support Committee, International Committee Against Racism (ICAR), National Writers Union, AFT Local 1936, Spartacist League, Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Santa Cruz County, Progressive Labor Party, and SEIU & AFSCME Locals. Other materials include poems, song sheets, a short interview with Gloria Betancourt, a strike leader, and two essays analyzing the strike ("Fire and Ice: California Frozen Food Workers Battle Takeaways" by Caitlin Manning & Adam Cornford and "Watsonville: Chicano Power vs. California Agribusiness" by William Segal).
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Watsonville Strike Support Committee 1985-1986, undated

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Other Organizations 1985-1987

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Letters to the Editor 1986, undated

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Correspondence 1985-1986

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Essays, Poems & Film Treatment 1986-1987

 

Series IV:  Media Coverage 1984-1987

Extent: 24 folders

Scope and Contents

This series contains hundreds of newspaper clippings (primarily from the local paper, the Register-Pajaronian) about the strike as well as magazine and journal articles. While the material dates from 1984 through 1987 (with a gap from May to July 1985), it centers on the period of the strike (September 1985 to March 1987).
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1984

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1985 January-April

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1985 August

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1985 September

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1985 October

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1985 November

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1985 December

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1986 January

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1986 February

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1986 March

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1986 April

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1986 May

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1986 June

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1986 July

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1986 August

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1986 September

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1986 October

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1986 November

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1986 December

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1987 January

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1987 February

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1987 March

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1987 April-November

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Undated or incomplete 1985-1987

 

Series V:  Status Reports & Chronology 1985-1986

Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of timetables and handwritten accounts of strike events by the strikers and their supporters.
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Status Reports & Chronology 1985-1986

 

Series VI:  Legal 1985

Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Contents

Contains a legal brief from supporters and a letter from company attorneys.
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Support Committee Brief 1985

 

Series VII:  Watsonville Canning & Crosetti Frozen Foods 1985-1987

Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Contents

Contains miscellaneous communications from canneries.
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Correspondence 1985-1987

 

Series VIII:  Police 1986

Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Contents

Contains the operating order prepared by the police for February 1986 rally.
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Rally Operations Order 1986

 

Series IX:  Frank Bardacke 1986-1989

Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Contents

Contains miscellaneous personal papers.
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Personal Papers 1986-1989