Striking steelworkers picketing outside the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation plant at Homestead, PA., January 21, 1946.
flipFlip to United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), Local 601 pre-strike rally, Turtle Creek Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA, November 14, 1945.
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Men wearing picket signs marching in the snow.

Credit: Image Donated by Corbis-Bettmann

Angered at the end of war-time controls, steel workers in January 1946 staged the greatest walkout in the history of the industry, as close to 750,000 shut down 1,200 plants in 30 states. Six years later President Harry Truman would seize the steel industry after the major steel companies rejected federal Wage Stabilization Board recommendations.

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