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Fighting in ParadiseLabor Unions, Racism, and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawaii$
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Gerald Horne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835026

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835026.001.0001

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Red Scare Rising

Red Scare Rising

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(p.103) Chapter 6 Red Scare Rising
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Fighting in Paradise
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Gerald Horne

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835026.003.0007

This chapter details events following the Sugar Strike in 1946. In the aftermath of their victory in the Sugar Strike, the International Longshore and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) and the Left seemed to be sailing along smoothly. But 1947 brought leaping waves of discontent, symbolized by the failure of the union's strike of the pineapple industry. The pineapple strike in June 1947 lasted only five days. Then the union went back to work, practically on the employers' terms. In this case the union had been flummoxed by strikebreakers. High school students wanted jobs during their vacation, and public sentiment was against the strike. According to gentle radical John Reinecke, the pineapple units went out almost “criminally unprepared.” He accused ILWU leaders of spending too much time at their desks and not enough in the fields with workers. “The leadership has not succeeded either in integrating the social life of the plantations into union activities,” he observed, “so meetings are poorly attended”.

Keywords:   International Longshore and Warehousemen's Union, Sugar Strike, labor movement, Hawaii, labor strikes, pineapple industry, John Reinecke

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