I Break Strikes! The Technique of Pearl L. Bergoff

I Break Strikes! The Technique of Pearl L. Bergoff

I Break Strikes! The Technique of Pearl L. Bergoff

I Break Strikes! The Technique of Pearl L. Bergoff

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P. L. BERGOFF really deserved more respect, and usually he got it. Here was the King of the Strikebreakers, the self- announced but nevertheless unchallenged leader in his trade, subjected to the open scorn of his own army. For four long afternoons this insubordination had been going on. The whole proceeding was beyond the King's understanding. True, he had had numerous rebellions in the ranks; almost half as many as he had strikes to break. But his men had never before had the nerve to call the courts of justice to their defense.

The trouble started in Georgia during the textile strike of the summer of 1934. It was not Bergoff's fault that matters had gone wrong. His men knew well that short strikes were not to his liking. It was not his fault. No sooner had his one hundred and fifty guards landed in Porterdale, equipped with clubs, tear gas, hand grenades, revolvers and sufficient rounds of cartridges, than the governor ordered them out of the state. It was hard on the men to be treated with such small consideration, but it was a heavy blow to Bergoff as well. When newspaper reporters, attracted by an effort, of the rebels to smash . . .

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