San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
In Memory of Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise
Sperry and Bordoise were fatally shot by San Francisco police at the intersection of Mission and Steuart Streets, when longshoremen and seamen attempted to stop maritime employers from breaking joint strike. Community outrage at these killings sparked a general strike by all San Francisco unions.
The maritime strike continued through the middle of summer, concluding with a union victory which brought decent conditions to the shipping industry and set the stage for the birth of a strong and democratic labor movement on the west coast.
"An Injury To One Is An Injury To All"
Location. 37° 47.602′ N, 122° 23.593′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Steuart Street near Mission Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94105, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Audiffred Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Getting Around (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct Splendid Survivor (about 400 feet away); The Big Strike (about 500 feet away); San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Splendid Survivor (about 700 feet away); Signs of History (about 700 feet away); Freeway Supports (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . .
1. 'Bloody Thursday' Leaves SF Bitter Tase of Civil War: 2 Dead, Many Hurt. The San Francisco Daily News article of July 6, 1934, describing the strike and the violence that surrounded it: "Bloodshed—the worst in the history of modern industrial wars–streaked in crimson the day-long onslaught of 1000 police against some 5000 marine strikers and their sympathizers." (Submitted on January 3, 2010.)
2. Longshore union remembers pivotal 1934 strike. The San Francisco Chronicle's July 6, 2008 article on strike and the ILWU's related commemorative events. (Submitted on January 3, 2010.)
Categories. • Labor Unions •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,325 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 3, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.