Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
1936 Akron Rubber Strike
Five Depression-era strikes against many of Akron's rubber companies culminated in a giant "sit-down" strike against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, the industry's leader, in February and March of 1936. The fledgling United Rubber Workers (URW), created in September 1935, used the tactic of being at work but not working that had been pioneered by rank-and-file workers in a successful 1934 strike against the General Tire and Rubber Company. After a peaceful month-long strike, the URW won recognition from Goodyear and reached a settlement on March 22. The 1936 Akron Rubber Strike was one of the earliest successes for the Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO), sparking a wave of industrial organizing and similar strikes in 1936 and 1937. The "sit-down" strategy extended beyond the rubber industry and was instrumental in the founding of the industrial union movement in the United States.
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Tri-County Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 32-77.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 4.933′ N, 81° 30.971′ Touch for map. Marker is adjacent to the John S. Knight Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 77 East Mill Street, Akron OH 44308, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Creating Crossroads of Commerce (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Sojourner Truth's Speech on Women's Rights (approx. ¼ mile away); United Rubber Workers International Union (approx. ¼ mile away); Howard Street District (approx. 0.4 miles away); United States Synthetic Rubber Program 1939-1945 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Glendale Steps (approx. 0.4 miles away); Portage Path (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
Also see . . .
1. 1936 Akron Rubber Strike. (Submitted on June 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Sit Down Strikes. (Submitted on June 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Labor Unions •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 775 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.