This year marks the centennial of the Boston Police Strike of 1919. Boston patrolmen were rated among the finest law enforcement officers in the nation. Beneath the surface, however, all was not well. Police stations were in disrepair, wages were low and the hours were long, in some cases almost 80 a week. When patrolmen voted to unionize and went on strike in 1919, the actions were condemned as subversive and radical. Most officers were fired. Said Governor Coolidge, “There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, anytime.”
Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD is a scholar and professor who has taught at Stonehill College and Framingham State University and lectures for many cultural and educational forums including the Norton Institute for Continuing Education (NICE).
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