Glory Days: Boston Colonial Packinghouse Workers Recall the Strike of 1954 – 55

16 Feb

A tribute to Boston’s Colonial Packinghouse Workers of Local 11, who, in 1954, survived the city’s longest strike and made interracial cooperation a hallmark of their struggle. Released in 1988; remastered in 2019.

Glory Days is a documentary about Packinghouse Workers Local 11’s strike in Boston in 1954-55.  This strike, the longest in Massachusetts history, was one in which black and white workers and leaders participated, and in which a local came back after being decertified.

The video was recently remastered. It was originally made by a local film maker and the Massachusetts History Workshop in 1988 and included interviews with original leaders and strikers. There are also scenes from a reunion organized 2 years after the plant was closed when the company was bought in 1986.

29 minutes; entire video available above


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