Images from the Archives-The Kingsport Press Strike

Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr., 1963.

The Kingsport Press strike, one of the nation’s longest strikes, began on March 11, 1963 when over 1650 production and maintenance employees went on strike. Contract negotiations had been on hold since December 1962 and by March all negotiations had broken down. The main issues in the labor dispute were wage increases, vacation practices, reduction of the work week, seniority, and manning of equipment. The strike ended in April 1967.

Photo by Louie T. Kesterson, undated.
Photo by David Peirce, 1963.

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