Memorial plaque to 1934 Teamster strikes to be unveiled in Minneapolis

A plaque will be unveiled Saturday in the Minneapolis Warehouse District to honor the 1934 Teamster strikes — which were considered key in the establishment of a strong labor movement and creation of the national Teamsters union.

The plaque is 30 by 22 inches, made of porcelain enamel in a steel frame with words and visuals about the strike and its historical importance. It will be unveiled during an 11 a.m. ceremony at 701 N. Third St., where a striker was shot and killed.

Dave Riehle, chair of a “Remember 1934” committee, said: 

“There are virtually no memorials in the Twin Cities related to historical moments in the local labor movement. The ’34 Teamsters Strikes were a critical moment in the American labor movement and we believe the time is long overdue for a memorial.”

Labor leaders said they’ve long talked about a memorial to the strikes and after last year’s 80th anniversary they began raising funds in earnest.

The memorial was designed by St. Cloud State University art professor Keith Christensen.

Speakers at Saturday’s ceremony will include:

  • Tom Keegel, general secretary-treasurer emeritus of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Cherrene Horazuk, president of AFSCME Local 3800, whose grandfather was a 1934 striker
  • Linda Leighton, a shop steward in Service Employees Local 284 and a member of the Industrial Workers of the World; her grandfather, V.R. Dunne, was a strike leader and early member of the IWW

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