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Bagel Bakers Local 338

In Uncategorized on Monday 9th November, 2009 by Guy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Bagel Bakers Local 338 was a trade union local that was established in the early 1900s in New York City and whose craftsmen were the primary makers of New York’s bagels, prepared by hand, until the advent of machine-made bagels in the 1960s led to its end as an independent organization in the 1970s.

A December 1951 labor dispute between Local 338 and the Bagel Bakers Association closed 32 of the city’s bagel bakeries, leading to what The New York Times called a “bagel famine”, with the two remaining bakeries unable to keep up with the 1.2 million weekly demand for the product. As a result of the work stoppage, area delicatessens reported that sales of lox had dropped by as much as 30 to 50%.[5]

Local 338 went out on strike in February 1962, leading to an estimated 85% drop in the bagel supply.

Bagel unions? Crazy times.

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