Brown, Jeff: Craft Labor Strike


Jeff Brown: The Craft Union had a heck of a strike during 1976 when George Moscone was first mayor so he had to confront this right away. It was an ugly strike. Jon Rubin: And how did he deal with it? Jeff Brown: Well, as I understand it, he was very very tough in terms of his negotiations with those unions, but at the same time he didn’t want to cross the picket line so he sat in his office and never went home. So he became a captive of his office because they had pickets outside and he didn’t want to cross the picket line to reenter City Hall. And this went on forever and ever. You know something, it really didn’t help George Moscone. It really, in the eyes of a lot of people diminished him because he looked helpless, and I think he was irritated because some of the people that he appointed to the commission were labor leaders, and one of them was Joe Mazzola. He (George) moved, after the strike was over, to have Joe Mazzola impeached by the Board of Supervisors as an airport commissioner.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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