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The 1938 San Antonio Pecan Shellers Strike

Document 1

Pecan Shellers Stand Firm

Prepared to Continue the Strike
They do not ask for raises,
only that wages are not lowered

       The pecan shellers' strike was called by the Texas Pecan Shellers Union, a C.I.O. affiliate, because the owners of the pecan cleaning plants reduced the workers' wages. The pecan shellers earned 7 cents per pound for whole and 6 cents for pieces, and now they are paid only 6 cents and 5 cents respectively.

       They reduced the pecan breakers from 50 cents to 40 cents per 100 pounds. As a result, the union declared the strike, and all the workers joined the protest.

       Approximately 8,000 workers are on strike and they will continue until the manufacturers reconsider their action of lowering wages.

"Siguen Firmes Los Nueceros," La Prensa, 1 February 1938

1. Who called for the strike of the Pecan Shellers?

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2. Why was the strike called?

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