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March 26, 2022 - 12:38 pm
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Just reading old  Sept. 1919 New Haven newspapers I find the buffers and polishers went on strike to raise their pay from $0.34 per hour to $0.52 or join union. Winchester moved employees from other departments to fill in. Ever wonder about  the quality of your old Winchester?

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That was just the beginning of labor agitation; there was a major strike in the late ’60s, but the one of ’79-’80 put the last nail in the coffin, leading to creation of USRA.

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Just reading old  Sept. 1919 New Haven newspapers I find the buffers and polishers went on strike to raise their pay from $0.34 per hour to $0.52 or join union. Winchester moved employees from other departments to fill in. Ever wonder about  the quality of your old Winchester?  

I never have.

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 Ever wonder about  the quality of your old Winchester?  

I never have.  

 Well said Steve. T/R

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Sounds like “old news” for sure! 🙂 

Actually that’s about a 50% wage increase.  Pretty stiff!  There’s traditionally some ‘fall out’ from strikes.  How products turn out during such periods, whether rifles those days or microchips today, IF the labor element is involved with “quality input/control potential” often things get ‘iffy’.  Days of hand labor, particularly.   Yet…  much to do with the Firm’s heads up opportunity and good ‘contingency’ planning around such event. 

I’d not sit around wringing my hands if I had a rifle identifiable with labor problem era production.  Just as in not buying the story, I’d ping on the rifle for the relevant hands-on answer.

Just my take

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John

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