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Hormel P-9 Union Strike of 1985: Newspapers

Suggested Newspapers & Dates


  • Austin Daily Herald
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune
    • Index for articles published after 1970 is located in the Hubbs Microfilm Room
  • St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch
    • Index for articles published in 1967 or after is located in the Hubbs Microfilm Room


  • August 17, 1985: Strike begins
  • January 21, 1986: Governor Perpich calls in the National Guard at Austin
  • January 26, 1986: P-9 calls for a nationwide boycott of Hormel products
  • June 1986: Strike ends


Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Commissioner’s Office, Subject Files. 
The subject files include documents from the Austin, MN Police Force, Governor Perpich, and the Commissioner of Public Safety discussing the use of the National Guard at the Hormel Plant as well as a folder of newspaper clippings relating to the strike
MNHS call numberDigital Finding Aid

Papers Relating to Hormel Strike Support Groups
Includes background materials, correspondence and related papers, legal files, newsletters, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, printed materials, flyers, a few snapshot photographs, and the script of a play. The materials were gathered by Peter J. Rachleff and David J. Riehle, active supporters of the strike. Extensive minutes and related papers document the activities of the main support group, the Metro Area Hormel Workers Support Committee. Newspaper clippings, newsletters, and ephemera contain information on the other support groups. There is a large file of newspaper and magazine articles taken largely from left-wing publications.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid


Newsboy distributing January 1937 Minneapolis Journal.

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