Organized labor

Japanese immigrants, especially upon arrival, labored at menial jobs in the industries of agriculture, railroads, lumber, canneries, mining, and fishing. These workers toiled under poor, unsanitary, and often dangerous conditions for low wages. Around the turn of the century, sugar-beet harvesters earned about $1.25 for a ten-hour day, railroad workers earned between $1.00 and $1.25 per day, and Alaskan cannery workers earned between $100 and $200 for a six-month season. They actively sought to better their wages and living conditions through organizing unions and engaging in strikes, despite being barred from white unions.

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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 3 (January 15, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-3)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 3 (January 15, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-3)
Selected article titles: "Another Angle Proposed to Eliminate Alien Land Law" (p.1), "Texas Issei Pioneers in Farming Had Little Thought of 'Hiki-Age'" (p.1-2, 4), "Japanese Supplemental Farm Workers Program in California Jeopardized by Latest U.S. Labor Dept. Rule to Remove Braceros" (p.1), "Los Angeles Area Oriental Groups Form Council" (p.3-4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 18 (November 3, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-43)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 18 (November 3, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-43)
Selected article titles: "Asian Americans Picket ILGWU N.Y. Headquarters" (p.1), "'Concentration Camp' Rejected for Manzanar Landmark Plaque" (p.1), "A Nisei View of Japan: A Homogenous Society" (p.2), "California's Prop. 21 Schoo Segregation Again" (p.3).
Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-145-25)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-145-25)
Unionization issue begins to affect the cannery system

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-145-19)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-145-19)
Overview of the labor movement in the United States in the 1930s

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-145-21)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-145-21)
Beginnings of unionization process at the Waterfall cannery

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-145-20)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-145-20)
The propensity for different ethnic groups to become involved in labor movement

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-145-26)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-145-26)
Minimal role of Japanese Americans in union activities

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

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