The Boston Police Strike Essay

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The Boston Police Strike

The Boston Police Strike





In 1919, there was a general agreement that the Boston policemen had a great deal to
complain about. They disliked their hours, working conditions and most importantly, their
salary. After getting a raise in 1913, the policemen had asked for another raise in 1917
to compensate for the high wartime inflation. By the time the officers had finally
received that raise, the buying power of that extra money had gone down so low that the
policemen were still having problems making ends meet. Another point of struggle was the
long hours the officers were forced to work, including a night in the station house each
week and the special details. Lastly, the police force objected to the conditions that
they were forced to work in. Men had to sleep in beds infested with all sorts of bugs and
on the soiled sheets that were left over from the previous occupants. To voice their
complaints, the policemen turned to the Boston Social Club, a fraternal organization
founded by Police Commissioner Stephen O'Meara in 1906.

On the other end of the negotiating table sat Police Commissioner Edwin U. Curtis.
Although Curtis considered himself to be sympathetic to the policemen's demands, he
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