Remington Rand

    And the Battle for the Public Mind

    The May 1936 Remington Rand strike in Middletown, Conn. was a pivotal event in modern labor history. It saw company President James H. Rand, Jr.  introduced a draconian strikebreaking plan called the Mohawk Valley Formula. That formula used traditional strong-arm tactics and propaganda to break the strike. It was a plan based on blackjacks and briefcases. The formula, the National Labor Relations Board concluded, was a case study in propaganda.

    The strike was arguably the birthplace of mass-media, anti-labor propaganda. And the strategies and tactics are still used today to break strikes. LHA Communications Director Anson Smith authored an article on the strike that was published in Connecticut History Review.

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