Contains a transcribed copy of Lucille Kendall's 1980 interview with arbitrator Sam Kagel documenting his role in San Francisco
labor relations in the 1930s and 1940s, especially during the 1934 waterfront and general strike and the 1937 hotel strike.
As an employee of the Pacific Coast Labor Bureau, arbitrator, and lawyer, Sam Kagel played a significant role in Bay Area
labor relations for 75 years. Born in San Francisco in 1909 to Russian Jewish immigrants, Kagel attended the University of
California, Berkeley, where he studied economics. In 1932, he went to work for the Pacific Coast Labor Bureau, a firm that
provided economic and legal counsel to labor unions, particularly during collective bargaining disputes. As an employee of
the Pacific Coast Labor Bureau, Kagel played a pivotal role in the 1934 waterfront and general strike in San Francisco, serving
on the Waterfront Strike Committee and the General Strike Committee. In the aftermath of the strike, he represented workers
-- including the longshoremen -- in arbitration. Around 1936, he helped organize the Newspaper Guild of Northern California.
During the San Francisco hotel strike of 1937, Kagel and the Pacific Coast Labor Bureau represented the Hotel & Restaurant
Employees and Bartenders International Union, playing a vital role in pre-strike talks and post-strike negotiations. From
1948 to 2002, Kagel served as chief arbitrator between the International Longshoremen's and Warehousmen's Union (ILWU) and
the Pacific Maritime Association. Kagel died in 2007.
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