Tile advocating support for striking miners during the Arizona Copper Mine Strike of 1983-86, c. 1983. Ceramic with printed design, backed with felt.
The 1980s saw many setbacks for organized labor in the United States, and many regard the Arizona Copper Mine Strike as the low point. At its conclusion, management was forced to make no concessions, government sided with the bosses, and most workers voted out of the union. It was the end of a strong union presense in the mining industry, which had been one of the first to unionize, and produced some of labor's most noted leaders.