ARABELI, (? - ?) superintendent on Santa Cruz Island when the sheep shearers went on strike, declaring they were worn out after working straight for nearly a month from 4 o’clock in the morning until 5 o’clock in the evening without a days rest. They requested a Sunday off.
In the News~
November 9, 1909 [SBMP]: “All the working men, the sheep shearers and the vaqueros on Santa Cruz Island went on a strike Sunday and came to this city in a body, yesterday on the launch Santa Cruz with Captain George Nidever. This is the busy season on the island. For nearly a month crews have been working from 4 o'clock in the morning until 5 o'clock in the evening, with only two holidays during this time; and they declared that they were work out and needed a rest. They told their foreman, Nini Ayala, they did not want to work on Sunday. Superintendent Arabeli objected to the loss of time and told the men if they did not want to work they could leave, which they did. Eighteen men came over. They included nearly all the men in this locality who understood sheep shearing, although there are a few others who will probably be recruited and with others from Ventura and other places the work will go on.”