Jimi Hendrix Clara McCarty Captain Robert Gray Anna Louise StrongAnna Louise Strong Bailey Gatzert Home WWII Women Pilots
Search Encyclopedia
Facebook
Advanced Search
Featured Eassy Sponsor of the Week
Home About Us Contact Us Education Bookstore Tourism Advanced Search
6819 HistoryLink.org essays now available      
Donate Subscribe

Shortcuts

Libraries
Cyberpedias Cyberpedias
Timeline Essays Timeline Essays
People's Histories People's Histories

Selected Collections
Cities & Towns Cities & Towns
County Thumbnails Counties
Biographies Biographies
Interactive Cybertours Interactive Cybertours
Slide Shows Slideshows
Public Ports Public Ports
Audio & Video Audio & Video

Research Shortcuts

Map Searches
Alphabetical Search
Timeline Date Search
Topic Search

Features

Book of the Fortnight
Audio/Video Enhanced
History Bookshelf
Klondike Gold Rush Database
Duvall Newspaper Index
Wellington Scrapbook

More History

Washington FAQs
Washington Milestones
Honor Rolls
Columbia Basin
Everett
Olympia
Seattle
Spokane
Tacoma
Walla Walla
Roads & Rails

Timeline Library

< Browse to Previous Essay | Browse to Next Essay >

Aeronautical Machinists Union strikes Boeing on April 22, 1948.

HistoryLink.org Essay 3553 : Printer-Friendly Format

On April 22, 1948, the Aeronautical Machinists Union, IAM District Lodge 751, begins a long and bitter strike against the Boeing Company. Machinists will return to work on September 13, 1948, without a contract victory, but they soundly defeat the competing Teamsters Union in a subsequent federally supervised jurisdiction election.

For the Machinists, the issues were preserving longstanding seniority rules that the company wanted to scrap, and achieving a 10 cent per hour raise for all categories of labor. The strike was the first labor major test of new Boeing president William Allen and came amid major post-war layoffs in the defense industry.

The strike was complicated by the interference of another union, Dave Beck's Teamsters, which actively collaborated with Boeing and attempted to recruit IAM members. On September 13, 1948, the Machinists returned to work without a contract victory, but they soundly defeated the Teamsters in the subsequent federally supervised election to determine which union had jurisdiction over Boeing machinists and allied workers.

Sources:
Blood On the Water: A History of District Lodge 751, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (Seattle: District Lodge 751, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, ca. 1989), 95-112, 113-148; Renton Chronicle, September 1, 1949, p. 2; Ibid., October 20, 1949, Sec 2, pp. 3, 4; Ibid., October 27, 1949, Sec 2, pp. 2, 4; Tom Tippett, "History of District Lodge 751, 1935-1963," typeset proof in possession of Ross Rieder, Seattle.


Travel through time (chronological order):
< Browse to Previous Essay | Browse to Next Essay >

Related Topics: Labor | Aviation | Business |

Licensing: This essay is licensed under a Creative Commons license that encourages reproduction with attribution. Credit should be given to both HistoryLink.org and to the author, and sources must be included with any reproduction. Click the icon for more info. Please note that this Creative Commons license applies to text only, and not to images. For more information regarding individual photos or images, please contact the source noted in the image credit.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License


Major Support for HistoryLink.org Provided By: The State of Washington | Patsy Bullitt Collins | Paul G. Allen Family Foundation | Museum Of History & Industry | 4Culture (King County Lodging Tax Revenue) | City of Seattle | City of Bellevue | City of Tacoma | King County | The Peach Foundation | Microsoft Corporation, Other Public and Private Sponsors and Visitors Like You




Photographs of Boeing scabs, "Dishonor Roll," 1948
Courtesy Boeing Aero Mechanics Union


 
Home About Us Contact Us Education Bookstore Tourism Advanced Search

HistoryLink.org is the first online encyclopedia of local and state history created expressly for the Internet. (SM)
HistoryLink.org is a free public and educational resource produced by History Ink, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt corporation.
Contact us by phone at 206.447.8140, by mail at Historylink, 1411 4th Ave. Suite 803, Seattle WA 98101 or email admin@historylink.org

Untitled Document