Waiters establish Seattle union on March 30, 1900.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 5/05/1999
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 1065
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On March 30, 1900, 20 male waiters form Local No. 239 of International League of Waiters.

By 1908, membership had increased to 300. In 1900, waiters worked 12 to 14 hours a day, probably seven days a week. By 1908, they worked 10 hours a day.


[Washington] Bureau of Labor, Sixth Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Factory Inspection 1907-1908 (Olympia: C.W. Gorham, Public Printer, 1908), 133.

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