Teamsters strike 13 Seattle firms on June 16, 1913.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 5/09/1999
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 1100

On June 16, 1913, 225 teamsters strike 13 Seattle firms. The Seattle Teamsters Union strikes for union recognition and for better wages and working conditions.

Long and Bitter

This strike was one of the "bitterest and longest strikes" in Washington state up to that time. The City of Seattle dispatched extra patrolmen to maintain peace. Three union men were convicted of illegal behavior during the strike. On March 20, 1914, both sides agreed to arbitration. On April 30, 1914 the strike was settled. The teamsters won union recognition and a wage increase.


Sources:

[Washington State] Bureau of Labor, Ninth Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Factory Inspection 1913-1914 (Olympia: Frank M. Lamborn, Public Printer, 1914), 127-128.


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