Street car employees in Seattle strike on July 16, 1917.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 5/09/1999
  • Essay 1110
See Additional Media

On July 16, 1917, Seattle and Tacoma street car employees strike Puget Sound Traction, Light and Power Company. The strike protests the firing of seven Tacoma streetcar workers fired for union activities. The Seattle and Tacoma unions also demand union recognition, a eight-hour day, and better working conditions.

Strikebreakers Strike Too

The company attempted to operate with strikebreakers brought in by the trainload from the East, but many of these joined the strikers. The owners failed miserably to break the strike. It was estimated that 80 to 90 percent of the citizens supported the streetcar men. On about October 1, 1917, the company recognized the union. Many remaining issues were settled by arbitration.



[Washington State] Bureau of Labor, Bureau of Labor Eleventh Biennial Report 1917-1918 (Olympia: Frank M. Lamborn, Public Printer, 1918), 64-65.

Licensing: This essay is licensed under a Creative Commons license that encourages reproduction with attribution. Credit should be given to both 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 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