February 13, 2019

Even after a hundred years, the Seattle General Strike holds a place in history as inspiring change. Uniting organized labor on Feb. 6, 1919, in support of shipyard workers, it remained peaceful and ended up greatly influencing labor laws years later.

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The Seattle General Strike Solidarity Centennial

February 9, 2019

This presentation was part of an annual event presented by the Labor Archives of Washington and marks the 100th anniversary of the Seattle General Strike.


How Seattle’s 1919 General Strike Ignited America’s Labor Movement

February 8, 2019

The strike was a spectacular show of force for the city’s workers, and inspired a tradition of local labor organizing that lives on 100 years later.

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Video of Seattle City Council labor history presentations

February 7, 2019

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February 7, 2019

This week marks the 100-year anniversary of the Seattle General Strike, a five-day solidarity work stoppage by more than 60,000 workers — or approximately 20 percent of Seattle’s population. Union workers across industries and across political parties came out to show support for shipyard workers striking to protect their right to fair wages and to bargain collectively and directly with their employers.


Setting the record straight on the 1919 Seattle General Strike

February 6, 2019

In 1919, Seattle’s General Strike shut down the city for 6 days — but in the 100 years since, its stories have grown a little murky.

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“Learn Yourself” with Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington

February 1, 2019

Interview by Mike Dumovich: Mike continues his special segment of We Do The Work called ‘Learn Yourself” that explores an historical labor event hoping to inspire listeners to learn more about Labor history.


What the Seattle General Strike can teach workers today

January 30, 2019

A population surging. An economy booming to the benefit of some much more than of others. A cost of living rising faster than the average wage. Although Seattle of 1919 was an almost unimaginably different place than the Seattle of today, the two cities share some arresting similarities.


How the Seattle General Strike of 1919 shut down the city

January 23, 2019

David Jepsen isn’t a filmmaker. He’s a college professor and textbook author who teaches Pacific Northwest history. But even though he’s not a filmmaker, Jepsen’s new documentary about the February 1919 Seattle General Strike will premiere early next month to mark the centennial of the event.


Ahead of its 100th anniversary, revisiting the Seattle General Strike and the city’s long legacy of organized labor

January 18, 2019

The Seattle General Strike lasted six days, with not a single shot fired nor a single striker arrested. A new edition of Robert L. Friedheim's “The Seattle General Strike" brings the story into the 21st century.


Labor Archives of Washington, partners, to celebrate centennial of 1919 Seattle General Strike

January 14, 2019

The Labor Archives of Washington will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Seattle General Strike with a series of events in coming weeks, as well as a new library exhibit on campus.


City Council Honors 100 years of Labor History in Seattle

January 14, 2019

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide), Chair of Council’s Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee (HHEWR), sponsored a proclamation read in Council Chambers today honoring the importance of labor unions and Seattle’s organized labor history.

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‘Solidarity Centennial’ events planned statewide for 2019

December 19, 2018

A committee of labor, history, educational, and cultural heritage groups across the Pacific Northwest — including the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO — has been meeting for more than a year to plan events for 2019 to commemorate the centennial of the 1919 Seattle General Strike and the Centralia Tragedy.