Musicians in Seattle organize a union on November 7, 1890.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 5/09/1999
  • Essay 1085

On November 7, 1890, Seattle musicians form an union called Musicians Mutual Protective Association.

 By 1902 membership was 154. By 1906, the union had grown to 306 members with musicians earning from $20 to $30 per week. By 1918, the Musicians Local No. 76 had 550 members. By 1920 the union had 825 members including 125 females.


[Washington State] Bureau of Labor, Third Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor of the State of Washington 1901-1902 (Seattle: Metropolitan Press, Inc., Public Printer, 1903), 97; [Washington State] Bureau of Labor, Fifth Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Factory Inspection 1905-1906. (Olympia: C.W. Gorham, Public Printer, 1908), 98.

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