Typographical Union forms in Seattle on October 11, 1882.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 5/05/1999
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 1061

On October 11, 1882, Seattle printers organize the Seattle Typographical Union Local 202. They work 10 hours a day six days a week (60 hours a week).

By 1902 membership was 168 and daily wages ranged from $3.25 to $4.05 and they worked 53 hours per week. In 1906 there were 253 union members. By 1910 membership had grown to 387 males and four females and they earned from $4.25 to $5.00 per day.


[Washington] Bureau of Labor, Seventh Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Factory Inspection 1909-1910 (Olympia: E. L. Boardman, Public Printer, 1910), 57.

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