Beer drivers in Seattle unionize on May 23, 1901.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 5/05/1999
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 1068
On May 23, 1901, the Seattle Beer Drivers,' Helpers,' and Stablemen's union forms with 30 members. At the time they organize the work day is 11 to 12 hours a day.

Within a year, they were working 9 hours per day and were paid $2.50 per day. By 1910, membership had increased to 93, which represented 100 percent of the trade.


Sources: [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), 75-76.

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