Beer drivers in Seattle unionize on May 23, 1901.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 5/05/1999
  • Essay 1068
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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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