The 1919 Seattle General Strike
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Seattle's Newspapers Report on the Strike
Feb 1- Feb 13, 1919

The General Strike was headline news around the world. In Seattle, the newspaper coverage was much more intense. Here is a day-by-day record of coverage in the city's four daily newspapers: The Seattle Union Record, Seattle Times, Seattle Star, and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Click the titles to read the articles. This database of more than 180 articles and pages was digitized and compiled by Joshua Stecker. We have also digitized complete copies of the Seattle Union Record for January and February, 1919.

Newspaper Date Headline (click for image)
P-I 1-Feb Longshoremen Warned Not To Walk Out - City Employees Want To Keep Working
P-I 1-Feb Real Cause Of The Strike
P-I 1-Feb Opposition To Strike Develops
P-I 1-Feb Compromise Is Sought In Shipyard Strike
Star 1-Feb May Avert Strike
Star 1-Feb The Strike - Pro and Con - By the Readers of the Star
Star 1-Feb To The Unheard Workers Of Seattle
Times 1-Feb Plans Afoot To Prevent Walkout
Times 1-Feb Fate of City Utilities In Strike is Undecided; Walkout Would Close Theaters
Times 1-Feb Powers to Talk on Labor Crisis
Times 1-Feb Longshore Strike Brought to End
Union Record 1-Feb Want To Keep Public Plants Out Of Strike; Bosses Fear Organization Of Soldiers
Union Record 1-Feb More P-I Lies
Union Record 1-Feb Non-Unionists Befog Issue
Union Record 1-Feb More Unions Vote Strike; Soldiers Will Not Take Jobs Of Strikers
Union Record 1-Feb Carpenters To Meet Saturday
Union Record 1-Feb Win The Strike Page
P-I 2-Feb Wage Contract Is Broken Declares Piez; U.S. Refuses To Deal With Men On Strike
P-I 2-Feb Letters On The Strike
P-I 2-Feb States View On Strike Situation
P-I 2-Feb Strikers Advised Regarding Appeal; Street Car Men May Not Strike
Times 2-Feb Strikers Must Return to Work, Says Piez
Times 2-Feb Piez Statement Means Strike, Labor Men Say
Times 2-Feb Laundry Drivers to Reopen Strike; Street Car Men Vote to Support Strikers
Times 2-Feb Ministers Take Hand in Strike; Clerks to Work and Give Money
Times 2-Feb An Open Letter to Organized Labor
Times 2-Feb Soccer Suffering From Labor Strike
P-I 3-Feb General Strike Is Called For Next Thursday, Feb. 6
P-I 3-Feb General Strike Is Set For Feb. 6
P-I 3-Feb Pastors Review Strike Problem From Pulpits Before Large Audience
P-I 3-Feb Ship Workers Strike! Facts That The Men Must Recognize
Star 3-Feb To Strike Thursday; One More Effort To Avert Walkout
Star 3-Feb The Strike! Readers of the Star Discuss the Walkout
Star 3-Feb General Strike Is Called For Thursday A.M.; Piez and Committee Issue Statements
Star 3-Feb Ship Workers Strike! Facts That The Men Must Recognize (Ad)
Times 3-Feb Compromise Impossible, Says Piez
Times 3-Feb How Coming General Strike Will Affect Seattle's Food, Light, Heat, and Traffic; How Decision to Call Big Strike was Reached
Times 3-Feb Food Supply to Be Cut During General Strike
Times 3-Feb Even Seattle's Jitneys To Stop
Times 3-Feb Threatened Strike is Sermon Theme
Times 3-Feb Ship Workers Strike! Facts That the Men Must Recognize
Union Record 3-Feb Strike Called - All Unions To Go Out
Union Record 3-Feb Details Being Worked Out For General Strike
Union Record 3-Feb 60,000 Will Walk Out - Preparations Now Complete For General Strike
Union Record 3-Feb Win The Strike Page
P-I 4-Feb Labor To Assist Local Police in Event Of Strike
P-I 4-Feb Food Shortage Not Looked For
P-I 4-Feb Shipworkers' Strike - A Colossal Business Mistake
P-I 4-Feb Rogers Blames Reds For Strike; Resent Action Of City Light Men
P-I 4-Feb Jobbers Cautious Of Strike Future
P-I 4-Feb Shippers Advised To Hold Up Stock
Star 4-Feb Stop Before It's Too Late
Star 4-Feb To Run Light and Water Plants Despite Strike; Tacoma Workers Oppose General Walkout
Star 4-Feb Many People Stock Up For Big Strike
Star 4-Feb Shipworkers' Strike - A Colossal Business Mistake (ad)
Times 4-Feb City to Give Light and Water
Times 4-Feb Latest Developments in City Strike Situation
Times 4-Feb Walkout Bad Business Blunder, Asserts Piez
Times 4-Feb Ship Workers' Strike, A Colossal Business Mistake
Times 4-Feb Steamships Will Seek Other Ports
Union Record 4-Feb Labor To Care For Children
Union Record 4-Feb On Thursday At 10:00 AM
Union Record 4-Feb Drivers Ready To Supply All Milk Needed
Union Record 4-Feb Win The Strike Page
Union Record 4-Feb Strikers Plan Food Supply Organization
P-I 5-Feb Seattle Streets To Be Dark, Says Union
P-I 5-Feb Strike May Halt Local Shipping
P-I 5-Feb Streets Will Be Dark, Says Union
P-I 5-Feb Make The Best Of It
P-I 5-Feb General Strike Banquet Subject
Star 5-Feb Under Which Flag?
Times 5-Feb Piez May Offer to Settle Today
Times 5-Feb Latest Developments in City Strike Situation
Times 5-Feb Must Keep Order, Declare Societies; School As Usual is Board's Edict; 26 Milk Stations to be Established
Times 5-Feb Warren Ready to Keep Order; Unions Planning to Feed 200,000; Light Plant to Run, Trolley Men Hesitate
Times 5-Feb Seattle Star Cover Reprint: Stop Before It's Too Late
Union Record 5-Feb City Will Be Dark On Thursday Night
Union Record 5-Feb Labor To Maintain Order In Own Ranks
Union Record 5-Feb Strike Inevitable
Union Record 5-Feb Printers Told Not To Strike
Union Record 5-Feb Ross Attempts To Defy Union
Union Record 5-Feb Milk Stations Are Announced
Union Record 5-Feb Win The Strike Page
P-I 6-Feb Strike Begins At 10 Today
P-I 6-Feb Rotary Against General Strike
P-I 6-Feb More Strike Stuff
P-I 6-Feb Under Which Flag (Seattle Star Cover Reprint)
P-I 6-Feb Lights Promised: Schools Function
Star 6-Feb Tie-Up at 10; Volunteers Run City Light Plant
Star 6-Feb Plans On For Extra Police; Piez Latest Offer Fails
Union Record 6-Feb Strike Edition! Wheels Stop Turning
Union Record 6-Feb Comic: "Now See What You Can Do"
Union Record 6-Feb Organizing For Law And Order
Union Record 6-Feb Many Sworn In As "Cops"
Union Record 6-Feb Strike Conference Committee
Union Record 6-Feb 600 Car Men Vote For Big Strike Again; School Janitors Will Also Walk Out
Star 7-Feb Troops In Seattle; Federal Forces Ready For Any Crisis In City
Star 8-Feb General Strike May Be Called Off Today
Star 8-Feb How Seattle Citizens Got Strike News
Star 8-Feb Seattle Sports Are Paralyzed By Strike
Union Record 8-Feb Seattle Still Tied Up Tight
Union Record 8-Feb That Seattle General Strike
Union Record 8-Feb Strike Notes
P-I 9-Feb Vote To Stay On Strike; Conservative Labor Fights For Its Rights
P-I 9-Feb All Janitors And Engineers Return
P-I 9-Feb Did Not Miss An Issue
P-I 9-Feb Conservative Labor Would End Troubles
P-I 9-Feb Sidelights Of Seattle's General Sympathy Strike
P-I 9-Feb Wage Adjuster Reviews Strike; Seven Street Cars Operated
P-I 9-Feb Seattle Strike Being Watched In East
P-I 9-Feb Strike Diverts Admiral Steamers
Times 9-Feb Unions Split on Vote to Quit, Proposal to End General Strike at Midnight Rejected
Times 9-Feb Rumors Force Housewives to Store Up Water
Times 9-Feb Strike Also Has Humorous Aspect; Police Fully Equipped for Strike Emergency
Times 9-Feb Strikers Suffer Most from Closing of City's Restaurants
Times 9-Feb General Strike Nearing End
Times 9-Feb Meals as Usual Served in Hotels
Times 9-Feb First Street Cars in Downtown District to Operate; Street Car Service in Tacoma Resumed
Times 9-Feb How Municipal Authorities Prepared to Deal with Possible Trouble
Times 9-Feb General Morrison Here, Will Maintain Order
Union Record 9-Feb Will Keep On! General Committee Unanimously Turns Down Compromise
P-I 10-Feb Five of Union Labor Units Vote to Return to Labor Today; Tacoma's Unions Call Off Strike at 8:00 AM Today
P-I 10-Feb To Resume Work on Water Front; Five of Unions Return to Work
P-I 10-Feb Shipyard Crafts to Unite Demand
P-I 10-Feb Seattle Pastors Speak on Unrest of the Hour
P-I 10-Feb Loyalty in the Council
P-I 10-Feb Notice: To Customers of the Pure Milk Dairy
Star 10-Feb Strike Called Off! No Compromise!
Star 10-Feb Order Car Lines Closed Up For Day; Tacoma Strike Is Called Off
Star 10-Feb Strike Delays Plans To Close Out Stock
Times 10-Feb Strike Off at Noon Tomorrow, Thousands of Union Men Flock Back To Work
Times 10-Feb Bottom Drops Out of General Strike Here
Times 10-Feb Resume Business as Usual, Hanson Urges
Times 10-Feb Seattle Strikers Lose $3,735,000 in Wages
Times 10-Feb Labor Radicals Must Go!
Union Record 10-Feb Seattle Unions Standing Pat! Tacoma Gains Its Point And Calls Off Strike
Union Record 10-Feb General Strike Ends Tuesday
Union Record 10-Feb Street Car Men To Walk Out
Union Record 10-Feb No Arrests Due To Strike; Schools Open Doors Monday
P-I 11-Feb Strike to End at Noon Today; Car Men Vote To Stay On Job
P-I 11-Feb Says Strike End Has Wide Effect
P-I 11-Feb Labor Adjuster To Visit Sound
P-I 11-Feb The Aftermath
P-I 11-Feb Broken Promise Closes Theaters
P-I 11-Feb Shipyard Strike May Be Long One; Workers Refuse Second Walkout; Longshoremen Complain That Boilermakers Are Taking Jobs On Docks
P-I 11-Feb Mayor Hanson's Stand on Strike Given Commendation By Whole United States; Eastern Papers Praise Hanson
P-I 11-Feb Strike Is Heavy Expense On City
Star 11-Feb City Speeds Up; General Strike Over
Star 11-Feb Strike Raises Havoc With Prominent Store
Star 11-Feb A Few Thoughts on Democracy, Freedom, the General Strike, Bolshevik Rule and the U.S.
Times 11-Feb Seattle Gets Back to Normal, End of Strike Sets Wheels Turning at Top Speed
Times 11-Feb Metal Trades to Continue Fight, Shipyard Strikers to Maintain Order
Times 11-Feb Congratulations Pour in on Mayor Hanson
Times 11-Feb Theaters Reopen Despite Strikers
Union Record 11-Feb Shipyard Strike To Be Continued
Union Record 11-Feb Ship Strike Is On
Union Record 11-Feb Police With Clubs Are Not Necessary
Union Record 11-Feb 600 Added To Regular Force
Union Record 11-Feb When The Smoke Clears Away
P-I 12-Feb Shipyard Strike To Be Continued Says Committee
P-I 12-Feb Break In Tacoma Unions Underway; Strike Settlement Pleases Mother and Homekeeper
P-I 12-Feb A Sputtering Rocket
P-I 12-Feb Shipyard Workers To Continue Their Strike
Star 12-Feb Discussing Compromise On Strike Here
Times 12-Feb Move To Settle Shipyard Strife, Prospect of General Agreement Brightens
Times 12-Feb Tacoma Shipyard Strike Nears End
Times 12-Feb Larger Place in Sun Accorded to Seattle
Times 12-Feb Port Escaped Loss
Times 12-Feb Report on Strike
Union Record 12-Feb Ship Strike Plans Being Carried Out
Union Record 12-Feb Tacoma Men May Go Back
Union Record 12-Feb Yard Owners In Conference
Union Record 12-Feb Tacomans Are Standing Pat, Says M'Killop
Star 13-Feb Labor To Clean House; Shipyards Won't Be Idle Declare Seattle Owners
Times 13-Feb Labor Council to Oust Radicals
Times 13-Feb Seattle Labor Council to Suppress Radicals
Times 13-Feb Minute Men Help Police Guard City
Union Record 13-Feb Mayor Ole Roasted To Turn; Hanson Blamed For Prolonging Strike
Union Record 13-Feb Yard Owners Go Beyond Locals; Strikers Penalized
Union Record 13-Feb Hesketh Will Continue To Aid Strikers
Union Record 13-Feb Scenes During Strike

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