The wage dispute led to a strike by the
Metal Trades Council, the bargaining unit for unionized Seattle shipyard
workers, which began on January 21, 1919. Tacoma shipyard workers
The Central Labor Council believed that the
struggle in the shipyards was the first salvo in a massive postwar
open shop drive. Success there was pivotal to the strength of all
organized labor in Seattle, and indeed throughout the nation.
meeting inside the Seattle Labor Temple