Workers eating at labor-managed dining halls. There were
twenty-one such halls throughout the city during the
strike, serving from 20,000 to 30,000 meals per day.
With the city shut down, unionists
organized an entire network of worker-
run institutions including kitchens, milk
stations, laundries, garbage collection,
and fire and police services.
Perhaps more than the strike itself, it
was this largely successful
demonstration of workers’ control that
made the Seattle general strike one of
the most radical labor actions in