BySenators Keiser, Kuderer, Conway, Van De Wege, Darneille, Randall, Rolfes, Nguyen, Wellman, Salomon, Das, Cleveland, Hunt, Frockt, Carlyle, Takko, Pedersen, Hasegawa, and Saldaña
WHEREAS, On February 6, 1919, sixty thousand union workers in Seattle became the first workers in American history to organize a nonviolent general strike; and
WHEREAS, Seattle's Central Labor Council of the American Federation of Labor had called on union workers to strike in support of shipyard workers who sought the right to collective bargaining; and more than one hundred labor unions agreed to participate in the General Strike of 1919; and
WHEREAS, A diverse coalition of union members from all walks of life, including women, African Americans, and the Japanese community all voted in favor of joining the strike in solidarity demonstrating the value of uniting diverse groups across occupational, racial, and political affiliations; and
WHEREAS, The union workers who participated in the Seattle General Strike showed the nation the power of organized labor and worker solidarity; and the Seattle General Strike laid the groundwork for the contemporary labor movement in the United States; and
WHEREAS, The nation's workers represent the backbone of the American economy and have made the United States the most prosperous country in the world; and
WHEREAS, Wednesday, February 6, 2019, marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Seattle General Strike, a time when it was said that "Nothing Moved But the Tide;" and
WHEREAS, Several public events have been organized throughout the Centennial week by a coalition of museums, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, the University of Washington Labor Archives, and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies; and
WHEREAS, The General Strike of 1919 has an enduring legacy that still shapes the labor movement today;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Senate recognize the heritage of the labor movement in our state and the workers who participated in the Seattle General Strike of 1919, and honor the contributions they made to our country and our state.
I, Brad Hendrickson, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 8608,
adopted by the Senate
February 6, 2019
Secretary of the Senate