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125 years of solidarity at Pierce
County Central Labor Council
TACOMA, Wash. – When representatives of eight Tacoma trade unions met April 3, 1890, they set the stage for a coordinated
labor effort that would thrive 125 years later.
At the Pierce County Central Labor Council
(PCCLC) monthly meeting last month, the
delegates from some of the 89 affiliated unions,
including SPEEA, applauded their efforts and
learned a little about what happened to their area
labor movement in that time period.
Below are highlights from the presentation.
• Founding unions – the eight unions
which started the labor council in 1890
were: Cigar Makers, Carpenters, Stone
Cutters, Bricklayers, Iron Molders, Tinners
and Cornice Makers, Longshoremen and
the Knights of Labor Assembly 4223.
• Shorter hours – At the time the Council
formed, the dominant labor issue was
shorter hours (nationwide, labor pushed
for the eight-hour work day).
• Organizing – In those early years, a standing organizing committee helped the
Shipwrights and Caulkers, Journeymen
Horseshoers and other unions to form.
• Growth spurt – In the early 1930s (during
the Great Depression), union membership
was around 50 locals with 5,000 members.
By 1938, the PCCLC added 42 more locals
representing an additional 8,000 workers.
• Solidarity Forever – Ralph Chaplin,
who wrote the words for the labor anthem
‘Solidarity Forever,’ started working for the
PCCLC’s ‘Labor Advocate’ newspaper in
1941. During his four years as editor, the
Advocate was called one of the best labor
papers in the country.
• Blood bank – In 1946, the PCCLC teamed
up with the medical community to form a
blood bank. Union members purchased $1
membership cards, which raised $30,000 to
start the blood bank in a rented store front
on St. Helens Avenue in Tacoma. To this
day, the blood bank’s employees are union
represented, one of only a handful of union
blood banks in the country.
• Scholarship – In 2003, the Jerry
Beckendorf Community Service
Scholarship launched to help high school
seniors from union families defray college
costs. More than 100 students have since
benefited from this effort.
Editor’s note: Pierce County Central Labor Council
(PCCLC) Secretary Treasurer Patty Rose presented the 125th anniversary highlights and credited
Ottilie Markholt, a Pierce County trade unionist
and labor historian, for her research and knowledge. Many of the details are captured in the 100th
anniversary of the PCCLC, in a book called “To
Live in Dignity.”
Dave Baine, SPEEA labor delegate, is shown here with
Patty Rose, Pierce County Central Labor Council (PCCLC)
secretary treasurer at the 125th anniversary celebration.