File No. 812.504/133

Ambassador Fletcher to the Secretary of State

No. 402

Sir: With reference to the labor situation at Tampico, and the general strike which was declared on July 23, 1917, I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy and translation of note No. 353 dated August 6, 1917 from the Foreign Office regarding the strike.

I have [etc.]

Henry P. Fletcher

The Subsecretary of State to Ambassador Fletcher


The Subsecretary of State, in charge of the Office of the Exterior, presents his compliments to his excellency the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America, and has the honor to state with reference to the attentive note verbale No. 57 which Mr. Summerlin was pleased to address to him under date of the 24th of July last relative to the strike at Tampico, that the Subsecretary of State, Interior Affairs, has been pleased to render to him a report on the subject submitted by General Ricaut, Provisional Governor of the State of Tamaulipas. In the said report it is stated that the Internal Navigation Sailors’ Union requested an increase in wages and a decrease in working hours, as also an improvement in the quarters and food furnished on board ship; that in view of their not having obtained what they desired, they declared a general strike of all laborers in Tampico, supporting, with this attitude, the petition of the sailors; that such being the status of the matter, the local executive intervened and succeeded in having the laborers return to work and in the employers’ receiving them in accordance with the law until such time as the committee on conciliation and arbitration should reach a decision with [Page 1030] regard to the petitions mentioned. At the first meeting of the said committee the question of the working hours and payment of salaries was discussed, the representatives both of laborers and employers apparently being inclined to arrive at a just and proper solution of the difficulty.

Ernesto Garza Pérez avails [etc.]