The 1975–1976 Washington Post pressmen’s strike was a strike action by The Washington Post’spressmen. The strike began on October 1, 1975. The Washington Post hired replacement workers to replace the union in December 1975. The last unions supporting the pressmen’s strike returned to work in February 1976.
Eugene Meyer purchased the Washington Post at a bankruptcy auction in 1933, and generally had a good relationship with labor unions at the company. In 1946, his son-in-law Phil Graham took over as publisher, and Meyer’s daughter Katharine Graham took over in 1963 after Phil Graham’s suicide. The Post became a publicly-traded company in 1971.
The Post had suffered multiple strikes in previous years. In 1973, the printer’s guild went on strike, and management quickly agreed to demands. In 1974, the Newspaper Guild went on strike, but other unions did not support the strike.