Wisconsin Labor History Society


The Wisconsin Labor History Society is dedicated to preserving and telling the stories of workers and unions in Wisconsin.

Endorsed by the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

Affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society


33rd Annual Conference to feature historic Kohler strikes

and impact then and now; register now for inspiring event

The historic three decades of struggles that workers faced at Wisconsin’s Kohler Co. to win decent working conditions will be reviewed – along with their relevance for today’s economy – at the 33rdAnnual Conference of the Wisconsin Labor History Society to be held Saturday, May 17 in Sheboygan.

Entitled “The Kohler Strikes – Three Decades of Struggle:  What Can Labor Learn?  What Works Today?” the all-day conference will be held at Emil Mazey Hall, 5425 Superior Ave., Sheboygan, home of United Auto Workers Local 833 which represents workers at the company in nearby Kohler.  Read more . . . 

Register online by clicking here.

Downloadable Flyer


128th Anniversary of Bay View Tragedy to be commemorated May 4!

Again this year, the commemoration of the Bay View Tragedy will be held on the first Sunday of May, honoring the seven who were killed by the militia while marching on behalf of the eight-hour day campaign on May 5, 1886, outside the Bay View Rolling Mills.

Speakers, singing by longtime folksinger Larry Penn and the Solidarity Singers of Madison, along with a re-enactment of the 1886 event by the Milwaukee Public Theatre and the Milwaukee Mask and Puppet Theatre will be the highlights of the outdoor event.  It is free and open to the public.

The event will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, on the site of the State Historical Mark for the Bay View Rolling Mills, S. Superior St. and E. Russell Ave., Milwaukee.   Read more . . .


Wisconsin Labor History in Slides

A quick look at labor history in Wisconsin may be seen by viewing the slides presented at the 2014 Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Community Services Conference in Madison on March  21.  Click on  “Wis Labor History Slides.”  You may download it and show it at meetings and other opportunities.



A message from President Steve Cupery:

If you are not now a member, please join to support our work of providing students, teachers and the public with valuable information, curricular materials, education and research opportunities concerning Wisconsin labor history.  Become a member of the Wisconsin Labor History Society.

We have made it convenient to join:

First, we have a membership application form at our website that you may print out, fill in the blanks and mail back.  Click here for form.

Secondly, you may use your credit or debit card (or PayPal) to pay your membership.  Click here for instructions.

We can’t overstate the value that your membership provides to our organization.  As you know we are a completely volunteer organization, but it takes money to continue to carry on our work of preserving the history of workers and their unions in Wisconsin and to promote the study of that history in our schools.  All of our activities exist solely because of support from our members, whether they be individuals or local unions, labor councils or other organizations.

During this critical time facing our labor movement, we are confident that the telling of labor’s story to the public, particularly to our schoolchildren, is more important than ever.

Please help us continue our mission.  Act today!

Please consider joining us now. Check it out here.