Annual WLHS conference cancelled due to crisis

The 39th Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Labor History Society, scheduled for Saturday, March 28, in Milwaukee has been cancelled due to the current coronavirus crisis.

Sara Nelson

Entitled “Progressives, Populists and Socialists: How the Past Informs the Future,” the conference was to be held at the American Postal Workers Union Hall, 417 N. 3rd St. in downtown Milwaukee.

The keynote speaker was to be Sara Nelson, president of the 50,000-member Association of Flight Attendants – CWA union.

The program was to include historians who will speak on how the labor movement with Socialists and Progressive Republicans early in the 20th Century helped to build the Wisconsin’s traditions of pro-worker and democratic governments.

The WLHS conference is held annually in conjunction with the Society’s annual meeting. It is designed for unionists, historians and those who care about the future of workers and the heroic struggles of working people to achieve a fair and just society.

A decision will be made as to when and where to hold the annual meeting which will include the election of officers and other business. The Society will also present awards for lifetime achievement and to high school students for winning essays on labor history.

The Wisconsin Labor History Society was founded in 1981 and is affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society. It is supported by individual members, the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and many labor councils and local unions throughout the state.

Further information available from Ken Germanson. Ph. 414-687-6954 / email: keng@wisconsinlaborhistory.org.