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Term: trade unions in Wisconsin

Definition:

groups of workers who organized together for the purpose of improving their economic status and working conditions through collective bargaining with their employers. Wisconsin┐s first labor unions were formed in Milwaukee, the bricklayers in 1847 and the carpenters in 1848. Other early unions developed in trades connected to transportation, clothing, and printing. Shoemakers founded the Knights of St. Crispin in 1867, Wisconsin┐s first national trade union organization, which quickly grew to be the largest union in the nation. The Ship Carpenters and Caulkers Association called the first successful strike in 1848, though strikes remained fairly infrequent and small-scale until the later part of the 19th century. View more information elsewhere at wisconsinhistory.org.

View pictures relating to labor unions at Wisconsin Historical Images.

[Source: Turning Points in Wisconsin History; Columbia Encyclopedia]

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tabac (Fr.)
tackle (maritime)
tactics (Civil War)
Tadoussac
Taft-Harltey Act
Tamarois
tank top (maritime)
tanning and leather processing
taps and dies (maritime)
tassels (farming)
Taways
Tchidouakouongues
Tell Sharpshooters (Civil War)
temperance
temperance movement in Wisconsin
ten-foot (railroads)
termination
terra cotta (architecture)
terrace (farming)
territorial governor
territory
tertiary strata (mining)
theaters in Wisconsin
Third Ward fire (Milwaukee, 1892)
through platform (railroads)
Tigers (Civil War)
timber frame (architecture)
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1622-1699
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1700-1749
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1750-1783
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1784-1835
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1836-1899
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1900 -1999
Tionnontate
Titanic (Wisconsin passengers)
tobacco industry
toise (Fr.)
top-loader (logging)
topmast (maritime)
tornadoes in Wisconsin
tourism in Wisconsin
Tow-head (logging)
Tow-team (logging)
township
trade unions in Wisconsin
trainman (railroads)
transition rocks (mining)
transom (maritime)
trap, or trapean rocks (mining)
traverse
Travois (logging)
Treaty of 1825 (Prairie du Chien)
Treaty of 1827 (Butte des Morts)
Treaty of 1829 (Prairie du Chien)
Treaty of 1832 (Fort Armstrong)
Treaty of 1833 (Chicago)
Tredway Pumas (Civil War)
Tredway Rifles (Civil War)
Trees for Tomorrow
Trek Bicycle Corporation
trench (farming)
Trip-boom (logging)
triple-expansion steam engine (maritime)
Trough-roof (logging)
Troupes de la Marine (Compagnies Franches de la Ma
trunk (maritime)
tug; tugboat (maritime)
Turn (logging)
turn of the bilge (maritime)
turntable (railroads)
typewriter

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