Kohler workers strike for Union recognition

"All my life my Daddy's been on Strike to make my future better:" The Kohler Worker's Story


What is regarded as the longest major strike in U.S. labor history began at the Kohler Company on April 5, 1954. Called by the United Auto Workers Local 833 after the company refused to recognize the union despite a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election. Despite repeated findings by the courts and the NLRB that Kohler had violated labor laws, the Kohler strike went on for nine years before the company was finally ordered to accept the union. This 1955 pamphlet published by the union gives the workers' side of the story.


Related Topics: The Progressive Era
Industrialization and Urbanization
The Birth of the Labor Movement
The Rise of Skilled Manufacturing
Creator: UAW-CIO Local 833
Pub Data: [Indianapolis, Ind.] : UAW-CIO International Union : UAWUAW-CIO Local 833-CIO Local 833, 1955. (pamphlet 82-1337)
Citation: UAW-CIO Local 833. All my life my Daddy's been on Strike to make my future better: The Kohler Worker's Story." ([Indianapolis, Ind.] : UAW-CIO International Union : UAW-CIO Local 833, 1955); online facsimile at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1525 Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1525; Visited on: 12/19/2014
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