The Sheboygan Press covers the strike in Kohler, 1934

Sheboygan Press Kohler Strike articles, July 1934


In 1934, employees of the Kohler Company attempted to organize a union over the objections of company president Walter J. Kohler, who had a different interpretation of a labor law that allowed employees to organize and bargain collectively. Kohler believed that his workers could organize but he did not think that any union should have exclusive bargaining power--a right claimed by the newly formed AFL Union of Kohler workers. After Kohler refused to bargain with them, the workers declared a general strike on July 16th. The relatively peaceful strike took a violent turn on July 27th when special deputies broke through the picket lines to escort a coal car that strikers had turned back. A battle ensued outside the plant that left two strikers dead and over 40 wounded. The next day, Governor Schmedeman called out the National Guard to restore order.

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These articles from July of 1934 have been generously provided by the Sheboygan Press.




Related Topics: The Progressive Era
Industrialization and Urbanization
The Birth of the Labor Movement
The Rise of Skilled Manufacturing
Depression and Unemployment
Creator: Sheboygan Press
Pub Data: Sheboygan, Wis.: Sheboygan Press, 1934.
Citation: Sheboygan Press articles. (Sheboygan, Wis.: Sheboygan Press, 1934); online facsimile at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1529 Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1529; Visited on: 10/26/2014
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