The Kohler strikes at the Kohler Companyjust west of Sheboygan, Wisconsin in and are landmarks in the history of both business and labor in the United States. Labor leaders have often cited the warfare at the giant plumbing supply company in their contention that workers need unions. Industrial leaders have pointed to the strikes as examples of union belligerence and indifference toward the true welfare of their employees. During the late 19th century it prospered as the producer of plumbing products and enamelware.

InTermite Damage Repair Company around a new factory just west of Sheboygan became the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin. From until his death, John Michael's son Walter J. Kohler, Sr. In the early s, he built a family mansion, Riverbend, and was welcomed in high society in Chicago and elsewhere. Inhe became Governor of Wisconsin for a single term. In the Great Depression, company profits plummeted. The American Federation of Labor turned its attention on Kohler in the spring Florida Beer Companydemanding that the AFL replace the company unionthe Kohler Workers Association, which had been formed a year earlier, Kohler Company Strike an independent labor union.

In June, AFL leaders called for a Walter strongly opposed this bid for power and closed the plant. On July 16, a strike began. Violence quickly erupted and the entire Village was closed to traffic.

Special deputies hired by the company clashed with pickets, and huge crowds began to assemble. On July 27, purportedly in response to vandalism against Island Lumber Company property, the special deputies attacked Xcraft Company Worth guns and tear gas.

Two strikers named Lee Wakefield and Harry Englemann were killed, and 47 "men, women and boys were wounded, gassed, and injured". Walter, who had been trapped in the main office building for 12 days, blamed the violence on outsiders and people with "communistic affiliations.

In September, the National Labor Relations Board ruled against the Kohler Company and demanded secret, supervised elections at the plant to determine who would represent the workers, which the company union won. Congress soon, however, passed the Wagner Actgiving Is Sharp A Japanese Company labor the right to organize and bargain collectively without employer interference.

A A Trucking Company of workers could now determine who would represent them; this " union shop " was the chief goal of the AFL. Still, the company union and the principle of " open shop " remained in effect at the Kohler Company untilwhen the United Auto Workers UAW won an election. He was a physically and mentally powerful man best known for his supreme self-confidence and iron will. He had played a key role in the strike of and was a staunch opponent of organized labor.

The United Auto Workers Local was determined to organize Kohler employees, and it won a certified election in Herbert V. Kohler refused to grant union demands during contract negotiations, and a strike began on April 5, Some 2, of the Company's 3, employees joined the picket lines.

The plant essentially ceased operations for two months. Herbert Kohler Company Strike resumed production with non-union labor. Six years of Oppenheimer And Company violence ensued between strikers and strike breakers. Herbert resisted all efforts to compromise, even sharply rejecting a public appeal from his nephew, Governor Walter J.

Kohler, Jr. Inthe National Labor Relations Board decided against the Kohler Company, ruling that it had refused to bargain in good faith after the strike broke out. Herbert was ordered to reinstate 1, workers. The bitter issue of compensation for strikers remained unresolved. The union agreed to make no further charges stemming from the strike.

The longest major strike in American history had ended. After Herbert's death, his son Herbert V. Infor example, a five-year labor contract was signed. The third strike, which occurred in and lasted 16 days, saw car windows smashed by demonstrators and two union members injured by a motorist who drove his vehicle through a picket line.

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