UAW Local 833 Records

Accession Number: 
LR000377
Extent: 
51 linear feet (103 MB) 12 scrapbooks
Date: 
1897-1965, bulk 1933-1960

United Auto Workers Local 833 has had divisive history between workers at the Kohler Co. in Kohler, WI and their employers. First organized in 1933 by the American Federation of Labor, workers were soon embroiled in a jurisdictional dispute with a company-formed union, the Kohler Workers' Association (KWA). Following a strike, the KWA won the bid from the NLRB to represent workers, but leadership soon became dissatisfied and voted in 1952 to join the UAW. The local's records mainly document the strike and NLRB case that shortly followed their affiliation with the UAW, but also touch on the 1934 strike, the original Kohler strike in 1897, and the years before the union's chartering by the UAW.

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