Today in 1902: The mill manager of the George A. Whiting Paper Company in Plover, Wisconsin, discharges a shipping clerk who is trying to organize the plant. His outraged co-workers will hold a protest rally at which they form a lodge of the United Brotherhood of Paper Makers and demand that the company reinstate the clerk.
When nothing happens, twenty five union men will shut down the plant and walk out, followed by about twenty women employed in the finishing room. By April, strikes will disrupt plants up and down the Wisconsin River valley. The American Federation of Labor and the Wisconsin State Federation of Labor will send support, but the companies will stand firm and, by the end of April, defeat the strikers.
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