1897 – Amalgamated Woodworkers Union Chartered

On this date the Amalgamated Woodworkers Union was chartered. At the time of organization, seven-eighths of the woodworkers labored for twelve-hour days, five days a week, for no more than $1.10 a day. Further, women were employed at lesser wages and boys worked for forty cents a day. Frank J. Weber, American Federation of Labor and Wisconsin Federation of Labor general organizer, visited the city and spoke to a large audience of Oshkosh woodworkers. Four days later Local 29 initiated one hundred new members and Local 49 gained thirty-nine laborers. [Source: by Virginia Glenn Crane]