Unions in Wisconsin
Since bricklayers in Milwaukee formed the state’s first trade union in 1847, organized labor has played a critical role in the economy, securing better wages and working conditions for workers throughout the state. In the past decade, however, the long history has been undermined by state policy which diminishes the power and voice of unions and workers across the state.
More than Members: Unions are a force for working people
Unions play an essential role in the economy. They represent worker interests inside worksites, they can raise job quality standards in industries, and at a political level they help pursue policy that improves the lives of working people. In each of these ways, unions help raise wages and living standards and equalize power in our society.