As GOP Convention wraps up, labor supporters say tragic event “lives on”

Never Ever Forget!

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — On the same day the state Republican Convention wrapped up in Milwaukee, the labor movement reasserted its political muscle. In Bay View, hundreds turned out to remember those who died in the fight for the eight-hour work day.

This week marks the 128th anniversary of a labor struggle in Milwaukee that led to the deaths of seven people. Back then, a typical workday could be 10 to 12 hours. Now, union supporters use the tragic anniversary as motivation to keep fighting.

Union supporters used Sunday, May 4th as a call to action, while Republicans were wrapping up their convention.

In a Bay View park on Sunday, the Milwaukee Public Theater re-enacted the labor strike that has become revered by union supporters.

On May 5th, 1886, thousands marched in Milwaukee for the right to an eight-hour work day.

As workers tried to enter a Bay View mill…

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