The Bay View Massacre The Eight Hour Workday - 125 Years Ago


The Bay View Massacre

On May 1st 1886 7,000 building-trades workers joined with 5,000 Polish laborers to strike against their employers, demanding an eight-hour work day.

With orders from Republican Governor Jeremiah M. Rusk to "shoot to kill"

the Militia shot dead Seven Workers on May 5th 1886 including a thirteen-year-old boy.

We remember our fallen Wisconsin comrades.

The Dead:

Frank Kunkel

Frank Nowarczyk

John Marsh

Robert Erdman

Johann Zazka

Martin Jankowiak

Michael Ruchalski