The Labor Heritage Society of West Michigan, Inc. (LHSWM) is a 501c3 established by a broad group of Labor Union leaders in 1997 in an effort to broaden the work and reach of Labor. The primary goal of the founders was to erect and maintain a monument dedicated to Labor in Grand Rapids.
After years of hard work, fundraising, and construction, the monument was completed and unveiled in 2007. The monument symbolizes the struggles of workers by recognizing the 1911 furniture workers strike in Grand Rapids. This strike brought more than 10,000 workers from Grand Rapids’ furniture factories into the streets to stand up for better pay and working conditions.
In 2015, with the labor monument complete, the LHS board refocused the organization's goals on labor education, grassroots organizing, community service and non-partisan economic policy research.
We hope you’ll join us as we continue to cherish Labor’s past while redefining Labor’s Future.