Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) Social and Welfare Association was officially formed as a benevolent organization for organized labor in February 1946. The Association purchased a building at 37-41 W. Front St., centrally located in Downtown Monroe, Michigan and renovated it for use as a meeting place for CIO union members. In 1953 the building was renamed in dedication to Philip Murray following his death the previous year. Throughout the years the Murray Building, also known as the "west side hall" has been home to many local unions in Monroe County and has been continuously owned and maintained by the association. In 2001, the Monroe County Council CIO Social and Welfare Association conceived a bold plan for the adaptive re-use of the historic hall - creation of a labor history museum for Monroe County dedicated to, preservation and display of artifacts documenting the rich heritage of the State of Michigan and Monroe County as well as education and outreach to the general public, youth and organized labor, illustrating the importance of Monroe County to the American labor movement. The museum is located in the heart of Downtown Monroe among many wonderful shops, restaurants, cafes, the Monroe County Historical Museum, the River Raisin Centre for the Arts and much more. The Monroe County Labor Museum is proud of "Preserving the Past for the Future"!