Strikes; General Motors; Flint; Miscellaneous. -Dancing in Front of Plant 1

1937-02

Women dance together outside General Motors plant 1, during the Flint sit-down strike. "The Flint sit-down strike began the evening of Dec. 30, 1936, when the night shift stopped the loading of dies being shipped by the company to places where unionism was weaker, the union had noticed that the sit-down method of protest, which had started in Europe, seemed to work successfully, so the workers sat down and locked themselves in, trying to protect their jobs from being removed ... the union called for supporters to gather at Cadillac Square in Detroit as a show of strength, the overflowing crowd of 150,000 supporters surprised even the union sympathizers and gave the union the self-confidence they needed to show its power and solidarity over its management "oppressors," other union workers joined in sympathy strikes, closing plants in other states ... the dramatic military style battles depict the times and the desperation of those involved, the outcome much later in time proved that both the union and the company could coexist and indeed prosper beyond anyone's expectations, those who made the cars could finally afford to buy them, pouring profits back to the stockholders, spreading the wealth caused more to be created, the pension and wages won by the workers raised the standard of living for the whole country," from The historic 1936-37 Flint auto plant strikes, by Vivian M. Baulch and Patricia Zacharias / The Detroit News.


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