Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition; Labor Video

Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
June 19—A pioneering sit-down strike is conducted by workers at a General Tire Co. 2015.06.15-history-strikefactory in Akron, Ohio. The United Rubber Workers union was founded a year later.  The
tactic launched a wave of similar efforts in the auto and other industries over the next several years – 1934
(Strike!: In this brand new, expanded edition of Strike! you can read about the General Tire Co. strike as well as other labor-management conflicts that have occurred over the past 140 years.  Here you’ll learn much about workers’ struggle to win a degree of justice, from the workers’ point of view.)
2015.06.15-history-fordJune 20—Henry Ford recognizes the United Auto Workers, signs contract for workers at River Rouge plant – 1941
June 21—An estimated 100,000 unionists and other supporters march in solidarity with striking Detroit News and Detroit Free Press newspaper workers – 1997
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Labor Video: Brothers On The Line
Brothers On The Line is an award-winning documentary feature exploring the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers—prolific union organizers who led an army 2015.06.15-video-brothers.on.lineof laborers into an epic struggle for social justice. At the height of the Great Depression, a new industrial revolution came to life in Michigan’s colossal car factories. Taking a stand against oppressive conditions, young autoworkers Walter, Roy, and Victor Reuther faced intimidation and physical violence from “security” agents in their effort to coordinate sit-down strikes, the most successful occurring at the General Motors facilities in Flint. Their bold rhetoric and actions challenged the mighty automakers, won unprecedented quality-of-life gains, gave a voice to the rank-and-file, and established the United Auto Workers as one of the most powerful unions in American history. Click here to watch a trailer of the movie.
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