Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
June 19—A pioneering sit-down strike is conducted by workers at a General Tire Co. factory 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.)
June 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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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 of 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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