83 Years Ago, Flint Sit-Down Strike Triggered the Birth of the UAW

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Large crowds assembled near the two Fisher body plants held by Flint Sit-Down strikers. Flint Journal file photo.

Reprinted from Michigan Live by on December 30, 2019.

December 30 marks the beginning of the 83rd anniversary of the Flint Sit-Down Strike that forever tied the city to the union movement in the United States and around the world.

The strike began December 30, 1936, when about 50 men sat down on the line inside General Motors’ Fisher Body Plant 2, protesting the transfer of three inspectors who refused to quit their union.

Forty-four grueling days later — on February 11, 1937 — the strike ended when General Motors agreed to recognize the United Auto Workers as the bargaining representative for hourly workers. …

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