Our Activities & Programs: Building the Engine: Auto and Labor, 1932-1937



In 2017, a unique confluence of organized labor milestones will be recognized through a public awareness effort called, “Building the Engine: Auto and Labor, 1932-1937.”

With informative programs, publications and events, regional partners including the MotorCities National Heritage Area and the Michigan Labor History Society will present the story of how these events laid the foundation for organized labor in the auto industry and beyond.

To navigate labor anniversaries being commemorated as part of this effort, click on the links below (you can also use our sidebar menu on the left-hand side of your screen):

80th anniversary, 1936 Kelsey Hayes Sit-Down Strike – Dec. 14, 2016


80th anniversary, 1936-37 Flint Sit-Down Strike

and first UAW-GM contract – Dec. 30, 2016-Feb. 11, 2017


85th anniversary, 1932 Ford Hunger March – March 7, 2017


80th anniversary, 1937 Battle of the Overpass – May 26, 2017


80th anniversary, 1937 Lansing Labor Holiday – June 7, 2017


Special publications, events, educational programming and more will be presented under the identity of “Building the Engine,” including a series of blog posts featured on the MotorCities website. Other information about the program will be listed on motorcities.org as well as the Michigan Labor History Society website at mlhs.wayne.edu.