Our Activities & Programs: Ongoing Events: 1936-37 Flint Sit-Down Strike - 1936-1937

 

 

(Photo credit: Sheldon Dick - Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress LC-USF34-040028-D), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2283952

 

Dec. 30, 1936-Feb. 11, 1937 - 80th Anniversary

WHAT: On Dec. 30, 1936, auto workers began the historic 44-day Sit-Down Strike in Flint, MI. The strike lasted until Feb. 1937. The Flint Sit-Down Strike is recognized as a major catalyst for labor organization across the country.


WHO: Workers from General Motors' Fisher Body Plants 1 and 2, and eventually Chevy Plant 4 which was the largest plant that GM owned at the time. The workers took over the plants for 44 days in this historic event which caused GM to not only recognize the union but to agree to the first UAW-GM contract which happened on Feb. 11, 1937. 


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