MotorCities National Heritage Area
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Locals 159 and 653 and the Birth of the United Auto Workers

While the auto industry was creating fabulous wealth in the early 20th Century, its thousands of workers were left behind with twelve-hour workdays and poor working conditions. In the 1930s, workers gained strength through unity in forming the United Automobile Workers (UAW). Local 159 first represented all auto workers in Pontiac's General Motors plants, later on Local 653 was formed for hourly employees in the Pontiac Motor Division plants. These UAW Locals improved the lives of Pontiac workers and the community for decades. 


Address:
220 E. Columbia Ave
Pontiac, MI 48340