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December 30, 1936

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Autoworkers at the General Motors Fisher Body No. 1 plant in Flint, Michigan, occupy the factory and begin a sit-down strike that lasts 44 days. The strike ended in a victory for the workers on February 11, 1937, when GM signed a contract with the United Auto Workers, recognizing the union as the sole bargaining agent for the workers in all of its plants.

December 30, 1936

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Autoworkers at the General Motors Fisher Body No. 1 plant in Flint, Michigan, occupy the factory and begin a sit-down strike that lasts 44 days.  The strike ended in a victory for the workers on February 11, 1937, when GM signed a contract with the United Auto Workers, recognizing the union as the sole bargaining agent for the workers in all of its plants.

December 28, 1936

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Autoworkers begin a sit-down strike at the General Motors Fisher Body plant in Cleveland.  Two days later, the strike spread to the plant in Flint, Michigan, and continued until GM recognized the United Auto Workers as the bargaining agent for its employees in February 1937.  [Image:  Homer Martin, president of the United Auto Workers, speaks to autoworkers during the Fisher Body strike in Cleveland.]

September 1, 1907

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Walter Reuther – president of the United Auto Workers from 1946 until his death in 1970 – is born.  Reuther was also president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) from 1952 until its merger with the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in 1955.  “As long as one American is denied his rights,” Reuther said, “I will do all I can to dispel the corruption of complacency in America and seek a greater sense of national purpose.”

July 11, 1983

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A nine-year strike begins at the Ohio Crankshaft Division of Park-Ohio Industries in Cleveland, Ohio, over wages and benefits.  Despite scabs, arrests, and firings, UAW Local 91 members hung on and ratified a contract in 1992 with the company (under new management) that featured company-funded health and retirement benefits, as well as pay increases.

June 5, 1998

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3,400 members of the United Auto Workers walk off the job at a General Motors metal-stamping factory in Flint, MI, over broken promises to upgrade the facility, beginning a strike that will last seven weeks and stall production at GM facilities nationwide.   A week later, 5,800 workers walked out at another plant over GM’s outsourcing of labor to non-union plants.

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