“The Women Just Came out of Their Homes…”

“The Women Just Came out of Their Homes…”

The breakthrough for the CIO and industrial unionism came at Flint, Michigan, in the winter of 1936-37. On December 30, 1936, United Auto Workers militants sat in at General Motors’ Fisher Body plants One and Two. Several weeks later, throwing the company off balance with a diversionary raid on Flint’s Chevrolet plant Nine, the UAW occupied Chevy Four, effectively tying up most of GM’s engine production. On February 11, the company capitulated and recognized the UAW as the bargaining agent for its workers. Within a few months, Chrysler had followed suit, and United States Steel had recognized the Steelworkers. American industrial and social relations were permanently altered.

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