Flint has celebrated their 150th. year with this commemorative logo.
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by Felicity Blaze Noodleman
THE LABOR MOVEMENT
IN FLINT, MI
As I mentioned last week; this is where my Grandfather worked and retired.
He also suffered an accident here loosing his ring finger on the left hand.
The labor movement began in Flint and was lead by the UAW (United Auto Workers) in 1935; my grandfathers generation. Auto workers were always well paid and was a policy begun by Henry Ford. He believed that his employees should be able to afford and buy the products which they were building. Alfred P. Sloan, President and CEO at GM also stated that his GM employees were “pampered”. Labor in the twentieth century was being redefined.
Exterior of the Fisher Body plant on Saginaw St. in Flint, MI. Crowds gathered
as the sit down strike was now gaining national attention. The United
Auto Workers (UAW) have long since had their grievances settled for them by the Governor of Michigan as stricter guide lines were placed upon the Unions.
grievances settled for them by the Governor of Michigan as stricter guide lines were placed upon the Unions.
This factory was
originally build as the "United Motors" factory by William Durant
build his new "Durant" automobiles after he was voted out of control at
GM in the Wall St.
proxy fight of 1920.
When I was a child growing up in Flint, MI my father worked for Buick Motors Division and Fisher Body. His father and mother worked for General Motors, Grandfather was at Chevrolet and Grandmother with AC Delco. It seemed everyone had a family member working in one of the many GM auto assembly plants or even one of the smaller companies which manufactured parts for GM. To call Flint a factory town, was well, the definition of who we were. Life there was all about General Motors.
Try to imagine your job, home, family and community of stores, religious institutions and schools are all being pulled out from underneath you. All at once. One day the company where you have worked for 20 years is down sizing or going to be closing. You're losing your job through no fault of your own. It's like having the wind sucked out of your lungs! This is what the people of Flint Michigan have suffered.
The US Government was also presenting new challenges to GM and American industry as a whole. The company has responded by meeting or exceeding all regulations placed upon it. GM is a very safety minded organization. GM has now completely demolished four of their manufacturing plants in Flint and moved their operations out of the country sacrificing millions of jobs here in the US. As people have moved out of the Flint area homes became vacant. Whole neighborhoods were eventually demolished as the houses could not be sold. The only things left were sidewalks, streets, home foundations with street signs and fire plugs. It quite literally looked as though the city was hit by a nuclear bomb.
THE NEW GM