Auto Workers Strike

Workers at automobile plant

United Automobile Workers of America (UAW) strike at the Fisher Body plant. The strike is part of the larger General Motors Strike of 1936-37, after which the UAW is officially recognized by the company for the first time.

Date : 
December 16, 1936
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Jason Roe
Kansas City Public Library

On December 16, 1936, 1,000 employees of the Fisher Body plant located in the Leeds district of Kansas City sat down on the job to protest the recent firing of a worker and demand that General Motors recognize the unionization of autoworkers. What could have been merely a local dispute instead gave early momentum to one of the most significant labor-management confrontations of the twentieth century, the so-called General Motors Strike of 1936-37.

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