Sit-down to Shut Down: The 84-year war between General Motors and the UAW
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The eight decade war between General Motors and the UAW is one of the most impactful and poorly understood episodes in American history. ‘Sit-down to Shut Down’ is an engaging presentation that explores its ongoing cultural ramifications.
When Flint’s own Billy Durant indented General Motors out of whole cloth it was a cause set in motion in more ways than one.
His creation opened the door for a new way of life for millions of American workers. However, that shared equity went missing to a degree when Durant was ousted from the firm. By the Depression, the structural imbalance exacerbated workers frustrations. It opened the door to the Sit-Down Strike of 1936-37, which on the heels of the Wagner Act, established the UnitedView more
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