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Sit-down to Shut Down: The 84-year war between General Motors and the UAW

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Presented by Genesee County Historical Society at University of Michigan-Flint, FRANCIS WILLSON THOMPSON LIBRARY, First Floor, Atrium, Flint MI

Jan 30 2020
Sit-down to Shut Down: The 84-year war between General Motors and the UAW

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 United

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University of Michigan-Flint, FRANCIS WILLSON THOMPSON LIBRARY, First Floor, Atrium

303 Harrison, Flint, MI 48503, Flint, MI 48503

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