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Tough Times in Flint Michigan – The 1937 Strikes at Chevrolet and Fisher Body Company

The forming of the UAW, labor actions and the resulting strikes in the thirties during the Great Depression, caused unrest and a very tough and bitter time for the state of Michigan. Recently we showed a post strike press photo from Flint, that if you took the time to study the photo you could see the tension on the workers faces.

Since then we obtained these photos which show some of the unrest earlier in the city. Not only had all of the Chevrolet plants in the country either gone on strike or had been closed because of it, but in Flint the UAW also went on strike against the Fisher Body Company, which resulted in a long and widely published worker occupancy of the plant.

              

These very graphic photos show at the top what appears to be white collar workers sweeping up in the aftermath of the window breaking spree seen in the first photo just above. The second photo shows when things had turned quite serious, as we can see either an Army or Guard patrol with a machine gun set up on Chevrolet Ave. The last photo shows UAW members bringing food and milk to the plant workers that had occupied the Fisher body plant, just behind these workers can be seen the UAW Fisher Division union hall. The Old Motor photos

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