Today in Labor History – June 5th

GM on Strike
GM on Strike

Sixty-Seven anarchists were arrested and set up for deportation in the wake of a bomb explosion, marking the beginning of the infamous “Palmer raids” that ultimately led to the deportations and imprisonment of thousands of union members, communists, and anarchists. – 1919

Thirty-five members of the Teamsters, concerned about the infiltration of organized crime in the union and other issues, meet in Cleveland to form Teamsters for a Democratic Union. – 1976

A strike began at a General Motors Corporation parts factory in Flint, Michigan that spread and ultimately forced the closure of GM plants across the country for seven weeks. The Flint workers were protesting the removal of key dies from their plant and feared their jobs would be lost. The company ended the dispute by assuring the plant would remain open until at least the year 2000. – 1998

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2 thoughts on “Today in Labor History – June 5th”

  1. I was an elected representative (committeeman) at that location when this took place. First off it was one of the scariest days of my life, not knowing what would happen to my job of 20 plus years. How would I support my family in times of no income. Secondly, the strike was NOT just about the equipment management was trying to sneak out of the plant, but multiple issues from unsafe working conditions, unfair labor practices and other issues. Union strong ALWAYS and FOREVER !

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