A Moment in Automotive History - 1936
On November 16th, 1936, a major United Auto Workers strike began at the Fisher Body plant in Atlanta, GA. It was a strike organized by the UAW with the hope of stopping GM from sending work to non-union plants - as well as to establish a fair minimum wage scale and a grievance system, plus safety requests for assembly-line workers.
The Fisher Body Plant strike was followed by strikes in Kansas City on December 16, Cleveland on December 28 and a sit-down protest in Flint, MI on December 30, 1936. The Flint, MI plant was a pivotal factory strike as it contained one of two body dyes GM used on every vehicle.
The strike lasted for 44 days and it resulted in GM and the UAW signing an agreement in mid-February that gave the UAW just about everything they asked for.