Today, UAW Local 600 dedicated a marker to the 1932 Ford Hunger March. On March 7, 1932, in the midst of the Depression, unemployed autoworkers, their families and union organizers braved bitter cold temperatures and gathered at the bridge, intent on marching to the Ford Rouge Plant and presenting a list of demands to Henry Ford. The protesters faced violence from police and Ford’s private security. Several marchers were killed, and workers who participated faced reprimands and firings. It wasn’t until April 11, 1941 that Henry Ford recognized the the workers’ union and signed the first contract with the UAW-CIO.
On March 11, more than 900 delegates converged in Cobo Center in Detroit to set the union’s bargaining priorities for the next four years at the UAW Special Bargaining Convention. The convention, which closes Wednesday, is a critical part of the union’s preparations for Big Three bargaining this summer and fall. The work of this convention will set the standards for bargaining for the Big Three, as well as other industries and workplaces. “During individual negotiations over the next several years, we will use this standard as a guide,” UAW President Gary Jones told delegates. “When sitting at the bargaining ... Read more
Workers from across the state turned out in Detroit’s Labor Day March and showed that when working people have the freedom to come together in strong unions, we have the power in numbers we need to negotiate a fair return on our work. They marched with progressive allies, and pro-worker politicians who stood up for the freedom to form strong unions and unrig the economy. Check out some of the highlights from the march: Photos by Ann Savage Photography