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UAW Black History Month Spotlight: Ben Gross

Ben Gross Gross became a UAW member in 1949 when he joined UAW Local 560 at Ford  Motor Co. in Richmond, California, and began a 62-year long affiliation with the UAW that included  a string of groundbreaking positions. In 1950, he became the first African-American elected to the local’s bargaining committee. Four years later, as chair of the local’s housing committee, he helped create the Sunnyhills cooperative development in Milpitas, California, the first labor-sponsored, planned, interracial community in the United  States. It was especially noteworthy in a city that, according to U.S. Census data from 1960, was 94 percent white, ... Read more