UAW Local 600 Hunger March Marker Dedication
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.