VIDEO: The UAW’s Flying Squadrons


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Gavin Strassel, the UAW Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library, shares a little bit of the history behind our union’s iconic Flying Squadrons.

“Flying Squadrons were a group of militant unionists in the 1930s and 40s who were ready to help their fellow workers go on strike at a moment’s notice,” Strassel says. “Let’s say workers in Toledo went on strike. Flying Squadron members from UAW Local 600 in Dearborn, MI, UAW Local 3 in Detroit, and other Locals would suit up in their gear, drive down to Toledo, and support their fellow union members so that their strike may be successful.”

Undated photo of UAW Local 600 Flying Squadron MembersUndated photo of UAW Local 600 Flying Squadron


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