Today in 1937: A United Automobile Workers sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan, wins a contract that forces General Motors to recognize the union.
The forty-day action at Fisher Body Plant Number One has become the longest sit-down strike in history. Five thousand-armed workers circling the plant have protected employees inside. After police tear-gas attacks, workers have fought back with fire hoses. The gunfire has wounded 13 workers, but the police have been driven back.
By the time the National Guard arrived, the strike had spread to GM plants across the nation.
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Tonight on the Access Hour, Project Home, a non-profit focusing on improving the quality and affordability of housing for low-to-moderate income residents in Dane and Green counties, will talk about its work and people, and programs. This is tonight from 7 to 8 pm right here on W.O.R.T., 89.9 fm community radio.
The Insurgent Radio Kiosk welcomes listener commentaries on subjects of interest to the W.O.R.T. listening community. Commentaries are limited to two minutes. Interested people who wish to do a Kiosk commentary may call the station at 256-2001 and leave a message for the Kiosk.
The Wheelchair Recycling Program offers low cost, refurbished, mobility and medical equipment to people that may not have the resources to obtain them new. They have wheelchairs, walkers, bath items, grab bars and other assistive equipment for purchase. There are offices in Madison and the Greater-Milwaukee area. Visit wrp.org or call 608-243-1785 for details.