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by Jamison Maeda
In 1936, auto workers at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant Number One staged the now famous Flint Sit Down Strike. This was a dangerous time to stage a strike in the auto industry. Local politicians were controlled by General Motors, and spies were hired to work undercover in the plants to gather intelligence about anyone attempting to unionize. But on the evening of 30 December, employees stopped work, locked themselves in the plant, and the sit-down strike began.
A few weeks into the strike President Franklin D. Roosevelt urged General Motors to agree to their terms and to recognize the United Auto Workers Union. The Flint Sit Down Strike lasted 44 days and only ended when General Motors agreed to establish of a fair minimum wage scale, and improve working conditions as well as workers’ safety.