On this day in 1936, one of the first sit-down strikes in the United States began.
Autoworkers occupy the General Motors Fisher Body Plant Number One in Flint, Michigan began striking to win recognition for the United Auto Workers (UAW). They also wanted to make the company stop sending work to non-union plants and to establish a fair minimum wage scale, a grievance system and a set of procedures that would help protect assembly-line workers from injury.
At 8pm on December 30, the Flint Plant’s night shift simply stopped working. They locked themselves in and sat down.
“She’s ours!” one worker shouted.
In all, the strike lasted 44 days.