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Monroe in Monroe County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

“Newton” Strike

 
 
"Newton" Strike Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, July 18, 2013
1. "Newton" Strike Marker
Inscription. In spring 1937, the eyes of the nation were on Monroe. The Steel Workers Organizing Committee had organized a handful of workers at Republic’s Newton facility. On June 10, about 120 pickets confronted over 1,000 non-unionized workers and “special deputies” armed with bats and clubs. When efforts failed to resolve the tensions, the “citizen army” fired tear gas, stormed the picket line, set ablaze the strikers’ ‘kitchen,’ and dumped their cars into the river. The pickets scattered, and the non-union plant was reopened. This event was a major setback for organized labor. Republic left its outmoded Newton operation in 1942. In 1947, Kelsey-Hays, which owned the facility, recognized UAW Local #723.
 
Erected by Monroe County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 54.567′ N, 83° 22.517′ W. Marker is in Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker is on East Elm Avenue west of Detroit - Toledo Expressway (ramp) (Interstate 75), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monroe MI 48162, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Skirmish Line (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roundhead (about 700 feet away); After the Battle (about 800 feet away); U.S. 17th Infantry Campsite (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battles of the River Raisin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Artillery January 22, 1813 (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Battle of the River Raisin (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); First District Court (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Monroe.
 
Categories. Labor Unions
 
"Newton" Strike Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, July 18, 2013
2. "Newton" Strike Marker
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 355 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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