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UAW Local 600

Unionizing Ford Motor Company

 
 
UAW Local 600 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 20, 2018
1. UAW Local 600 Marker
Inscription.  
Conditions were ripe for the rise of unionism
in the Depression-ravaged 1930s. Ford Motor Company was the last of the "Big Three" to unionize. The turning point came on May 26, 1937, when Ford security men brutally beat UAW organizers at the "Battle of the Overpass" in Dearborn. Local 600 formed in 1938 and initiated a crippling strike at the Rouge Plant. The union's efforts produced a new contract signed in 1941.

"We will never recognize the United Auto Workers union or any other union."
Henry Ford

You Auto Know
In 1941, Ford was the last of the "Big Three" to sign a labor contract with the United Auto Workers.
 
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Labor Unions. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 26, 1937.
 
Location. 42° 18.142′ N, 83° 8.826′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the
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By Joel Seewald, July 20, 2018
2. Upper Left Image
Picketers demonstrate during the 1941 UAW strike against Ford Motor Company. Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
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intersection of Dix Avenue and Ferney Street, on the left when traveling north on Dix Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10550 Dix Avenue, Dearborn MI 48120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shipbuilding Traditions (approx. 0.3 miles away); Model A (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ford Negotiating Team (approx. 0.6 miles away); Miller Road Overpass (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ford Model A (approx. 0.6 miles away); United Auto Workers (approx. 0.6 miles away); Retired Ford Worker (approx. 0.6 miles away); Prelude To The (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of the Overpass. Wikipedia article (Submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

2. How the Ford Motor Company Won a Battle and Lost Ground. Smithsonian.com article (Submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

3. Battle of the Overpass. Article on LaborOnline (Submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

4. UAW ― Battle of the Overpass. More images on the Walter P. Reuther Library website. (Submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

5. This Day in Resistance History: The Battle of the Overpass. Aritcle on Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID) website. (Submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

6. Ford Hunger March. Wikipedia article (Submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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By Joel Seewald, July 20, 2018
3. Lower Left Image
Organizers distribute the United Auto Workers newspaper at the Rouge Plant in 1938. Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
 

7. CuriosiD: What was the 1932 Ford Hunger March?. Article on WDET website (Submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
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By Joel Seewald, July 20, 2018
4. Middle Image
On May 26, 1937, UAW organizers led by Richard Frankensteen (second from right) and Walter P. Reuther (third from right) were brutally beaten by Ford security forces in the "Battle of the Overpass." Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
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By Joel Seewald, July 20, 2018
5. Right Image
In 1932, hunger marchers moved toward the Rouge complex and were confronted by police. Five of the hunger strikers were killed. Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
UAW Local 600 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 20, 2018
6. UAW Local 600 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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