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

“Newton” Strike

 
 
"Newton" Strike Marker image. 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 Republicís 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 strikersí Ďkitchen,í 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. Touch 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
"Newton" Strike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 18, 2013
2. "Newton" Strike Marker
(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 District Court (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Battles of Jan. 18 - 22 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monroe.
 
Categories. Labor Unions
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 459 times since then and 49 times this year. 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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