UAW Education Dept. pamphlet no. 342
Type | Pages
1960, Revised 1963
Location | Publisher
Detroit: UAW Education Department
Dodge Main Workers Strikes 1968–1969
An educational pamphlet produced by the United Auto Workers (UAW). The content focuses on the introducing the departments inside of Solidarity House, UAW’s international headquarters in Detroit Michigan, which was built in 1951.
This publication coincides with the National Association for the Advancement of Color People’s (NAACP) analysis of racism inside of the American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CLIO) from 1955—1960. Although there is no known direct connection between the two, it is possible the content may have been discussed from African-American community and union members. For more information, see DoR Archive Item: “Racism within organized labor; a report of five years of the AFL-CIO, 1955-1960.” a staff report by Herbert Hill, Labor Secretary, NAACP.
Racism within UAW would come to a head some seven years later at “Dodge Main,” GM’s Hamtramck Assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan. On July 8, 1968 the first in a series of wild-cat strikes by African-American union worker slowed production the plant for anti-racist demands on GM and UAW.
Dodge Main is just a 15 minute car ride from the above pictured Solidarity House situated along the Detroit River.
It’s also worth mentioning that the first discussions of revolutionary workers movement happened at the union workers local watering hole _______ just outside these Solidarity House gates. It is here that DRUM (Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement) was born.
UAW, also know as “The International Union of United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America”