UAW (United Automobile Workers of America)
On May 26, 1937 UAW organizers and their supporters were brutally assaulted on the Miller Road Overpass at the Ford Rouge Plant by members of the Ford Service Department. The event would eventually be known as the Battle of the Overpass and marked the beginning of the end for Ford’s anti-union stance. Servicemen ensured that few images of the event survived by confiscating or destroying the films and cameras of the photographers. The images in this gallery are mostly the products of Detroit News photographer Scotty Kilpatrick, who cleverly hid his film and saved it from destruction. Kilpatrick’s work is credited as being the inspiration for the Pulitzer committee to create a prize for photography.
Curator: Elizabeth Clemens
There are 36 images in this gallery
Last updated: Mon, 02/20/2017 - 14:27
The Flint Sit Down of 1937 was a defining event for the American labor movement and for the United Automobile Workers (UAW). From December 30, 1936 until February 11, 1937, members of the fledgling UAW sat down in General Motors-owned plants in Flint, Michigan, refusing to work or to leave. After 44 days, GM signed a contract recognizing the UAW as the official representative for the striking Flint autoworkers, the first major victory for the union.
There are 93 images in this gallery
Last updated: Tue, 11/04/2008 - 12:39
This gallery contains photographs that depict the United Auto Workers Union history, including strikes, parades, conventions, and other union-sponsored activities. The photographs highlight the achievements of the union and feature the union rank and file and officers, as well as historically influential national and international figures.
There are 238 images in this gallery
Last updated: Wed, 09/02/2009 - 08:50