As Michigan becomes the nation’s 24th right-to-work state this week, WWJ’s Jayne Bower begins a week-long series of reports on the new law. Today – a look back at Michigan’s rich labor history and the Flint sit down strike of 1936.
DETROIT (WWJ) – Geraldine Blankinship, now 93, was 17 years old when her father and hundreds of others at the General Motors Fisher One Plant decided they had had enough.
“Well, I remember my dad coming home from work so tired that he couldn’t eat,” said Blankinship. “They would work them sometimes overtime for no pay.”