The Flint strike of 1937 played a big role in strengthen unionism. If it wasn’t for the sit-down strike that happened in Flint at the General Motors plants the UAW could possibly not be in most automotive plants like it is today. The UAW, United Automotive Workers, was created in 1935 by the Committee for Industrial Organization. The strike had become so effective by the workers taking over the building and locking themselves inside. Once inside and control gained, the workers had given their list of demands; “reinstatement of men fired for union activities, company agreement to recognize the UAW as the sole bargaining agent for the workers, minimum wages and maximum hours, and an ending of “speedup” production.” (Rubenstein and Ziewacz 242)
After countless tries by General Motors, the Flint police and Governor Murphy the sit-down strike had finally come to an end on February 11. With General Motors giving in and accepting the only demand left from the workers, that they accept the UAW, it was finally over. In hopes of this type of strike not happening again “Chrysler had accepted the UAW representation of its workers but not Henry Ford.” (Rubenstein and Ziewacz 243) Ford had made the decision to not recognized the UAW or any type of Union until 1941. After Ford had fought so hard to keep the UAW out after a vote was put into place the result showed that 70 percent of the workers were in favor of the UAW.
The Flint workers had to of had a big sense of pride for what they were doing to be able to have this sit-down strike if they did and risk losing their job. They also had to of known that they couldn’t give up until they go what they wanted or things would never change for them or others. According to the text these men were easily replaceable due the lack of skill needed to do their job that would mean to the works if they ended the strike before getting what they wanted most would probably be out of a job. Their determination really set them apart to stick it out for as long as they did wanting a change. Not only did they make a change for themselves but a change for other and generations down the line.
Due to the Flint workers, sit-down strike they helped other motor companies such as Chrysler and Ford to get the UAW to help protect its workers. They helped to pave the way for fair wages and hours for all employees. They also would have helped employee and employer work relationships but getting employers to listen to what the employee wanted and trying to make fair work conditions for all involved. The Flint strike was heard by many and become very well known. These men helped to pave the way for everyone else to come.