car industry

Detroit: I do mind dying. A study in urban revolution - Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin

Black workers demonstrate

Detroit: I Do Mind Dying tracks the extraordinary development of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, as they became two of the most vital political organizations of the 1960s and 1970s. Widely heralded as one the most important books on the black liberation movement and labor struggles in US history.

Yes the present hour is very severe at least

May Day 2013 leaflet by Groupe Express-Roularta, Paris.

Punching out - Martin Glaberman

Seminal text by Marty Glaberman detailing his experiences of wildcat strikes and union policing of the workforce during the heyday of the UAW in Detroit's auto factories.

Conflict and repression in an Argentinean car factory: a cycle of resistance from a worker’s perspective

Maurizio Atzeni presents a worker’s account of two factory occupations in Argentina during the mid-1990s. This reconstruction, rather than focusing on the role of specific agents, allows an unveiling of the dynamics through which the clash between the employer’s drive for profitability and workers’ interests in defence of their salaries developed.

Personal histories of the early CIO

UAW-CIO Local 75 Election

Transcript of a talk given by 5 people who were involved in CIO organizing in the 1930s.

Lest we forget: in tribute to the pioneers of the great Flint sit down strike - Ronda Hauben

Retrospective look at conditions workers endured prior to the Flint sit down strike of 1937-38, and how they went on to win.

We'll let you know when to come back - Kermit Johnson

First hand account of Kermit Johnson, rank and file chairman for the strike committee during the Flint sit down strike of 1936-37.

Rivethead - Ben Hamper

Down and out memoirs of a line assembly worker for GM Motors over the 1980s. In amongst co-workers going postal in the local bar, drinking on the job and witnessing mental breakdowns, Hamper wrote the book during his shifts on the shop floor.

Overproduction - Robert Kurz

A short 2009 article in which Robert Kurz briefly discusses overproduction, the financial crisis, public bailouts, and environmental crisis, as illustrated by the case of the automotive industry.