Seventy years ago, Ford Motor Company recognized the UAW. Ford was the last major automaker to recognize the union, and that decision marked the starting point of the union’s “Golden Age.”
In this interview, Michigan Radio's Jenn White talks with Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio’s political analyst about unions past and present. And what lessons can be learned from those "golden years."
In 1941, the UAW signed contracts with General Motors and Chrysler, but Henry Ford remained opposed to unionization. After several days of strikes Ford gave in and soon after the first contracts took effect.