UAW workers remembered Sit-Down Strike with White Shirt Day
FLINT, Mich. —
Members of the United Auto Workers celebrate the historic Sit-Down Strike that changed labor laws forever.
Many gathered at Local 599 today to honor the White Shirt Sit Down.
In 1936, strikers wore white shirts symbolizing blue-collar workers deserving the same respect as management.
That strike at the general motors Fisher Body Plant in Flint lasted 44 days and led to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
"This is our annual celebration we do it every year we get more and more participation it's something we are really proud of. Our Sit-Downers come before us and they are the reason we are where we are today,” said Local 659 president Reggie Smith.
The strike established the 40-hour work week across the country.