Today is White Shirt Day!

White Shirt Day honors the men and women who participated in a sit down strike at General Motors in Flint, Michigan 1937. The strike began on December 30, 1936 and lasted for 40 days. The men went without food for the first 24 hours and there were no lights or heat in the building. Then their wives came and brought them food over the fence. They mainly ate bean soup an apples!

These autoworkers helped the United Auto Workers (UAW) union to become the sole bargaining agent for General Motors autoworkers. The strike ended on this day in 1937.

The idea of the white shirt comes from equality in the work place. The message is that the factory worker and the foreman are equally important.

With all that is going on in the car industry today we owe a lot to these men who did this so long ago.
Did you wear a white shirt today?

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