Union Picket Line at the Ford Rouge Plant, April 1941

Summary

In 1937, the United Auto Workers (UAW) began efforts to unionize Ford Motor Company workers. The long and--at times--violent struggle culminated in a turbulent ten-day strike in April 1941. Here, demonstrators carry placards and wear caps with union buttons outside Ford's Rouge Plant gates. By June 1941 Ford became the last major automotive manufacturer to recognize the UAW and agree to a union contract.

In 1937, the United Auto Workers (UAW) began efforts to unionize Ford Motor Company workers. The long and--at times--violent struggle culminated in a turbulent ten-day strike in April 1941. Here, demonstrators carry placards and wear caps with union buttons outside Ford's Rouge Plant gates. By June 1941 Ford became the last major automotive manufacturer to recognize the UAW and agree to a union contract.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

04 April 1941

Subject Date

04 April 1941

Collection Title

General Photographs Series 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.833.75301

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.875 in

Width: 11 in

Inscriptions

Handwritten in pencil on back: 75301

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