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Apr. 6, 1905
Teamsters in Chicago began a sympathy strike in support of locked-out Montgomery Ward & Co. workers who were on strike to protest the company’s use of nonunion subcontractors. When other businesses rallied to the company’s defense, the dispute spread quickly. Workers battled strikebreakers, police, and scabs for 105 days; 21 people died.
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Detroit Automakers Agree to Shut Down Factories to Protect Workers
Updated On: Mar 18, 2020
Mar. 18, 2020 | LABOR | Two people briefed on the matter say Detroit's three automakers have agreed to close all of their factories due to worker fears about the coronavirus. The United Auto Workers union has been pushing for factories to close because workers are fearful of coming into contact with the virus.  General Motors was beginning a "systematic orderly suspension" of manufacturing in North America. The shutdown will last until March 30. “GM and the UAW have always put the health and safety of the people entering GM plants first, and we have agreed to a systematic, orderly suspension of production to aid in fighting COVID-19/coronavirus,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. The closures come after Fiat-Chrysler and Ford said they were suspending production at Detroit-area plants after workers tested positive for coronavirus… ABC News  Related: Honda first carmaker in US to shut down factories
 
 
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