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Cornell University New York, Kheel Center, Catherwood Library

WESTFALL PAPERS ARCHIVE 1976-1991
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FLINT 1987 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE UAW RALLY SPONSORED BY WESTFALL COMMITTEE

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The Demise of America’s Manufacturing Sector 

 

FLINT

AUTOMATION… FOREIGN SOURCING…DOWNSIZING…CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING

No industry exemplifies the negative societal impact of drastic employment restructuring more than the auto industry. While this story has and continues to be played out across our nation in various cities and assorted industries, no city has paid a greater cost than Flint, Michigan. General Motors was founded in Flint in 1908. The UAW was also founded out of necessity in Flint in 1937. By 1977 Flint had the worlds largest concentration of GM autoworkers with over 80,000. GM, with little regard for social costs, sliced Flint’s auto jobs 90% to a meager 8000 workers by 2010. Because of this Flint’s population dropped 50%. Flint went from a population of 200,000 to around 100,000 and it's tax base, schools, police, fire protection and other municipal services were overwhelmed as its crime rates went through the roof.  

       FLINT’S ASSEMBLY LINE ACTIVISTS 

Forty years ago, from 1976-1991, before corporate restructuring strategies devastated middle-class American jobs, the Westfall blue-collar militant activists in Flint Michigan were at the lonely forefront sounding thunderous alarms. These activists who worked on the assembly lines stood alone and their work and voices spread to other grassroots groups around the nation. They were futurists who foretold the future carnage about to be visited upon manufacturing. All of their insightful predictions have come to pass.

The vast employment transformation these insider activists confronted head-on has since impacted all America from border to border. Young people, working families, retirees and vast portions of America’s middle-class have all been forced to accept a reduced standard of living as jobs, wages, benefits and pensions were slashed by this purposeful redistribution of wealth.

This site reflects on the dated and archived body of work of these historic activists.

FIRST WESTFALL AWARENESS GROUP 1976

THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS WORKER


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1987 ...HISTORIC U.A.W. 50TH ANNIVERSARY ... WE SEE OUR PLANTS CLOSING. WE SEE THE DEVASTATION IN OUR FAMILIES FACES. FOR THOSE WHO FOLLOW IT MAY NOT GET BETTER IT MAY GET SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE. . . (MORE)


1987 ... HISTORIC U.A.W. 50TH ANNIVERSARY  IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT WOULD CAUSE WALTER REUTHER TO ROLE over IN HIS GRAVE ITS THE THOUGHT THAT General motors IS GETTING AWAY WITH WHAT THEY ARE DOING TODAY... (MORE)


1985 -  CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING today's corporate restructuring REVOLUTION is destined to destroy america's middle-class and radically slash jobs for our next generation in the twenty-first century . . (MORE)

1981.. 18 NATION WORLD COUNCIL DEARBORN- DELEGATES FROM UNIONS REPRESENTING GENERAL MOTORS WORKERS AROUND THE WORLD WERE GATHERING HERE TODAY TO DISCUSS AN INTERNATIONAL UNION RESPONSE TO WHAT THEY CALL GM’S WORLD STRATEGY..(MORE)


6/2009..  FOREIGN SOURCING.."MAQUILADORA!" AMERICAN exported slavery to foreign workers exploited with shamefully low wages and working conditions. then used as unfair competitive examples of how american workers are under worked and overpaid in and effort to reduce the worlds working class to the lowest common denominator . . . . . (MORE)


2009 - UAW SATURN PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT ON AUTO FACTORY CANCER It is totally documented that many important Industrial factories have been proven to be mortally unhealthy for the workers and communities in which they are located . . . (MORE)


2009..  - CANCER/ TOXIC TIME BOMB .. THE REAL LEGACY COST OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY AMERICA’S DEEP RECESSION HAS EXACERBATED ISSUES WITHIN PROBLEMATIC INDUSTRIES, AND THERE ARE THOSE LOOKING FOR A SCAPEGOAT. . . (MORE)



2009..  - CANCER IN AUTO TOWN THERE are horrific costs eminating from the irresponsible dumping of corporate toxic wastes and the poisening of communities and workers . .(MORE



1984 - FLORIDA TREND MAGAZINE BY THE TIME MIKE WESTFALL WALKED INTO DETROIT’S COBO HALL ONE MORNING LAST WINTER, HE HAD ALREADY PUT IN A FULL, PREDAWN SHIFT AT THE CHEVY TRUCK PLANT IN FLINT, MICHIGAN (MORE)


1985 - WESTFALL / RALPH NADER  THIS IS " NIGHT LINE”. OUR GUESTS TONIGHT ARE MIKE WESTFALL AND RALPH NADER. THEY WILL BE SPEAKING ON G.M. AND TAXES. G.M. SAYS THEY HAVE BEEN UNFAIRLY TAXED AND THEY WANT TAX RELIEF. SHOULD THEY GET IT? . . .(MORE)



1990 - MICHAEL MOORE'S Big SECRET ...& "LETTER FROM GM CEO ROGER SMITH"...PHIL DONAHUE, RALPH NADER AND the national MEDIA. flint was the founding home of both general motors and the united auto workers. general motors was america's premier manufacturer and the largest concentration of gm workers was in flint. What is the valid Flint story of thirty years ago? . .(MORE)



6/1981 - AUTOMATION TECH REPORT  THE AUTO COMPANIES ARE PUTTING UP THE LARGEST SMOKE SCREEN IN AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY. THEY ARE FEVERISHLY TRYING TO COVER UP THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ELIMINATING AS MANY OF OUR JOBS AS POSSIBLE THROUGH TECHNOLOGY, DOWNSIZING, AND THE WORLD CAR...(MORE)


6/1982  AUTOMATION... CURSE OR PROMISE  WE ARE ENTERING THE DAWN OF A NEW AGE IN INDUSTRY AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES ARE REVOLUTIONIZING EVERY SECTOR OF OUR PRODUCTION AND OFFICE ECONOMY...(MORE) 


 3/1990 - AUTO INDUSTRY RETIREMENT PILOT .... FOR TWO YEARS BEGINNING IN 1988 THE UAW AND GM SET Mike WESTFALL UP IN AN OFFSITE OFFICE COMPLEX, WHICH GM HAD PURCHASED FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS. . . (MORE)



6/2005 - BETRAYED BABY BOOMERS  - AMERICA'S RETIREES ARE BEING SHORT CHANGED AND TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. HOW ARE OUR BOOMERS BEING TREATED IN THEIR GOLDEN YEARS? THEY ARE BEING BETRAYED! . . (MORE)


7/1985 - THINGS CHANGING AND NOT FOR THE BETTER SIGNIFICANT AUTOMOTIVE CHANGES ARE OCCURRING IN THE GENERAL MOTORS TOWN OF FLINT WE SEE IT WITH GM'S RACE TO EXPORT SO MANY OF OUR DOMESTIC JOBS TO FOREIGN WORKERS. WHO IN MANY CASES ARE BEING EXPLOITED WITH LOW WAGES. . .(MORE)


10/1987 - AMERICA'S MINORITY SITUATION CORPORATE AMERICA’S RACE TO RESTRUCTURE IS BEING GRIEVOUSLY FELT BY THE WORKING CLASS. THE UPSWING IN THE ECONOMY IS TRANSLATING INTO SOME WORKERS GOING BACK TO WORK BUT NOT IN THE NUMBERS THAT WERE ONCE THERE. . . (MORE)



1986 - rESTRUCTURING GM AND LIBERAL ARTS  IN DECEMBER’S MICHIGAN TODAY ROGER SMITH USED THE SUBJECT OF LIBERAL ARTS AS THE VEHICLE TO MAKE SOME TYPICAL GENERAL MOTORS PUBLIC RELATION’S COMMENTS ON GM'S RESTRUCTURING. . . (MORE)


6/2009 - THE REAL STORY ABOUT FLINT IT IS DISTRESSING THAT THE IMPORTANT FLINT STORY WOULD BE REDUCED TO A CARNIVAL SIDESHOW. . .  (MORE)


1987 - JERRY TUCKER.. HISTORIC..  U.A.W. ANTI-CONCESSION RALLY  . . .(MORE)


8/2007 - HISTORIC UAW LEADER SPEAKS OUT FOR RETIREES & WORKERS . WHITEY HALE WAS THE PRESIDENT OF UAW LOCAL 326 IN FLINT, MICHIGAN. the general motors plating factory that he represented had a cancer rate that was twice the national average. it has been torn down. whitey was an exceptional labor leader and hero who fought for both workers and RETIREES. (MORE)


 4/2009 - BETRAYED AUTO RETIREES, BLUE COLLAR AND WHITE COLLAR WHAT IS THE TRUE DEFINITION OF THE SO-CALLED LEGACY COST IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY, AND WHO IS REALLY PICKING UP THE. . . (MORE)




2008 - THE DESTRUCTION OF UAW PRESIDENT WALTER REUTHER’S UNION PAST UAW PRESIDENT AND FOUNDING FATHER, WALTER REUTHER, WAS A STRONG PRINCIPLED LABOR LEADER OF VISION. WALTER HAD A BACKBONE AND REFUSED TO BECOME A CORPORATE PUPPET. . . (MORE)


7/1990 - OUT OF CONTROL AMERICAN HEALTH CARE  america’s elected bureaucrats are like blind sided deer caught in the headlights. their lack of leadership in DEALING WITH rediculously over priced HEALTH CARE COSTS, questionable QUALITY AND unfair ACCESSIBILITY IS disasterously irresponsible. it has the potential of bringing down our entire economic system. .  (MORE)


  7/2009 - BILLY DURANT'S INCOMPETENT AND BANKRUPT GENERAL MOTORS UNCLE SAM HAS ALLOCATED $50 BILLION TO FIX GM AND WILL END UP OWNING 60% OF IT. . . (MORE 




  6/2007 - UAW OFFICIALS' BETRAYAL OF MEMBERS "2007" IN AMERICA THE RICH ARE GETTING RICHER, THE POOR ARE GETTING POORER AND OUR MIDDLE CLASS. . . (MORE) 


10/2005 - UAW BLACK OCTOBER 2005  PENSIONS & RETIREMENT BENEFITS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED SACRED & "OFF LIMITS" THROUGHOUT RETIREE'S GOLDEN . . . (MORE)


2005 NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE... AMERICA NEEDS NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL IT'S PEOPLE.  . . (MORE)

  

8/1990 - AMERICA'S HEALTHCARE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM HAS BECOME A BASKET CASE AND IS WASTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS YEARLY FOR INEFFICIENT HEALTHCARE THAT IS ADVERSELY AFFECTING OUR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. . . (MORE) 

  

 7/1986 - THE FALLOUT FROM THE CLOUDS OF RECESSION  AMERICAN LABOR IS NOW EXPERIENCING POSSIBLY THE MOST DIFFICULT PERIOD IN ITS HISTORY. BECAUSE OF THE CONCESSION AFTERMATH AND DUE TO . . . (MORE)  

 

    9/1984 - foreign SOURCING CONTENT LEGISLATION  IN 1974, THE JAPANESE ONLY HAD ABOUT 6.7% OF THE AMERICAN AUTO MARKET. IN 1982 FOREIGN CAR SALES SHOT UP TO AN AMAZING 27.8%. . . (MORE) 


6/2009 - HE'S A REBEL: DARLENE LOVE  / - ELVIS PRESLEY, PHIL SPECTOR, TOM JONES, RONETTES, RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS, BEACH BOYS, TINA TURNER, DIONNE WARWICK, JACKIE WILSON, . . (MORE) 


2/2008 - "BUNK" TO RALPH NADER'S 2008 POLITICAL CRITICS! - RALPH NADER IS ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE EVER BORN IN AMERICA WHO DESERVES. . .(MORE) 


2/2007 - FATHER GEORGE SCHULTZE INTERVIEW - CATHOLIC LATINOS. . .FR. GEORGE E. SCHULTZE, SJ, IS THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW BOOK TITLED STRANGERS IN A FOREIGN LAND. . . (MORE) 

 

2/2007 - MARTIN BARILLAS INTERVIEW - WELL RESPECTED MARTIN BARILLAS HAS BEEN A DIPLOMAT AND HUMAN RIGHTS OBSERVER IN EUROPE, LATIN AMERICA. . . (MORE)


5/2007 - DAVID T. HARDY INTERVIEW - DAVID T. HARDY IS A TUCSON, ARIZONA ATTORNEY AND AN ACCOMPLISHED BEST SELLING AUTHOR. . . (MORE) 

  

4/2007 -  AMERICA - THERE ARE CONSERVATIVES WHO BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD NOT ADDRESS THE PEOPLE OR ACTIONS . . (MORE)


3/2009 - BIOGRAPHY - IT IS FASCINATING THAT MR. MOORE, WHO HAS A NOTORIOUS REPUTATION FOR BEING THE DREADED BUSHWHACKER, SHOULD FEEL SO THREATENED BY ME. . . (MORE)

 

4/2007 - CHICAGO RADIO / FRANK SALVATO - THE NEW MEDIA JOURNAL RADIO SHOW CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. . . . (MORE) 



   

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Cornell University New York, Kheel Center, Catherwood Library

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AUDIO-VISUAL LABOR COLLECTION @ CORNELL UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK

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PHOTO COLLECTION @CORNELL UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK

TOXIC CORPORATE POLLUTION
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EDITED BY AWARD WINNING PULITZER PRIZE NOMINATED AUTHOR / EDITOR EDWIIN BLACK

18 NATION WORLD SUMMIT
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COVER STORY WESTFALL, VIC REUTHER SIT DOWN LEADER, JERRY TUCKER CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT OF UAW

FLINT1981 CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING
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WESTFALL COMMITTEE CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING CONFERENCE

GM CEO ROGER SMITH LETTER TO WESTFALL

WESTFALL COMMITTEE DEMONSTRATION GM STOCKHOLDERS MEETING

AUTOMATION / ALICIA PATERSON FEDERATION
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CHICAGO RALLY 1985 MIKE WESTFALL CHAIRMAN OF FUTURE DIRECTIONS, EARL HENRY PRESIDENT UAW LOCAL 598

FLINT NEW WORK CENTER
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS DR. BERGMAN, CHMN. WESTFALL, DR. GULL

DETROIT AUTOMATION SHOW AT COBO HALL
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WESTFALL COMMITTEE

MIKE WESTFALL 2012
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MACKINAW ISLAND

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ARCHIVES @ THE WALTER P. REUTHER LIBRARY, DETROIT

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ARCHIVES @ UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN - FLINT FRANCES WILLSON THOMPSON LIBRARY

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RALPH NADER / WESTFALL .. "NIGHTLINE RADIO"

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MIKE WESTFALL / MICHAEL MOORE

ACADAMY AWARD NOMINATED NINA ROSENBLUM
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DOCUMENTARY, FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCER & DIRECTOR

MIKE WESTFALL & RALPH NADER

PRESS CONFERENCE / UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

MAQUILADORA/MEXICAN SLAVERY ..THE CUTTING EDGE
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REACHING 1.4 MILLION VIEWERS EVERY MONTH

FOUNDING GROUP MEMBER BERNIE LOWTHIAN
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FLORIDA EDITOR OF WESTFALL BLUE-COLLAR PAPERS



.. ARCHIVED LABOR HISTORY
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ARCHIVED WESTFALL LABOR PAPERS
ARCHIVES @ UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN - FLINT FRANCES WILLSON THOMPSON LIBRARY

Cornell University
AUDIO-VISUAL LABOR COLLECTION @ CORNELL UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK

REACHING OVER 1.5 MILLION PER MONTH
GM's Environmental Shame
Corporate Pollution by Mike Westfall / Edited By Pulitzer Prize Nominated Author Edwin Black

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Maquiladora! Multinational Slavery

America's Toxic Timebomb
America's Toxic Timebomb

The Poisoning of America by Industrial Pollution
Poisonous Industrial Pollution

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WRITINGS @ KHEEL CENTER, CORNELL UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK

Cornell University
PHOTO COLLECTION @CORNELL UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK

ARCHIVES @ THE WALTER REUTHER
ARCHIVES @ THE WALTER P. REUTHER LIBRARY, DETROIT

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Alicia Patterson Foundation's Award Winning Piece

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Westfall, Reuther, Tucker

Top UAW Officials Lost Direction and deserve Blame
UAW Officials Lose Direction..Flint Journal's Ron Fonger

He's a Rebel Darlene Love / Mike Westfall
He's A Rebel ..Darlene Love.. 2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

MAQUILADORA ..US EXPORTED SLAVERY
Maquiladora.. US Exported Slavery

Westfall/Father George Schultze Interview
Malcolm A. Kline / Director of Accuracy in the Media

Karen Covell Hollywood Interview
Karen Covell .. TV Producer / Director ..Hollywood Interview

UAW Officials Lose Direction
UAW Officials Lose Direction

David hardy / Mike Westfall
Best Selling Author David T. Hardy Interview

David Hardy and the Second Amendment
Canada Free Press ... David Hardy and the Second Amendment

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Spero / Maquiladora Slavery
Spero / Maquiladora Slavery

UAW Black October  @ UAW-NDM
UAW Black October @ UAW-NDM

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AUTO INDUSTRY CANCER

World Intellectual publisher
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Extensive Westfall writings in text books targeting Mexico, Maquiladora & N.A.F.T.A.

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Maquiladora Slavery / Energy Publishers




 


 

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