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THE COLLAPSE OF AMERICA'S MANUFACTURING JOBS 

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 GRASS ROOTS 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 offers a historic example of the archived and dated body of work of the Flint autoworker activists.

THE AMERICAN WORKER ARCHIVES

CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING

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)

1985 - THINGS ARE CHANGING IN FLINT 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)

1986 - 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)

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

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)


CANCER

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 EMANATING FROM THE IRRESPONSIBLE DUMPING OF CORPORATE TOXIC WASTES AND THE POISONING OF COMMUNITIES AND WORKERS... (MORE)


FOREIGN SOURCING

2009 - "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)

1984 - 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) 


AUTOMATION

1981 - 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)

1982 - 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) 

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)


Social

1985 - nader / westfall 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) 

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)

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)

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) 

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

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

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) 

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

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

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)

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)  

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


Michael Moore

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)

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

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

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


LABOR

1987 - historic UAW 50th anniversary Part 1 - 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 uaw 50th anniversary part 2 - 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... (MORE)

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)

1987 - jerry tucker - HISTORIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.A.W... (MORE)

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)  

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

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

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)

FIRST WESTFALL AWARENESS GROUP 1976
FIRST WESTFALL AWARENESS GROUP 1976



CORNELL UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK
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WRITINGS ARCHIVED @ KHEEL CENTER,

CORNELL UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK
Cornell University
AUDIO-VISUAL COLLECTION ARCHIVED

CORNELL UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK
Cornell University
AUDIO-VISUAL COLLECTION ARCHIVED

CORNELL UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK
Cornell University
PHOTO COLLECTION ARCHIVED

THE EROSION OF AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS
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MICHAEL WESTFALL 1985

G.M. CEO ROGER SMITH
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ONE OF ROGER SMITH'S LETTERS TO WESTFALL

MIKE WESTFALL & MICHAEL MOORE
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SPEAKING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

MAQUILADORA!
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MULTI NATIONAL SLAVERY

CORPORATE POLLUTION
GM's Environmental Shame
EDITED BY PULITZER PRIZE NOMINATED AUTHOR EDWIN BLACK

NINA ROSENBLUM
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ACADAMY AWARD NOMINATED DIRECTOR & FILM PRODUCER

1987 FLINT RALLY CONDUCTED BY WESTFALL ACTIVISTS
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WESTFALL PAPERS ARCHIVE 1976-1991

RALPH NADER
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FLINT RADIO

VICTOR REUTHER UAW ORGANIZER
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WESTFALL, REUTHER, TUCKER

ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME DARLENE LOVE
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LIFE IN THE EARLY ROCK & ROLL MUSIC INDUSTRY

CUTTING EDGE MAGAZINE
America's Toxic Timebomb
AMERICA'S TOXIC TIMEBOMB

The Poisoning of America by Industrial Pollution
GM'S CANCEROUS LEGACY TO THE ENVIRONMENT

ALICIA PATTERSON FOUNDATION AWARD WINNING ARTICLE
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WESTFALL ACTIVISTS AT COBO HALL AUTOMATION SHOW

FILM PRODUCER, ATTORNEY & BEST SELLING AUTHOR
David hardy / Mike Westfall
DAVID T. HARDY ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT

"CITIZEN MOORE"

MIKE WESTFALL'S CHAPTER IN MICHAEL MOORE'S BIO.

WESTFALL COMMITTEE 1981
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CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING CONFERENCE

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

WESTFALL ARCHIVES @ UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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FRANCES WILLSON THOMPSON LIBRARY




 


 

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