Caption: Sit-down strikers inside the Chevrolet-Fisher Body plant at Union Boulevard and Natural Bridge Avenue wave to supporters on Feb. 19, 1937. One month before, the workers had joined a national strike that recognized the United Auto Workers at Chevrolet. They returned to work here on Feb. 17, but several were beaten inside the plant by opponents of the union. Workers took over the plant in a brief sit-down strike. That action inspired workers at Emerson Electric Co., just west of downtown, where company executives had refused to talk to the leaders of their new union, Local 1102 of the United Electrical and Radio Workers. Emerson president Joseph Newman said he would only deal with the Emerson's "company" union, called the Employees' Plan of Representation. On March 7, 1937, Local 1102 members voted to abolish the company union and go on strike. (Post-Dispatch)
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