Sit Down and Fight: Walter Reuther and the Rise of the Auto Workers' Union
American Experience Season 5

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This program is part of the American Experience series, produced by PBS. This episode traces the tumultuous struggle of America's auto workers against the management of the automobile manufacturers. Led by Walter Reuther, auto workers formed their union in 1936 to seek better wages, benefits, and working conditions. The program recounts the United Auto Workers' pitted battle with management in a dispute that was often ugly and even bloody. Archival news clips, photographs, journalistic accounts, personal recollections, and commentary by historians illustrate the sit-down strikes and conflicts that marked this turning point in labor relations.