Mike Kerwin of the Michigan Labor History Society led our group around the city. He joined the United Auto Workers in the early 1950s.
A highlight was passing by the Woolworth's retail store where women workers took over the building on sit-down strike in 1937. They won, including half-pay for the seven days they'd held the building!
According to the dedication on this statue of Detroit mayor and later Michigan governor Hazen S. Pingree (1840-1901):
Oddly, to contemporary thinking, he was a reforming Republican.
The "Labor's Legacy" monument by the river struck me as triumphal masculine machine-age art -- not my genre.
But some significant reminders are embedded around its base.
Naturally a labor history tour ended up in a bar -- the Anchor Bar, where, in the 1990s, newspaper workers brought out their alternative paper while on strike against the local Gannet paper. Barb Ingalis, a former striker, and Lou Grieco of the Newspaper Guild enthralled a friendly crowd with the story of that epic struggle. The Detroit papers, though shrunken, are still unionized!