My grandparents came to Detroit as war refugees in the early 1950s. My grandfather, after working odd jobs for a few years and borrowing money from friends, eventually got a United Auto Workers job at Ford Rouge, working the line. The union did a lot for him. Not only did it secure good wages and benefits, as it did for all its members, but also, when he briefly went on medical leave at age 40, it made sure he had a job to return to when he was well. A union steward brought him his prescriptions.
Dean Bakopoulos, english, pens opinion piece on Michigan's Anti-Union law
New York, Ny., United States
December 12, 2012
Person Mentioned:Grinnell College
Dean Bakopoulos, english
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