Finally Got the News (1970)

We continue our look at the UAW this week with a film that documents a deeply divisive moment in the history of the union.

"May 1968 saw an influential, unauthorized 'wildcat' strike at the Dodge Main auto plant in Hamtramck and Detroit, Michigan that ignited the organizational, intellectual, and direct action movement that would become the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. Through interviews with the members of that movement, footage shot in the auto plants, and footage of leafleting and picketing actions, Finally Got the News, filmed in part by League members, documents the League's fight against institutional racism within the unions. The film also deals with the League’s efforts to build an independent black labor organization that, unlike the UAW, would respond to worker's problems, such as the assembly line speed-up and inadequate wages faced by workers of all races and ethnicities within the community."

From notes on a screening of the film by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in March of this year.

Finally Got The News (1970)
Directed by Stewart Bird, Rene Lichtman and Peter Gessner
Produced in Association with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers

More on the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, including primary material from the period, is available from Libcom

Read "The Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement" from International Socialism (April/May 1969)