Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement
The same anger and drive for justice that had born the Civil Unrest brought a new focus to poor working conditions of Black auto workers, highlighting the UAW’s perceived indifference to these matters. Without union leadership’s approval or support, The Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) staged a wildcat strike against Chrysler Corporation at the Dodge Main plant in Hamtramck on May 2, 1968 to demand that both the company and the union make improvements for Black workers. Led by factory worker and DRUM leader General Gordon Baker, DRUM used the wildcat strike as a powerful tool. UAW leadership actively condemned DRUM’s actions and Marxist politics, and the organization folded in the early seventies. In that short time, DRUM and it’s umbrella organization, the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, forced the UAW to face its own systematic racism, helped end the racially charged S.T.R.E.S.S. police program, and improved working conditions in factories around Metro Detroit.