This collection includes writings of Mike (Marshall) Westfall, retired autoworker from General Motors in Flint, Michigan (1964-1994) and activist critic of the auto industry restructuring that led to devastating job losses. The writings originally appeared in a variety of online resources and represent a sampling of his post-retirement thought on issues pertaining to auto workers and the industry. Mr. Westfall’s personal papers are preserved at the University of Michigan-Flint, Frances Willson Thompson Library. They document Mr. Westfall’s grassroots activities in the 1970s and 1980s, and deal with corporate restructuring, industrial pollution, foreign worker exploitation, the domestic impact of foreign sourcing, the demand for concessions to eliminate worker and retiree protections, corporate tax breaks at the expense of communities, apartheid and other labor related issues that Westfall’s grassroots groups addressed over the years. Some of these same issues are echoed in the online articles gathered here.

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Submissions from 2009

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Betrayed Auto Retirees, Blue-Collar & White-Collar, Michael Westfall

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Billy Durant’s Incompetent and Bankrupt General Motors, Michael Westfall

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Cancer in Auto Factories, Michael Westfall

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Cancer in Auto Town., Michael Westfall

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Maquiladora Slavery, Michael Westfall

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The Real Story about Flint, Michael Westfall

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Toxic Time Bomb: The True Legacy Cost of the Auto Industry, Michael Westfall

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U.A.W. Officials’ Betrayal of Members 2007, Michael Westfall

Submissions from 2008

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Ron Gettelfinger’s Destruction of U.A.W. President Walter Reuther’s Union, Michael Westfall

Submissions from 2007

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Historic U.A.W. Leader Speaks out for Retirees and Workers, Michael Westfall

Submissions from 2005

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U.A.W. 50th Anniversary Anti-Concession Rally 1987- Victor Reuther Part B, Michael Westfall

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U.A.W. 50th Anniversary Rally Westfall Presentation, Michael Westfall

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Westfall’s U.A.W. / Jobs Bank Early Retirement Pilot Proposal, Michael Westfall

Submissions from 1986

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The Fallout from the Clouds of Recession are Being Felt, Michael Westfall

Submissions from 1985

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Things Changing in Flint and Not Always for the Better, Michael Westfall

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Westfall / Nader Interview with Perry Wright, Michael Westfall

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Westfall Speech for Pittsburgh Eastern Economic Association, Michael Westfall

Submissions from 1984

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Content Legislation, Michael Westfall

Submissions from 1982

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Technology… Curse or Promise?”, Michael Westfall

Submissions from 1981

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National Technology Report, Michael Westfall