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Book recounts Detroit family's struggles with union busting


Michigan has a rich organized labor history, and much has been written about the early days of the United Auto Workers Union.

In “Built In Detroit: A Story of the UAW, a Company, and a Gangster”, author Robert Morris looks at the union’s infancy through the eyes of his father. Ken Morris was a regional director of the union, and in a time when union officials faced not just resistance but also acts of violence, he suffered a brutal beating.

Robert Morris will talk about his book in Lansing tonight. The Michigan Political History Society discussion begins at 5:30 p-m at the AFL-CIO headquarters on South Washington Square.

Morris explains more about his research experience and how he learned of his fathers work as a part of the UAW, including his rise through the ranks but also his brutal attack.

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