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The Great Depression was a time period where it was difficult for working men to make ends meet. It was clear that struggle and despair was flooding the nation in all different directions. As the economy was down, workers across America complained and demanded different working obligations given to them. Workers wanted better working hours, and ultimately higher wages. They lost faith in the ability of business executives to lead the nation, but demanded higher wages as an alternative. These low wage workers resulted in what

was called Sit Down Strikes. This was when workers would go to work, but would "sit down" and refuse to work.This caused great controversy and problems within businesses themselves. In 1934 as many as a million and a half workers took part in around two thousand strikes in that year alone. Though the government proposed some New Deal policies, many employers saw it as a step toward Communism.

The Government saw this

problem and sent out strike breakers and armed guards who were hired to crush down strikes and to stop them altogether. The Government thought of many different ways to try to compromise with these workers.The National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 guaranteed workers minimum wage, a reasonable wage though, collective bargaining and the right to join unions. Though this act was suggested,

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Workers of the 1930's had a hard time making ends meet

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it was then called

unconstitutional. Another Government action was the Wagner Act of 1935. This act protected laborers' rights to organize and bargain

collectively and establish the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

One of the most famous andmedia pounding strikes in America was the Flint Strike of 1936. In the Flint Strike, General Motors (GM) had up to 2000 strikers on strike for their jobs. With this, many restaurants around the area supported these strikers too. They fed 3 meals a day to every single 2000 workers as to make a statement.The Government sent out as many as 5000 armed guards and strike breakers to stop the madness. However, the Flint Strike only officially ended when the UAW won recognition from the management. This strike proved to be one of the most dramatic strikes and was a trademark for the General Motors company and constructed a future for the company too