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Historian talks significance of union strike

This isn’t the first time Missouri unions have gone out on strike.

The State Historical Society’s Dr. Gary Kremer says the UAW has gone after the car plants before.

“There were some massive strikes right after World War II, and the Republican Congress responded by passing the Taft-Hartley Act.”

Kramer adds that Missouri had a role in the violent strikes of the 1870’s when railroad workers all but shut down the lines across the US.

49,000 auto workers walked off the job this week over wage and benefits disputes.

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