Lansing’s Labor Union
In Lansing’s Labor history traffic was stopped continuous traffic for a day from the Frandor Area to the capitol on June 7, 1937. Lansing Sheriff, Allen MacDonald arrested Mrs. Lester Washburn, wife of the president of Industrial workers because the sheriff couldn’t find him to arrest. Mr. Washburn was a well respected individual within the union workforce. There was evidence that their home phone lines were cut before the arrest to ensure that no one was called for help. This occurred in the middle of the night and the Washburn’s three children were left alone upon the arrest. The Capital City Wrecking Company notified the Sheriff’s office about the unions and all union leaders were arrested during the night hours. The Michigan workers were outraged by the actions of the Sheriff’s office. President Washburn thanked the 12,000 workers who staged a non violent strike by blocking the traffic on Michigan Avenue that limited movement the entire day. This became the Lansing’s Labor Holiday: The UAW Takes Action.