Chevrolet Assembly Line Workers in Flint, Michigan - Documentary (1936)

Chevrolet Assembly Line Workers in Flint, Michigan - Documentary (1936)

Master Hands is a 1936 sponsored documentary film short which shows what work is like in a Chevrolet automobile factory. Credits include original music by Samuel Benavie, cinematography by Gordon Avil, and film editing by Vincent Herman.

It was produced by the Jam Handy Organization, a pioneer in industrial film production. In 1999, Master Hands was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Flint is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is located along the Flint River, 66 miles (106 km) northwest of Detroit. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 124,943. The 2009 Census Bureau Estimate places the population at 111,475, making Flint the seventh largest city in Michigan. It is the county seat of Genesee County which lies in the Flint/Tri-Cities region of Michigan. Genesee County is also the entirety of Flint's metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in Michigan.

Flint is most known for being the birthplace of General Motors (GM), and the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936--37 that played a vital role in the formation of the United Auto Workers. It has also become a symbol of the decline in the auto industry. It gained national attention again when Flint area native Michael Moore created the 1989 documentary film Roger & Me. The film deals with the impact that the closure of several of Flint's GM manufacturing plants in the late 1980s had on Flint and the surrounding area's population. The city is often mentioned, and featured at various lengths, in most Moore documentaries.

Flint is also home to the headquarters of Citizens Republic Bancorp.

Flint Charter Township is adjacent to the city on the west but is politically independent.

Bishop International Airport is also part of the city, even though it is surrounded by Flint Township.

In 2010, Flint was awarded an energy improvement grant by the U.S. Department of Energy. A total of 43 grants were distributed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve the nation's energy security.

The 1936--1937 Flint Sit-Down Strike changed the United Automobile Workers (UAW) from a collection of isolated locals on the fringes of the industry into a major labor union and led to the unionization of the domestic United States automobile industry.

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, better known as the United Auto Workers (UAW), is a labor union which represents workers in the United States and Puerto Rico. Founded in order to represent workers in the automobile manufacturing industry, UAW members in the 21st century work in industries as diverse as health care, casino gaming and higher education. Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, the union has about 390,000 active members and more than 600,000 retired members in 750 local unions, which negotiated 2,500 contracts with some 1,700 employers.
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