G. Robert Vincent Voice Library
Lansing Auto Town Gallery

Shelton Tyson, an African American, discusses his career as a production worker and UAW member at the Fisher Body plant in Lansing, MI

Shelton talks about being hired in November 1984 when the plant converted to small cars. He tells of standing in line six hours to apply at Fisher, his first day in the Body Shop, and the type of work he did. Shelton discusses coworkers, supervisors, meeting his wife, night shift family issues, lunch at Gus's Bar or Harry's, friendships and his union activity.

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