G. Robert Vincent Voice Library
Lansing Auto Town Gallery

Sam McGhee, an African American, discusses his career as UAW production worker and plant security officer at the Fisher Body plant in Lansing, MI

Sam tells of being hired in May 1971 and being put on "the worst job" - welding wheelhouses. He tells of transferring to Security seven months later. Sam talks about his duties dealing with strikes, discharges, occasional fights, and describes an industrial accident in 1982 that claimed the lives of three men. He tells about GM outsourcing Security to Pinkerton and his last years before retirement.

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