General Motors Corporation G.M. Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the major business General Motors Corporation or G.M including strikes and war production.



In GM's early years the corporation refused to recognize its employees' right to unionize. The UAW won recognition from GM only after the bloody, 44-day Flint, Mich., sitdown strike of 1937.

During W.W. II GM converted its assembly lines to war production, not only in the U.S., but in (and for) Nazi Germany as well! After the war GM had the nerve to sue the U.S. Government for wartime damages to its German facilities.

GM destroyed most of the nation's urban rail transit during the 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s, by buying and then dismantling over 100 electric railway (streetcar) systems in 45 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. GM converted all these systems to bus lines.

In 1965 a lawyer named Ralph Nader challenged the safety of GM's Corvair. GM not only denied Nader's charges, but it hired a private detective to "dig up dirt" on Nader's personal life. The ensuing scandal propelled Nader into his present position as America's leading "consumer advocate."

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