There have been many articles and even books written on what happened after General Motors closed its plant in Janesville, Wisconsin in 2008 after some 90 years of operation. Here, for the first time, former Wisconsin state senator--and Janesville native--Tim Cullen tells the inside story of how and why it happened, and what it means for the future not only of Janesville, but cities across America.
Cullen, who co-chaired the governor's task force that tried to save the Janesville plant, provides a sweeping history of the plant from its boom years to the abyss, while noting the struggles African Americans and women faced in getting hired and treated fairly. Along the way he finds some heroes, including an early African American GM employee; a woman who insisted on gender equity in the plant; and Walter Reuther,
the legendary labor leader.
Perhaps no one is better qualified than Tim Cullen to tell this important story. Tim worked in the Janesville GM plant as a college student and
he was there, decades on, when presidential candidate Barack Obama told a hopeful gathering of GM employees and other stakeholders he
would do what he could to ensure its success. Less than a year later, the plant closed. In Disassembled, Tim Cullen reveals what happened.
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- ISBN-13: 9781942586623
- ISBN-10: 1942586620
- Publisher: Little Creek Press
- Publish Date: October 2019
- Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
- Page Count: 204