G. Robert Vincent Voice Library
Lansing Auto Town Gallery

Lyle McFadden, an African American, discusses his 40-year career as a UAW production worker and plant security officer at the Fisher Body plant in Lansing, MI

Lyle describes growing up in the neighborhood near Fisher, being hired in November 1956 and his first day on the wet deck. He reflects on segregation in the plant, the swing shift, and changeover. Lyle talks about transferring to Security in 1966, describes the duties, interactions with workers, strikes, and the 1982 deaths in the Paint Department. He also discusses GM's decision to outsource plant security to Pinkerton. Lyle also discusses his other passion - coaching baseball.

  • Field notes
  • Photos

 

© Wed Aug 27 11:25:55 EDT 2014 Michigan State University Board of Trustees. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.

Privacy Statement