Three Detroit automotive plants employing 30,000 men were shut down Tuesday night by departmental strikes of CIO automobile workers and another CIO walkout crippled production of essential aircraft equipment at the Bendix, N.J., plant of Air Associates, Inc.
Approximately 40 employees walked out at the Briggs Body Company's Mack Avenue plant and the Dodge division of the Chrysler Motor Corp. A shortage of Briggs-made equipment forced Chrysler's Plymouth plant to curtail operations.
About 10,000 men were forced in idleness at each of the three factories. No defense contracts were affected.
At Bendix, the UAW estimated that 400 of the 425 eligibles employees of Air Associates, Inc., were on strike to enforce consideration of wage gain demands.