After high school in the 1970s, Mike Accavitti worked the first shift at Warren Truck Assembly, a Chrysler plant near Detroit. When a production cutback suspended the second shift, the young card-carrying member of the United Auto Workers union knew someone with more seniority from that shift would bump him off his. And they did. But taking advantage of a UAW educational program, the son of a dry cleaner started classes at Western Michigan University. He graduated as an industrial engineer. He later earned an MBA and law degree.
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