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UAW Local 9 Records

Identifier: LR000274

Scope and Content

Local 9 records document its organization, factional struggles with the AFL as well as the company union, Bendix Employees Association, and general operations.

Important subjects: Strikes Auto Council Factional Struggles Organizing Locals Local Union Elections Local 9 organization and history Political Action Legislation Agreements Umpire Cases Community Services F.E.P.C. Seniority Pension

Correspondents: John L. Lewis, Arnold Atwood, David Dubinsky, Charlton Ozburn, George Edwards, Raymond E. Willis, Frank Morrison, Charles Clemens, Ray Berndt, Carl Shipley, Herschel Davis, William Green, Philip Carpenter, Adolf Fritz, William Knudsen, James Poland, F.J. Dillon, Robert Grant, George Addes, James B. Carey, Homer Martin, Ralph Hershberger, Harry Marlett, Robert La Follette, Thomas Jeffers, Walter Saxton, Sherman Minton, James McEwan, R.J. Thomas, Robert Mahoney, Kyle Gleeson, Stanley Ladd, Walter Reuther, Earl Styers, Frederick Van Nuys, Lloyd Long, Howard Ream.

Series Description: Series 1: Financial Secretary Treasurer, 1933-1962, Series 2: Recording Secretary, 1933-1963, Series 3: Files of the President, 1933-1968, Series 4: Files of the Vice-President, 1945-1957, Series 5: Women's Auxilliary, 1937-1942, Series 6: Addenda - Scrapbooks and Certificates, 1946-1963 (Some Local 115 materials included in this Series) Series 7: Addenda - Charters and Certificates, 1937-1948


  • 1933 - 1963


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


UAW Local 9 services the Bendix Products Corporation of South Bend, Indiana. Local 9 was chartered by the American Federation of Labor in 1933 as the Bendix-Stromberg Workers Federal Labor Union #18347. This union then battled with the company union, Bendix Employees Association, for plant solidarity and control. Early in 1934 a strike vote was taken but later rescinded in favor of an agreement with the company. In 1935, after difference of opinion with the American Federation of Labor about the jurisdiction of the International Union of Automobile Workers, F.L.U. # 18347 affilated with the new union, the United Automobile Workers of America and became Local Union #9, U.A.W. November 17, 1936 brought the first sit down strike in the auto industry to Local 9. Workers stayed in the plant for 6 days while agreements were worked out. By the agreement, Bendix Employees Association were denied the right to bargain and so wasfinally eliminated. Local 9 became the single authorized bargaining agent for Bendix Products Corp., South Bend. Since its organization in 1933, Local 9 has been a strong union and has been influential in labor issues as well as in community issues. For further brief outline, see "We" of Bendix Local 9.


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United Auto Workers Local 9 was chartered as an American Federation of Labor local in 1933, servicing workers at the Bendix Products Corporation in South Bend, Indiana. After a disagreement with the AFL, the local joined the UAW in 1935, participating in the auto industry's first sit-down strike the following year.


Arranged in 7 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-41), Series 2 (Boxes 42-77), Series 3 (Boxes 78-91), Series 4 (Box 92), Series 5 (Boxes 93-95), Series 6 (Box 96) and Series 7 (Box 97). Within each series, the material is arranged chronologically. Subjects within a given year are arranged alphabetically. The first three series are the largest and most complete. There is some overlap within these series in so far as agreements, briefs, grievances and umpire decisions are found in all three series. Since these folders were arranged that way at the outset, they have been left in their original order as far as possible.


The papers of UAW Local 9 were deposited with the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1968 by Bendix Local 9.

Related Materials

Refer to UAW Locals collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library on September 3, 1968.
Guide to the UAW Local 9 Records
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Repository Details

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