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UAW Region 7: Toronto Sub-Regional Office Records

Identifier: LR000296
The UAW Region 7 Toronto Sub-Regional Office collection consists of records documenting the activities of the Region and include such subjects as: Contract negotiations, District Council 26, grievances, factional disputes, Ontario Labor Relations Board and certification and conciliation cases.

Important correspondents are: Addes, George; Burt, George; Eldon, John; Levinson, Edward; MacLean, Thomas; Mazey, Emil; McDermott, Dennis; Reuther, Victor; Reuther, Walter; Siren, Paul; Winn, Frank.

Important subjects: Contract Negotiations, 1942- 1965 District Council 26 Grievances Factional Dispute, 1959-60 Ontario Labor Relations Board, Certification and conciliation cases, 1942-1966

Series Description: Series 1: Correspondence, 1941-1968, Series 2: District Council 26, 1942-1965, Series 3: Plant Organization, 1942-1960, Series 4: Contract Negotiations Rate Classification Records, 1942-1965, Series 5: Agreements, 1945-1966, Series 6: Grievance Records, 1945-1968, Series 7: Labor-Management Disputes Settled by Government Agencies, 1941-1966, Series 8: United Automobile Workers International Headquarters, 1941-1958, Series 9: Office Files, 1945-1968


  • 1941 - 1968


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.


41 Linear Feet (82 MB)


United Auto Workers Region 7: Toronto Sub-Regional Office is one of the major sub-regional offices of the Canadian region of the union. Their records document activities of Region 7, District Council 26, and those of the sub-region itself.


The papers of this collection pertain to the Toronto office of the United Automobile Workers. For organizational purposes, the UAW is divided into eighteen regions, seventeen of which are in the United States. Toronto is one of the major sub-regional offices of Region Seven, the Canadian region of the UAW. The other major sub-regional offices are located in Brantford; Chatham; Fort William; London; Montreal; Oakville; Oshawa; Ottawa; Sarnia; St. Catharines; Winnipeg; and Woodstock. The Canadian subsidiaries of the U.S. Auto plants caught the spirit of organization during the General Motors and Chrysler sit-down strikes of 1937, and the international union made a special effort to organize its workers in Canada. In 1940, George Burt was elected Director of Region 7 which maintains its headquarters in Windsor. The Toronto sub-regional office was established in 1942, and Paul Siren was its director until January, 1960. Dennis McDermott succeeded him. When George Burt retired in 1968, McDermott was elected Director of Region 7.


Arranged in 9 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-10), Series 2 (Boxes 11-14), Series 3 (Boxes 15-17), Series 4 (Boxes 18-35), Series 5 (Boxes 36-42), Series 6 (Boxes 43-48), Series 7 (Boxes 49-68), Series 8 (Boxes 69-72), and Series 9 (Boxes 73-82). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of the Toronto Sub-Regional Collection were deposited to Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by the former Sub-Regional Director, Dennis McDermott on June 13, 1968.

Related Materials

Refer to UAW collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in December 1968.
Guide to the UAW Region 7: Toronto Sub-Regional Office Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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