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PROD, Inc. Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR000929
The PROD, Inc. Records contains materials such as correspondence, publications, reports, announcements, press coverage and releases, and court testimony.

Dates

  • 1972 - 1979

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

0.75 Linear Feet (2 MB)

Abstract

Subjects include: Teamsters dissident group; trucking industry safety

History

PROD, Inc. (Professional Drivers Council) was founded as a public interest group dedicated to improving job safety in the trucking industry following a conference sponsored by Ralph Nader in October of 1971. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., its first executive directors, Bruce Posnak and Arthur Fox, were lawyers recruited from Nader’s consumer movement. Gradually, however, PROD developed into a nationwide organization of rank and file Teamsters for whom reforming the union was as much a goal as lobbying Congress and the Federal bureaucracy on behalf of the health and safety interests of over-the-road truckers. At the time of its merger with another dissident Teamsters group, the Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), in 1979, PROD, under the leadership of Miami Teamster Peter Poulos, claimed a membership of 5,500.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

Originally deposited in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin between 1977 and 1979 by Arthur L. Fox II, the records of PROD, Inc. were transferred to the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in August of 1980 and opened for research in March of 1999.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in March, 1993.
Title
PROD, Inc. Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1999-03
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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