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UAW Local 6 Records

Identifier: LR000343
The papers of UAW Local 6 reflect the daily functioning of the Local, including its negotiations with International Harvester company, and it's political and social activities.

Important subjects: Health care, Strikes, Political Action, UAW - Agricultural Implement Division, UAW - Harvester Council

Important correspondents: Carlstrom, Lawrence; Moredock, George; Cluts, Ray; Shier, Carl; Henney, Westray; Shy, Arthur; Kahan, Seymour

Series Description: Series 1: Grievances and Arbitration, 1948-1958: Grievances and related correspondence from UAW Local 6.

Series 2: Office Files, 1948-1969: Committee minutes and reports, local correspondence, negotiation notes, news bulletins, policy statements and agreements and other items concerning UAW Local 6.


  • 1947 - 1969

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.


6.5 Linear Feet (5 SB, 3 MB)


UAW Local 6 represents the workers at the International Harvester Company diesel engine plant in Melrose Park, Illinois. Subjects include, UAW Agricultural Implement Division, UAW Harvester Council and International Harvester.


UAW Local 6 was chartered in 1941 and won an NLRB election in May of 1942 which gave it the right to represent the workers at Melrose Park until Buick Aviation ceased operation at the close of World War II. International Harvester company purchased the plant from the United States government and re-opened it in 1946. Local 6 remained active throughout this period and resisted the powerful campaign of the United Farm Equipment and Metal Workers of America to gain the right to represent the International Harvester workers. An NLRB election in November of 1946 gave Local 6 the right to represent the workers at Melrose Park for the second time.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-6) and Series 2 (Boxes 7-8). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of UAW Local 6 were deposited in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in March 1970.

Related Materials

Refer to UAW collections.


Issues of the Local 6 newsletters, The Union Voice, from 1952 to 1969, IHC and UAW-CIO contracts, and other UAW bulletins, newspapers, and pamphlets received with this collection are available in the Archives Library. Also received and placed in the Archives Library are various labor related newspapers, and journals.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library on August 1984.
Guide to the UAW Local 6 Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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