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Ed Liska Papers

Identifier: LP001469

Scope and Content

The Ed Liska Collection consists of detailed reports of meetings, discussions and other activities at Dodge Local 3 recorded by President Liska from June, 1969 through June, 1972. It also contains minutes of contract negotiation and grievance meetings he kept as the local's recording secretary.

Important subjects in the collection: African American automobile industry workers Charles Brooks Chrysler Corporation Collective bargaining--Automobile industry--Michigan--Hamtramck Dodge Main plant Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement Factories--Safety measures Edith Fox Douglas Fraser Grievance arbitration--Automobile industry--Michigan--Hamtramck Andrew Hardy Arthur Hughes George Merrelli Strikes and lockouts--Automobile industry--Michigan--Hamtramck UAW Local 3 (Hamtramck, Mich.)


  • 1962 - 1972


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Ed Liska was active in UAW Local 3 (Chrysler's Dodge Main plant) affairs from the 1940's. A Rank and File caucus activist in the plant in the 1950's, he was elected chairman of the Body Shop Unit in 1960, recording secretary of the local in 1962 and president in 1968, serving until 1972. His presidency coincided with a turbulent period in the union's history, when the black revolutionary union movements (RUM's) emerged to challenge working conditions and racism in the auto plants. The Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM), which was formed in May of 1968 in the wake of a wildcat strike to protest line speed-up at Dodge Main, was the first of the RUM's to emerge in Detroit.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 MB)


Ed Liska served as president of United Auto Workers Local 3 during the formation of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM). Mr. Liska’s papers document the affairs of Local 3 during his tenure as recording secretary and later as president.


Folders are arranged chronologically.


The papers of Ed Liska were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by Mr. Liska in June of 1991.

Related Materials

Detroit Revolutionary Movements Collection, Dan Georgakas Collection, UAW Chrysler Department Collection, UAW Local 3 Collection


A few photographs received with the collection have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in May 2002.


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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA