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Paul Ste-Marie Papers

Identifier: LP001686

Scope and Content

The Paul Ste-Marie Collection consists primarily of newspaper clippings related to labor relations at the Rouge plant, UAW factionalism, and Local 600 politics and minutes of the local’s Executive Board and General Council.

Important subjects in the collection: Afro-American automobile industry workers Association of Catholic Trade Unionists Church and labor Trade-unions--Elections Trade-unions--Political activity UAW Local 600 Ford Rouge plant (Dearborn, Mich.) Percy Llewelyn Homer Martin Horace Sheffield Shelton Tappes Trade-unions and communism--United States


  • 1939 - 1943


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Paul Ste-Marie was born in San Francisco in 1905 and started working at the Ford Rouge plant in 1927. A tool and die maker, he helped organize the Mechanics Educational Society of America in 1933, later joining the Automotive Industrial Workers of America. In 1936 he switched his allegiance to the fledgling UAW and two years later became a charter member of Local 600. During the 1930s, he also held leadership positions in the Association of Catholic Trade Unionists.

Mr. Ste-Marie’s union activities earned him frequent discharges and continual harassment by Ford Service Department employees until the UAW signed its first contract with the company in 1941. He was elected chairman of the Local 600 General Council in 1941 and a year later won the presidency of the reorganized local in a closely contested election. He was defeated for re-election in 1943, after a term marked by turmoil within the local and in the UAW’s relations with Ford Motor Company. Paul Ste-Marie died in 1946.


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Paul Ste-Marie was active in organizing the Mechanics Educational Society of America and was a charter member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 600. Mr. Ste-Marie’s papers document the early activities of the UAW, particularly concerning labor relations at the Ford Rouge plant, UAW factionalism, and politics of Local 600.


Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Paul Ste-Marie were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by Father Maynard Tetreault of Duns Scotus College in June of 1997.

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