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Milton Tambor Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP002342
The Milton Tambor Papers document Tambor’s academic career, work for AFSCME, and participation in labor, leftist, and progressive organizations in Detroit. They include articles, newspaper clippings, publications, fliers, meeting minutes, reports, and training material.

Important Subjects: AFSCME. Local 1640 (Detroit, Mich.) Nonprofit organizations--Employees--Salaries, etc. Social workers Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Series I: Milton Tambor Writings, 1961-1995 This series is composed of articles and scholarly works written by Milton Tambor. His Masters Paper and his PhD Dissertation are included. The works focus on social workers, unions, and organizing non-profit and agency employees.

Series II: AFSCME, 1969-2000 This series contains information from Tambor’s time working for AFSCME Local 1640 and AFSCME Council 25. It includes newspaper clippings, training material, publications, and communications material.

Series III: General Labor, 1967-1997 This series contains information about labor and organized social workers generally. Publications, pamphlets, seminar materials, clippings, and reports appear.

Series IV: Central America, 1980-1991 This series contains information on Tambor’s time with the Michigan Labor Committee on Central America. It also contains information about the work of the AFL-CIO’s American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) primarily in Central America. Articles, reports, and publications appear.

Series V: Detroit Leftist Organizations, 1968-1981 This series contains information about a variety of Detroit Leftist Organizations, especially the Detroit Coalition to End the War, the Motor City Labor League, and the New American Movement (NAM) in Detroit. Articles, reports, manifestos, publications, and fliers appear.

Dates

  • 1961 - 2000

Creator

Language of Materials

Material almost entirely in English. Some material in Spanish.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. 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

1.25 Linear Feet (1 SB, 1 MB)

Abstract

Milton Tambor was born in New York City in 1938. He earned a Hebrew Teachers degree from Yeshiva University in 1957. He completed his bachelor’s in Psychology at Wayne State University in 1959, his Master of Social Work at Wayne in 1963, and his PhD in Sociology at Wayne in 1991. Throughout his scholarly career, he has focused on teaching and writing about organizing social workers and non-profit and agency employees. He also had a long career in unionism, holding staff and leadership positions in AFSCME Detroit Local 1640, AFSCME Michigan Council 77, and AFSCME Michigan Council 25. Throughout his career, Tambor was also involved in other labor and leftist organizations in Detroit, most notably the anti-Vietnam War group Detroit Coalition to End the War Now and the Michigan Labor Committee on Central America. In 2001, Tambor retired and moved to Atlanta where he continues to work in the progressive movement.

The Milton Tambor Papers document Tambor’s academic career, work for AFSCME, and participation in labor, leftist, and progressive organizations in Detroit. They include articles, newspaper clippings, publications, fliers, meeting minutes, reports, and training material.

History

Milton Tambor was born in New York City in 1938. He earned a Hebrew Teachers degree from Yeshiva University in 1957. He completed his bachelor’s in Psychology at Wayne State University in 1959. Working for the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, he went on to earn his Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State in 1963. His thesis focused on the history of the Detroit Jewish Community Center.

He worked as Center Director at the UAW Retired Workers Center in Detroit 1964-1969. He then became president of Detroit AFSCME Local 1640, Community and Social Agency Employees, a post he held until 1978. As Local 1640 president, he acted as chief union negotiator in bargaining with 30 community agency employers. During his tenure, union membership more than tripled from 300 to 1000 members. He and Local 1640 were honored by a Detroit City Resolution and Mayor's Proclamation in 1978. During this period, he also served as Executive Board Member of the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO and as Executive Vice President of Michigan AFSCME Council 77. From 1978 until 1981, he worked with Michigan AFSCME Council 25 as education coordinator. From 1981 to 1998, he served as Staff Representative in Council 25, and in 1998 and 1999 he assumed the positions of Council 25 Assistant Education Director and Senior Staff. Tambor served one term as president of the staff union, Professional Representatives Organization, and also chaired Council 25's strategic planning committee.

While working for AFSCME representing social workers, Tambor continued his scholarly efforts. During the 1970s, he taught at local universities. He served as a fieldwork instructor, supervising social work students from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Schools of Social Work. Tambor also taught classes in sociology, collective bargaining, steward training, union administration, and contemporary labor problems at the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at University of Michigan-Wayne State University and at the Weekend College at Wayne State's College of Lifelong Learning.

Tambor returned to Wayne State University as a student to pursue a PhD in Sociology, which he earned in 1991, writing his dissertation on bargaining with non-profit agencies. He stayed on at the Wayne State School of Social Work as an associate member of the graduate faculty 1992-1998. His scholarly work focused on labor, social work, and non-profit agencies.

Throughout his career, Tambor was also involved in other labor and leftist organizations in Detroit, most notably as Co-chair of the anti-Vietnam War group Detroit Coalition to End the War Now, Chair of the Michigan Labor Committee on Central America, and activist with the New American Movement which merged with the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee to form the Democratic Socialists of America.

In 2001, Tambor retired and moved to Atlanta. In 2005, he formed and chairs the Metropolitan Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America local. He has also been active as Co-chair of the Atlanta Fighting Foreclosure Coalition and as treasurer of the newly constituted Atlanta Jobs with Justice. At the US Social Forum in Atlanta in 2007 and in Detroit in 2010, he made presentations on working class/socialist perspectives and fighting foreclosures.

Arrangement

Arranged in five series - Series I (Box 1), Series II (Box 1), Series III (Box 1), Series IV (Box 1), and Series V (Boxes 1-2). Folders are arranged roughly chronologically within each series.

Acquisition

Milton Tambor deposited his papers at the Reuther Library in June 2012.

Related Materials

Reuther Library Collections: Detroit Coalition to End the War Now! Records; various AFSCME collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Johanna Russ on July 20, 2012.
Title
Guide to the Milton Tambor Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Johanna Russ.
Date
2012-07-20
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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