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William Kircher Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000606
The collection relates to Kircher's activities with, and on behalf of, the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC). Included is information on the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), contract negotiations, grape and lettuce boycotts, national and state legislation regarding farm labor organizing and the importation of foreign farm workers, organizations supporting and opposing UFWOC, Teamsters organizing farm workers, UFWOC finances, and representational elections.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: AFL-CIO support of farm worker labor movement Boycott activities Disputes with Teamsters Immigration of Mexicans as agricultural workers Legislation, state and federal, relating to farm labor

Correspondents: Cesar Chavez Irwin L. DeShetler George Meany C. Al Green Larry Itliong

Series Description: Series I, Correspondence: Correspondence, clippings, and financial information relating to AWOC, the UFWOC, and their support by the AFL-CIO, 1965-1972.

Series II, Collective Bargaining: Correspondence of Mr. Kircher, Director of Organization, AFL-CIO, touching organizing farm workers, nergotiations and contractual agreements with growers, and strikes. Several files relate to legislation and to UFWOC's dispute with the Teamsters.

Series III, Boycott Activities: Correspondence but mainly clippings of union and non-union support of UFWOC's boycott activities, its lettuce boycott campaign, 1970-1972, and its boycott of particular growers.

Series IV, Regional Organizations: Organizing activities in various states and regions. Mainly clippings but some correspondence, and both reflect strong AFL-CIO support.

Dates

  • 1959 - 1973
  • Majority of material found within 1965 - 1972

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

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

11.5 Linear Feet (23 MB)

Abstract

Mr. Kircher went to work in a defense plant in Cincinnati in 1941 and helped organize UAW Local 647. Subsequently, he held a number of staff positions with the UAW until 1955, when he became assistant director of organization of the AFL-CIO. From 1956 to 1964, Mr. Kircher served as assistant director of Region IX of the AFL-CIO. After returning to his former position as assistant director of organization (1 964-65), Kircher was appointed to succeed John W. Livingston as director of organization of the AFL-CIO, a position he held until his resignation in 1973. The collection relates to Kircher's activities with and on behalf of the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee. Included is information on the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee; contract negotiations; grape and lettuce boycotts; national and state legislation regarding farm labor organizing and the importation of foreign farm workers; organizations supporting and opposing UFWOC; Teamsters organizing farm workers; UFWOC finances; and representational elections.

History

William L. Kircher, a native of Athens, Ohio and a graduate of Ohio University, went to work in a defense plant in Cincinnati in 1941 and helped organize UAW Local 647. Subsequently he held a number of staff positions with the UAW until 1955 when he became assistant director of organization of the AFL-CIO. From 1956 to 1964, Mr. Kircher served as assistant director of Region 1X of the AFL-CIO. After returning to his former position as assistant director of organization (1964-65), Kircher was appointed to succeed John W. Livingston as director of organization of the AFL-CIO, a position he held until his resignation in 1973.

Arrangement

Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 4-16), Series 3 (Boxes 17-20), and Series 4 (Boxes 20-23). Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Series 1 and 2 are further arranged into 2 subseries.

Acquisition

The papers of William L. Kricher were placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in June, 1973, by Mr. Kircher.

Transfers

Twelve photographs have been placed in the Archives' Audiovisual Collections. Three photographs are those of Ramona Bannelos (see Box 9, folders 8-10); the other nine are for Mr. Kircher's article prepared for the American Federationist (see Box 8, folder 14).

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the William Kircher Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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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