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Richard B. Tussey Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001065
The papers of Richard B. Tussey consist of correspondence, minutes, proceedings, grievances, publications, reports, flyers, pamphlets, clippings and other material reflecting his activities with the IWW, MESA, and UFCW. To a lesser extent, they reflect his political interests. Related material may be found in the IWW Collection.

Important subjects in the collection: Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen; Metal and Machine Workers Industrial Union #440; Cleveland Labor Organizing; Industrial Workers of the World; National Independent Union Council; Jones and Laughlin Steel; Right-to-Work; Labor Education; Taft-Hartley; Mechanics Educational Society of America Local 72; United Food and Commercial Workers Important correspondents in the collection: John M. Boska; Floyd Miller; Jack Day; Ted Modroski; J. Kutcher; E. Spira; Leo Lightener; Fred Thompson; D. Mahon; Anthony Truppo

Dates

  • 1940 - 1981

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

16 Linear Feet (16 SB)

Abstract

Richard B. Tussey served in the Cleveland labor movement as an organizer, educator, editor, negotiator and administrator, for various organizations, including the Socialist Labor Party, the Metal and Machine Workers Industrial Union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the Mechanics Educational Society of America (MESA) and the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen, later known as the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). Mr. Tussey’s papers document the activities of the various labor organizations he associated with, and to a lesser degree, his work as an advocate for civil rights and the peace movement.

History

Richard B. Tussey was active in the labor movement as an organizer, educator, editor, negotiator and administrator for over thirty years. A Pittsburgh native, he moved to Cleveland as a Socialist Labor Party organizer in the 1940s. After World War II, he served as executive secretary and organizer for the Metal and Machine Workers Industrial Union #440, the last Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) local in Cleveland. When his local voted to affiliate with the Mechanics Educational Society of America in the late fifties, he became an organizer and educator for MESA. In 1958 he played an important role in the labor coalition that defeated a ballot proposal for a right-to-work law in the state of Ohio.

Mr. Tussey was active in support of civil liberties and antiwar causes. In 1960 he made three trips to Cuba and helped organize the Cleveland chapter of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, which led to his appearance before the U.S. Senate Internal Security Committee and his dismissal by MESA. For the rest of his career he worked as an international representative on the staff of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen (later called the United Food and Commercial Workers). Mr. Tussey died in June of 1981 at the age of sixty-two.

Arrangement

PLEASE NOTE: Folders are computer-arranged alphabetically in this finding aid, but may actually be dispersed throughout several boxes in the collection. Note carefully the box number for each folder heading.

Transfers

A number of contracts, constitutions, bylaws, union newspapers and newsletters have been placed in the Archives Library and a few photographs, posters, IWW charters, and items of memorabilia can be found in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the Richard B. Tussey 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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