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Irving Bluestone: UAW New Directions Movement Papers

Identifier: LP000213_NDM

Scope and Content

The New Directions Movement material collected by UAW vice president Irving Bluestone, an early proponent of joint programs, includes correspondence, meeting notes, newspaper and magazine articles, speeches and legal briefs documenting the dissident group's rise within the UAW. Also included are files related to the controversial open letter to Victor Reuther criticizing his attacks on union leadership penned by Bluestone and four other retired UAW officials.

Important subjects in the collection: Joint labor-management programs in the auto industry UAW dissidents UAW elections process Victor Reuther Jerry Tucker

Important correspondents in the collection: Owen Bieber Don Douglas Bob Lent Victor Reuther


  • 1984 - 1992


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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The New Directions Movement (NDM) emerged in 1986 as a dissident caucus of UAW local union leaders, especially at General Motors facilities, within St. Louis-based Region 5. Its candidate for regional director at the 1986 convention, assistant director Jerry Tucker, lost by less than one vote in the closest election in UAW history. In the fall of 1988, responding to lawsuits brought by the Labor Department and Tucker contesting the election results, a federal judge ordered a new election, which Tucker, running on a platform of opposition to joint labor-management programs favored by the union's leadership, won. Forced to run for re-election on the expiration of his term at the 1989 convention, Tucker was defeated, prompting another series of lawsuits and the calling of an NDM national organizing conference later that year.


1 Linear Feet (1 SB)


Subjects include: joint labor-management programs in the auto industry; UAW dissidents; UAW elections process; Jerry Tucker; Victor Reuther


Folders are arranged alphabetically.


Irving Bluestone's papers related to the New Directions Movement were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by Mr. Bluestone between 1990 and 1992.


Seven videotapes of New Directions rallies in Indiana and Michigan have been transferred to the Archives Audiovisual Department.

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