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Detroit Revolutionary Movements Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR000874
Part I: Series I of this collection consists of the papers donated by General Baker, who worked in Chrysler Corporation's Dodge Main Plant. They are mainly concerned with the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers (LRBW).

Series II is comprised of papers donated by Ronald Glotta, a Detroit attorney. These papers relate to the Eldon Revolutionary Union Movement (ELRUM) at Chrysler's Eldon Avenue plant and other Revolutionary Union Movement groups; workmen's compensation cases; social service workers' organizing activities in Detroit; the National Lawyers Guild; the Motor City Labor League; the Control, Conflict, Change Book Club; and mass party movements in Detroit and elsewhere, particularly the Communist League and Communist Labor Party.

Important subjects in the collection: Black dissidents within the UAW Black radicals Chrysler Corporation Communist League Communist Labor Party Corruption of union officials Detroit radical activity, 1960's-1970's Detroit unemployment Drugs: political and economic aspects Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement Eldon Revolutionary Union Movement Industrial pollution James Johnson, Jr. case League of Revolutionary Black Workers Motor City Labor League National health care National Lawyers Guild Old Left vs. New Left Plant safety Poverty Racial and ethnic antagonism within plants Racial discrimination in jobs Rank-and-file movements Shop floor conditions UAW Local 3 UAW Local 961 UAW unresponsiveness to worker grievances Wildcat strikes Workmen's compensation law

Important correspondents in the collection: Michael Adelman; George Merrelli; William J. Beckham; Victor Rabinowitz; Kenneth Cockrel; Ronald Reosti; David Dellinger; Rachel Scott; Bernadine Dohrn; Jordan U. Sims; Peter Franck; H. John Taylor; Ronald Glotta; Leonard Woodcock; William B. Gould; Joseph A. Yablonski; Art Hughes; Donald Jackson; Frank Joyce; Alicia Kaplow; Emil Mazey

Series Description: Series I, Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM), 1968-1972: Papers, mainly handbills and policy statements, donated by General Baker dating from the formation of DRUM at the Chrysler Corporation Dodge Main plant, Hamtramck, Michigan, in 1968. There is some material on elections in which DRUM candidates ran for UAW posts and also some on the League of Revolutionary Black Workers.

Series II: Series II consists of papers donated by Ronald Glotta. This series is divided into six subseries by subject.

Subseries A: Chrysler Eldon (ELRUM) and Other Revolutionary Union Movements, 1967-1975: Papers, mainly flyers, open letters, legal papers, meeting notes, grievances, plant files, and correspondence relating to the activities of ELRUM at the Chrysler Eldon Avenue plant, DRUM at the Dodge Main plant, and Revolutionary Union Movement groups at other plants. There is also material on the Eldon Workers Safety Committee and Chrysler Eldon UAW Local 961 elections from 1971-73.

Subseries B: Workmen's Compensation and Social Service Workers, 1970-1975: Papers on workmen's compensation, specifically the case of James Johnson. It also covers attempts to organize social service workers in the Detroit area in the early seventies. This subseries consists mainly of handbills, newsletters and some correspondence.

Subseries C: National Lawyers Guild, 1963-1974: Mainly correspondence and reports relating to the National Lawyers Guild during the period 1963 74. There is material on the Detroit chapter, the NLG Labor Committee and the 1972 Detroit National Labor Conference.

Subseries D: Motor City Labor League and Control, Conflict, Change Book Club, 1970-1976: These papers, mainly correspondence, policy statements and reports concern the Motor City Labor League and the Control, Conflict, Change Book Club. The majority of the reports deal with specific topics. There is also material on MCLL factional disputes.

Subseries E: New Mass Party Movements, 1970-1976: These papers are concerned with attempts in the early seventies to form a mass party to replace the Communist Party USA. Most of the material is in the form of policy statements, reports, meeting notes and correspondence and relates to Detroit unemployment, the Communist League and the Communist Labor Party.

Subseries F: Other Organizations: This subseries consists of papers and literature from a variety of groups, predominantly those with a radical objective.
Part II: Series Description: Series III, Communist Labor Party, 1975-1980: Papers, mainly newsletters and publicity items, relating to the activities of the Communist Labor Party in promoting a variety of causes and agitating for improved working conditions in a number of industries and occupational groups. There is also material on the election campaigns of General Baker for Michigan state representative in 1976 and 1978.

Series IV, Publications, 1968-1970s: Newsletters, pamphlets, newspapers, and magazines
Acronyms: AAAFA Afro American Alliance for Action A/P (or A and P) Agitation and Propaganda - Agit Prop BEDC Black Economic Development Conference (earlier NBEDC National Black Economic Development Conference) BLM Black Liberation Movement BWC Black Workers' Congress CC Central Committee (MCLL) or Continuations Committee CCC Control, Conflict, Change Book Club CETA Comprehensive Employment and Training Act CFF Crusade for Freedom CL Communist League CLP Communist Labor Party CPSU Communist Party Soviet Union CPUSA Communist Party U.S.A. DFT Detroit Federation of Teachers DGH Detroit General Hospital DLCC Detroit Local Continuations Committee (or LCC) DRUM Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement DUC Detroit Unemployed (or Unemployment) Council EC Executive Committee ELRUM Eldon Revolutionary Union Movement EWSC Eldon Workers Safety Committee FN(P) Freedom Now (Party) FPCC Fair Play for Cuba Committee GAD Glotta, Adelman and Dinges (law firm) GADTDM Glotta, Adelman, Dinges, Taylor, Davis, and Middleton (law firm) Health PAC Health Policy Advisory Center IBA International Black Appeal ILD International Labor Defense IPC Indochina Peace Campaign IS International Socialists JARUM Jefferson Avenue Revolutionary Union Movement LCC Local Continuations Committee (or DLCC) LDC Labor Defense Coalition LRBW League of Revolutionary Black Workers MAC Memb rship Action Committee MCC Motor City Coalition MCLL Motor City Labor League MERUM Mound Road Engine Plant Revolutionary Union Movement M-L Marxist Leninist MTLA Michigan Trial Lawyers Association NAM New American Movement NCA National Conference of Artists NEB National Executive Board (NLG) NIC National Interim Committee for a Mass Party of the People NLG National Lawyers Guild NOC National Organizing Committee OC Organizing Committee OG On Guard (Committee for Freedom) OL October League OPEIU Office and Professional Employees International Union P & A Program and Administration Committee (NLG) PPT People's Peace Treaty PT Peoples Tribune (CLP) PWOC Philadelphia Workers Organizing Committee RAFT Rank and File Team (USWA) RAM Revolutionary Action Movement RU Revolutionary Union SDS Students for a Democratic Society TURF Teamsters United Rank and File UAW United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America UFW United Farm Workers UNC United National Caucus (UAW) USCP U.S. Communist Party USDL U.S. Dept. of Labor USNA U.S. of North America USWA United Steel Workers of America UU Uhuru, Uhuru WCDSS Wayne County Dept. of Social Services WEU Welfare Employees Union WSU Wayne State University WUPA Workers United for Political Action WUPES Workers United for Political and Economic Survival (CCC successor) YCL Young Communist League (CLP)

Dates

  • 1968 - 1976
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1974

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Researchers must use positive microfilm copy. Availability of paper originals contingent on approval of the Reference Archivist.

Box 2, Folder 10 and Box 4, Folder 6 are closed files.
Collection is open for research.

Use

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

8.5 Linear Feet ((17 MB), 34 microfilm reels)

Abstract

The Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement was formed in May, 1968 at the Chrysler Dodge Main Plant in Hamtramck, Michigan. Among those active in its founding were General Baker, Mike Hamlin, John Watson, Ron March, Luke S. Tripp, Jr., Kenneth Cockrel, John Williams and Charles J. Wooten.

The collection has multiple parts. Part one primarily covers the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers (LRBW). Part two primarily covers the Communist Labor Party.

Subjects include: Detroit Revolutionary Union Movements (DRUM); ELRUM; League of Revolutionary Black Workers; black power; plant safety; Motor City Labor League; CLP; DRUM

Available on microfilm only.

History

Ronald Glotta's law firm, Glotta, Adelman and Dinges, was established with a revolutionary objective. The members actively participate in the revolutionary groups which they counsel and represent in arbitration and in the courts.

Arrangement

PLEASE NOTE: For microfilm copies, each reel corresponds to each box in sequential order and reel 17 includes the publications listed at the end of the finding aid.
Part I: Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Box 1), and Series 2 (Boxes 2-15). Folders are arranged by subject, and further arranged chronologically in series 2.

Series 2 is further divided into six subseries by subject.
Part II: Arranged in 2 series - Series 3 (Box 16), and Series 4 (Box 17). Folders are arranged alphabetically by name or subject.

Acquisition

Part I: The Detroit Revolutionary Movements Collection was placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by General Gordon Baker and Ronald Glotta in January of 1978.
Part II: Additional material was received from Mr. Glotta in March of 1981.

Other Copies

The records were microfilmed in 2012 and are now available on 17 reels. Both positive and negative reels are retained by the Reuther Library.

Related Materials

Dan Georgakas Papers

Transfers

A few photographs received with the collection have been transferred to the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in December 1979.
Part II: Part 2 processed and finding aid updated by Walter P. Reuther Library in March 1982.
Title
Guide to the Detroit Revolutionary Movements Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1979-12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 1982-03: Part 2 was processed and finding aid updated by Walter P. Reuther Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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