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Victor Reuther: UAW New Directions Movement Papers

Identifier: LP000002_NDM

Scope and Content

The New Directions material Reuther collected includes correspondence, promotional literature, publicity, meeting minutes, financial records, and ephemera.

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

Important correspondents in teh collection: Charlie Allen, Irwin Baur, Genora Dollinger, Joseph Rauh, Jane Slaugher, Jerry Tucker, Joseph A. "Chip" Yablonski


  • 1986 - 1991


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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The New Directions Movember (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 teh 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 teh expiration of his term at the 1989 convention, Tucker was defeated, prompting another series of lawsuits and the calling fo an NDM national organizing conference later that year.

Victor Reuther, a partisan of grassroots unionism, came out of retirement in the 1980's to support Jerry Tucker and New Direcitons. Like Tucker, he felt that the UAW was becoming increasingly undemocratic and was losing its militancy by cooperating with management.


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Victor Reuther came out of retirement in the 1980’s to support Jerry Tucker and the New Directions Movement (NDM). The NDM emerged as a dissident caucus of UAW local union leaders within Region 5, particularly of General Motors facilities. Jerry Tucker unsuccessfully ran as the NDM candidate for regional director in the 1986 convention. Mr. Tucker won a second election, which was ordered following charges contesting the election results, but the following year he was defeated in the next term election.

The New Directions Movement collection contains material collected by Mr. Reuther, which document the affairs of the NDM.


Folders are arranged alphabetically.


Victor Reuther's papers related to the UAW New Directions Movement were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in June of 1991 by Mr. Reuther.

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