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UAW Local 581 Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001543
The papers of UAW Local 58l include Management-Shop Committee minutes, correspondence, apprenticeship records, wage scale agreements and other materials documenting the history of workers at the Flint GM Fisher Body plant.

Important subjects in the collection: Apprenticeship programs--Michigan--Flint Automobile industry and trade--Michigan--Flint Automobile industry workers--Michigan--Flint Collective bargaining--Automobile industry--Michigan--Flint General Motors Fisher Body Plant #1 (Flint, Mich.) Industrial relations--Michigan--Flint Seniority, Employee--Michigan--Flint Trade-unions and education--Michigan--Flint Wages--Automobile industry workers--Michigan-- Flint

Important correspondents: George Addes, Eugene Judd, C. E. Dammann, David MacDonald, F. J. Des Jardin, Bruce Malott, Everett Francis, Walter Reuther, Charles Hall, R. J. Thomas, Lawrence Huber, T. R. Tucker

Dates

  • 1940 - 1987

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. 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

6 Linear Feet (6 SB)

Abstract

Late in 1936, a union office was opened at 4347 S. Saginaw St. in Flint, Michigan, across from General Motors Fisher Body Plant #1. The office, which handled the affairs of workers at Fisher Body, was part of AFL-affiliated UAW Local 156, representing several General Motors plants in Flint. The famous Sit-Down Strike of l936-37, which culminated in General Motors recognition of the UAW, started in the Fisher #1 plant. In April 1938, Local 581, representing Fisher Body workers, was chartered independently from Local 156, and a year later, joined the CIO with other UAW locals.

The papers of UAW Local 58l include Management-Shop Committee minutes, correspondence, apprenticeship records, wage scale agreements and other materials documenting the history of workers at the Flint GM Fisher Body plant.

History

Late in 1936, a union office was opened at 4347 S. Saginaw St. in Flint, Michigan, across from General Motors Fisher Body Plant #1. The office, which handled the affairs of workers at Fisher Body, was part of AFL-affiliated UAW Local l56, representing several General Motors plants in Flint. The famous Sit-Down Strike of 1936-37, which culminated in General Motors recognition of the UAW, started in the Fisher #1 plant. In April l938, Local 581, representing Fisher Body workers, was chartered independently from Local l56, and a year later, joined the CIO with other UAW locals.

Arrangement

Folders are computer-arranged alphabetically, but may actually be dispersed throughout several boxes in the collection.

Acquisition

The records of UAW Local 581 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs on July 27, 1993.

Transfers

Several photographs have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection and a few vending contracts have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by C. Hansen on November 8, 1995.
Title
Guide to the UAW Local 581 Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by C. Hansen.
Date
1995-11-08
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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