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UAW Local 687 Records

Identifier: LR001585
The records of UAW Local 687 consist primarily of minutes, correspondence, grievances, negotiating material, seniority lists and insurance/pension documents relating to the activities of the local.

Important subjects in the collection are: Automobile industry workers--Michigan--Grand Rapids Benefit Association of Railway Workers Collective bargaining--Automobile industry and trade Insurance, Health Kent County Labor Association McInerny Spring and Wire Company Pensions Strikes and lockouts--Automobile industry and trade--Michigan--Grand Rapids Supplemental unemployment benefits-- United States

Important correspondents: Owen Bieber, Fred Briggs, Emil Mazey, Ken Robinson


  • 1941 - 1991


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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.


9 Linear Feet (9 SB, 1 OS folder)


Subjects include: Owen Bieber’s local; McInerny Spring & Wire Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan); SUB; strikes; Kent County Labor Association


UAW Local 687 was chartered by the International Union in 1939 as the bargaining agent for employees of McInerny Spring and Wire Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the first plant organized by the UAW in Grand Rapids. McInerny Spring and Wire manufactured car seats and interior and exterior trim for the automobile industry. In 1991, facing strong competition from newer plants in the South, the company permanently closed its Grand Rapids plant and Local 687 ceased to exist.

Fred E. Briggs was the founding president of Local 687 and served as president off and on until 1955. Owen Bieber was president of Local 687 from 1957 until 1962, when he resigned in order to accept a position as an International Representative on the staff of UAW Region 1D. He led Local 687 through a strike in 1957 and 1958.


Folders are computer-arranged in alphabetical order.


The records of UAW Local 687 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs on April 19, 1994.

Related Materials

UAW collections


A few photographs, buttons and stickers received with the collection have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by R. Miller on August 7, 1995.
Guide to the UAW Local 687 Records
Processed by R. Miller.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA