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UAW Local 1112 Records

Identifier: LR000877

Scope and Content

The records of UAW Local 1112 reflect the activities of the local and include, minutes, election data, financial reports, correspondence, press releases and strike support materials.

Important subjects: Lordstown strike of 1972 "Double Dipping" charges of 1976 Workers: Generation Gap; Quality of Work Life

Important correspondents: Walter Reuther, Leonard Woodcock, Theodore Kennedy, William Saxbe

Series Description: Series 1: Recording Secretary's Files Records relating to the functioning of the recording secretary including minutes, trial board records, elections, financial reports and the correspondence of the recording secretary.

Series 2: Correspondence Correspondence, mainly incoming, including strike support and other matters connected with the 1972 strike. Series 3: General Office Files Miscellaneous materials kept in the general office files of the local. These include leaflets, press releases, and other materials which give an indication of conditions inside the plant.


  • 1966 - 1977


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.


Local 1112 represents workers at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The Local was chartered in 1966 with two separate bargaining units, Fisher Body and Chevrolet Assembly. In 1970 General Motors reorganized management of these operations under the General Motors Assembly Division and the local then became one bargaining unit.

GMAD supervised the introduction of the new Vega model and the rebuilding of the assembly line to the fastest auto production line in the world (100 cars per hour). This automation and speed-up led to a confrontation at Lordstown similar to what occurred in nearly every plant taken over by GMAD. But the strike at Lordstown gained national attention as the media concentration on the theme of the young rebellious work force suffering from "blue collar blues."


4 Linear Feet (8 MB)


Subjects include: Lordstown GM plant; automation and speed-up; 1972 strike; QWL; “blue-collar blues”


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 5-8), and Series 3 (Box 8). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of UAW Local 1112 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in April 1978.

Related Materials

UAW collections


Some blueprints and photographs of early UAW conventions, 1938-1942 have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collections. Copies of Local 1112 agreements, bylaws, the local's newspaper, and pamphlets published by the UAW International have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the UAW Local 1112 Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA