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UAW Local 216 Records

Identifier: LR000136
Part I: Series Description: Series 1, Office File: Among the several topics are such items as agreements (local and national,) financial reports, handbills, membership lists, petitions, resolutions, strike material, UAW press releases and wage rates.

Series 2, Correspondence: Among the correspondents are: Former Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Thurman Arnold; former California Senators Sheridan Downey, Hiram Johnson and William Knowland; Homer Martin; George Addes; Walter Reuther; and R.J. Thomas of the UAW.

Series 3, Grievances: Including: Appeal Committee minutes, management dispositions, statements and umpires' decisions.

Series 4, Minutes: Contain Local 216 items including minutes of: the Executive Board (1937-1961), General Membership Meetings (1937-1961), Shop Committee-Management Meetings (1940-1958), and the War Production Drive Committee (1942-1943).

3 clippings scrapbooks: Vol. I, 1941 Vols. II and III, 1945-46 1 OS folder: Local 216 and Women's Auxiliary original charters.
Part II: The papers in Part 2 of the UAW Local 216 Collection consist of correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, grievances and other material documenting the activities of the local.

Important subjects in the collection: Automobile industry and trade--California Automobile industry workers--California Automobile industry workers--Health and hygiene--California Collective bargaining--Automobile industry workers--California Employee fringe benefits--California Grievance arbitration--California Insurance, Unemployment--California Strikes and lockouts--Automobile industry--California UAW--Region 6 Workers’ Compensation--California

Important correspondents in the collection: Virgil Collins; Sherman Kelton; Emil Mazey


  • 1937 - 1982


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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26 Linear Feet ((32 MB, 10 SB), 3 scrapbooks, 1 OS folder)


UAW Local 216 was organized to serve as the bargaining agent at General Motors, Buick-Oldsmobile-Pontiac, South Gate, and California Plants. Materials in their records document their activities from the earliest days of the local, including the nationwide GM strike in the winter of 1945-1946 and Region 6.


Local 216, UAW was organized in February of 1937. The local serves as bargaining agent at General Motors, Buick - Oldsmobile - Pontiac, South Gate, California plant. Materials in the collection include items from the earliest days of the local to the late 1940's, with a few stray items from the 1950's. Particularly well documented in this collection is the nation-wide GM strike of the winter of 1945-46.


Part I: Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-7), Series 2 (Boxes 8-12), Series 3 (Boxes 13-20), and Series 4 (Boxes 21-28). Oversize materials and scrapbooks are located in boxes 29-32. Folders are arranged alphabetically or chronologically, depending upon the series.
Part II: Folders are listed in the order they appear.


Several items in the collection were contributed by Louis Ciccone, a long-time member of Local 216 and holder of several offices.

Related Materials

Louis Ciccone Papers, UAW collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the UAW Local 216 Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

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