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UAW Local 113 Records

Identifier: LR001457

Scope and Content

The UAW Local 113 Collection contains correspondence, minutes and negotiations material that illustrate the relations among UAW workers, Local 113 leadership, Continental Motors, and the UAW regional and international bureaucracies. During the 1940 to 1979 period encompassed by these papers, Local 113 also emerged as a political force, helping to shape Muskegon’s development, and the collection contains some documentation of the local’s involvement in Muskegon politics.

Important subjects and correspondents covered in the collection: Aircraft industry workers--Michigan--World War, 1939-1945 Arbitration, Industrial--Michigan Automobile industry and trade--Collective bargaining Automobile industry and trade--Employee fringe benefits Automobile industry and trade--Skilled labor Automobile industry and trade--Unemployment--Michigan Automobile industry workers--Michigan--Muskegon Automobile industry workers--Pensions Continental Motors Muskegon (Mich.)--Politics and government Walter P. Reuther Taft-Hartley Act Teledyne Trade-unions--Automobile industry workers--Michigan Leonard Woodcock


  • 1940 - 1979


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.


Frequently referred to as “Woodcock’s local,” UAW Local 113 grew out of a Muskegon AFL Federal Labor Union representing the Gear and Machine Division of the Borg-Warner Corporation, also known as the Detroit Gear Company, in the early 1930s, and took on its identity as a UAW local in 1936 with the formation of the UAW-CIO. Illness forced former UAW President Leonard Woodcock to leave Local 113 in 1937, but after a seven-year stretch during which he devoted much of his time to assisting the UAW in efforts to organize other western Michigan industrial plants, Woodcock returned to Local 113 in 1944, which then represented the workers at Muskegon’s Continental Aviation and Engineering plant. Woodcock remained a Continental employee and a Local 113 activist on and off until his election to the International Executive Board at the 1947 UAW convention.


24 Linear Feet (24 SB)


Subjects include: Leonard Woodcock’s local; Continental Motors (Muskegon, Michigan); Muskegon politics and government; World War II aircraft industry workers


Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.


Materials acquired in two accessions during 1990 and 1991.

Related Materials

UAW collections


A few photographs, bumper stickers, and posters may be found in the Archives Audiovisual Collection and some contracts and UAW publications have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by M. Murphy on June 9, 1994.
Guide to the UAW Local 113 Records
Processed by M. Murphy
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

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