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Jack Golodner Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 4
Identifier: LOH002216
Collection consists of audio recordings and a transcript. Golodner talks about his childhood and early life; education; entry into the labor movement; early work in law, politics, and labor organizing; involvement with the AFL-CIO, particularly with his work in advancing the organization of professional employees; and perspectives on changes in organized labor and prospects for its future in times of technological and social chanage.
The interview can be divided approximately as follows: childhood in Yonkers and the Bronx, family life, family background including parents’ musical occupations and backgrounds, undergraduate education at Cornell, meeting his future wife, Linda, entry into the labor movement including organizing mine workers (tape 1, side 1); Cornell and early labor activity, beginning of interest in politics and social movements, time in the Air Force, law studies at Yale, early law practice and labor negotiation work including resolving jurisdictional disputes between unions, teaching experience during law school (tape 1, side 2); time as an executive assistant in Congress, impressions of Walter Reuther, law career including representing Actor’s Equity, work on arts and culture funding with the Kennedy administration (tape 2, side 1); work with Actors’ Equity, work on labor and bipartisan political support for legislation of an arts and education funding, observations on the beginnings of changes in the labor movement toward the need to organize white-collar and professional workers, George Meany and the AFL-CIO merger, Walter Reuther’s prediction of a shift to a service economy and his advocacy for a service trades department, Reuther and Meany’s establishment of the service trades department and its ultimate failure, Golodner’s continued work in private practice while maintaining his organizing work (tape 2, side 2); work with Dave Selden and Al Shanker, impressions of Al Shanker, building support for and founding the Department for Professional Employees as an autonomous constitutional trades department of AFL-CIO (tape 3, side 1); challenges of the concept and realization of organizing professionals in labor unions; impact on labor movement from changes in technology and communications, with comparisons to the Industrial Revolution (tape 3, side 2); impact of technology on society and unions, increasing centralized control, globalization, changing role and make-up of unions; health care as fastest-growing labor sector in the present day; thoughts on the future of the labor movement; impact and legacy of DPE (tape 4, side 1); tape 4, side 2 is blank.

Dates

  • 2004-03-25 - 2004-03-26

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: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet : (1 printed transcript and 8 audiocassettes).

Abstract

In 2004, Mike Smith interviewed Jack Golodner, President Emeritus of the Department for Professional Employees, a semi-autonomous trades department of the AFL-CIO representing white-collar workers. Collection consists of audio recordings and a transcript. Golodner talks about his childhood and early life; education; entry into the labor movement; early work in law, politics, and labor organizing; involvement with the AFL-CIO, particularly with his work in advancing the organization of professional employees; and perspectives on changes in organized labor and prospects for its future in times of technological and social chanage.

History

In 2004, Mike Smith interviewed Jack Golodner, President Emeritus of the Department for Professional Employees, a semi-autonomous trades department of the AFL-CIO representing white-collar workers.

Acquisition

Donated by Mike Smith, Walter P. Reuther Library, in or after 2004.

Other Copies

A duplicate set of audiocassettes is available.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on October 26, 2016.

Creator

Source

Title
Guide to the Jack Golodner Oral History
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-10-26
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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