Jerry Tucker Oral History
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 8-9
Scope and Content
Collection consists of audio recordings for the entire interview and a partial, unedited transcript of the interview, covering the first five of the seven tapes. Tucker discusses his childhood in a union activist family, background, and education; involvement in the civil rights and social justice movements; entry into the labor movement; representation and leadership of Region 5; perspectives on and experiences with Walter Reuther, Victor Reuther, Leonard Woodcock, and Owen Bieber; his progressive views and activities within the UAW, including defeat of "right-to-work" legislation in Missouri in 1978, efforts to represent workers at the LTV-Vought aerospace defense systems plant that put him at loggerheads with UAW International leadership, and his involvement in the grassroots New Directions Movement beginning in the 1980s and its growth into the 1990s; further conflicts with UAW International leadership; the UAW conventions of 1986 and 1989; Tucker's unsuccessful run for UAW president in 1992 and its aftermath; and subsequent actitivies advising workers and unions on strategies to cope with the effects of deindustralization and globalization, including Staley plant workers in Decatur, Illinois in 1992. Interviews proceed chronologically for the most part.
- 2005-03-23 - 2005-03-24
- Smith, Mike (Michael O.) (Interviewer, Person)
Language of Materials
Material entirely in English.
Collection is open for research.
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Between March and June 2005, Mike Smith interviewed Jerry Tucker in a series of interviews. Tucker was a longtime union activist, former executive board member of the United Auto Workers International union, and a founder of the UAW New Directions movement. He also spoke and wrote on labor issues.
1.25 Linear Feet ((1 transcript, 1 OS). ) : Recordings comprise 15 audiocassettes.
Between March and June 2005, Mike Smith interviewed Jerry Tucker in a series of interviews. Tucker was a longtime union activist, former executive board member of the United Auto Workers International Union, and a founder of the UAW New Directions movement. He also spoke and wrote on labor issues. Collection consists of audio recordings for the entire interview and a partial, unedited transcript of the interview, covering the first five of the seven tapes. Tucker discusses topics such as his childhood, and involvement in the civil rights, social justice movements, and labor movements. Interviews proceed chronologically for the most part.
Transcript arranged alphabetically by surname with other individual oral history transcripts at the Walter P. Reuther Library. Recordings are arranged by interview date.
Donated by Mike Smith, Walter P. Reuther Library, in or after 2005.
Duplicate recordings exist on audiocassette.
Processed and finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on December 21, 2016.
- Guide to the Jerry Tucker Oral History
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