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Jerry Tucker Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 8-9
Identifier: LOH002259
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.

Dates

  • 2005-03-23 - 2005-03-24
  • 2005-06-17

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

1.25 Linear Feet ((1 transcript, 1 OS). ) : Recordings comprise 15 audiocassettes.

Abstract

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.

History

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.

Arrangement

Transcript arranged alphabetically by surname with other individual oral history transcripts at the Walter P. Reuther Library. Recordings are arranged by interview date.

Acquisition

Donated by Mike Smith, Walter P. Reuther Library, in or after 2005.

Other Copies

Duplicate recordings exist on audiocassette.

Related Materials

Jerry Tucker Papers

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on December 21, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Jerry Tucker Oral History
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-12-21
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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