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John Allard Papers

Identifier: LP001014

Scope and Content

The papers of Mr. Allard reflect his work with the UAW and, to a lesser degree, his involvement in community activities for retirees.

Series 1: Office Files, 1943-1966 Correspondence, clippings, articles and business reports relating to such subjects as: Organizing, Locals 148, 230, 506 and 887. There are a few items concerning Mr. Allard's work with the war industry in relation with some of the leading aircraft companies on the west coast.

Series 2: Retirement, 1967-1978 Correspondence, meeting minutes, articles, clippings and expense reports relating to UAW retirees and UAW Staff Pension plans. There is also considerable information on The White House Conference on Aging, and the retiree's work with the UAW's Community Action Program.


  • 1943 - 1978


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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John Allard was born in 1913 in Kansas and by the time he was 18 years old, his family had settled in California. Mr. Allard went to work, for Chrysler in 1936 and joined the UAW Local 230 in 1937. This was the time of the original recognition of the Union at Chrysler following the historic sit down strikes in the East. Mr. Allard was first elected to union office as secretary of UAW Local 230 in 1939 and by 1942 he was appointed to the staff of the International Union to help get war work into the auto plants and to get employment for displaced auto workers where their skills were needed in aircraft and ship production. It was also during this time that Ryan Local 506, North American Local 887 and Douglas Local 148 were born on the West coast. Mr. Allard was active in organizing and servicing these new local unions.

In early 1945, Mr. Allard was drafted into the Army and served until 1946. He returned to the Chrysler Plant and was elected President of the Local Union. He was instrumental in guiding the Local Union 230 through a tough strike in 1950 and represented the Local on the National Negotiating Committee in 1948 and 1950.

During the 1950's, Mr. Allard served as Coordinator in the National Aircraft Department in which he headed national negotiations in all three major aircraft companies whose home offices were on the West coast: Douglas, North American and Ryan.

During the 1960's Mr. Allard coordinated organizing for the UAW on the east coast within the general framework of the AFL/CIO Organizing Drive. Under Mr. Allard's leadership, many plants were brought under the UAW banner. In 1966, Allard and his workers led the International Union in organizing with over 6600 workers joining the UAW ranks in Region 6 through new plant organization.

In 1970, Mr. Allard transferred to the Retired Workers Department where he worked for the International Union until his retirement at age 60 in 1974. During this time he helped organize and service UAW Retiree Councils in Phoenix and Tuscon, Arizona as well as organizing and servicing UAW retired members attached to local unions in Region 6. Shortly after retirement, Mr. Allard was elected as UAW Region 6 Representative on the Advisory Council of the International Retired Workers, until 1978. From 1974 through 1978, he served with the following agencies: National Council of Senior Citizens, Founder and Chairman of the California Congress of Senior Citizens, Board Member of the Affiliated Committees on Aging in Los Angeles County, 2-term president of the 5 Cities Commission on Aging and secretary to UAW Local retirees, and an active participant in the White House Conference on Aging.


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First elected to union office as secretary of United Auto Workers Local 230 in 1939, John Allard was elected as president of Local 230 in 1946, and also served in the International Union. The papers of Mr. Allard reflect his work with the UAW and, to a lesser degree, his involvement in community activities for retirees, most notably as a participant in the White House Conference on Aging.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-5) and, Series 2 (Boxes 5-10). Folders are arranged alphabetically by type or subject of the material.


The papers of John Allard were deposited into the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1980 and opened for research in October of 1984.

Related Materials

Interview of John Allard, Oral History Collection, UCLA Library. Transcript available online.


Approximately 150 photographas relating to UAW conventions, meetings, group activities, and organizing campaigns. These photos have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. Numerous pamphlets concerning labor education and UAW Newspapers received with this collection are available in the Archives Library.

Processing History

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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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