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Ernest J. Moran Papers

Identifier: LP000641

Scope and Content

Part 1: Series 1: UAW Region 8 Correspondence, memoranda, clippings, and printed material relating to UAW Region 8. There are a few items relating to the United States economy from 1950 to 1952. Series 2: General Motors Department, 1942-1973 Sub-Series A: General Motors Department files, 1942-1969, including correspondence, memoranda, and other printed material. Sub-Series B: General Motors negotiations, 1970, and GM Canada negotiations, 1970, 1973.

Series 3: Aerospace Department Aerospace negotiations, 1965-1971. Included are correspondence, memoranda, notes, and other printed material.

Series 4: UAW, 1945-1973 Sub-Series A: Printed material and clippings of the AFL-CIO merger, UAW factionalism and racketeering, UAW conventions, and Walter P. Reuther. Sub-Series B: Administrative Assistant to UAW President Leonard Woodcock, 1970-1974. Correspondence, memoranda, and other printed material including material on Nat Weinberg, Jack Wood, and Leonard Woodcock.
Part 2 Series 5: UAW, 1955-1973 Printed material, reports, and notes of the UAW-GM negotiations, 1955-73; Printed material, reports, and notes of UAW pension negotiations, 1958-73; Printed material of the UAW Education Department and Financial Department; Annual reports of the Continental Motors Corporation and GM Corporation 1944-72.


  • 1942 - 1973


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Ernest J. Moran was a negotiator for the United Automobile Workers, and Administrative Assistant to UAW President Leonard Woodcock.

Born in Cloquet, Minnesota in 1911, Moran embarked on his long union career in 1928, and joined Local 1 of the Metal Polishers Union in Detroit. Later he took a job at the General Motors Truck and Coach Plant in Pontiac, Michigan. Here, in the mid-1930's Moran joined the newly organized United Auto Workers as a member of what is now Local 594.

Active in his local union, he was appointed UAW International Representative in 1941, and assigned to the Baltimore, Maryland area. At Hagerstown, he headed the organization of the Fairchild Aircraft workers into the UAW. His success led to his reassignment in 1943, as assistant director for the union's southeastern Region 8. While in this post he gained valuable experience in dealing with the aircraft industry.

Moran was sent to Detroit in 1952 as a staff member of the union's GM Department. In 1955, John W. Livingston, the director of the GM Department and a UAW vice-president, appointed him as the department's assistant director. Moran served in this position until 1959, when he was named Administrative Assistant to Leonard Woodcock, Livingston's successor. In addition to his responsibilities in the GM Department, Moran was given assignments in the UAWs Aerospace Department in 1961.

When Woodcock succeeded Walter P. Reuther as president of the UAW in 1970, Moran was appointed Woodcock's Principal Administrative Assistant. In that position Moran handled many bargaining and administrative assignments covering all aspects of UAW work until his retirement in 1974.

As one of the UAWs top negotiators, Moran participated in the union's major contract negotiations in 1970 and 1973, particularly with the auto industry. In addition to his involvement with GM contracts, he was involved in negotiations with agricultural implement and aerospace corporations.


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Ernest Moran was a negotiator for the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Administrative Assistant to UAW President Leonard Woodcock. Mr. Moran’s papers reflect his work for the UAW, particularly as a chief negotiator with auto and aerospace corporations.


Part 1: Arranged in 4 series - Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Boxes 1-3), Series 3 (Boxes 3-5), and Series 4 (Box 6). Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Series 2: General Motors Department is further divided into two subseries. Series 4: UAW is further divided into two subseries
Part 2: Arranged in 1 series - Series 5 (Boxes 7-12). Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.


The papers of Ernest Moran were deposited into the Archives of Labor History in June, 1974 by Mr. Moran. Part two of the collection was deposited in April, 1977 and opened for research in May, 1995.


Over 50 photographs relating to UAW negotiations with GM and the aerospace industry, the union's conventions, and civil rights marches have been placed in the Archive's Audio-Visual Collections. Many newspapers, pamphlets, and printed materials have been placed in the Archives Library.
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