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Shlomo Sperka Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UP002676
The bulk of the material in Part 1 of this collection is from the 1980s forward and relates to Sperka’s work at the MERC, as a Professor at Wayne State, and as an arbitrator. Types of materials include correspondence, case notes, lectures and speeches, continuing education materials, and information from various professional organizations in which Sperka was involved. Also included is a small quantity of material from Sperka’s personal files, which primarily reflect his involvement in Detroit’s Jewish community.

Series 1: Teaching, Research, and Professional Involvement, 1958-2011

Series 2: Arbitration Cases, 1983-2011

Series 3: Personal Files, 1999-2015

Dates

  • 1958 - 2015
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 2011

Creator

Language of Materials

Material mainly in English, some Hebrew present.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet (3 SB, 1 MB)

Abstract

Shlomo “Sol” Sperka (1933-2015) was a Detroit lawyer and arbitrator. He was educated at Wayne State University (1952-1954) and Brooklyn Law School (1958). Upon obtaining his degree Sperka returned to the Detroit area, first working for the National Labor Relations Board and then moving on to the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC), where he served first as an Administrative Law Judge and then as director. After retiring from state employment in 1998, Sperka spent several years in academia, teaching at the Wayne State University Law School and serving as the interim Director of the Master of Arts Program in Industrial Relations. Sperka also served as an arbitrator from 1998 until 2011. Throughout his career, he published a number of works on labor law and public sector labor relations, and he was an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Arbitration Association. In addition to his legal career, Sperka was an active member of the Detroit Jewish community and had a particular interest in and expertise in Talmudic Law.

The bulk of the material in this collection is from the 1980s forward and relates to Sperka’s work at the MERC, as a Professor at Wayne State, and as an arbitrator. Types of materials include correspondence, case notes, lectures and speeches, continuing education materials, and information from various professional organizations in which Sperka was involved. Also included is a small quantity of material from Sperka’s personal files, which primarily reflect his involvement in Detroit’s Jewish community.

History

Shlomo “Sol” Sperka (1933-2015) was a Detroit lawyer and arbitrator. Educated at Wayne State University (1952-1954) and Brooklyn Law School (1958), upon obtaining his degree Sperka returned to the Detroit area, first working for the National Labor Relations Board and then moving on to the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC), where he served first as an Administrative Law Judge and then as director. After retiring from state employment in 1998, Sperka spent several years in academia, teaching at the Wayne State University Law School and serving as the interim Director of the Master of Arts Program in Industrial Relations. Sperka also served as an arbitrator from 1998 until 2011. Throughout his career, he published a number of works on labor law and public sector labor relations, and he was an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Arbitration Association. In addition to his legal career, Sperka was an active member of the Detroit Jewish community and had a particular interest in and expertise in Talmudic Law.

There are two spelling variations of his name in use: Shlomo Sperka and Schlomo Sperka.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 3 series.

Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Series 1: Teaching, Research and Professional Involvement, 1958-2011 (Box 1-2)

Series 2: Arbitation Cases, 1983-2011 (Box 2-3)

Series 3: Personal Files, 1999-2015 (Box 3)

Other Access Aids

Finding aid also available as a pdf file. https://www.reuther.wayne.edu/files/UP002676.pdf

Acquisition

Materials donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library by Deanna Sperka in 2015 and 2016.

Processing History

Part 1 Processed and finding aid written by Kris Kniffen on February 11, 2016.
Title
Guide to the Shlomo Sperka Papers
Status
completed
Author
Part 1 Processed by Kris Kniffen. Part 2 Processed by Elizabeth Nicholson
Date
2016-02-11
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2018-03-22: Finding Aid edited and Part 2 Processed by Elizabeth Nicholson.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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