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UAW Local 887 Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR000138
Part 1: The papers of UAW Local 887, beginning with the strike of 1941, reflect the union's long struggle with management over such issues as wages and union rights. There is also information relating to cases with the National War Labor Board, the National Labor Relations Board and the Wage Stabilization Board.

Series 1: Grievances, 1941-1965, Series 2: Finances and Dues Increase, 1942-1967, Series 3: Time Reports, 1947-1966, Series 4: Negotiations, 1941-1972, Series 5: Organizing Activities, 1948-1968, Series 6: General Files, 1941-1961.
Part 2: The UAW Local 887 Records consists mainly of Executive Board and Joint Council minutes, as well as individual unit minutes. Also included are correspondence, negotiations and agreements.

Dates

  • 1938 - 1986
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1977

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Part 1: Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.
Part 2: 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

13 Linear Feet (16 MB, 5 SB)

Abstract

Local 887 of the United Auto Workers was borne out of labor struggles between its predecessor union, UAW-CIO Local 683, and North American Aviation in Los Angeles, CA shortly before American involvement in WWII. Because of the company's production of military aircraft, the federal government has historically been closely involved with labor disputes affecting Local 887's members. The records of UAW Local 887 reflect the union's long struggle with management over such issues as wages and union rights. Part 1 contains information relating to cases with the National War Labor Board, the National Labor Relations Board and the Wage Stabilization Board. Part 2 contains mainly Executive Board and Joint Council minutes, as well as individual unit minutes. Also included are correspondence, negotiations and agreements.

History

Local 887 succeeded UAW-CIO Local 683 as the bargaining agent for North American Aviation workers. Local 683 had been formed in May of 1941 as an amalgamated local to represent aircraft workers in the Los Angeles area. In June of the same year 11,000 North American Aviation workers staged an unauthorized strike. In order to maintain defense production, the army seized the plant, and the International Union revoked the charter of Local 683. After the workers returned to their jobs, the National Defense Mediation Board recommended the workers' demands be met and subsequently, the National War Labor Board granted the union's request and a new charter was issued establishing UAW Local 887. Local 887, covering many of North American Aviation's branches in California, became the largest local in Region 6. In 1952, determined to bring wages in line with other basic industries, UAW Local 887 prepared for a strike. Because this would have stopped production of F-86 Sabre jets needed for the war in Korea, the federal government intervened. President Truman appointed a panel to arbitrate the dispute, and the decision handed down was favorable to the union.

Arrangement

Part 1: Arranged in 6 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Boxes 3-4), Series 3 (Boxes 4-7), Series 4 (Boxes 7-15), Series 5 (Boxes 15-16), and Series 6 (Box 16). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically therein.
Part 2: Folders in this collection are not necessarily arranged in any particular order. The box folder listing provides an inventory based on their original order. Subjects may be dispersed throughout the collection.

Acquisition

Part 1: The records of UAW Local 887 were deposited at the Walter Reuther Library in June of 1973.
Part 2: Records were deposited at the Reuther Library on February 23, 2011.

Related Materials

Parts 1 and 2: UAW Region 6 Records, UAW President's Office: Walter P. Reuther Records.

Transfers

Part 1: Approximately 100 photographs relating to UAW Local 887s elections, strikes and other activities have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Part 1: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August 1985.
Part 2: Processed and finding aid written by Kathy Makas on March 10, 2011.
Title
Guide to the UAW Local 887 Records
Status
completed
Author
Part 1 processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1985-08
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2011-03-10: Part 2 was processed by Kathy Makas.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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