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Francis Palmer Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000861
The papers of Mr. Palmer relate primarily to his efforts to promote the escalator clause in labor negotiations, foster the founding of an independent labor political party, and repeal of the "no-strike" pledge of the unions during World War II.

Dates

  • 1933 - 1967
  • Majority of material found within 1944 - 1947

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.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (1 MB)

Abstract

Francis "Jack" Palmer worked for General Motors, Flint, MI where he became a member of the United Auto Workers. He was active in the local union, eventually serving as president. His papers relate primarily to his efforts to promote the escalator clause in labor negotiations, foster the founding of an independent labor political party, and repeal of the "no-strike" pledge of the union during WWII.

History

Francis R. Palmer was born in Highmore, South Dakota on March 1, 1908, the son of Frank and Nina Palmer. After high school, Mr. Palmer became a factory worker at General Motors in Flint, Michigan. He became a member of the Auto Worker's Union, AFL-CIO in 1933 and a member of UAW Local 659 in 1937. He became active in union Local 659, serving as chairman of it's Educational Committee and Vice-President and was elected president in 1947. While presi-dent of Local 659, Mr. Palmer organized what became known as the "Five Flint Presidents' Committee" (comprised of Chevrolet, Buick, A.C. Sparkplug, Fisher One and Fisher Two) which spearheaded a drive for the "Escalator Clause," a sliding-scale increase in labor negotiations.

Arrangement

Material arranged by subject.

Acquisition

The papers of Francis R. "Jack" Palmer were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in December of 1977 by Mr. Palmer and were opened for research in March of 1986.

Transfers

A number of photographs and artifacts have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection and a number of copies of the UAW Local 659 paper, The Searchlight have been placed in The Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in March, 1986.
Title
Guide to the Francis Palmer Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1986-03
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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