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UAW Local 889 Records

Identifier: LR000040

Scope and Content

Series 1: General File Material used by the central office of Local 889, consisting of correspondence sent and received plus minutes of meetings and contract negotiations. Many assorted files are included which pertain to the smaller units, or those which had little material in the collection as a whole.

Series 2: John R-Highland Park Unit

Series 3: Dodge Truck Unit

Series 4: Mopar (Parts) Unit


  • 1943 - 1965



Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


Local 889, UAW, is an amalgamated white collar local serving Chrysler plants and Chrysler's suppliers in southeastern Michigan. The primary Units featured in this collection are Amplex, Auto Equipment Co., Hudson Sales, Kaiser— Frazer, King-Seeley, Tank Plant, Jefferson-Kerchival, Dodge Main, Marysville Parts, Mopar, Dodge Truck, John R-Highland Park.

The amalgamated union was established in 1940 and has served Chrysler-related plant continually.


18.5 Linear Feet (17 SB, 1 scrapbook)

Language of Materials



United Auto Workers Local 889 was chartered in 1940 to service white collar workers at Chrysler plants and suppliers in southeastern Michigan. The records of the local reflect the activities of its many units including Amplex, Auto Equipment Co., Hudson Sales, Kaiser-Frazer, King-Seeley, Tank Plant, Jefferson-Kerchival, Dodge Main, Marysville Parts, Mopar, Dodge Truck, and John R-Highland Park.


Arranged in 4 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-17), Series 2 (Boxes 18-20), Series 3 (Boxes 21-25), and Series 4 (Boxes 26-34). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The UAW Local 889 Records were deposited in Januay 1967 by Vera Lentine (Recording Secretary), and 1962 by Nick Hyskha.


A considerable quantity of routine or repetitive data was found in the collection and sorted for storage. The following cartons contain material for storage:

Carton #1 Mopar items: Seniority lists 1951-1957 Employee Status report forms 1954-55 Questionnaires 1961 Misc. Grievances 1961-62

Dodge Truck: Grievances 1953-55 Seniority lists 1956-60 Lost time vouchers 1957 Register of Appeal Bd. Cases 1957-58

Trenton: 1957 Grievances

Carton #2 Mopar: 1955-56 lost time vouchers John R: 1958-60 Misc. Grievances

General Office Files: Job Classification Questionnaires 1951 Marysville Unit Ledger 1950-61. Medical Diagnostic ReportsMisc. Mailing lists.

Carton #3 Dodge Truck: Grievances 1956 Seniority lists 1950s Lost time audit forms 1959

Jefferson: Grievances 1940s-1950s

Carton #4 Appeal Bd. Cases 1956-59

Carton #5 Mopar Grievances 1950s Strike Ballots—undated

Carton #6 Mopar: Grievances l950s Employess lists

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by McS in May, 1967.
UAW Local 889 Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA