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UAW Local 400 Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR000064
The records of Local 400 reflect union activities from 1941-1966. The period covering the years 1942-1961 is particularly well documented in terms of executive board meeting minutes, plant—wide meeting minutes, and correspondence. Also, the grievance file is quite comprehensive, especially for the years 1951-1959.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Allis Chalmers Strike and the Reuther-Thomas Split Fair Employment Practices Ford Contract Negotiations Seniority Retirement and Pension Plans Unemployment and Unemployment Compensation Wayne County AFL-CIO merger

Among the important correspondents are: George Addes, Philip Hart, Al Musilli, Ken Bannon, Richard T. Leonard, William H. Oliver, Mary V. Beck, Norman Matthews, Roy Reuther, Albert E. Cobo, Emil Mazey, Victor Reuther, Edward Conner, Richard Mclntyre, Walter Reuther, Homer Ferguson, Louis C. Miriani, R. J. Thomas and Arthur H. Vandenberg

Series Description Series I, Grievances, 1943-1962: Grievances, shop committee and Review Board agendas, correspondence, health and safety reports, and digests and indexes of Umpire Decisions, 1951-1956.

Series II, Minutes, 1942-1963: Local 400 Executive Board Meeting Minutes, 1942-1963; Plant Wide Meeting Minutes, 1942-1961, and some miscellaneous meeting minutes of the National Ford Council, 1944, 1947 and other committees, 1945-1957. Series III, Correspondence, 1941-1961; Boxes 69-77: Letters and telegrams, carbon copies of local correspondence, and mimeo form letters from UAW International leaders and various UAW departments, regions, and other locals. This series also includes some published material.

Series IV, Office Files, 1942-1966: Correspondence, reports, publications, promotional fliers and other pamphlet material covering various subject areas such as seniority, health and retirement benefits, union finances and elections, contract negotiations, and unemployment compensation.

Dates

  • 1941 - 1966
  • Majority of material found within 1942 - 1961

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

62 Linear Feet (107 MB, 8 SB)

Abstract

Organized in 1941, Local 400 was located in Highland Park, Michigan for many years. In addition to servicing the Ford Highland Park Plant, Local 400 also represented Ford Facilities in Utica, Romeo, Mount Clemens, Chesterfield, and the Michigan Proving Ground of the Ford Motor Company. The papers of Local 400 reflect union activities from 1941-1966. The period covering the years 1942-1961 is particularly well documented in terms of executive board meeting minutes, plant-wide meeting minutes, and correspondence. Also, the grievance file is quite comprehensive, especially for the years 1951-1959.

History

Organized in 1941, Local 400 was located in Highland Park, Michigan for many years. (At present, the local still exists but is located in Romeo, Michigan.) In addition to servicing the Ford Highland Park Plant, Local 400 also repre-sented Ford Facilities in Utica, Romeo, Mount Clemens, and the Michigan Proving Ground of the Ford Motor Company.

Arrangement

Arranged in 4 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-62), Series 2 (Boxes 62-68), Series 3 (Boxes 69-72), and Series 4 (Boxes 78-115). Material is generally arranged alphabetically or chronologically.

Acquisition

The papers of UAW Local 400 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in two installments. The first installment was given by Ray Murray (Recording Secretary, Local 400) in August, 1962 and was opened for research in September, 1965. The second installment was given by Joe Bailey (Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Local 400) in November, 1966 and was opened for research in April, 1967.

Transfers

Approximately 140 tapes of Local 400 Executive Board, plant wide meeting, and miscellaneous meeting minutes for the period 1951-1959 have been placed in the Archives' Audiovisual Collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in September, 1981. Originally, the collection was divided into two parts with two separate guides, but in September, 1981 the collection was reprocessed into one unit; some material (financial reports, grievance data, and general office documentation) was added, and the following guide was produced. In general, this guide reflects the arrangement scheme and subject descriptors of the original guides, with a few changes and additions.
Title
Guide to the UAW Local 400 Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1981-09
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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