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UAW Local 53 Records

Identifier: LR000243

Scope and Content

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Contract negotiations and strike, 1958- 1959 Wage reopener, 1959-1960 Contract negotiations, 1964 Grievances and development of grievance procedures, 1958-1968

The papers of Local 53 deal primarily with contract negotiations between the local and Automatic Division and with grievances from their inception to their resolution. The papers also demonstrate an evolution of grievance procedures especially for the period 1958-1962. To a lesser degree, these papers cover some inter-union activities. The collection spans the period from 1957 to 1968, however, most of the material concerns the years 1958 to 1964.

Series 1, Contract Negotiations, 1958-1965, Series 2, Grievances, 1958-1968, Series 3, Other Union Activities, 1957-1968


  • 1957 - 1968
  • Majority of material found within 1958 - 1964


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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As the result of a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) sponsored election, Local 53 replaced Federal Local 23628 on 15 May 1958 as the union representing the workers at Automatic Division of Yale and Towne Industries. Local 53 adopted an active role in company-worker relations contrary to previous policies of Local 23628. The Union maintained this militant stance throughout the period covered by these papers.


2 Linear Feet (4 MB)


United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (AFL-CIO) Local 53 represented the workers at Automatic Division of Yale and Towne Industries. The records reflect the local's militant stance towards company-worker relations, demonstrating an evolution of grievance procedures and contract negotiations.


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Boxes 3-4), and Series 3 (Box 4). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.


The papers of UAW Local No. 53 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs on August 1967 by Carl Shier, International Representative, Region 4, UAW.

Related Materials

Refer to UAW locals collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuter Library.
Guide to the UAW Local 53 Records
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Repository Details

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