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Abstract Charles Beckman served as United Auto Workers Local 45 (Fisher Body Plant, Cleveland) president for eighteen consecutive terms. His tenure included the Cleveland plant sit-down strike, which served as a catalyst for the historic Flint sit-down strike of 1936-1937. Beckman's papers reflect his work with Local 45 and its affiliated organizations and, to a lesser degree, his involvement in political and social issues, including civil rights, anti-fascism and anti-war efforts.
Dates: 1933 - 1962; Majority of material found within 1936 - 1960
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library