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Abstract The Action Coalition of Strikers (ACOS) was a rank-and-file group of strikers and their families who were active during the Detroit Newspaper Strike. Representing reporters, editors, pressmen, and truck drivers, the coalition opposed the newspaper union leadership and their proposed back-to-work offer and instead pressed forward with a campaign to fight to restore all lost jobs. They sponsored peaceful and disciplined mass demonstrations in support of the strikers, and published the weekly...
Dates: 1944 - 2001; Majority of material found within 1955 - 1997
Abstract The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Metropolitan Detroit is the central organization for all Michigan AFL-CIO unions that have locals in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties. Their records pertain to activities specifically in Wayne County, prior to the merger of the three county councils in 1986, including those of its former presidents Frank Martel (1948-1956), Al Barbour (1958-1967) and its former vice-president Alex Fuller (1959-1967). The records...
Dates: 1918 - 1967
Abstract In May 1985, Philip Mason interviewed labor lawyer and Wayne State University law faculty member Boaz Siegel. This collection consists of the interview recording. Siegel talks about his background, including his socialist upbringing, experiences as a labor educator and school teacher, his long career as a labor lawyer including his contributions to the UAW, especially the development of its benefits program, and his time in private practice and on the faculty of the Wayne State University Law...
Abstract Reverend Charles A. Hill (1893-1970) served as a Baptist minister in Detroit for many years. Interested in labor unions, he encouraged his parishioners (men employed by the Ford Motor Company) to unionize and, in 1941, to strike. He was active in the Sojourner Truth Housing Project in 1942 and was a member of the committee investigating the 1943 race riot in Detroit. These activities are covered in the papers, as is the Lantz Hill interrogation. Correspondents include Prentiss Brown, John...
Dates: 1942 - 1951
Abstract A member of United Auto Workers Local 155, Clemens Forsen served on Local 155’s Executive Board and helped charter the Local 155 Credit Union, serving as Vice-President of the Local 155 Credit Union Board of Directors. Mr. Forsen’s papers reflect his work as a labor activist and in various Michigan Democratic Party organizations.
Dates: 1947 - 1964
Abstract Detroit Labor History Tours was formed circa 1979-1980 as a non-profit endeavor organized by the Michigan chapter of Workers Education Local 189, with founding and early members Ron Alpern, Steve Babson, Dave Elsila, and John Revitte. In addition to their bus tours of Detroit focused on the city's labor history, the organization completed several educational projects and publications. Between 1981 and 1984, Detroit Labor History Tours staff and volunteers conducted an oral history project to...
Dates: 1980-02-09 - 1991-07-01; Majority of material found within 1980-07-01 - 1983-04-30
Scope and Content Series 1: Kate DeSmet Records, 1995-1999 Series 2: Esther Ingber Records, 1995-1996 Series 3: Randy Karpinen Records, 1997-1998 Series 4: Ephemera/AV, 1995-1999
Dates: 1995 - 2001; Majority of material found within 1995 - 1999
Abstract Detroit Typographical Union (DTU) No. 18 was established in 1852 in conjunction with the establishment of the National Typographical Union (later known as the International Typographical Union or ITU). Throughout its history the union has represented three major dailies: The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit Times as well as suburban newspaper publications and non-newsprint publishers of the Detroit metropolitan area.The DTU records document its administration and...
Dates: 1897 - 1987; Majority of material found within 1930 - 1987
Abstract Don Binkowski spent his career serving the people of Michigan as a Warren councilman, delegate of the Michigan Constitutional Convention, and judge in the 37th District Court. Privately, Binkowski, a passionate historian, copiously researched and wrote extensively on Polish and Polish-American history and interests, and on North Detroit. This collection is mainly comprised of Binkowski’s research collected in the pursuit of publication, specifically his three books: Col. P.W. Norris –...
Dates: 1920 - 2008; Majority of material found within 1940 - 1980
Abstract Ellen Creager (b. 1956), a Detroit Free Press reporter, first joined the press as a copy editor in 1983 after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Michigan State University; ultimately she was promoted to the position of general assignment reporter in the Features Department. The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News employees engaged in a strike against Gannett and Knight-Ridder newspaper chains beginning in July of 1995. Creager was working part-time when the strike began because...
Dates: 1995 - 1998; Majority of material found within 1995 - 1996
Abstract An active member of United Auto Workers Local 15, Ernest Dillard was the first African American elected to a succession of UAW leadership posts. Jessie Dillard was one of Detroit’s leading block club organizers and civil rights activists. Both Mr. and Ms. Dillard played prominent roles in the Detroit NAACP and held leadership positions in the Michigan Democratic Party.Part I of the papers of Ernest and Jessie Dillard reflect the broad range of their professional and political...
Dates: 1936 - 1999
Abstract The Folklore Archive, established in 1939 by WSU English professors Emlyn Gardner and Thelma James, contains the oldest and largest record of urban folk traditions in the United States. To document these traditions, Wayne State University students conducted field research projects, some of which included photographic records. Collection consists of 71 projects (or aggregations of multiple projects on a single topic) conducted by student interviewer-collectors. Student field research projects...
Dates: 1958 - 1982; Majority of material found within 1969 - 1980
Abstract George Edwards, Jr., son of George Clifton Edwards, attended Harvard University where he became involved with the Student League for Industrial Democracy. After coming to Detroit in 1936, he became a UAW organizer with Walter Reuther, was appointed director of the Detroit Housing Commission, and served on the Detroit Common Council. After serving in WWII, he went into private practice, followed by judgeships in the Wayne County court system. In 1956, Edwards was appointed to the Michigan State...
Dates: 1921 - 2001; Majority of material found within 1938 - 1996
Abstract A Detroit-area labor union, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) Local 24 represented people in the service industry from 1916 until 2004 when it became an affiliate for the organization UNITE HERE. The union started modestly in 1916 when a small group of waiters successfully applied for a charter in the AFL-affiliated Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union (also known as HERE, Hotel & Restaurant Employees, along with the Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Workers) and...
Dates: 1916 - 1995
Abstract Subjects include: civil rights; Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; political education; Detroit government and politics; Detroit Federation of Labor; school desegregation; health and hospital services; Histadrut; labor education; Wayne County government
Dates: 1920 - 1984; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1984
Abstract The Newspaper Guild, a national organization, initially began with the intent to be a professional organization more than a union. As such, the 1933 founders chose to call the group a “guild.” The Newspaper Guild Local 22 was an early local, established in 1934. Organizers were successful in establishing this local in Detroit by using sit-down strikes across the entire state. The Detroit Times and the Detroit Free Press were first to win bargaining recognition: The Times was first certified...
Dates: 1933 - 2007
Abstract OPEIU was chartered by the American Federation of Labor in 1945, and from its inception, involved itself exclusively with the field of office employment, as a separate entity from industrial employment. Local 10 grew out of the Stenographers, Typists, Bookkeepers, and Assistants Union which was established in 1929. The records of OPEIU Local 10 reflect the organizing work of the local with many organizations in the metropolitan Detroit area.
Dates: 1929 - 1983
Abstract In March 1974, Richard T. Frankensteen was interviewed on two occassions by interviewer, Jones. Frankensteen served as president of the Automotive Industrial Workers, UAW vice-president, and as a labor relations consultant. Collection consists of sound recordings. The March 20 interview primarily concerns Frankensteen's 1937 run, with other UAW-sponsored candidates, for positions on Detroit's Common Council (city council). The March 27 interview is mainly about Frankensteen's 1945 bid for mayor...
Dates: 1974-03-20; 1974-03-27
Abstract Mr. Frankensteen served as president of the Automotive Industrial Workers Association, one of the independent attempts to organize the auto industry in the early 1930's. He later served as president of UAW Dodge Local 3. In 1937 he was elected a vice-president of the UAW-CIO. Correspondence, speeches, clippings, and other materials on the Ryan Aeronautical Company Strike (1944); the National War Labor Board; North American Strike (1941); factionalism within the UAW-CIO; activities of the UAW...
Dates: 1930 - 1964
Abstract Correspondence, newspaper clippings, newspapers, reports, notes, and pamphlets collected by Roy Reuther, who served as national director of the UAW's Citizenship and Legislative Department and administrative assistant to Walter P. Reuther. In addition, he was co-director of the National Voters' Registration Committee in John Kennedy's presidential campaign (1960), director of AFL-CIO's voter registration campaign (1962 and 1964), and appointed member of a President's commission to study state...
Dates: 1924 - 1971; Majority of material found within 1936 - 1971
Abstract In 1957 the United Auto Workers changed the name of their Political Action Department to the Citizenship Department, headed by Roy Reuther. Their records cover activities until the subsequent name change to the Citizenship-Legislative Department.
Dates: 1957 - 1962
Abstract Subjects include: African-American workers; anti-Semitism; civil rights; community action programs; CIO state councils; race relations; Democratic Party; Detroit Revolutionary Union Movements; employment discrimination; Sunnyhills Housing Cooperative; Ku Klux Klan; Mexican Americans; gender discrimination; women's rights; United Steelworkers of America; sharecroppers; skilled trades; school desegregation
Note: Box 13 is unavailable.
Note: Box 13 is unavailable.
Dates: 1940 - 1980
Abstract Records of the United Auto Workers Local 80 reflect its administration and activities in the Detroit area.
Dates: 1940 - 1969
Abstract UAW Local 212 represented workers of the Briggs Corporation, an automobile supplier eventually purchased by Chrysler Corporation. There were numerous company and union conflicts as well as factional union conflicts which mirrored the struggles within the UAW at large. Their records document shopfloor conditions, organizing, elections, and contract negotiations in the various plants serviced by the local.
Dates: 1937 - 1965
Abstract Subjects include: civil rights; Detroit elections; Michigan Congressional elections; UAW factionalism
Dates: 1947 - 1957
- Labor unions 23
- Detroit (Mich.) 16
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Politics and government 11
- Strikes and lockouts 10
- Civil rights 7
- Michigan -- Politics and government 6
- Detroit (Mich.)--Race relations 5
- Newspaper employees 5
- Detroit news 4
- Newspaper strike, Detroit, Michigan, 1995-2000 4
- Oral histories 4
- Politics, Practical 4
- Communism 3
- Labor 3
- Labor unions -- Organizing 3
- Newspaper publishing 3
- Sound recordings 3
- Collective bargaining 2
- Education 2
- Housing 2
- Poverty 2
- Women 2
- Advertising 1
- African American labor leaders 1
- African American labor union members 1
- African American women 1
- African Americans 1
- Architecture 1
- Arts 1
- Automobile industry and trade 1
- Coal miners 1
- Courts --United States 1
- Detroit (Mich.)--Riot, 1943 1
- Detroit (Mich.)--Riot, 1967 1
- Detroit -- Economic conditions 1
- Detroit--social conditions 1
- Employee Fringe Benefits 1
- Folk music 1
- French-Canadians 1
- German Americans 1
- Great Depression 1
- Greek Americans 1
- Grievance procedures 1
- Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) 1
- Human rights 1
- Human rights workers 1
- Labor -- History 1
- Labor lawyers 1
- Labor leaders--United States 1
- Labor movement 1
- Labor unions -- Mergers 1
- Music 1
- Newspapers 1
- Oakland County (Mich.) 1
- Photographs 1
- Picketing 1
- Poland 1
- Police-community relations 1
- Polish Americans 1
- Polish people 1
- Political campaigns 1
- Pontiac (Mich.) 1
- Religious life 1
- Service industries 1
- Sit-down strikes 1
- Socialism 1
- Textile Workers 1
- Traditional medicine 1
- Transcripts 1
- Urban legends 1
- Women in the labor movement 1
- Women labor union members -- United States 1
- Working class 1
- World War, 1939-1945 1
- Youth organizations 1 ∧ view less
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 12
- AFL-CIO 3
- Detroit Free Press Co. 3
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) 2
- Democratic Party (Mich.) 2
- Detroit News (Firm) 2
- Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO 2
- Newspaper Guild 2
- Newspaper Guild of Detroit 2
- United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945) 2
- Young, Coleman A. 2
- Action Coalition of Strikers 1
- Alpern, Ron 1
- American Federation of Radio Artists 1
- Babson, Steve 1
- Barbour, Alex 1
- Binkowski, Don 1
- Creager, Ellen 1
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 1
- Detroit Housing Commission 1
- Detroit Sunday Journal 1
- Detroit Typographical Union No. 18 (Mich.) 1
- Dillard, Ernest C. 1
- Dillard, Jessie M. 1
- Dobija, Jane 1
- Forsen, Clemens 1
- Frank E. Gannett Newspaper Foundation 1
- Fuller, Alex 1
- Hill, Charles A. 1
- Hotel & Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union 1
- Humphrey, Hubert H., 1911-1978 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 80 (Pontiac, Mich.) 1
- Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Inc. 1
- Krzycki, Leo 1
- Mahaffey, Maryann 1
- Martel, Frank X. 1
- Mason, Philip P. (Philip Parker Mason) 1
- Mleczko, Lou 1
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Detroit Branch 1
- National Labor Relations Bureau (U.S.) 1
- Newspaper Guild. Local 22 (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- Office and Professional Employees International Union. Local 10 (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 1
- Revitte, John 1
- Shenkar, George 1
- Siegel, Boaz 1
- Socialist Workers Party 1
- Turner, Tom 1
- UNITE HERE (Organization) 1
- United Steelworkers 1
- Wayne State University 1
- Wayne State University. Folklore Archives 1
- Wayne State University. Law School 1 ∧ view less
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