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AFSCME Office of the Secretary-Treasurer: Government and Civic Employees Organizing Committee Records
Abstract In early 1950, the United Public Workers union was expelled from the CIO for alleged communist activities, leaving behind an anti-communist group called the Government Workers Union. In February of 1950, the CIO chartered the Government Workers Union as the Government and Civic Employees Organizing Committee (GCEOC) and gave the new committee jurisdiction over federal, state, and local employees. In the next five years, GCEOC aggressively attempted to reach full union status within the CIO but...
Abstract Albert K. Williams, also known as Kempton A. Williams, served as an organizer for the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). Mr. Williams’ papers reflect his work with the CIO and his activities as a student at the Wisconsin School for Workers in Industry and at Brookwood Labor College.
Abstract Alex Barbour was born in Montreal, Canada on December 12, 1912. He was a resident of Detroit, Michigan from 1923 until 1967. He first became a member of UAW Local 7 when he worked for the Chrysler Corporation Kercheval Avenue Plant in 1937. Throughout his career he served on numerous CIO Community Service Committees. He became Secretary-Treasurer of the Wayne County CIO Council during the years 1948 to 1958 and then served as President of the merged Wayne County AFL-CIO Council from 1958 until...
Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: E-F, Box 5, Folder: 18
Abstract Correspondence collected by Mr. Fuller during his tenure as vice-president of the Wayne County CIO Council. Among subjects treated are FEPC legislation and the Michigan Coordinating Council for Fair Employment Practices. Principal correspondent is William Oliver.
Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: E-F, Box 5, Folder: 10
Abstract As a press-operator at Delco-Remy, Kokomo, Indiana, Alvin Fellow was an early member of the United Auto Workers-Congress of Industrial Organizations (UAW-CIO) Local 292. His papers concern the organization of Local 292.
Abstract Anthony Kaiser served as president of the United Chemical Workers-Congress of Industrial Workers (UCW-CIO) Local 11-155, as president of the Hamtramck Federation of Teachers, and as vice-president of the Michigan Federation of Teachers. Mr. Kaiser’s papers reflect his work in the UCW and in state and local branches of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), including documentation of the AFT Hamtramck sit-down strike of 1965.
Abstract Part 1 contains James B. Carey records, secretary-treasurer of the CIO from 1938 to 1955. Mr. Carey served as chairman of the CIO Civil Rights Committee and secretary-treasurer of the Philip Murray Memorial Foundation. He was the CIO representative to many international conferences, held a number of advisory positions with U.S. government agencies, and was on the executive boards of many private organizations. The topics cover a wide range of CIO activities. Among these are attempts to reunite...
Abstract Subjects include: civil rights; Democratic Party politics; elections; labor legislation; national health care legislation; Taft-Hartley Act
Abstract Dr. Carrick, an aquatic biologist, served for a number of years on the staff of the Environmental Protection Agency. In 1974, he was appointed principal reviewer of all environmental impact statements prepared in the Southeast under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. As a young man, he worked in the automotive industry in Detroit. These papers contain an unpublished manuscript entitled "Auto Workers in Action: Labor Dynamics of the American Automobile Industry." It covers the...
Abstract A member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 659, Floyd Hoke-Miller wrote for the Local 659 publication, Searchlight, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) publication, Industrial Worker, and the Council of Industrial Organization (CIO) publication, Auto Worker. Mr. Hoke-Miller’s papers include poems and published articles.
Abstract Fred Pieper was an early leader in the unionization of the auto industry. His papers reflect his work for the United Auto Workers and the Congress of Industrial Organizations in the South.
Abstract Mr. Roberts served as an International representative for the United Rubber Workers, mainly in Alabama, Ohio, and California. News releases, bulletins, clippings, and correspondence document the unionization of rubber workers in Gadsden, Alabama, and at Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Akron, Ohio. The beating Roberts suffered in Gadsden because of union activities is discussed. Other subjects covered are the Los Angeles CIO Council, the National Defense Mediation Board, the National War Labor...
Abstract Attorney Helen Moore Polaner was active in various civil liberties and labor organizations, including Americans for Democratic Action and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Ms. Polaner served as president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers from 1945-1950 and was the first female vice president of the Michigan Federation of Labor. Mardy Polaner served as a labor organizer for the American Federation of Labor (AFL), working with the Seafarers International...
Abstract Herbert McCreedy enjoyed a long career with the Michigan Congress of Industrial Organizations and later the AFL-CIO, serving in various capacities. He also served on several labor-related organizations in government and education. His papers reflect his early association with "New America," a Chicago-based economic organization and his tenure with the AFL-CIO, paricularily his interest in education.
Overview Irving Richter served as president of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) Lodge 139 of the American Federation of Government Employees while employed by the FERA, which would later become the Works Progress Administration. Mr. Richter also served as an economist with the US Labor Department, and as the legislative representative and director of political action in the United Auto Workers-Congress of Industrial Organizations (UAW-CIO) Washington D.C. office. Mr. Richter was a...
Abstract Material collected by Mr. DeShetler as secretary-treasurer of the AFL Flat Glass Workers Union (1935-37), president of the CIO Federation of Glass, Ceramic and Sand Workers (1939-42), CIO regional director of southern California (1946-52), CIO assistant regional director of Region 13 (1952-55), AFL-CIO assistant regional director of Region 22 (1955-68) and National AFL-CIO coordinator for Farm Workers (1968-71). Various activities of the Glass Workers Union, such as Executive Board meetings...
Abstract James Lindahl served as Recording Secretary for the United Auto Workers-Congress of Industrial Organizations (UAW-CIO) Local 190 (Packard Motor Car Plant). Mr. Lindahl’s papers document his work for Local 190 and also include publications reflecting his interest in union membership and organizing, U.S. politics, the American worker, dissident groups, civil rights, and socio-economics, among other related subjects.
Abstract Jay Krane served in various capacities overseas for the Congress of Industrial Organizations and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. His papers reflect both his work in these organizations as well as the structure and activities of the organizations themselves.
Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: S-T, Box 13, Folder: 9
Abstract Joseph Smith played a leading role in the Michigan labor movement, serving several terms as president of the United Mine Workers District 24, and being active in the Michigan Federation of Labor and the state Congress of Industrial Organizations executive board. His papers relate primarily to his activities with the UMWA in Bay City, Michigan.
Abstract Katherine Pollak was active in workers' education from 1927-1934. She worked at the CIO national office from 1935-1937 as an assistant to the director. Her papers include original notes and minutes of the earliest CIO meetings. She returned to the CIO national office from 1942-55 as Associate Director of Research, she focused on Social Security, manpower, farm labor and women and children. At the AFL-CIO national office (1955-61), she was assistant director of the Social Security Department and...
Overview Convention proceedings, clippings, and photographs concerning Mrs. Sherwood's service with the Kent County, Michigan, and National Congress of Women's Auxiliaries of the CIO.
Abstract Morris Bartel Schnapper served as an editor of the Washington, D.C. Public Affairs Press and wrote several books on economic and politics. Mr. Schnapper’s papers primarily document the affairs of Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) President, Philip Murray. Post-war employment, labor and health legislation, human rights, and the United Nations are among subjects included in the collection.
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...
Abstract Correspondence, reports, memoranda, financial and legal papers, speeches and miscellaneous materials relating to various ClO-affiliated unions and their locals in Michigan; and to Michigan CIO conventions; county and local industrial union councils; activities of CIO field representatives; and the general office operation of the Michigan Regional Office of the CIO. The materials were collected by Mr. Scholle, who served as CIO regional director for Michigan (1937-54); and president, Michigan...
Abstract Correspondence, minutes, speeches, reports, radio scripts, agreements, rate classification records, demands, election publicity, memo books, news-paper clippings, convention proceedings, minutes of Bargaining Committee meetings of UAW Local 662, and published material collected by Mr. Edwards, who served as president of UAW-GM Local 662, Anderson, Indiana (1944-47), president of the Indiana CIO Council (1947-54), and as a UAW International representative for the Indiana region. Subjects include...