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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 Correspondence, speeches, newspapers and clippings, pamphlets, and handbills. The Association of Catholic Trade Unionists of Detroit was a liberal Roman Catholic group organized in 1938 to strengthen the trade union movement along Christian lines. The main project of the Detroit chapter was the publication of the Michigan Labor Leader, which eventually became the Wage Earner. The paper took a leading role in the campaign against communism. In addition to publishing the newspaper, the ACTU...
Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: I-K, Box 8, Folder: 8
Abstract Casper P. Kenny was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1943 to 1948 and was active in CIO affairs. The items donated concern the Gabriel Retirement plan, the no-strike pledge, and interrogations by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Abstract The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) went through a period of change and growth during the tenure of George T. Guernsey as Associate Director of Education from 1945–1955. Two important events took place when the Taft-Harley Act was enacted in 1947 and the CIO merged with the American Federation of Labor in 1955 to from the AFL-CIO.Department of Education and Research Records reflect its efforts during this seminal period and beyond, to not only educate, inform, and inspire...
Abstract Material, partially in bound volumes and complete on microfilm (filmed from collections at three separate archives), from the first meeting in 1935 to the last meeting held prior to affiliation with the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in 1955. Minutes are short accounts of decisions and acts made from 1938-1942. Proceedings are verbatim with full texts of reports and resolutions from 1939-1955. These materials reflect the concern of organized labor with union politics, organizations,...
Abstract Subjects include: housing; atomic energy; Congress; foreign affairs
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 Subjects include: Walter Reuther presidential files; international labor; legislation; politics
Abstract Originally serving as a minister to migrant workers through the Congregational and Christian Churches (CCC) Board of Missions, David Burgess became a labor organizer for the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), where he was appointed labor attaché to India’s American Embassy in 1955. This appointment led to various senior positions with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps program in Indonesia and with the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in...
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.
Overview Franz E. Daniel was involved in the organizing efforts and political actions of several unions, such as the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, the Congress of International Organizations (CIO), and the AFL-CIO. He served as assistant to then CIO President, Walter Reuther, from 1954-1955. Prior to his union involvement, he was an organizer for the Socialist Party and during the later years of his 36 years of union service and into retirement, he again became involved in local politics.The papers of...
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 George L. P. Weaver served as assistant to the secretary-treasurer of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), as executive secretary of the American Federation of Labor-CIO (AFL-CIO) Civil Rights Committee, as political education and international programs assistant for the International Union of Electrical Radio and Machine Workers (IU), as Assistant Secretary of Labor for international Affairs during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and as special assistant to the...
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...
- Names: Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) X
- Labor unions 27
- Labor 14
- Civil rights 7
- Labor unions -- Organizing 6
- Politics, Practical 6
- Automobile industry and trade 3
- Oral histories 3
- Transcripts 3
- Women in the labor movement 3
- Communism 2
- Housing 2
- Labor movement 2
- Labor unions and communism 2
- Labor unions--Factionalism 2
- Radicalism 2
- Social history 2
- Socialism 2
- World War, 1939-1945 2
- African American labor leaders 1
- African Americans 1
- Automation 1
- Automobile industry workers 1
- Black militant organizations 1
- Children's rights 1
- Chrysler Sit-Down Strike, 1937 1
- City planning 1
- Collective bargaining 1
- Community organization 1
- Detroit (Mich.) 1
- Detroit (Mich.)--Race relations 1
- Education 1
- Grievance procedures 1
- Industrial relations 1
- Labor education 1
- Labor unions--Jurisdictional disputes 1
- Medical care 1
- Michigan -- Politics and government 1
- Michigan History 1
- Migrant agricultural laborers 1
- Mining engineering 1
- Political action committees 1
- Poverty 1
- Printing industry 1
- Sound recordings 1
- Strikes and lockouts 1
- Transportation 1
- Wisconsin 1
- Women 1
- Women labor union members -- United States 1 ∧ less