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Abstract In 2010, Mike Smith interviewed Alan Reuther, nephew of Walter Reuther and former Legislative Director of the United Auto Workers, who served in the UAW's Washington Office from 1982 to 2010. Collection consists of a recording and transcript. Reuther discusses his personal history; the Reuther family, in particular his uncles, Walter and Victor, and his father, Roy; details of his long career with the UAW; general impressions of the labor movement; reminiscences on past UAW presidents,...
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 –...
Abstract Between March and June 2005, Mike Smith interviewed Jerry Tucker in a series of interviews. Tucker was a longtime union activist, former executive board member of the United Auto Workers International Union, and a founder of the UAW New Directions movement. He also spoke and wrote on labor issues. Collection consists of audio recordings for the entire interview and a partial, unedited transcript of the interview, covering the first five of the seven tapes. Tucker discusses topics such as his...
Abstract Between November 1981 and January 1982, Joseph C. Goulden interviewed 10 individuals associated with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and influential, longtime leader Jerry Wurf, for Goulden's biography of Wurf,
Abstract Between 2003 and 2006, Marc Grossman, a former labor organizer and staff member for the United Farm Workers (UFW), conducted oral history interviews with family and friends of Cesar Chavez. Grossman was involved with the UFW from 1971 to 1981 as a boycott organizer, legal investigator and representative, legislative assistant, and later press secretary and administrative assistant to Cesar Chavez. Collection consists of audio recordings for 14 of 15 interviews. Transcripts exist for two...
Abstract Marc Grossman became involved with the United Farm Workers in 1969 while an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine; where he graduated with a B.A. degree in American History in 1972. During that time he helped organize the Grape Boycott. From there he went on to obtain a Master’s degree in journalism at UCLA in 1973. With his degree in journalism, Mr. Grossman went to work for the UFW and its President, Cesar Chavez. Marc Grossman knew Chavez the last 24...
Abstract In 1996 Andy Stern was elected President of SEIU and the members of Stern’s New Voices slate took office (Betty Bednarczyk, Patricia (Pat) Ford, Eliseo Medina, and Paul Policicchio). Most of the records in this collection document aspects of this group’s leadership, with the majority of records from the New Voices campaign, the Secretary-Treasurer’s Office (primarily materials relating to AFL-CIO and other organization’s conventions), the Executive Vice President’s office (predominately Pat...
Abstract The SEIU conducted an oral history program with officers and members, primarily between 1973 and 1988, with additions in 2002-2005. The collections consists of 31 interviews. Transcripts exist for all but the Andy Stern interview. Audio recordings exist for all but the following interviews: Cooper, Eliaser, Glenn (UCLA), Hannon, Levey (individual), Liebes, Neal, and Smiley. The Pat Ford interview conducted on Hi8 videotape. Interviewees discuss their entry into the labor movement and SEIU,...
Abstract In August 2002, Sharon Woodock attended an exhibit at the Walter P. Reuther Library honoring her husband, Leonard Woodcock, who died the previous year. She had recordings made of the exhibit and reminiscenses by herself and other prominent attendees. Collection consists of two Hi8 videotapes. Sharon Woodcock describes photos on display and discusses her husband's life, work, and legacy, alone and in conversation with others who knew him, including Philip Mason and Doug Fraser. Primary topics of...
Abstract Between 1985 and 1998, the United Auto Workers and the Walter P. Reuther Library cooperated in a project to document the careers of members of the UAW International Executive Board and important events in the history of the union. Collection consists of audio recordings, some video recordings, transcripts for 18 interviews, and a metal die of the UAW logo created for printing the transcripts. Past and current IEB members discuss their backgrounds; entry into the labor movement; early careers;...
Abstract Since the United Automobile Workers of America (UAW) was established as an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in August 1935, the union has maintained an office to deal with public relations. At that time, a "Committee on Publication" was formed, which became the "Publication Committee" in April 1936. The Committee subsequently became the "Publicity Department" in August 1936, when the UAW became an independent union affiliated with the Congress of Industrial Organizations...
Abstract Arturo Rodriguez became president of the United Farm Workers (UFW) in 1993 upon the death of Cesar Chavez, co-founder and president of the UFW from its start and Rodriguez’s father-in-law and mentor. Rodriguez was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1949 and attended Catholic schools there. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio in 1971 and a Masters degree in social work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1973. Rodriguez learned of...
Abstract Cesar Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association, later known as the United Farm Workers, in 1962 at a convention he called. Growing up a migrant farm worker he honed his skills as an organizer with the Community Services Organization in California before splitting with them to form the NFWA. He would serve as president of the UFW until his death in 1993. These records reflect Chavez's beginnings with the CSO and the formative years of the NFWA, United Farm Workers Organizing...
- Subject: Labor leaders--United States X
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 6
- United Farm Workers 4
- Smith, Mike (Michael O.) 3
- Bluestone, Irving 2
- Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 2
- Service Employees International Union 2
- AFSCME 1
- Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee 1
- Barnard, John 1
- Bednarczyk, Betty 1
- Bieber, Owen 1
- Binkowski, Don 1
- Community Service Organization 1
- Cordtz, Richard 1
- Ford, Pat (Patricia) 1
- Goulden, Joseph C., 1934- 1
- Krzycki, Leo 1
- Medina, Eliseo 1
- National Farm Workers Association 1
- National Farm Workers of America 1
- Pflug, Warner W. 1
- Reuther, Alan 1
- Rodriguez, Arturo S. 1
- Ruggles, Glenn 1
- Shenkar, George 1
- Stern, Andy 1
- Tucker, Jerry 1
- United Food and Commercial Workers International Union 1
- Velasco, Peter 1
- Woodcock, Sharon 1 ∧ less