Labor unions -- Organizing
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:
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...
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 11
Abstract In 1971, Reuther archivist Dennis East interviewed Francis J. Dillon, AFL organizer and first president of the UAW. Collection consists of interview transcript. Dillon talks about AFL president William Green, AFL organizing in the auto industry, and the UAW presidency.
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 Mr. Kraus was the first editor of the UAW's newspaper The United Auto Worker (later changed to Solidarity). He was active in the early attempts by the UAW (first under the AFL and later under the CIO) to organize the auto industry. Files for the late 1920s and early 1930s cover the attempts by groups, including the Auto Workers Union of the Trade Union Unity League, to organize auto workers, and discuss such events as the Murray Body Strike (1929); the Ford Hunger March (1932); and the Briggs...
Dates: 1926 - 1960; Majority of material found within 1935 - 1944
Collection — Small Processed Collections: Com-Cr, Box 3, Folder: 3
Abstract Organizing leaflets, articles, invitations, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets collected by Mr. Conyers, who served as chief steward of UAW Chrysler Local 7 and as a UAW International representative for the Chicago area and for Region 1, Michigan.
Dates: 1937 - 1945
Abstract 'Bill' Williams was a prominent figure in CIO Local 76 (later UAW Local 560), Ford Motor Co. assembly plant in Richmond, CA., helping to organize workers and serve as an officer. His papers reflect events at the plant surrounding the jurisdictional rivalry between the AFL and the CIO and eventual designation as a UAW shop.
Dates: 1936 - 1967; Majority of material found within 1937 - 1958
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 10
Abstract Around or before 1977, Sidney Kelman interviewed labor organizer Paul Silver. Silver was active in the UAW, including serving as president of UAW Local 351 from 1946 to 1964 and an assignment to the International UAW staff. Collection consists of interview recording and transcript. Silver talks about his family background including his socialist upbringing and its importance to his later beliefs and actions, his organizing at Detroit Steel Products and elsewhere, founding and leadership of UAW...
Dates: circa 1977
Abstract The State Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) was a semi-caucus and political movement that worked within several unions, including the Welfare Employees Union (WUE), the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Michigan State Employees Association (MSEA), and the United Auto Workers (UAW) in the late 1970s and early 1980s. SWOC was born from within the WEU and served as an activist organization that played a key role in establishing local union chapters,...
Dates: 1973 - 1985
Abstract Stoyan Menton became involved in labor education, first with the United Auto Workers Local 400, and later at the University of Michigan's Worker's Education Service and the Labor and Industrial Relations Center, Michigan State University. His papers reflect both his personal interest in labor education as well as document the activities of both university programs.
Dates: 1935 - 1976; Majority of material found within 1944 - 1958
Abstract Thomas Hendricks was an organizer for the United Auto Workers, primarily in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana plants. His papers reflect his organizing work, in particular Indiana and Illinois plants in the 1940s.
Dates: 1940 - 1981; Majority of material found within 1940 - 1949
Abstract United Auto Workers Local 239 serviced General Motors plant employees in Baltimore, MD. The records of the local reflect its activities as representative of Fisher Body Plant workers, before they merged with Local 678, Chevrolet assembly operations.
Dates: 1948 - 1969
Abstract UAW Local 417 was chartered in 1945. The original charter was issued to Great Lakes Greyhound Garage in Birmingham, Michigan. An amalgamated local, its membership comes primarily from auto parts companies in Detroit's northern suburbs: Clawson, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Troy, Ferndale and Sterling Heights. Dean Spooner became President of the Local in 1963, and remained in office for the remainder of the period covered by this collection. Subjects include: auto parts plants in Detroit's...
Dates: 1954 - 1983
Abstract Established in 1939 when the International Executive Board revoked the charter of pro-Martin Local 118, United Auto Workers Local 664 serviced members at Fisher Body, Chevrolet, and Prophet Company in North Tarrytown, NY. The records reflect the Martin controversy, strikes, conferences, and other activities of the local.
Dates: 1939 - 1961
Abstract United Auto Workers Local 833 has had divisive history between workers at the Kohler Co. in Kohler, WI and their employers. First organized in 1933 by the American Federation of Labor, workers were soon embroiled in a jurisdictional dispute with a company-formed union, the Kohler Workers' Association (KWA). Following a strike, the KWA won the bid from the NLRB to represent workers, but leadership soon became dissatisfied and voted in 1952 to join the UAW.
Dates: 1897 - 1965; Majority of material found within 1933 - 1960
Abstract United Auto Workers Local 932 was chartered in 1961, providing service to the Minneapolis-Moline Division of Motec Industries, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN. The local was embroiled in an intense rivalry many years prior to its chartering, between the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America and the UAW over who had the rights to service the local.
Dates: 1937 - 1964; Majority of material found within 1940 - 1961
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 8
Abstract In 1980, R. T. King interviewed labor leader Victor Reuther as part of the Indiana University Oral History Project on the Indiana economy in the twentieth century. Collection consists of a transcript. Reuther discusses UAW organizing activity in Indiana in 1937, which involved a sit-down strike at the General Motors Guide Lamp Division in Anderson.
Abstract As United Auto Workers (UAW) Vice-President, Wyndham Mortimer worked to organize the employees of General Motors Fisher Body Plant, which led to the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936-1937, and later participated in the negotiations that achieved the first UAW-GM contract. Mr. Mortimer was active in factional struggles within the UAW as a leader of the Unity Caucus and was ultimately expelled from the UAW with charges of Communist allegiance. Mr. Mortimer’s papers document his work in the UAW,...
Dates: 1943 - 1973; Majority of material found within 1940 - 1962