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The ILWU History Project

by , on September 17, 2016

In the February-March 2016 issue of Labor, under LAWCHA Watch, John W. McKerley and Jennifer Sherer write that multiple generations of labor scholars, labor educators, unionists, students, and others have benefited greatly from the recordings collected by the Iowa Labor History Oral Project (ILHOP).

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National History Day Students Win 2016 Regional Video Contest Employing Labor Archives of Washington Collections and Staff Interviews

by on August 31, 2016

Every year the Labor Archives of Washington at the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections works with National History Day students on their projects. This year, students Ashley Luty, Ananya Jain, and Eileen Zhang placed 1st in Washington State for the Junior Group Documentary category for their film “A Wave of Change: The 1934 West Coast Waterfront Strike.” The documentary employed the Labor Archives’ collections and included interviews with LAW Labor Archivist Conor Casey.

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AFL-CIO Merger: In Commemoration of the AFL-CIO’s 60th Anniversary

by on March 2, 2016

Before 1955, the AFL (American Federation of Labor) and the CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations) were separate, competing organizations. The two organizations chose to merge in 1955 to strengthen the labor movement and help eliminate competition between unions and workers. From the Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland, this collection is a “behind the scenes” look at the logistics involved in working out the details of the merger.

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Collection Spotlight: The Utah Philips Papers

by on June 17, 2015

Originally posted October 16th, 2014. Written by Dallas Pillen, Archives Technician at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University.

Bruce Duncan “Utah” Phillips (1935-2008) was one of the most prominent members of the American folk community in the latter half of the 20th century.

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Battle of the Overpass

by on June 10, 2015

Originally posted at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University. May 19, 2011. Written by Kristen Chinery, Reference Archivist.

On May 26, 1937, nearly sixty UAW members from Local 174 arrived at Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge Plant to pass out leaflets, with city permit in hand, as part of a campaign to secure union representation for Rouge workers.

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Remembering the Flint Sit-Down Strike

by on June 1, 2015

Originally posted on December 17, 2010. Written by Troy Eller English, Society of Women Engineers Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University.

Tired of reductions in pay and jobs, increased workloads, and harassment of United Automobile Workers organizers, on December 30, 1936 automotive workers in the General Motors Fisher Number One Plant in Flint, Michigan sat down on the job.

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SLSA Symposium and Labor Archives

by on March 2, 2015

NOTE: This event has been cancelled as a result of weather. On March 5, 2015, the Center for the History of the New America at the University of Maryland will host a symposium exploring workers and organizing in the twenty-first century.

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