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Event - GM Never Surrendered: The Paragraph 19E Controversy at UAW Local 653 during the 1960s

(34279) "Sit Down" sheet music

Please join us this July 21st for a lunchtime presentation of the work of Dr. Greg Wood as he explores the relationship between the UAW and General Motors in the generation after initial struggles for union recognition.

Utilizing records found in the UAW Region 1B Collection at the Walter P. Reuther Library, this talk examines anti-union practices on auto industry shop floors during the 1960s. Throughout the decade, UAW committeemen at General Motors in Pontiac, for example, confronted extensive management efforts to roll back the power and presence of organized labor in what was supposed to be a closed shop.  read more »

In Memoriam: Marjorie S. Fisher

(34381) Max and Marjorie Fisher, Palm Beach, Florida, 1982

The Reuther Library notes with sadness the death of Marjorie S. Fisher on June 12. The wife of Max M. Fisher, Marjorie Fisher was the founder with her husband of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. She became the Founding Chair of this family-run foundation after the death of Max Fisher in 2005.  read more »

SEIU's International Convention in Detroit

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(34369) Our Unstoppable History exhibit

Few archives actively collect and collaborate with active donor organizations like the Walter P. Reuther Library. This special relationship was on full display at the 2016 International Convention of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Detroit. The union made a special point to incorporate historical resources from the Reuther Library, its official archives, into the proceedings this May.  read more »

Memorial Day Closure

(32212) First World War, Civilian Support, Liberty Loans Rally, Detroit, 1918

Please be advised that the Reuther Library will be closed this May 30th for Memorial Day. We'll be open based on our regular schedule the following day, May 31st.

To learn more about service during the war, visit our image galleries related to World War I and World War II.

100 Years of the American Federation of Teachers

(11854) Detroit Federation of Teachers, Local 231

On May 9, 1916 the American Federation of Labor issued a charter to the American Federation of Teachers. For 100 years the AFT has shaped the conversation on public education, the American labor movement, civil and human rights as well as the true value of democracy in our society. The AFT started with 8 locals that represented fewer than 5,000 teachers across the country and now represents 1.6 million teachers, paraprofessionals, public employees and health care workers.  read more »

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