Francis J. Dillon Papers
This collection consists of correspondence and official communications of the United Automobile Workers of America and AFL Federal Labor Unions in the auto industry (1934-36); minutes and proceedings of the National Council of the Federal Labor Unions (1934-35); press releases (1934-41); newsletters (1934); and six scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and memorabilia (1934-43). The materials were collected by Mr. Dillon, who was assigned in 1933 as an AFL organizer in the automobile industry in the Detroit, Flint, and Pontiac, Michigan, area. From 1935 to 1936, he served as the first president of the United Automobile Workers of America, appointed to the post by AFL President William Green. Subjects include AFL and CIO organizing and jurisdictional disputes; Automobile Labor Board; communism within unions; company unions; labor legislation; origins of the UAW; and UAW internal conflicts. Major correspondents are William Collins, William Green, Ed Hall, Otto Kleinert, Michael Manning, Homer Martin, John Pickering, Fred Pieper, Thomas Ramsay, Herbert Richardson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Robert F. Wagner, and Forrest Woods.
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