Marc Stepp Papers

Accession Number: 
LP001440
Extent: 
2 linear feet, (2 SB)
Date: 
1940-2000, bulk 1970-1988

Stepp worked for nineteen years at the Chrysler Highland Park plant and advanced through positions of union leadership from shop committeeman, chief steward and vice president of Local 490 to the Chrysler-UAW National Negotiating Committee. In 1967 he was appointed international representative with Region 1B, was elevated to assistant regional director in 1973 and in 1974 was elected International Vice President, assuming Nelson Jack Edwards' spot on the union's International Executive Board.

He was active in numerous community and civil rights organizations and in Democratic Party politics, running unsuccessfully for a seat on the all-white Detroit Common Council in 1965. Marc Stepp retired from the UAW in 1988.

The Marc Stepp Collection consists primarily of his speeches as UAW International Vice President. Subjects include: affirmative action; black Shriners; impact of economic recession on black workers; impact of Reagan administration policies on black workers; plant closings; South Africa; U.S. industrial policy

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