Gene Saari Papers
As an active member of the labor movement, Gene Saari worked for the Timber & Sawmill Workers Union Local 15, helped to form the International Union of Mine, Mill & Smelter Workers (IUMMSW, or Mine-Mill), and served as secretary-treasurer of United Copper Workers Union Local 494. Mr. Saari also served as a vice-president of the Michigan State Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), a Mine-Mill international representative, and as an organizer for the United Steelworkers of America.
Mr. Saari’s papers relate to labor issues in the Michigan copper industry, jurisdictional disputes between Mine-Mill and the Steelworkers union, to economic and social conditions in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and to Mr. Saari’s campaigns for public office in the 1940’s. Calumet & Hecla, Inc., Copper Range Railroad Company and Hanna Mining Company are among important subjects in the collections.
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