Association of Catholic Trade Unionists of Detroit Records

Accession Number: 
LR000291
Extent: 
19.5 linear feet (38 MB, 1 SB)
Date: 
1938-1968, bulk 1938-1956

Correspondence, speeches, newspapers and clippings, pamphlets, and handbills. The Association of Catholic Trade Unionists of Detroit was a liberal Roman Catholic group organized in 1938 to strengthen the trade union movement along Christian lines. The main project of the Detroit chapter was the publication of the Michigan Labor Leader, which eventually became the Wage Earner. The paper took a leading role in the campaign against communism. In addition to publishing the newspaper, the ACTU promoted schools in which problems of religion and labor were studied. Members of the Association (which included some Protestants) came from a variety of local unions in the Detroit area. Subjects include CIO (1939- 45); Wayne County CIO Council (1942-46); Michigan CIO Council; UAW local unions, especially Ford Local 600; AFL-CIO unions, including Bakery Workers, Brotherhood of Carpenters, Construction Workers, Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, United Electrical Workers, Furniture Workers, Mine Mill and Smelter Workers, Packinghouse Workers, Typographical Workers, United Auto Workers, and Woodworkers; Ford Strike (1949); General Motors Strike (1945); organization of Ford Motor Company (1940-41); and organization of General Motors (1939-45). Correspondents include George Addes, Richard Deverall, Tom Doherty, Henry Ford II, Richard Frankensteen, Owen Knox, Victor LoPinto, Edward Cardinal Mooney, Lucien Nedzi, Ben Probe, Walter Reuther, Paul Ste.- Marie, and Paul Weber.

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