UAW President's Office: Owen Bieber Records

Accession Number: 
LR001270
Userestrict: 
Restrictions: Part 2, Series VIII, Boxes 100-108 require Restricted Use Form for access.
Extent: 
188 linear feet (188 SB)
Date: 
1970-1995, bulk 1984-1994

Owen Bieber began his career with the United Auto Workers in Michigan and went on to hold numerous regional and national positions before he was elected the UAW's sixth president in 1983, serving four terms. During his presidency, Canadian auto workers pulled out of the union, American auto companies downsized, and competition from foreign auto companies increased. He is credited with diversifying the UAW by inviting new members from areas outside industrial sectors. As president, Bieber also served on many state, local, and national committees, including presidential committees.

His records provide extensive documentation of UAW policies, programs, and activities largely during his tenure in office. Part 2, in particular, provides documentation of his work on various committees, as well as his role as second UAW President to serve on the Chrysler Board of Directors. These records also reflect Bieber’s role in the UAW re-alliance with the AFL-CIO, and include minutes of the International Executive Board, and UAW and AFL-CIO conventions.

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