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Remembering Walter and May Reuther

(822) May and Walter Reuther

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic passing of Walter and May Reuther. As we solemnly commemorate this event, we also celebrate the lives of two individuals who dedicated so much to the labor movement and transformed society throughout America and abroad.  read more »

In Memoriam: Owen Bieber (1929-2020)

(24762) Bieber Remembers King

UAW President Emeritus Owen Bieber passed away yesterday, on February 17, 2020. Bieber was a respected figure in the labor movement, known for his commitment to civil rights and steady leadership during turbulent times for organized labor.  read more »

Constructing Apollo 11: UAW and the Space Race

(45940) Aerospace Workers Construct Apollo Spaceships

A triumph of science that landed astronauts on the moon for the first time ever, the singularly historic Apollo 11 mission succeeded thanks to the bravery of Neil Armstrong and his crew. On Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary, it’s also worth noting the contributions of UAW members who played a vital role in its success.  read more »

Collection Spotlight: UAW Local 600 Records

(45061) Iron foundry workers

When I started as the UAW Archivist, one unprocessed collection stood as the clear priority to open to the public: The UAW Local 600 Records. The largest and arguably most influential local in the historic UAW, numerous researchers clamored for the papers since the union deposited them in the archives.  read more »

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