William Kircher Papers

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Mr. Kircher went to work in a defense plant in Cincinnati in 1941 and helped organize UAW Local 647. Subsequently, he held a number of staff positions with the UAW until 1955, when he became assistant director of organization of the AFL-CIO. From 1956 to 1964, Mr. Kircher served as assistant director of Region IX of the AFL-CIO. After returning to his former position as assistant director of organization (1 964-65), Kircher was appointed to succeed John W. Livingston as director of organization of the AFL-CIO, a position he held until his resignation in 1973. The collection relates to Kircher's activities with and on behalf of the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee. Included is information on the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee; contract negotiations; grape and lettuce boycotts; national and state legislation regarding farm labor organizing and the importation of foreign farm workers; organizations supporting and opposing UFWOC; Teamsters organizing farm workers; UFWOC finances; and representational elections.

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