Edward Cushman Papers

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Mr. Cushman has had a long career in labor relations. He held positions with the Michigan Unemployment Compensation Commission, the War Manpower Commission, the Retraining and Reemployment Administration, the Department of Labor, and the International Labor Organization. During the late 1940's and early 1950's, he served as arbitrator in disputes involving fifty-three major companies and fifteen international unions. From 1954 to 1966, he was director of Industrial Relations and vice-president of American Motors. In 1966, Mr. Cushman returned to Wayne State University as executive vice-president; he had earlier been a professor of Public Administration and an organizer and director of the Institute of Industrial Relations. He has also been active in many community organizations including Citizens for Michigan, the Detroit and Michigan Council of Churches, the Detroit Commission on Community Relations, and the Citizens' Committee for Equal Opportunity. Correspondence, reports, and minutes cover Mr. Cushman's work in the above areas. Among the correspondents are Richard Austin, John Cardinal Dearden, Arthur Goldberg, John Hannah, Hubert Humphrey, William Milliken, Walter Reuther, George Romney, and Brendan Sexton.

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