Enid Eckstein Papers

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Enid Eckstein was a member of the Detroit District of the International Socialists and worked as an inspector at Chrysler’s Lynch Road Assembly plant. Represented by UAW Local 51, she served as a chief steward and on the local’s Community Services, Women’s and Resolutions Committees. In 1973 she helped form the United Coalition, one of many militant, rank-and-file groups that sprang up in Detroit auto plants in the 1970s, on whose slate she ran unsuccessfully for Trustee in 1975 and for Treasurer in 1978. In the early eighties she sat on the Steering Committee of the Michigan Citizens Party that tried to elect Barry Commoner U.S. President. A feminist, she was also active in the Coalition of Labor Union Women, NOW and the Region 1B Women’s Council.

The Enid Eckstein Collection consists primarily of draft reports, flyers, newsletters, election campaign material, pamphlets and other publications documenting the International Socialists’ perspective on political work in the auto plants, UAW rank-and-file militancy and the activities of the Michigan Citizens Party.

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