D. Rick Martin Papers

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Dewey Ricardo Martin was born in Detroit on March 22, 1952. He graduated from Detroit MacKenzie High School in 1970; and in that same year began working in the Ford Rouge Coke Oven and Blast Furnace Plant. Here he joined the UAW Local 600 and it wasn’t long before he won his first union office at age 20 when he was elected District Committeeman. In 1974 he was elected Bargaining Committeeman and in 1975 he continued moving up by winning the election for President. He went on to complete three consecutive terms as President of UAW Local 600 as well as being an elected delegate to four UAW Constitutional Conventions. During his time as President, Martin won the first 25-and-Out retirement plan for Coke Oven workers in the country. In 1983 Martin received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wayne State University. Turning his attentions towards law, he attended the University of Michigan Law School from 1985 to 1988. Admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1989 he went on to run a successful law practice where he was involved with several high profile cases in Michigan.

1974 – 2015
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