National Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers Union of Canada fonds [multiple media]
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National Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers Union of Canada fonds [multiple media]
- Hierarchical level:
- R3341-0-8-E, MG28-I119
- Type of material:
- Textual material, Photographs, Moving images, Art, Objects (including medals and pins), Architectural and technical drawings
- Found in:
- Archives / Collections and Fonds
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Record Information – Details
- Fonds includes:
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- Bilingual equivalent:
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- Place of creation:
- Added country of publication:
- United States, Russia (Federation), Japan, Michigan, New Brunswick, Germany, Sweden
111 m of textual records.
1 microfilm reel.
2,468 photographs : b&w and col. ; 35 x 27 cm or smaller.
1 film reel (45 min).
2 architectural drawings : col. ; 20 x 26 cm or smaller.
8 buttons : col. ; 5.5 cm (diam.) and 8 x 5.5 cm (rectangle).
2 vests : col., paper ; 42 x 53 cm.
1 print : col. poster ; 56 x 43 cm.
- Language of material:
- Added language of material:
- English, French, Russian, Japanese, Spanish
- Scope and content:
Fonds documents the operation and administration of the Canadian District of the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW).
Fonds includes records that document the Canadian UAW Council; Canadian Director Dennis McDermott and CAW President Basil "Buzz" Hargrove; UAW-Canada and CAW departments including Service Department, Research Department, Citizenship and Legislative Department, Education Department, and Organizing Department; Community Services / Retired Workers; national office subject files; Canadian staff files; correspondence with Solidarity House; and UAW newspapers.
Fonds also includes records documenting labour relations with employers Ford, Chrysler, General Motors and other companies; the sub-regional offices at Hamilton, Oakville and Oshawa, Ontario; local unions; arbitration awards; and collective agreements.
Fonds includes microfilmed selections of the United Automobile Worker and The Oshaworker, (1940-1944, microfilm reel M-2164), photographs depicting activities, events, and individuals (1941-1980) and one film of the strike by Local 222 at the General Motors of Canada plant (Oshawa, Ontario, 19 September 1955).
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- Biography/Administrative history:
National Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers Union of Canada : The International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), a labour union, was chartered by the American Federation of Labor in 1935. An early supporter of the Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO), the UAW first established itself in Canada when auto parts workers at Kelsey Wheel in Windsor, Ontario, joined the union in 1936. A notable event in the union's early history was the 1937 strike against General Motors in Oshawa, Ontario. The Canadian UAW's membership grew significantly during World War II, as major firms such as Ford of Canada, Chrysler, and Massey-Harris were organized, as well as many smaller plants. Immediately after the war, the Canadian UAW was one of the leaders in the post-war drive to obtain union security (such as the dues check-off and union shop) and major wage increases. The 1945 strike against Ford of Canada in Windsor, Ontario, which resulted in the Rand Formula for union security, was a major event in this drive. In the 1950s, such issues as pension plans, health insurance, and supplemental unemployment benefits were increasingly prominent in the UAW's collective bargaining. The Canadian UAW was one of the major affiliates of the Canadian Congress of Labour during 1940-1956, and has been affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress since 1956. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Canadian UAW found itself increasingly at odds with the Detroit-based international union because of the latter's acceptance of wage reductions and other concessions in contract negotiations with employers. Unable to obtain sufficient autonomy within the international UAW, the Canadian UAW broke away in 1985 and re-established itself as the National Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers Union of Canada (commonly known as the Canadian Auto Workers, or CAW). In 1987, the CAW reported a membership of 143,000. Since its separation from the American branch of the union, the CAW has expanded significantly through a series of mergers, notably with the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (1992) and the Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers (1994). Basil ("Buzz") Hargrove became national president of the CAW in 1992. His predecessors as president or Canadian director were Robert White (1978-1992), Dennis McDermott (1968-1978), George Burt (1939-1968), and Charles Millard (1937-1939).
- Finding aid:
Multiple media (Electronic) Finding aid 1934 is a file list of volumes 1 to 563 and of oversize documents in horizontal storage. It includes a nominal index. MSS1934 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000494.pdfTextual records (Electronic) This part of the finding aid describes Accession 119-020025-2, boxes 147 to 204. MSS1934 (90: Open)Textual records (Electronic) This part of the finding aid describes accession 119-020024-2, boxes 92 to 146. MSS1934 (90: Open)Textual records (Electronic) This part of the finding aid describes accession 120-0200-17-9, registry number 1992/0100. This file list was prepared by CAW and revised after reboxing at LAC. Boxes 1 to 19. MSS1934 (90: Open)Moving images (Electronic) Refer to MINISIS for item-level description. (90: Open)
- Additional information:
- General Note:
Original textual material was received from the UAW and CAW during 1981-1991; microfilm was received from Wayne State University in 1971; moving image material was received in 1987 from Local 222, CAW, 44 Bond Street East, Oshawa, Ontario, L1G-1B1., For a history of the Canadian Auto Workers, see "The Canadian Auto Workers: the birth and transformation of a union" by Sam Gindin (1995).
For the memoirs of former CAW president Bob White, see "Hard bargains: my life on the line" (1987).
For a documentary on the split between the Canadian UAW and the US-based parent union, see the film titled "Final offer" by Robert Collinson and Sturla Gunnarsson (National Film Board of Canada, 1985). The film shows collective bargaining sessions and work and conflicts on the factory floor. Bob White, Sam Gindin, Buzz Hargrove and other CAW members are featured in the film.
- Source of title:
- The union was commonly known as the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and, before 1985, as the Canadian district of the United Auto Workers (UAW). The title of the fonds is based on the official name of the union: National Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers Union of Canada.
- Location of originals note:
- Originals of the UAW newspapers on microfilm reel M-2164 are at the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
- Related material:
- See also: Vincenzo Pietropaolo CAW Collection (R11229). The photographs in this collection show workers and members of the Canadian Auto Workers in their workplaces., For materials of unions which merged into the CAW, see: Canadian Air Line Employees' Association (CALEA) fonds (R3698 / MG28-I347, merged 1 July 1985); Brotherhood of Railway Carmen (BRC) fonds (R16184, merged 29 May 1990); United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of Canada (UE) fonds (R1268 / MG28-I190, merged September 1992); and Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers (CBRT&GW) fonds (R2833 / MG28-I215, merged 1 June 1994)., For the records of former CAW president Bob White, see Bob White fonds (R16649).
- Varying form of title:
- Subject heading:
- Ontario Federation of Labour
- New Democratic Party
- Collective labour agreements, 1943-1989 Robert White, 1978-1986
- Hamilton (Ont.) - Trade-unions, n.d., ca.1958-1986 Dennis McDermott, 1968-1978
- Oakville (Ont.) - Trade-unions, n.d., ca.1955-1986 Hamilton (Ont.), ca.1958-1986
- Trade-unions - Canada - Records and correspondence, n.d., 1940-1989 Oakville (Ont.), ca.1955-1984
- Trade-unions - Automobile industry workers, n.d., 1940-1989 International Metalworkers' Federation, 1966-1986
- Trade-unions - Officials and employees, n.d., 1960s-1980s International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, 1969-1978
- Automobile industry and trade - Law and legislation - Canada, n.d., 1964-1978 United Automobile Worker, 1940-1943
- Automobile industry and trade - Law and legislation - United States, n.d, 1964-1978 Oshaworker, January 1944
- Trade-unions - Relations - Government, n.d., 1964-1978 Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers, 1994
- Government - Relations - Trade-unions, n.d., 1964-1978 United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, 1992
- Aerospace industries - Industrial relations - Canada, ca.1950s-1980s Oshawa (Ont.), ca.1951-1980s
- Agricultural implement industry - Industrial relations - Canada, ca.1940s-1980s Basil "Buzz" Hargrove, 1970s-1980s
- Aircraft - STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing), 1971-1981 Ford Motor Company of Canada, 1955-1982
- Oshawa (Ont.) - Trade-unions, ca.1951-1980s General Motors of Canada Ltd., 1939-1983
- Trade-unions - Agricultural implement industry workers, ca.1940s-1980s UAW Solidarity, 1966-1978
- Trade-unions - Aerospace industry employees, ca.1950s-1980s Solidarity, 1966-1978
- Anti-Inflation Board, 1970s
- Dennis Tyce, ca.1975-1980
- Frigidaire Products, ca.1956-1970s
- McKinnon Industries, ca.1960s-1980s
- Canada Wide Industrial Pension Plan, 1968-1978
- Charles McDonald, ca.1955-1979
- Sam Gindin, ca.1964-1982
- Jim Gill, ca.1971-1982
- Major Projects Task Force, 1975-1980
- Consultative Task Force on Canadian Industry, 1978-1980
- Ontario Can Work, 1980-1981
- Solidarity - Canada, 1977-1978
- Solidarity: The National Magazine of the UAW in Canada, 1979-1984
- Northern Electric and Northern Telecom, 1968-1981
- Gordon F. Wilson, n.d., ca. 1954-1986
- National Canadian General Motors Intra-Corporation Council, ca. 1968-1981
- Canadian UAW Council, 1968-1983
- National Canadian Ford Bargaining Council, ca. 1968-1981
- Heritage Day, 1979
- Chrysler Corporation of Canada, Ltd
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