Labor Archives of the Upper Peninsula

American Association of University Professors - Northern Michigan University
Records, 1967-present
Univ Series-071
This collection documents the history of the faculty union at Northern Michigan University. Records include correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, financial records, and various publications.

Communications Workers of America
Records, 1995-1996
MSS-93
Records contain the master agreements for the CWA locals in Munising (1995) and Marquette (1996). The Munising local agreement is with the Hiawatha Telephone Company, and the Marquette agreement is with Ameritech Communications, Inc. The collection also contains the general master agreement negotiated between the national Communications Workers of America and AT&T.

Defant, Geraldine papers
Oral History Interview, 1990
MSS-27
Geraldine Defant was a longtime Marquette County labor leader and politician.  The collection consists of a taped oral interview of Geraldine Defant conducted by Jennifer Grondin on March 26, 1990, and includes a transcription. The collection also includes copies of a scrapbook, and photographs. The collection documents the 1949 H.W. Gossard Company Garment Workers Strike in Ishpeming.

Iron Workers Local 783
Records, 1957-1994
MSS-24

This collection documents the activities of Iron Workers Local 787. The collection consists of by-laws, meeting minutes, contracts, correspondence, financial records, audits, Pension Fund, Benefit Fund, and Health and Welfare Trust records. The collection also includes election information. The significant components of the collection are the by-laws, contracts, and a complete set of membership meeting minutes since 1957.

The Local Truth
Newspaper, 1996-ongoing
MSS-84

Official publication of the United Steel Workers of America Locals 4950 and 4974.  This newspaper covers all union activities and includes a anniversary addition that recounts the 1946 Iron Miners Strike on the Marquette Iron Range.

Marquette County Labor Council
Records, 1985-1997
MSS-98
This collection documents the recent history of the Marquette County Labor Council. The collection includes correspondence, handwritten notes, convention records, mailing lists, memoranda, records relation to political activity and union organizing, project records, reports, publications, and meeting minutes. The bulk of the collection documents Jack LaSalle's participation in NMU's Labor Advisory and Planning Committee as a member and the chair. The LAPC advises NMU's Labor Education Program.

Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights Local 1510
Records, 1907 -1980
MSS-47
This collection documents the history of Local 1510. Records include correspondence, books, minutes, brochures roll call books, cash books, and various financial material. The membership meeting minutes and publications file are the most significant components of the collection.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 94
Records, 1947, 1956-1982
MSS-44
The collection documents the history of Local 7 from its beginning in Menominee County through its move to Marquette County. The collection contains a complete set of membership meeting minutes, business agent correspondence, financial and budget material, roll call books, apprenticeship training records, and selected grievance records.

Rock Maple Ridge Workers Association
Records, 1873-1983
MSS-12
The collection documents the history of a radical Finnish Socialist group in Marquette County. The collection contains a membership meeting minutes, correspondence, financial and budget material, roll call books, and various publications. The majority of the collection is in Finnish.

Underground Iron Miners
Oral History Tapes and Transcripts of Underground Miners
MSS-180
This collection documents interviews with eight former underground iron miners. The interviews were conducted by Mary Andes. The collection includes cassette tapes, 3 transcriptions, release forms, and other documentation of the project.

United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) Local 2178 (Technical, Office and Professional) Union
Records, 1981-2000
MSS-104
This collection documents the history of Local 2178 on the Northern Michigan University campus.  Records include correspondence, reports and studies, agendas, minutes, newsletters, Hearings records, and salary data. The collection is arranged by the following record series: Arbitration; Bargaining; Benefits; Bylaws; Committees; Correspondence; MERK Hearings; Policies; Reorganizaton; Salary; Grievances.

United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU) Locals 209 and 110
Records, 1962-1990
MSS-94
This collection documents the history of Locals 209 and 110 at the Mead International paper mill in Escanaba, Michigan. The collection is arranged by the following record series: 1) correspondence, 2) Minutes, 3) labor agreements, 4) contract negotiation meeting minutes for locals 209 and 110, 5) publications, 6) misc. material. significant topics include excellent verbatim minutes for contract negotiations for 1986 and 1989. Also of importance are regular meeting minutes.

United Steel Workers of America Local 4950
1946 Iron Miners Strike Photographs
MSS-37
The collection consists of several black and white photographs in various sizes. The photographs document groups, individuals, organizing activities, publicity events, negotiating sessions, picket lines, and parades that occurred during the Iron Workers Strike of 1946 in Ishpeming and Negaunee.

Upper Peninsula Building and Construction Trades Council Records
Records, 1984-1991
MSS-38
This collection documents the recent history of the Upper Peninsula Building and Construction Trades Council.  The collection includes correspondence, reference material, publicity materials, agendas, minutes, meeting notes, political records, organizing records. Major topics include the Shopko and Econofoods boycotts, Geriatic Care, Labor - Management Council, the prevailing wage, and struggles with non-union shops.