"The Steelworkers Election, 1965" Manuscript

Collection Number: 5008

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
"The Steelworkers Election, 1965" Manuscript, 1965
Collection Number:
5008
Creator:
Bernstein, Meyer
Quantity:
0.3 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Manuscripts for publication .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Copy of a 78 page unpublished manuscript by Meyer Bernstein on the United Steelworkers of America election of officers held in 1965.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Meyer Bernstein was a labor official specializing in international affairs.
Bernstein received an AB degree from Cornell University in 1936. Immediately after graduation, he joined the staff of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee . After serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II, Bernstein was rehired by the successor of the Committee, the United Steelworkers of America (CIO) as a research assistant and national representative. Bernstein became the union's specialist in international labor and was eventually made its international affairs director.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Copy of a 78 page unpublished manuscript by Meyer Bernstein on the United Steelworkers of America election of officers held in 1965.
The following personalities predominate throughout the manuscript: David J. McDonald (president of the United Steelworkers seeking re-election); Howard J. Hague (vice-president, seeking re-election); Al Whitehouse (candidate for secretary-treasurer, running with McDonald); James Griffen (McDonald's campaign manager); I.W. Abel (presidential candidate); Joseph Molony (vice-presidential candidate); Walter Burke (candidate for secretary-treasurer); Joseph Germano (Abel's campaign manager); and Donald Rarick (Dues Protest Committee).
Events and issues discussed include the decline in Steelworkers' membership while staff was being enlarged; a union consititutional amendment on retirement; the election of district directors; the controversy over the appointment and activities of election "tellers"; a union-commissioned poll by Oliver Quayle and Company (national polling organization); the solicitation of campaign funds; then current contract negotiations; "tuxedo trade unionism"; racism and the black vote; the impact of the Landrum-Griffin Law; and the effect of the Honest Ballot Association.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Abel, I. W. (Iorwith Wilbur), 1908-1987
Bernstein, Meyer, 1914-
Burke, Walter
Hague, Howard J.
McDonald, David J. (David John), 1902-1979
Molony, Joseph
Whitehouse, Al
Honest Ballot Association
United Steelworkers of America

Subjects:
Iron and steel workers--Labor unions--United States.
Iron and steel workers.
Trade-unions. Iron and steel workers. United States.
Trade-unions. United States. Afro-American membership.
Trade-unions. United States. Elections of officials.

Form and Genre Terms:
Manuscripts for publication.


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Cite As:
"The Steelworkers Election, 1965" Manuscript #5008. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 1965
78 pages