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United automobile worker. [volume] : (Detroit, Mich.) 1936-1957
Alternative Titles:
  • Automobile united worker
  • United worker
Place of publication:
Detroit, Mich.
Geographic coverage:
  • Detroit, Wayne, Michigan  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
International Union, United Automobile Workers of America
Dates of publication:
  • -v. 20, no. 12 (Dec. 1957).
  • Began with v. 1 in June 1936.
Semimonthly <1944->
  • English
  • Automobile industry and trade--United States--Periodicals.
  • Automobile industry and trade.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00822961
  • Automobile industry workers--Labor unions--United States--Periodicals.
  • Automobile industry workers--Labor unions.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00823052
  • Automobile industry workers--United States--Periodicals.
  • Automobile industry workers.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00823044
  • Labor movement--United States--Periodicals.
  • Labor movement.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00990079
  • Labor unions--United States--Periodicals.
  • Labor unions.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00990260
  • United States.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01204155
  • Affiliated with: American Federation of Labor, <July 7, 1936>-Oct. 1936; Congress of Industrial Organizations, Nov. 1936-Dec. 1957.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 1, no. 2 (July 7, 1936); title from caption.
  • Edited: -Jan. 7, 1939 by H. Martin; Jan. 14, 1939- by the International Executive Board.
  • Includes separately paged special issues.
  • Official publication of: 1936-<1940> International Union, United Automobile Workers of America; <1944>-1957 International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America.
  • Preceded by a "Special convention number" dated May 1936.
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United Automobile Worker

The United Automobile Worker was a semi-monthly publication of the union the United Automobile Workers of America.

In 1939, Edward Levinson became the paper's editor. Levinson was a Socialist with extensive experience in newspapers beginning as a reporter in the 1920s for New York's the Socialist Call, and moving into mainstream media at the New York Post. He was also the author of several books about the labor movement. Levinson's appointment was coordinated by the Congress of Industrial Organization's vice president, Sidney Hillman. In a deeply factionalized UAW, Levinson's job was to mentor and support Walter Reuther, an emerging leader within the UAW that Hillman supported, and keep an eye on overall UAW factionalism for Hillman.

Levinson would edit the paper until his death in 1945. He was succeeded as editor by Frank E. Winn. Winn was also a Socialist and had begun his newspaper career in 1935 in Dallas, Texas. Levinson had hired Winn to work at the New York Post, and the two men had a close relationship. Winn's appointment represented part of a bargain between Walter Reuther and his opponents within the UAW. Given that power within the Union was very narrowly divided, Reuther received his choice for newspaper editor by giving control to his opponents of other union positions which had greater potential to make patronage appointments.

Although a part of a union factional fight, the paper gave extensive coverage to UAW locals in the Detroit area, with an emphasis on the problems Union members experienced in dealing with management during World War II. As such, it offers a unique perspective into how war material was manufactured in Detroit.

Provided by: Central Michigan University, Clark Historical Library