Summary Information
Title: UE Radio Broadcasts and Film Records
Collection Number: UE.8.2
Creator: United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America.

Collection Dates: 1941-2002
Extent: 25.85 linear feet (27 boxes and 121 film reels)

Language: English

This subgroup of the Education and Publicity Department Record Group contains correspondence, scripts, film, tapes, and other non-print media produced by the UE. The materials in this subgroup provide information on labor issues and UE conventions, in addition to an overview of how the UE interacted with the public and union members through film and radio programming.

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Date Published:

July 24, 2008

Finding aid prepared by Zachary Brodt.
Revision Description:
August 2011:
Film titles were included to Series UE.8.2.4.


The United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE) Education Department is designed to educate members and workers about the union and labor issues. In addition to producing several publications throughout the year, the Education Department is responsible for the creation of informational films. In the past, the department produced radio programs that provided commentary on world events and labor issues. These programs were successful but, like many of the union’s efforts during the 1950s, fell victim to budget cuts as the UE battled the CIO’s International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE) for members.

Film was also acquired by the Research Department of the UE. Informational film produced by other unions and organizations about union committees and labor issues were kept for educational and research purposes. Footage of UE National Conventions and local events were also maintained by the union for future reference.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

This subgroup of the Education and Publicity Department Record Group contains correspondence, scripts, film, tapes, and other non-print media produced by the UE. These may include locally produced items that the national office collected for research or national office productions. The materials in this subgroup provide an overview of how the UE interacted with the public and union members through film and radio programming. Film and video regarding labor issues such as sexism, automation, and workers rights indicate how the UE informed union members of problems they were facing. Audio reels and videos also record activity at several UE National Conventions.

There is a lot of content overlap between formats and series in this subgroup. Several film shorts, such as “Free Riding Rufus,” “Keeping Up with the Van Jones,” and “Sister UE Goes to Washington” are present in both U-Matic and reel to reel formats. Film and audio regarding Arthur Gaeth is found in the film and audio series.

Materials regarding renowned radio journalist Arthur Gaeth are processed to the folder level, otherwise material is processed to the series and box levels.


This subgroup has been divided into five series as follows:

Series 8.2.1. Arthur Gaeth Collection

Series 8.2.2. Other Radio Programs and Scripts

Series 8.2.3. Audio

Series 8.2.4. Film

Series 8.2.5. Slides

Subject Terms

  • Educational videos
  • Labor unions and radio -- United States
  • Radio broadcasters -- United States
  • Radio broadcasting -- United States
  • Radio programs -- United States

Corporate Names
  • American Broadcasting Company.
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. Education Department.
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. Research Department.
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America.
  • United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America. Publicity Department.

Personal Names
  • Gaeth, Arthur, 1905-1984

  • Broadcasters

  • Radio scripts
  • Videocassettes

  • Labor

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

The records of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America are closed for a period of twenty-five years after their creation.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America in 1986, 1997, and 2004.

Preferred Citation:

UE Radio Broadcasts and Film Records, 1941-2002, UE.8.2, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Zachary Brodt in June, 2008.


The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Related Material:

Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television can be found at the Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh, call number HE8698 .A512.

Collection Inventory

Series 8.2.1. Arthur Gaeth Collection

Scope and Content Notes:

Arthur Gaeth was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1906. He became a reporter well known to radio listeners for his liberal views on world events. Gaeth was one of two American reporters covering the execution of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg and was the first reporter to broadcast from a hearing of the United States Senate. In 1947, Gaeth began to broadcast for the UE on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) network. In addition, Gaeth also participated in lectures and submitted articles for publication. In January 1950, the UE could no longer afford to sponsor Gaeth's radio program due to their battle with their emerging CIO counterpart, the IUE. By June of the same year, he was denounced as a Communist in Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television and subsequently blacklisted within the entertainment industry.

This series contains materials on the radio program On the Air with Arthur Gaeth, which was supported by the UE. Included are numerous files of correspondence by both UE and non-UE members requesting information on Gaeth or program scripts. In addition to correspondence, there are also several lists of stations that carried the Gaeth program during the late 1940s. Original and copied scripts of the Gaeth program from 1947-1950 discuss the American economy, labor union news, and foreign affairs, among other topics. Finally, the collection contains a short biography of Gaeth, printed broadcasts from 1947 to 1950, sample radio spots, and releases pertaining to the program. Audio of Gaeth can be found in Series 8-2-3 and film regarding Gaeth can be found in Series 8-2-4.

Box 1
Folder 1 Biography, 1949
Folder 02-08 Correspondence Within the UE, 1947-1950
Folder 09-15 Correspondence Outside the UE, 1948-1949
Folder 16 List of ABC Stations, July 3, 1949
Folder 17 List of Newspapers where Ads are to be Placed, 1949
Folder 18 List of Stations Carrying UE Program, 1947
Folder 19-21 Original Scripts, 1949
Folder 22 Printed Broadcasts, 1947-1948
Folder 23 Releases: Gaeth Tour, July 3, 1949
Folder 24 Releases: Labor Press, New Network, April 9, 1948
Folder 25 Releases: Papers and All UE, New Live Stations, December 26, 1947
Folder 26 Sample Letter for Community Use, 1947
Folder 27 Sample Radio Spots
Folder 28 Sample Spot Radio Announcement, 1947
Folder 29-31 Scripts, 1949-1950

Series 8.2.2. Other Radio Programs and Scripts

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains materials regarding various UE radio programs, excluding that of Arthur Gaeth. Scripts for the UE shows Report from Washington and News of Labor are represented as well as scripts from locally produced shows in Erie, Pittsburgh, Dayton, Schenectady, Johnstown, and Sunbury. Scripts used for television spots and UE produced movies are also present in this series. Many of these scripts contain information on local troubles and events, in addition to national union and labor issues. Correspondence regarding the union’s search for radio stations to broadcast shows and requests for scripts are present as well.

Box 2 "Report from Washington," "News of Labor," and Other Radio Scripts, 1950s
Box 3 “Report from Washington” Scripts, 1953-1956
Box 4 Movie and radio scripts, local publications
Box 5 Scripts from Erie, Pittsburgh, Dayton, Schenectady, Johnstown, and Sunbury
Box 6 Local Television and Radio Scripts
Box 7 Radio Scripts
Box 8 Correspondence Regarding Broadcasts

Series 8.2.3. Audio

Scope and Content Notes:

The reels in this series contain audio recordings of various UE programs and presentations. Included are tapes of Arthur Gaeth radio programs, UE National Convention speeches, and informational programs on labor issues. A variety of other radio programs were recorded to preserve interviews with a variety of UE and labor leaders for future research. The names of these programs are not known due to a lack of identification on the boxes. Many of the reels are not labeled and have not been subsequently identified.

Box 9-11 Audio Reels
Box 12 Audio Reels of Radio Programs
Box 13 Audio Cassettes

Series 8.2.4. Film

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains short films, news, and convention footage regarding the UE. These include VHS, U-Matic, and reel to reel UE and locally produced films. The film in this series has been arranged by format and contains a variety of subject matter. Many of the reels contain short films on labor issues such as automation, while many of the VHS and U-Matic cassettes contain footage from UE National Conventions, Labor Party events, and local productions. Some of the short films exist in U-Matic and reel to reel formats. Inventories of the reel to reel, VHS, and U-Matic films exist and are accessible at the Archives Service Center. Several boxes of material from the UE local at the Westinghouse plant in East Pittsburgh are included in this series as well. These boxes contain film concerning specific events of the local.

Box 15 VHS and U-Matic Cassettes
1. Fred Wright, U-Matic
2. Transferred UE Films: “Free Riding Rufus” “UE Goes to Press” “Keeping Up with the Van Jones” and “Sister UE Goes to Washington”, U-Matic
3. Convention, Organizing Session, VHS, 1996
4. Convention, VHS, 1996
5. Labor Party Founding Convention, VHS, 1996
6. Michael Parenti Interview, Bernie Sanders Speech, Bertha Lujan Interview, VHS
7. ABQC/Steeltech/Ace Co/ELBEE CESCO Convention, VHS, 1995
8. Hugh Harley and Jim Kane Convention, VHS, 1995
9. Convention, Bob Wages, VHS, 1995
10. Convention, Rally Committee Meetings, VHS, 1995
11. Convention, Red Block Independent Political Action, VHS, 1995
12. Convention, QC Workshop, VHS, 1995
13. Parenti Interview, Beacon, Ron Daniels Speech, Friction, VHS
14. Ed Workshop/Erie, VHS, 1995
15. District 11 Council Meeting, VHS, June 1996
16. “Haiti Unchained”, VHS
17. Labor Party Founding Convention Raw Tape, VHS, 1996
18. Labor Party Interview with Tony Mazocchi, VHS, 1996
19. “Labor Party Spot”, VHS
20. Convention, Organizing Session 1 and 2, VHS, 1996
21. Convention, Tuesday Morning International Affairs, VHS, 1996
22. Convention, International Thursday Morning, VHS, 1996
23. Convention, Monday Organizing Session 2, VHS, 1996
24. “UE Goes to Press”, VHS
  • Digitization in progress.
25. Rallies and Demonstrations- Circuitwise at Woolsey Hall, VHS, 1989
26. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - “Dub of Raw Footage”, VHS
27. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - “Erie Blitz Newscasts”, VHS
28. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - “Double R Charter Pittsburgh, PA”, VHS, 1989
29. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - “TULIP Meeting”, VHS
30. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - “Ft. Wayne PWOC8902 Rally (Original)”, VHS, 1990
31. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - “Plastek on UE Effort”, VHS, 1990
Box 16 VHS Cassettes
1. GE/Morristown “Recognition Song”, VHS, 1988
2. Local 168 Message to Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendall, VHS, 1994
3. Vote Count and Victory KGAN News Channel 2, VHS, 1996
4. Vote Count and Victory KGAN/Workers Memorial Service, VHS, 1996
5. Ohio Turnpike Public Sector Workers Interviews (Raw), VHS, 1995
6. Convention, Thursday Morning Speaker, VHS, 1990
7. Convention, Wednesday Afternoon Speaker, VHS, 1990
8. Convention, Thursday Afternoon Speaker, VHS, 1990
9. Convention, Opening Video, VHS, 1990
10. Convention, Organizing Report, VHS, 1990
11. Convention, Tuesday Morning Speaker, VHS, 1990
12. Convention, General Video Tape 1, VHS, 1990
13. Convention, Tuesday Afternoon Speaker, VHS, 1990
14. Convention, Wednesday Morning Speaker, VHS, 1990
15. Convention, GE Tape 3, VHS, 1990
16. Convention, Rally and Demonstration, VHS, 1990
17. Convention, Jan Pierce, VP CWA, VHS, 1991
18. Convention, Opening Monday, VHS, 1991
19. Convention, Rally, VHS, 1991
20. Convention, Opening: General President John Hovis, VHS, 1991
21. Convention, Jan Pierce, VHS, 1991
22. Convention, Organizing Session 1 and 2, VHS, 1991
23. Convention, Eugene Carol/Ann Wilson, VHS, 1991
24. Convention, Bernie Sanders, VHS, 1991
25. Convention, Admiral Eugene Carol Jr., VHS, 1991
26. Convention, Ann Wilson/Jobs with Peace, VHS, 1991
27. Convention, Interviews Part 4, VHS, 1988
28. Convention, Speech Part 1, VHS, 1988
29. Convention, Camacho, VHS, 1988
30. Convention, Pridgen/Camacho/Ramirez/Romero/Johnson, VHS, 1988
31. Convention, Proceedings Part 2, VHS, 1988
32. Convention, Chicago Convention Demonstration, VHS, 1989
33-34. Convention, Organizing Session, VHS, 1989
35-36. UE Conference Meeting in Beverly, MA, VHS, 1991
37. UE Conference A Quality Circle/Seminar Discussion UE Local 274, VHS, 1990
38. Steeltech Workers Rights and Public Accountability, VHS, 1995
39. Labor Relations Board Incident in Memphis, TN, VHS, 1993
40. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - Chicago, VHS
41. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - Erie Tad Tempo Demo, VHS
42. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - “Double-R Presentation (Main Audio)”, VHS
43. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - Erie Blitz TV Spots, VHS, 1990
44. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - Miami Valley (Ohio) Charter, VHS
45. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - Interviews (Chicago or LA), VHS
46. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - Erie Newscasts, VHS, 1990
Box 19 VHS Cassettes
1-2. District 11 Council, 8mm MP, June 22, 1996
3. Convention, Monday Morning Hightower Garvey Resolutions, VHS, 1997
4. Convention, Monday Resolutions and Rally Photograph, VHS, 1997
5. Convention, Organizing, VHS, 1997
6. Convention, Organizing/International, VHS, 1997
7. Convention, Tuesday Workshops, Racism, VHS, 1997
8-11. Convention, Unlabeled Tapes, VHS, 1997
12. Convention, Opening Workshop and Cutaways, VHS, 1997
13. Convention, VHS, 1999
14. Convention, Opening Photo, VHS, 1996
15. Convention, Opening with Hovis and Hargrove, VHS, 2000
16. Convention, Organizing Report, VHS, 2000
17. Convention, Rally and Ralph Nader, VHS, 2000
18. Convention, Organizing Report and Bourgeois, VHS, 2000
19. Convention, Monday Morning Aggressive Struggle, 506 Stewards, and Cutaways, VHS, 2000
20. Convention, Wednesday with Nader, Hill, and Roberts, VHS, 2000
21. Convention, International, VHS, 2000
22. Guastic and Labor Party Rallies, VHS, 1999
23. GE Contract Rally, VHS, 1997
24-26. Unfinished Business- Fight for Rights Under U.S. Labor Law, VHS
Box 17 VHS Cassettes
1. Plastic Workers Organizing Committee - Charter Interviews, Cutaways, and RR Recognition, VHS
2. Convention, Local Interviews, VHS, 1994
3. Convention, Cutaway, VHS, 1994
4. Convention, Organizing Session, VHS, 1994
5. Convention, Workshop Dealing With Sexist Bosses Parts 1 and 2, VHS, 1995
6-8. Kerr Management Seminars Management Meeting Tapes 1-3, VHS, 1991
9. Political Action, VHS, 1995
10. Leadership Institute Bob Supansic, VHS, 1995
11. National Archives Video, VHS
12. Fairness at Friction, VHS, 1994
13. Friction Workers Solidarity Tour - Intro and Ending, VHS, 1995
14. Friction Workers Solidarity Tour - Worker to Company
15. Friction Workers Solidarity Tour - Chicago and Introduction, VHS, 1994
16. Friction Workers Solidarity Tour - Echlin Worker to Worker 1994
17. Friction Workers Solidarity Tour - Trip 1 Virginia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, VHS, 1994
18. Friction Workers Solidarity Tour - Worker to Company 2, VHS, 1994
19. Friction Workers Solidarity Tour - Worker to Worker, VHS, 1994
20. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - Cutaways, VHS
21. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - Coggeshall, VHS, 1992
22. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - Burkville GE Firing Story, VHS, 1992
23. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - Production Slides, VHS, 1992
24. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - Big Interview Tapes, VHS, 1992
25. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - Bert Greene/Corey Preston, VHS, 1992
26. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - Bobby Sprouse/Larry Stoops, VHS, 1992
27. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - Tape Ending 2, VHS, 1992
28. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - “Which Side Are You On” Instrumental for Music, VHS, 1992
29. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - Frankfurt GE Sale Newscasts, VHS, 1992
30. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - Cutaways/Community Shots, VHS, 1992
31. Parkersburg Woodmar Video -- Video Cutaways Woodmar News, VHS, 1992
32. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - Nigel Andrews Slides, VHS, 1992
33. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - 25th Hour Anti-Union Video, VHS
34. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - Actual Meeting Parkersburg Workers, VHS, 1992
35. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - UE Rank and File Express, VHS, 1992
36. Parkersburg Woodmar Video - Dub Saturday Meeting Edit “Erie Express”, VHS, 1992
37. What Every Worker Should Know #2 Cogs Victory, Detroit Strike, and Mouseland, VHS
Box 18 VHS and U-Matic Cassettes
1. UE National Convention, U-Matic, 1957-1960
  • Digitization in progress.
2. Non-UE Productions, U-Matic
3. Miscellaneous Film, U-Matic
4. Women, VHS, 1953-1962
5. The Un-Americans, VHS
6. Keeping Up with the Van Jones, VHS
  • Digitization in progress.
7. Free-Riding Rufus, VHS
  • Digitization in progress.
8. Dirty Business, VHS
9. UE National Conventions, VHS, 1957-1960
10. Mouseland, VHS
  • Digitization in progress.
11. Deadline for Action, VHS, 1946
  • Digitization in progress.
12. “Drawing on Worker Culture” by Norman Wright, First Edit Rough Draft, VHS, 1994
13. Sister UE Goes to Washington, VHS
  • Digitization in progress.
14-15. Non-UE Productions, VHS
16-17. Arthur Gaeth Reports, VHS, 1949
18. Fred Wright, VHS
19. Miscellaneous Film, VHS
20. UE Freudenberg, VHS, 2002
21. 63rd National Convention, Thursday, VHS, 1998
22-24. 63rd National Convention, Wednesday, VHS, 1998
25. 63rd National Convention, Tuesday Morning Sessions and Workshop Cutaways, VHS, 1998
26-27. 63rd National Convention, Monday Afternoon Organizing Report , VHS, 1998
28-29. 63rd National Convention, Monday Morning, VHS, 1998
30. 63rd National Convention, Sunday Morning Cutaways and Committee Meetings, VHS, 1998
Reel 1-121 UE Film Reels
Reel 10 Free-Riding Rufus
  • Digitization in progress.
Reel 14 Keeping Up with the Van Jones
  • Digitization in progress.
Reel 54 Time to Come Back, 1960
  • Digitization in progress.
Reel 89 Chug Chug
  • Digitization in progress.
Reel 90 Shorter Work Week: One Answer to Automation, 1957
  • Digitization in progress.
Reel 94 The Myth, the Money, and the Many, 1959
  • Digitization in progress.
Reel 121 The Use of Stenofax Cartoons
  • Digitization in progress.
William Sentner Story
  • Digitization in progress.
Leading the Fight: A History of Action

A history of the United Radio and Machine Workers of America.

  • Digitization in progress.
Box 20-24 Westinghouse U-Matic Cassettes and Film Reels

Series 8.2.5. Slides

Scope and Content Notes:

The slide shows present in this series cover a variety of topics. Included are informational slides regarding the UE, labor issues, and government initiatives such as President Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” program. Also present are photographic slides depicting UE National Conventions and District 11 meetings. These slides were used during presentations by members of the UE.

Box 25-27 UE Slide Shows
Box 14 VHS and U-Matic Cassettes
1. PTP Workers- Raw Footage, VHS, 1995
2-3. We Can Do It at PTP, VHS,
4. March Against Police Brutality, Pittsburgh, VHS, 1996
5. Cox Creek- Free Forum in Baltimore, VHS, 1989
6. Convention Video- Local Interviews #3, VHS, 1994
7. Convention Video- Rally Interviews, VHS, 1994
8. UE History- Slides, VHS
9. UE History- Statements for History, VHS
10. Global Economy Workshop Part 1, VHS
11. IATSE Exposed, VHS
12-13. UE+IUGA=A Good Contract!, VHS
14. 50th Anniversary Slide Show, VHS
15-16. Woodmar: Our Future, VHS
17. Litton Corporate Campaign, VHS
18. Organizing Video- We Can Do It, Bob Kingsley, VHS
19. Pittsburgh Demonstrations- Heath Care Rally, Jobs With Justice on Channel 4 News, VHS, 1991
20. Pittsburgh Demonstrations- Heath Care Rally, Jobs With Justice on Channel 11 News, VHS, 1991
21. Rallies & Demonstrations- Local 1421 Program and March, Compton, CA, VHS, 1995
22. Rallies & Demonstrations- GE Plant and Gate Rally, VHS, 1988
23. Rallies & Demonstrations- ACE Co. Rally, VHS, 1995
24. Rallies & Demonstrations- JWJ WRB Hearing Workfare, Albany, NY, VHS, 1997
25. Rallies & Demonstrations- GE Walkouts/Membership, Warner Theater, VHS, 1995
26. Rallies & Demonstrations- Friction Demonstration, VHS, 1994
27. Rallies & Demonstrations- Several Postal Workers Picket, California, VHS
28. Rallies & Demonstrations- Rally at Federal Building, VHS, 1990
29. Rallies & Demonstrations- Workers Rights/Bedford Leadership Meeting, VHS, 1991
30. Rallies & Demonstrations- Bob Kingsley- Generic Anti-NAFTA, VHS
31. GE/Parkersburg, VHS
32. Parkersburg Woodmar Video, Harold Lockhart, U-Matic, 1992
33. Miscellaneous Reel 3 of 3, U-Matic
34. Arthur Gaeth Reports, U-Matic
35. Women, U-Matic, 1953-1962
36. Women Conference Footage 2 of 2, U-Matic, 1953