Summary Information
Title: Robert Jurich Scrapbooks
Collection Number: AIS.1990.15
Creator: Jurich, Robert

Collection Dates: 1981-1990
Extent: 2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Language: English

Robert "Joe" Jurich was a member of UE Local 610 at Westinghouse Airbrake Company’s Airbrake Division in Wilmerding, Pa., and the Denomination Ministry Strategy (DMS). This collection is comprised of scrapbooks regarding the strike at Westinghouse Airbrake from 1981 to 1982, as well as protests of the DMS and deindustrialization in the Pittsburgh area.

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

April 2010

Finding aid prepared by Zachary Brodt.

Robert "Joe" Jurich was born in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania, in 1929. He was at one time the Chief Steward of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) Local 610 at Westinghouse Airbrake Company’s Airbrake Division in Wilmerding. On November 1, 1981, approximately 3,700 UE members voted by a majority to walk off the job in protest of the company’s contract proposals during collective bargaining. Local 610 settled on a contract with Westinghouse in May 1982, gaining modest wage increases and other benefits at a time when other unions agreed to concessions during negotiations. Jurich also became a member of the Denominational Ministry Strategy, which was a Pittsburgh-based group that targeted banking and manufacturing corporations within Pittsburgh as the primary reason behind the region's deindustrialization.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection is comprised of scrapbooks of clippings that are mainly from Pittsburgh and McKeesport daily newspapers. The scrapbooks document the progress of the UE Local 610 Airbrake Strike that took place between 1981 and 1982. Two other scrapbooks include clippings regarding the Denominational Ministry Strategy. The rest of the scrapbooks are concerned with regional labor, and some national and international labor topics, from 1982 to 1990.

Subject Terms

  • Deindustrialization -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh Region
  • Electric industry workers -- Labor unions -- Pennsylvania -- Wilmerding
  • Labor -- United States
  • Labor disputes -- United States
  • Strikes and lockouts -- Electric industry -- Pennsylvania -- Wilmerding

Corporate Names
  • Denominational Ministry Strategy.
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. Local 610 (Wilmerding, Pa.).
  • Westinghouse Air Brake Company.

Personal Names
  • Jurich, Robert

  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Scrapbooks

  • Labor
  • Personal papers

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Robert Jurich in June 1990.

Preferred Citation:

Robert Jurich Scrapbooks, 1981-1990, AIS.1990.15, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Zachary Brodt in April 2010.


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:

UE Local 610 Records, 1937-1990, UE.16.610, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Charles J. McCollester Collection on the 1981-82 Electrical Workers Strike at Westinghouse Airbrake Company (Wilmerding, Pa. and Swissvale, Pa.), 1981-1983, AIS.1988.18, Archives Service Center, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Denominational Ministry Strategy Collection, 1973-1995, AIS.1989.07, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Collection Inventory

Box 1
Volume 1-5 UE Local 610 Strike at Westinghouse Airbrake in Wilmerding, 1981-1982
Volume 6-7 Denominational Ministry Strategy, 1984-1989

Box 2
Volume 8-11 Deindustrialization, 1982-1988