Summary Information
Title: UE Washington Representatives Records
Collection Number: UE.6.4
Creator: United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. Washington Office.

Collection Dates: 1946-1980s
Extent: 8.75 linear feet (7 boxes)

Language: English

Abstract:
Washington representatives were responsible for political and legislative affairs, policy analysis, congressional testimony, and coalition work, as well as organizing and collective bargaining in the Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. area. This subgroup contains the correspondence and research of UE Washington representatives Russ Nixon (1941-1962) and Lance Compa (1978-1988).
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

June 2009
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Jaimie George and Zachary Brodt.
Collection Scope and Content Notes

Washington representatives were responsible for political and legislative affairs, policy analysis, congressional testimony, and coalition work, as well as organizing and collective bargaining in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. area. This subgroup contains the records of UE Washington representatives Russ Nixon (1941-1962) and Lance Compa (1978-1988). Included are correspondence and research files collected by the representatives while they served the UE in its top political post. Files on UE district political action committees, civil liberties, and the presidential campaign of Henry Wallace are present in this subgroup. These records provide an indication of the union's concerns in what was happening in Washington, D.C. and the federal government during the 1950s and the 1980s.


Arrangement

This subgroup has been arranged into the following two series:

Series 6.4.1 Russ Nixon, 1941-1962

Series 6.4.2 Lance Compa, 1978-1988


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Electric industry workers -- Labor unions -- United States -- History
  • Industrial mobilization -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • Industrial relations -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • Labor unions -- Political activity -- United States
  • Labor unions -- United States -- History -- 20th century

Corporate Names
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. Washington Office.
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America.

Personal Names
  • Compa, Lance A.
  • Nixon, Russ

Locations
  • Washington (D.C.)

Category
  • Labor

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America in 1976, 1997, and 2002.

Preferred Citation:

UE Washington Representatives Records, 1946-1980s, UE.6.4, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Previous Citation:

Portions of this subgroup have been previously cited as Papers of Russ Nixon, Washington (D.C.) Representative, United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), 1946-55, UE:NO-ST-NixonR, Archives Service Center, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Jaimie George in 2003 and 2005 and by Zachary Brodt in April 2009.

Copyright:

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 Washington Office Correspondence, 1950s-1980s, UE.6.1, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

UE Washington Office Subject Files, 1940s-1960s, UE.6.2, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

UE Washington Office Research Files, 1938-1996, UE.6.3, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh


Collection Inventory

Series 6.4.1. Russ Nixon 1941-1962

Scope and Content Notes:

After receiving a PhD in Economics and teaching at Harvard University, Russ Nixon began working for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) in 1941. Initially, he acted as the union’s liaison with Labor’s Non Partisan League. In 1944, Nixon was drafted into World War II and served in the infantry. In 1945 he took part in the U. S. government’s de-nazification activities in Germany. By the end of 1946, Nixon returned to the UE and was assigned responsibility for legislative matters, such as the Presidential campaign for Progressive Party candidate Henry Wallace and UE’s opposition to the Taft-Hartley Act and Brownell-Butler Bill. As a Washington representative, Nixon served as a union liaison to federal agencies focused on union legislation and economic matters. He also commented on federal tax proposals. Nixon remained with the UE until 1962 when he became the manager of the weekly magazine The National Guardian. He later taught for a number of years at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Russ Nixon died in December 1973.

This series contains correspondence, memoranda, mimeographed material, statements, speeches, and publications. The general correspondence files contain information on speaking engagements and political topics such as civil liberties, Taft-Hartley matters, and the CIO Legislative Committee. Extensive files exist for the Political Action Campaign and include information on defeating Taft-Hartley and assisting UE districts and locals on managing their own Political Action Committees (PAC). The Political Action Campaign files also contain information on the 1947-1948 Presidential campaign for Progressive Party candidate Henry Wallace, which the UE believed would be more sympathetic to union needs than the Democratic or Republican parties. Extensive files exist for economic issues such as government tax proposals. These files include statements made by Nixon in opposition to Congressional bills seeking to disproportionately raise taxes for laboring people.


Box 1
Folder 1 American Labor Party Correspondence, 1948
Folder 02-03 CIO Legislative Correspondence, 1948-1949
Folder 4 Farm and Labor Relations Correspondence, 1947
Folder 05-06 General Correspondence, 1947-1949
Folder 7 Joint Economic Report Correspondence, 1948-1949
Folder 08-09 Labor Committee Correspondence, 1948
Folder 10-14 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1947-1958
Folder 15 General Political Action Campaign Correspondence, 1947
Folder 16 District 1 Political Action Campaign Correspondence, 1947-1948
Folder 17-18 District 2 Political Action Campaign Correspondence, 1947-1949
Folder 19 District 3 Political Action Campaign Correspondence, 1947-1948
Folder 20-21 District 4 Political Action Campaign Correspondence, 1947-1948
Folder 22 District 5 Political Action Campaign Correspondence, 1948
Folder 23-24 District 6 Political Action Campaign Correspondence, 1947-1948
Folder 25-26 District 7 Political Action Campaign Correspondence, 1947-1949

Box 2
Folder 1 District 8 Political Action Campaign Correspondence, 1948
Folder 02-03 District 9 Political Action Campaign Correspondence, 1947-1949
Folder 4 District 10 Political Action Campaign Correspondence, 1948
Folder 5 District 11 Political Action Campaign Correspondence, 1947-1950
Folder 6 District 12 Political Action Campaign Correspondence, 1948
Folder 07-08 Speaking Engagements and Statements Correspondence, 1946-1949
Folder 9 Wage/Hour, Equal Pay and Unemployment Correspondence, 1947-1949
Folder 10-11 Washington Office Correspondence, 1947-1948
Folder 12-17 Memoranda, 1947-1955
Folder 18-19 General Mimeographs, 1947-1948
Folder 20 Progressive Party Mimeographs, 1948
Folder 21 Schedule, 1947-1957
Folder 22 Economic Report Statements, 1948
Folder 23 House Un-American Activities Committee Statements, 1952
Folder 24 Proposals for Economic Controls, 1953
Folder 25-26 Tax Proposals, 1951-1954
Folder 27 UE Independent Political Committee, 1948
Folder 28-29 Wallace, Henry - Speeches and Statements, 1948
Box 3 Correspondence, 1950s
Box 4 District Correspondence and Subject Files, 1947-1948
Box 5 District and National Office Correspondence, 1950s

Series 6.4.2. Lance Compa 1978-1988

Scope and Content Notes:

Lance Compa graduated from Yale Law School and joined the UE in 1973 as an organizer in New England and the South. From 1978 to 1988, Compa served as the Washington representative for the UE. He joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1997 as a senior lecturer of International and Comparative Labor studies.

This series includes subject files on civil liberties, immigration, retirees, and other labor issues. Other files contain information on companies, as well as court and National Labor Relations Board cases involving UE members.

Box 6 Subject Files on Labor Issues, undated
Box 7 Subject Files on Companies and National Labor Relations Board Cases, undated