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This collection contains all of the issues of the UE News, the official newspaper of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), from the newspaper’s founding in 1939 through 2010. These issues document the rise of the union, UE efforts during World War II, its struggles with McCarthyism, the union’s evolution as the country’s economy deindustrialized, and much more. BROWSE ALL ISSUES HERE

Also included in this collection are photographs representing the activities, officers, and members of the UE in Pittsburgh area from about 1936 to 1959. Major local unions, such as UE Local 601 (Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh) and UE Local 610 (Westinghouse Airbrake in Wilmerding and Union Switch and Signal in Swissvale), are represented. These locals were part of UE District Six, which, in its aggregate, included all of the UE locals in Western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.

Images were selected that illustrate huge wartime rallies during World War II, the 1946 Strike wave, the political culture of CIO unions like UE, and the contests for power that weakened the union and fragmented the labor movement during the Cold War.

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