Guide to the UE Legal Department Personnel Papers, 1940-1970s UE.9.1

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ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
UE Legal Department Personnel Papers
Creator
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. Legal Department.
Collection Number
UE.9.1
Date
1940-1970s
Extent
15.0 linear feet (12 boxes)
Abstract
This subgroup contains the records of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE) Legal Department staff. Records include correspondence and legal documents regarding War Labor Board cases and company information.

Preferred Citation

UE Legal Department Personnel Papers, 1940-1970s, UE.9.1, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Scope and Content Notes

The Legal Department of the UE consisted of general and associate counsels that were responsible for representing the national union, as well as its locals and members, during legal hearings and cases. This subgroup contains the papers of Legal Department staff. Records include correspondence and legal documents regarding War Labor Board cases and company information. Documents regarding the draft status of UE staff are also present.

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Arrangement

Series 9.1.1. Fred Livingston

Series 9.1.2. David Scribner

Series 9.1.3. Frank J. Donner

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 2009

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

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.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America in 1976, 1986, and 1997.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jaimie George in 2003 and 2004 and by Zachary Brodt in April 2009.

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Related Materials

Related Material

UE Law Firm and Attorney Correspondence, 1943-1979, UE.9.6, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Federal Bureau of Investigation on the UE Records, 1940-1985, UE.9.5, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

UE Communism Collection, 1935-1968, UE.10.2.1, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Hymen Schlesinger Papers, 1927-1990, AIS.1977.33, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. -- History
  • United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945).
  • United States. Selective Service System.

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Legal documents
  • Personnel records

Personal Name(s)

  • Donner, Frank J.
  • Livingston, Frederick R., 1912-1986
  • Scribner, David

Subject(s)

  • Draft -- United States -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
  • Draft registration -- United States – History -- World War, 1939-1945
  • Electric industry workers -- Labor unions -- United States -- History
  • Group insurance -- United States
  • Labor
  • Labor lawyers -- United States
  • Labor unions -- Organizing -- United States
  • Labor unions -- United States -- History -- 20th century

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Previous Citation

UE Legal Department Personnel Papers, 1940-1970s, UE.9.1, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Portions of this collection have been previously cited as Papers of Fred Livingston, Associate General Counsel, United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), 1940-45, UE:NO-ST-LivingstonF, Archives Service Center, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  9.1.1. Fred Livingston 1936-1945 

Scope and Contents note

Frederick R. Livingston was born in November 1912. In 1944 Livingston left the federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to become the Associate General Counsel of the UE. In this capacity, Livingston advised the union and represented it before the draft board, War Labor Board, and War Manpower Commission during World War II.

The first two boxes in this series contain materials regarding the draft status of UE staff. The memorandum produced by the UE for the Director of Selective Service is particularly interesting since it provides justification for deferring international officers from military service and stresses the UE’s importance to the war effort. The draft questionnaires, arranged alphabetically by last name of staff member, provide biographical information often not available elsewhere and shed light on staff members’ roles in the union and war economy. Correspondence with Selective Service and the local draft boards is also included.

The rest of this series includes research on group insurance for the union. Several of these files relate directly to the creation of the 1944 pamphlet “UE Guide to Group Insurance” designed to assist UE locals negotiating insurance policies with their companies. Included is correspondence with attorneys, UE districts, UE locals, and other CIO unions concerning insurance policies. Also present is a set of questionnaires from a survey conducted by the UE national office to determine the amount of insurance coverage obtained at the local union level. Several information files exist for individual insurance companies and policies. Additional files bring together War Labor Board cases from 1943 to 1945 focused on determining whether unions were to be permitted to acquire group insurance benefits or not.

  BoxFolder
Affidavit – Occupational Classification, undated 11
  Folder
CIO Review Committee on Draft Committee, 1942-1944 2
  Folder
Classification Advice, 1944-1945 3
  Folder
Correspondence – Selective Service, 1944 4
  Folder
Deferred Indefinitely, 1944-1945 5
  Folder
Draft Deferment, 1942-1945 06-07
  Folder
Draft Miscellaneous, 1944 8
  Folder
Memorandum on the Draft Status of Staff – Deferments, 1944 09-14
  Folder
Names of Companies Recommending Occupational Deferment, 1942 15
  Folder
Newspaper Items, 1944 16
  Folder
Occupational Deferment by District, 1944 17-25
  Folder
General Information on Questionnaire on Draft, 1942-1944 26
  Folder
Questionnaire on Draft, A-B, 1942-1945 27-34
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Questionnaire on Draft, C, 1942-1945 35-39
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Questionnaire on Draft, D, 1942-1945 40-48
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Questionnaire on Draft, E, 1942-1945 201-02
  Folder
Questionnaire on Draft, F, 1942-1945 03-08
  Folder
Questionnaire on Draft, G, 1942-1945 09-11
  Folder
Questionnaire on Draft, H, 1942-1945 12-15
  Folder
Questionnaire on Draft, I, 1942-1945 16
  Folder
Questionnaire on Draft, J, 1942-1945 17-19
  Folder
Questionnaire on Draft, K, 1942-1945 20-22
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Questionnaire on Draft, L, 1942-1945 23-26
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Questionnaire on Draft, M, 1942-1945 27-36
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Questionnaire on Draft, N, 1942-1945 37-40
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Questionnaire on Draft, O, 1944 41
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Questionnaire on Draft, P, 1942-1944 42-43
  Folder
Questionnaire on Draft, R, 1942-1945 44-49
  Folder
Questionnaire on Draft, S, 1942-1945 50-55
  Folder
Questionnaire on Draft, T, 1941-1945 56-58
  Folder
Questionnaire on Draft, V-W, 1942-1945 59-61
  Folder
Questionnaire on Draft, Z, 1943-1944 62-63
  Folder
Requested Draft Deferments, 1944 64
  Folder
War Department, 1942-1944 65
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Analysis of UE Local Plans, 1944-1945 301-02
  Folder
Car Accident Case, 1944 3
  Folder
Companies: Aetna Life Insurance Company, 1944 4
  Folder
Companies: Associated Hospital Service, 1944 5
  Folder
Companies: Connecticut General Life Insurance, 1943-1944 6
  Folder
Companies: Equitable Insurance Company, 1944 7
  Folder
Companies: Group Health Co-Operative, 1943-1944 8
  Folder
Companies: John Hancock Life Insurance, 1944 9
  Folder
Companies: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 1936-1942 10
  Folder
Companies: Miscellaneous, 1944-1945 11
  Folder
Companies: Prudential Life Insurance, 1944-1945 12
  Folder
Companies: Savings Bank Life Insurance, 1944 13
  Folder
Companies: Trade Union Accident and Health, 1943-1944 14
  Folder
Companies: Trade Union Agency Insurance, 1942-1944 15
  Folder
Correspondence: Attorneys, 1944 16
  Folder
Correspondence: CIO Unions, 1943-1944 17
  Folder
Correspondence: Miscellaneous, 1944-1945 18
  Folder
Correspondence: State Capitols and Washington, 1943-1944 19
  Folder
Correspondence: UE Districts and Locals, 1943-1945 20-21
  Folder
Fitzgerald, Albert – Accident Policy, 1945 22
  Folder
Miscellaneous, 1943-1944 23
  Folder
Newspaper Articles, 1944-1945 24
  Folder
Pension Plans, 1944-1945 25
  Folder
Insurance Plans: Associated with the UE, 1944-1945 26
  Folder
Insurance Plans: District 4, 1942-1944 27
  Folder
Insurance Plans: General Electric, 1940-1945 28
  Folder
Insurance Plans: Miscellaneous, 1943-1944 29-30
  Folder
Insurance Plans: New York City, 1944 31
  Folder
Insurance Plans: Under Current Contract, 1943-1944 32
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Policy at UE National Office, 1944-1945 41
  Folder
Policy Proposals to UE, 1943 2
  Folder
Questionnaire to Locals on Insurance Coverage, 1944-1945 03-05
  Folder
Requests for Books and Information, 1943-1945 6
  Folder
Simons and Greeley – Employee Benefit Plans, 1945 7
  Folder
Specimen Insurance Policies, 1943-1944 8
  Folder
Taxation, 1944 9
  Folder
UE Guide to Group Insurance: Letters and Clippings, 1944-1945 10
  Folder
UE Guide to Group Insurance: Plates, undated 11
  Folder
Veterans, 1944 12
  Folder
Wagner-Murray-Dingell Bill on Social Security, 1944-1945 13
  Folder
War Labor Board Case: Dissenting Opinion, 1944 14
  Folder
War Labor Board Case: Representatives’ Correspondence, 1943-1944 15
  Folder
War Labor Board Case: Rulings on Group Insurance, 1943-1945 16
  Folder
Worksheets, 1943-1945 17
  Folder
Workers Compensation, 1944 18
  Box
Group Insurance: Correspondence and UE Staff Files, undated 05-07

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Series  9.1.2. David Scribner 1943-1945 

Scope and Contents note

David Scribner served as General Counsel for the UE during the 1940s to the 1950s. He represented the union throughout the hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and other ensuing trials accusing members of the UE to be members of the Communist Party. His work with the UE and other cases in which he believed a defendant's civil rights were being compromised led to him being investigated by the FBI. Scribner was also a founder of the National Lawyers Guild and served as executive secretary in 1959. He died in April 1991.

This series contains many files regarding National and regional War Labor Board cases concerning UE locals and their companies. Included are correspondence, clippings, and legal documents. Publications on companies and certified public accountants in New York are also present.

  BoxFolder
Local 456 Negotiations and War Labor Board Case, 1943 81
  Folder
Smith-Connaly Strike Vote, GE-GM, Westinghouse, 1945 2
  Folder
General Electric and Westinghouse, War Labor Board, 1945 3
  Folder
War Labor Board Transcript, Breeze Corp., 1944 4
  Folder
Westinghouse and GE, War Labor Board Cases, 1945 5
  Folder
Westinghouse War Labor Board Joint Application, 1943-1945 6
  Folder
GE War Labor Board Joint Applications, 1944 7
  Box
War Labor Board Cases and Correspondence, undated 09-10

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Series  9.1.3. Frank J. Donner 1950-1967 

Scope and Contents note

Frank Donner earned his law degree from Columbia University and soon after became a staff attorney for the NLRB. He then served as counsel for the Congress of Industrial Organizations from 1943 to 1947, when he started his own firm. He specialized in defending people questioned by HUAC and was himself accused of being a Communist during the hearings. These experiences led to him becoming general counsel for the UE during the 1960s. He wrote several books, including The Un-Americans, and from 1971 until his death in 1993, he was director of the American Civil Liberties Union Project on Political Surveillance at Yale Law School.

This series contains office files of Frank Donner. Included are correspondence, address books, business cards, and records from his law firm. Some personal correspondence is also present.

  BoxFolder
Donner, Perlin & Piel, Settlement of Firm Accounts, undated 111
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Danny Donner-School, 1959-1966 2
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Correspondence regarding Ballantine Book, 1961-1963 3
  Folder
Lillian Hellman, 1950-1960 4
  Folder
Ballantine Books Correspondence, 1962-1965 5
  Folder
Albany-Georgia Suit-Temporary, 1959 6
  Folder
Talks-Articles-Book, Carey McWilliams, 1960-1965 7
  Folder
Correspondence with Arthur Kinoy-Research Project, 1963 8
  Folder
Clippings on McCarthy and the UE, 1954 9
  Folder
Frank J. Donner Misc., undated 10
  Folder
Memos and Correspondence, 1958-1962 11
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Arbitration, 1976 121
  Folder
Miscellaneous, 1976 2
  Folder
Student Draft, 1968-1969 3
  Folder
Correspondence, January 1966-December 1967 4
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Jacobson, 1970-1971 5
  Folder
Correspondence on the Right Wing, 1962-1963 6
  Folder
L.M. Rabinowitz Foundation, 1962 7
  Folder
Personal Correspondence, A-L, 1960-1961 8
  Folder
Personal Correspondence, A-L, 1959-1962 9
  Folder
Guns-Gun Control, 1968 10
  Folder
Donner & Piel-Financial, 1964 11
  Folder
Personal Correspondence, M-Z, 1959-1962 12
  Folder
Personal Correspondence, A-L on the Right Wing, 1963 13

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