The Paul J. Goldener United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Local 645 Collection documents the history, development ,and accomplishments of the UAW dating from 1937 to 1977. The bulk of the collection is composed of UAW administrative records such as constitutions and by-laws, agreements, demands, minutes, settlements, union reports and a variety of publications. Also included are resolutions, manuals on labor laws, labor cases, federal registers, newsletters, press releases, brochures, pamphlets, handbooks, correspondence, newspaper clippings, addresses, essays and testimony. The major portion part of the collection deals with UAW Local #645, based in Van Nuys, California. It has been arranged in four series: Administrative Records (1926-1977), UAW Collective Bargaining (1950-1976), Publications, Reports and Programs (1922-1979), and Non-Manuscript Material (ca.1960-1970).
Series I, Administrative Records, consists predominantly of UAW constitutions and by-laws, reports of UAW presidents to the national constitutional conventions, correspondence, minutes, employees' reports, memorandums, and resolutions, which combine to document workings of the UAW and its locals. The files are arranged alphabetically.
Series II, UAW Collective Bargaining, consists of agreements, demands and settlements, including grievance cases, disposition proposals, and guidelines for handling grievances. The records in this series document the UAW's struggles and achievements at the bargaining table. The files are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series III, Publications, Reports, and Programs, consists of essays and addresses by union leaders, government documents, general and professional periodicals, pamphlets, handbooks, brochures, newsletters, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, manuals, and educational booklets pertaining to labor history, health insurance plans and benefits, labor cases and legislation, auto industry, labor publications and education. Of particular interest are copies of the Valley Auto and Air News, organ of UAW Local # 645, dating from October 1952 to December 1967. The files are arranged alphabetically with respect to format and size of materials.
Series IV, Non-Manuscript Material, includes audio cassettes, photographs, and posters. Audio recordings include addresses given by UAW leaders at and highlights of the UAW 1970 Special Convention, and photographs and posters document the history and progress of strikes, collective bargaining, and political involvement of the UAW.