Abstract

The decision of clerical and technical workers at Boston University to organize with District 65 of the UAW was as rooted in the labor movement as it was in the womens movement. By the early 1970s, office workers at B.U. were dissatsified with working conditions that included -- among other grievances -- sexual harassment and a classification system that did not value "women's work." In 1979 after an intense struggle with the administration, B.U. finally recognized the union and signed their first contract.

The collection includes a printed history and videotape documenting unionization activities at Boston University's Medical Campus.

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Special Collections & University Archives
UMass Amherst Libraries
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, Mass. 01003-9275
413-545-2780
United Auto Workers District 65, Boston University Local Collection
ca.1980s
1 folder
Call no.: MS 320

Background on United Auto Workers, District 65

The decision of clerical and technical workers at Boston University to organize with District 65 of the UAW was as rooted in the labor movement as it was in the womens movement. By the early 1970s, office workers at B.U. were dissatsified with working conditions that included -- among other grievances -- sexual harassment and a classification system that did not value "women's work." In 1979 after an intense struggle with the administration, B.U. finally recognized the union and signed their first contract. Originally part of the Distributive Workers Union, District 65 had affiliated with the United Auto Workers in 1979, and was instrumental in leading similar efforts to organize white collar workers at Harvard and several other universities.

Contents of Collection

Printed history, District 65, UAW at BU: The First Ten Years (1988), and videotape, Twice as Strong, regarding unionization activities at Boston University Medical Campus.

Administrative information
Provenance

Acquired from Leslie Lomasson

Processing Information

Processed by Ken Fones-Wolf, 1990.

Bibliography

For more on District 65, see John P. Hoerr, We can't eat prestige : the women who organized Harvard Call no.: Du Bois Library LD2120 .H64 1997.

Acknowledgments

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: United Auto Workers District 65, Boston University Local Collection (MS 320). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
Subjects
  • Collective bargaining--Professions--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Collective labor agreements--Medical personnel --Massachusetts--Boston--History.
  • District 65, UAW at BU.
  • Twice as strong.
Names
  • Boston University. Medical Campus.
  • International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. District 65.
  • International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. District 65.
Genre terms
  • Videotapes.