The Teamsters Labor History Research Center hosted a panel discussion on The Future of Occupy DC on March 7, 2012. Panelists included three people who had camped at MacPherson Square, one of the two Occupy sites in Washington DC. Other panelists were an activist labor lawyer and a labor movement activist. Moderators were GW Professor Rachel Riedner and GW student Beck Levy.
The Thomas E. Flynn Papers are now open and available for research within the Teamsters Labor History Research Center.
Thomas E. Flynn served as General Secretary-Treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from March 1969 until his death in March 1972. A lifelong union member, born in 1906 in Chicago, IL, Flynn was involved in and instrumental to numerous labor agreements, union organizations, executive positions, and roles of leadership.
The DC Working Class History Seminar met at the Teamsters Labor History Research Center on Saturday, February 11, 2012. The Seminar is a group of greater DC area labor, immigrant and social historians who meet every other month to discuss draft journal articles or book chapters. Generally two papers are reviewed by seminar participants who offer suggestions to the authors on how to improve their pieces. On February 11 topics included female clerical workers in the 1970s and 1980s and labor anti-communism in Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s.
The James R. Hoffa Documentation collection is now open and available for research within The Teamsters Labor History Research Center.
The Teamsters Labor History Research Center has acquired the Friends of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) History Archive.
On Wednesday, April 20th, 2011, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center hosted a panel and discussion on the “War on Workers,” which addressed the recent conflicts over collective bargaining rights of public sector workers in Wisconsin, Ohio, and in other states across the United States. The Panelists offered a range of perspectives on the history, political context, and implications of the ongoing conflicts.
On October 13, the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library celebrated the opening of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center. The center, the first major labor history resource to open in the United States in the past 30 years, will house the records of the Teamsters, one of the largest labor unions in the country.
In March 2010, International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James P. Hoffa visited the Special Collections Research Center to see the construction progress on the new IBT Labor History Research Center.
Gelman Library staff have created a new website to keep staff and patrons informed on the status of our new Labor History Research Center.