Labor's Hall of Fame Inducts Fraser, Holleran

Monday, June 2, 2014

Labor's Hall of Fame Inducts Fraser, Holleran(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)Labor's International Hall of Fame  inducted the late UAW President Doug Fraser and the late AFSCME women's rights activist Susan Holleran on May 15 in Detroit, the Hall of Fame and the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) announced. Holleran, who died in 2007, was a labor journalist at AFSCME's national headquarters and for its magazine.  A founding member of CLUW, Holleran was also active with the National Organization for Women, the Metro Washington Council and the United Labor Agency, the predecessor to today's Community Services Agency. Holleran coordinated the first national conference on pay equity, which resulted in the founding of the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1979, CLUW added. Fraser, who died in 2008, led the UAW from 1977-83 and lobbied for the first Chrysler rescue plan, through a federal loan guarantee, in 1979.  The automaker succeeded and repaid the loan with interest.  A metal finisher at Chrysler DeSoto, Fraser became a UAW activist in 1936, was twice fired for his activism, and participated in sit-down strikes at Chrysler.  Elected president of UAW Local 227 in 1943, Fraser rose from there.


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