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GM & UAW: In Their Own Words

Ralph Hilkin
Ralph Hilkin was born near Dubuque, Iowa. He moved to Janesville circa 1930 to work at Fisher Auto Body where he became an early rank and file member of Local 95. After World War II he joined the Janesville Fire Department. Hilkin played a key role in transforming the Firefighters Association into an effective labor organization. His tapes contain much information on his early years at Fisher and on his service with the fire department especially concerning his union activities.

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