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GM & UAW: In Their Own Words

James Wells
James Wells was born in Janesville, although he spent much of his youth in Colorado where his father worked as an electrician.  Wells went to work for Parker Pen in the early war years.  He became active in union affairs at Parker and played a key role in shifting that local from an AFL federal local to membership in the United Rubber Workers.  His tapes also contain much information on the development of the Teamsters in Janesville during the 1930s.

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