Lucile Speer discusses the development of the University Teachers Union at the University of Montana (then Montana State University) in Missoula, Montana. She notes its primary goal was the economic improvement of the University and its employees, not collective bargaining. Speer explains how the Teachers Union partnered with other labor organizations, such as the Trades and Labor Council in Missoula, and its relationship with the University administration that led to the failed chancellor system. She also notes how eventually the union formed a legislative committee to send a person to the Montana legislature. Speer frequently mentions Jim Murry, Executive Secretary of Montana AFL-CIO, and Jimmy Graham, President of the state Labor Federation, and how they provided support for the Teachers Union. Speer also mentions the Grievance Committee and how it aligned with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) to prevent injustices at the university level.
University Teachers Union (University of Montana); University of Montana (Missoula) history; University of Montana (Missoula) faculty; University of Montana (Missoula); Trades and Labor Council; Montana Labor Organization; Montana Unions; Chancellor System; James Murry; Jimmy Graham; Grievance Committee; American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
Lucile Speer Interviews Oral History Project, OH 046, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Speer, Lucile, "Lucile Speer Interview, February 3, 1981" (1981). Lucile Speer Interviews Oral History Project. 3.