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District Council 65 (former)

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Long-time headquarters of a union with an activist history

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : NoHo
Open Space, Housing

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Thirteen Astor Place holds a central place in New York City's labor history. For many years this 19th century building was home to District Council 65, a union founded in the 1930s that grew to have enormous influence before it went bankrupt in 1993. Remembered by its many members as the embodiment of the union's wide-reaching social and political roles, the building has now been converted into private condominiums.

District 65, United Auto Workers (UAW) traces its origins to the Wholesale Dry Goods Workers Union organized in 1933 by a group of employees in a dry goods warehouse on New York's Lower East Side. Through a series of mergers the union grew to over 15,000 members in the early 1940s. And during the postwar years the union expanded its reach even more, eventually representing workers in such diverse fields as publishing, museums, and university administration. The union...

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Crowe, Kenneth C. "Union Files Bankruptcy to Thwart Foreclosure." New York Newsday, January 19, 1993.

Eisner, Gene. Place Matters/New York Labor History Association Storytelling Contest. February 2, 2000.

Kayton, Bruce.Radical Walking Tours of New York City. New York City: Seven Stories Press. 1999.

Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. District 65, United Auto Workers Records. New York University.


Eugene Eisner

The home to District Council 65 (formerly known as Local 65) for more than 50 years. The Union was in the forefront of all progressive movements.

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