Robert W. Pemberton, Jr. was an active member of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America (IUMSWA), serving a variety of roles including Business Agent (1979-1981), District Representative, and National Vice President - Secretary General for IUMSWA (1984-1990). He was a member of IUMSWA Local 24 and was most associated with the Sparrow Point and Key Highway shipyards in Baltimore, Maryland. His duties included grievance arbitration, negotiations, insurance claims, pensions, election planning, training, productivity and contract costing. The collection includes Pemberton's copies of union bylaws, grievance arbitrations, notebooks of negotiation proposals, data and correspondence, negotiated agreements, Supreme Court and Maryland Court of Appeals decisions regarding the union, general correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, buttons and other memorabilia, and a framed letter from president of the United Automobile Workers and labor movement leader Walter P. Reuther to IUMSWA President John Green.
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