Douglas Fraser (UAW) And Susan Holleran (AFSCME) To Be Inducted In Labor's International Hall of Fame On May 15, 2014 In Detroit

Labor’s International Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony will posthumously honor Douglas Fraser (UAW) and Susan Holleran (AFSCME) during an event on Thursday, May 15 at the UAW GM Human Resource Center located on 200 Walker Street in Detroit, Michigan.

The 45-minute event will begin at 6:15 PM and will be preceded by a reception beginning at 5:30 PM, which will be held inside the UAW GM Winter Garden.

Established in 1973, Labor’s International Hall of Fame has inducted more than 100 labor activists, heroes and supporters who have made a difference in the lives of working men and women in this country.

This year’s inductees include Susan E. Holleran (1941-2007) who was a labor journalist for AFSCME's national headquarters and its international magazine and also a founding member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW).

Holleran was also a member of the National Organization of Women (NOW), active in community service activities of the Washington, D.C. AFL-CIO, and coordinator of the first national conference on pay equity which resulted in the founding of the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1979.

Also inducted this year will be Douglas Fraser (1916-2008) who was an American union leader and president of the United Auto Workers from 1977 to 1983. He is best remembered for helping to save Chrysler from bankruptcy in 1979 by heavily lobbying Congress for a financial loan.

In Fraser's early career, he found work as a metal finisher in one of Chrysler's DeSoto factories, where he became active in the union in 1936, was twice fired for his union beliefs and activities, and participated sit-down strikes at Chrysler. Fraser was elected president of UAW Local 227 in 1943.

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