Lever, E. J. (Emil John), 1894-1975

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IWW organizer and writer.

From the description of Oral history interview with E.J. Lever, 1968. (Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban). WorldCat record id: 32321541

Russian-born Emil John Lever (1894-1975) worked as the president and founder of Cooperative Distributors, Inc., from 1923 to 1936 becoming the editor of Consumer's Defender in 1934. He organized over 200 CIO Consumer Collective Bargaining Clubs during the 1930s. Lever served the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) as a field director in the North Atlantic seaboard area from 1936 to 1939. From 1941 to 1943, he served as a CIO consultant to Sidney Hillman on the National Defense Training Program. Lever also served as the Director of the Labor Education Association for the Philadelphia area of the United Steelworkers of America. He also co-authored with Francis Goodell Labor-Management Cooperation and How to Achieve It (1948).

From the description of E.J. Lever papers, 1920-1974. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 456099819

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creatorOf Lever, Emil John, 1894-. Oral history interview with E.J. Lever, 1968. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
creatorOf Curtiss, Howard Truman, 1897-1983. Howard Truman Curtiss papers, 1888-1947 (bulk 1937-1942). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Lever, E. J. (Emil John), 1894-1975. E.J. Lever papers, 1920-1974. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
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associatedWith Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Curtiss, Howard Truman, 1897-1983. person
associatedWith Fletcher, Ben, 1890-1949. person
associatedWith Furuseth, Andrew, 1854-1938. person
associatedWith Hill, Herbert, 1924-2004, person
associatedWith Industrial Workers of the World. corporateBody
associatedWith International Association of Machinists. corporateBody
associatedWith International Longshoremen's Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Meany, George, 1894-1980. person
associatedWith Murray, Philip, 1886-1952, person
associatedWith Nader, Ralph, person
associatedWith Nearing, Scott, 1883-1983. person
associatedWith Shapp, Milton J., 1912-1994, person
associatedWith Socialist Party (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Steel Workers Organizing Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Walsh, JIm. person
associatedWith Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. corporateBody
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Birth 1894

Death 1975


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