MESA Educator newspaper

MESA Educator newspaper

This is a collection of newspapers from the Mechanic's Educational Society of America, called The Educator, from 1944-1952

The M.E.S.A. was founded in 1933, by Matthew Smith, a British machinist and socialist/syndicalist who was involved in the shop steward movement in the UK. After moving into auto production in the States, Smith helped organize the M.E.S.A., pioneering the unionization of skilled autoworkers. This Collection covers 1944-1952 with various mising issues. The M.E.S.A. refused to sign the no-strike pledge and fought against CIO incursions into their organized shops.

MESAEducator May 1944 0000.pdf11.25 MB
June 1944.pdf10.78 MB
June 1944 2nd Ed..pdf9.97 MB
July 1944.pdf10.61 MB
July 2nd Ed. 1944.pdf11.08 MB
August 1944.pdf11.15 MB
September 1944.pdf10.32 MB
October 1944.pdf9.55 MB
December 1st ed. 1944.pdf10.67 MB
January 1945.pdf8.35 MB
March 1945.pdf10.82 MB
April 1945.pdf10.62 MB
May 1945.pdf10.87 MB
July 1945.pdf9.85 MB
October 1945.pdf14.68 MB
Feb. 1946.pdf15.47 MB
April 1946.pdf15.5 MB
June 1946.pdf14.96 MB
August 1946.pdf14.47 MB
October 1946.pdf14.9 MB
December 1946.pdf15.03 MB

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Mar 23 2014 20:01


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Mar 10 2014 22:06

Very cool. I remember searching for information about M.E.S.A. a while ago, just out of curiosity, and I had a terrible time finding even the most basic information. It would be cool to eventually get a brief article outlining the history of M.E.S.A. up here too, as that doesn't seem to be online anywhere. Thanks so much!

Mar 11 2014 00:32

I'm uploading a lot more issues right now. Look for an article outlining there history come May. Glaberman touches on them in the second half of his book on Wartime Strikes.

Mar 11 2014 09:45

Great stuff, thanks. At some point you make it your upload limit and it won't let you add more. If that happens just let us know and we will increase your allowance

Mar 12 2014 22:01

Read most of these last night, very interesting stuff. Not especially revolutionary, but structurally and in practice very inspiring

Mar 12 2014 23:59

Thanks for doing this. I've "grown up" with MESA...but never seen their paper.

Mar 13 2014 01:37

Matt Smith was hilarious! Here's a couple quotes from a Senate hearing he was called to testify at during WW2 regarding MESA conducting striker during wartime:
Sen. Ferguson. . . . Did you organize [the MESA]?

Smith. No; I wouldn't say that. .. .

Sen. Ferguson. Who was really the organizer?

Smith. Some very unscrupulous employers in this area must be given credit for organizing our union. . . . Any place you cannot organize, you must be patient and allow the boss to do it for you. He is usually tempted to do just that.

The Chairman. Has your organization signed the nonstrike pledge?

Smith. Oh my goodness no. . . .

We would not, and we don't intend to refrain from striking, as we have not as yet met any employers that are worthy of being given that pledge. I am afraid they might be tempted to touch some of our members and discriminate against them, and if they ever do that, the full weight of our organization will be used, peacetime, wartime, in season or out of season, to protect our membership.


Sen. Ferguson. Do you get in the plants at all?

Smith. I get in all the plants.

Sen. Ferguson. Where your operations are?

Smith. I have no trouble at all in getting in any plant where we have a contract. At the beginning, of course, we had some difficulty, but if we couldn't get in the plant, I brought the boys out of the plant to talk to me, and then after that I was allowed in the plant. [Laughter.]

Sen. Ferguson. In other words, you called a strike.

Smith. That is right.

Sen. Ferguson. A walk-out. Then you would be able to get in with them.

Smith. That is right. I mean we understand each other. We understand that we are in an unremitting economic war with the employers. They perfectly understand.


Sen. Ferguson. The only people, then, you wouldn't take in are the stockholders?

Smith. That is right. I don't think they live good enough lives, else we mix with all kinds of people. We draw the line somewhere. [Laughter.] . . .

Sen. Ferguson. You think most of your members think the same thing?

Smith. It just depends how persuasive I have been. I don't know; I keep on being elected by giving out that philosophy. That is all I can tell you, Senator.


Smith. Our production is retarded in the Detroit area from possible potential production for various reasons: No. 1, there is an acute shortage of labor during wartime. The average man and woman in the plant is not saturated and permeated with the fear of losing their jobs. That fear is not there. The substitute, of course, should be that they want to go in for all-out production because of the war effort. My members, peculiarly enough, have been conditioned from the first time they started work, to the incentive of wages. They work for wages. They don't know how to work for idealistic causes. They don't know how to work for the four, five, or six freedoms; they work for cash.

Mar 17 2014 22:59

I have a copy of that report in PDF it's huge. Has similar interviews with Reuther and other CIO types as well.

Mar 17 2014 23:29

May I have some more?

Mar 18 2014 05:10

Yeah I'll post up the gov't reports as well as some more of the Educator in the next few days! Sorry it's trickling out!