WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Paul Jennings, co-founder of the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers who earned a spot on President Richard M. Nixon's enemy list, has died, the union announced Thursday.
Jennings, who died Monday at 69 in his Long Island home after a long illness, helped found the IUE in 1949 and was its president for 10 years.
The other founder was James Carey, a tough negotiator who was the IUE's first president until 1964 when he lost to Jennings in a close election. (Carey had appeared to win a narrow victory but the Department of Labor ordered a recount, which gave the presidency to Jennings.)
Jennings discarded Carey's policy of independence and sought cooperation from related unions, especially in bargaining with such industrial giants as General Electric. He called his strategy "coalition bargaining."