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Guide to the Consolidated Edison Employees Mutual Aid Society Records
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||Consolidated Edison Employees Mutual Aid Society Records
||The Consolidated Edison Employees Mutual Aid Society was founded to provide insurance
benefits, medical services, and recreational activities for gas and electrical workers
in New York. The earliest of its predecessor organizations, the Gas Companies' Employees
Mutual Aid Society of New York, was organized Feb 17, 1891. There were approximately
two hundred members at the time of this voluntary organization's creation, and the
initial goal was to promote socialization among workers and provide a burial fund.
By the 1920s, the society ran a dispensary for medical care, provided dental care,
and had expanded life insurance benefits. These services were supported by dues and
social activities such as athletic events and dances. The Association of Employees
of the New York Edison Company was founded in 1905, and the Employees of the United
Electric Light and Power Company began in 1908. Each provided similar services to
that of the gas companies' society. When the parent utility companies merged as ConEd
from 1936-1937, the mutual aid societies followed suit. The collection includes meeting
minutes, reports, manuals, correspondence, filings with the State of New York, healthcare
statistics, and an institutional history prepared for society's fiftieth anniversary.
There are also albums containing brief biographical information and photographs of
individuals who served on the Board of Managers and of gas company employees who served
during the First World War. The records give insight into the the workings of another
outlet for worker solidarity and cooperation that operated alongside the utility workers
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