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Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, Local 1-S Department Store Workers Union was organized at Macy’s in New York City on June 7, 1939 by the Congress of Industrial Organizations’ Department Store Organizing Committee. Headed by Sam Kovenetsky, a stockroom worker who served as Business Manager of Local 1-S from 1939 to 1948 and as President from 1948 to 1980, the union bargained for employee benefits including increased job security, higher minimum wages, and a company-paid health insurance plan. Originally affiliated with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), Local 1-S and other left-wing locals seceded from the RWDSU in 1948 after the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act. However, in 1951 Local 1-S re-affiliated with the CIO under a separate charter as an international union, the United Department Store Workers of America and in 1955 the Local re-affiliated with the RWDSU. The records consist of correspondence, minutes, constitutions, notes, speeches, newsletters, agreements, contract negotiations, grievances, annual reports, economic reports, memoranda, circulars and brochures. NOTE: This collection is stored offsite and advance notice is required for use.
Louis Weinstock was born in Hungary in 1903 and emigrated to the United States in 1923. He settled in New York City and in 1925 joined the Painters’ Union, Local 499. Weinstock became one of the leaders of the “Rank and File” movement in District Council 9 of the International Painters and Paperhangers. He fought for Social Security and initiated the drive for unemployment insurance. Weinstock also led the Rank-and-File painters caucus in a fight against corruption in the union, defeating the corrupt leadership of the infamous Lepke-Gurrah racketeer gang and getting elected to the office of Secretary-Treasurer. In 1951, he was charged with conspiring to violate the Smith Act while teaching a trade union class; he was found guilty and sentenced to three years in jail. Weinstock retired from the union in 1963 and died in 1994 from heart failure.
Sol Gorelick (1916-2004) was a social worker and union activist. He began his career with the City of New York in 1940 as a caseworker at the Brownsville Welfare Center. He would work with the city's welfare departments in Brooklyn until his retirement in 1980, also working at the Boro Hall Center and Fulton Center. The range of city documents maintained by Gorelick include memorandums, correspondence, procedural manuals, and educational materials. They document the city's bureaucratic culture, labor relations, unemployment, social conditions, health and healthcare, and housing in mid-20th century Brooklyn. Gorelick was a union member throughout his career with the city. His longest membership was with the Welfare Local 371 of AFSCME, District Council 37. He was a member during the union's tempestuous 1960s, which saw tense contract standoffs with the city, strikes, competition with the rival Social Service Employees Union, and the eventual merger of the two as the SSEU Local 371. Union materials include those documenting committee and chapter activities, negotiations, and recruitment. Gorelick was also active in professional organizations and advocacy groups, including the National Association of Social Workers and the Brooklyn Tuberculosis and Lung Association. Documents from these organizations and others illustrate how a social worker's activism could span work, union, volunteer, and professional activities.
This collection contains the records of the Engineers Association of ARMA, Local 418 of the International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE), from 1953-1983. This collection documents the unionization of ARMA's Brooklyn Plant of white collar defense engineers and technicians. The collection is made up of minutes and by-laws, office correspondence, the union's publicity and publications, photographs, grievances, arbitrations, and contract agreements and negotiations.
The Civil Service Technical Guild (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 375) was organized in 1937. It represents engineers, architects, chemists, and technical inspectors employed by the City of New York; employees of various City departments are organized into separate chapters, each with its own officers. The Guild has fought against “farming out” of city contracts to private firms, has won expanded benefits for its members, has opposed political patronage in hiring and has supported reform of the City’s Civil Service examination and job classification systems. This comprehensive collection of union records was donated by former Guild presidents, Philip Brueck, Alexander Lurkis, Joseph Collins and Louis Albano, as well as by individual Guild members. NOTE: This collection is housed offsite and advance notice is required for use.
The Jewish Labor Committee, an umbrella group of Jewish or Jewish-led trade unions and fraternal organizations, was founded in New York City in 1934. Its primary purposes were to organize anti-Nazi and anti-fascist activity and to provide assistance to European Jews and others persecuted by these movements. During World War II, it maintained close ties with European resistance movements and was able to effect the rescue of hundreds of labor and socialist activists and their families. After the War, it helped to reunite families and resettle survivors. The original donation of JLC records to NYU included more than 800 linear feet of material. This guide describes the first portion of the JLC records; included are general administrative records for the Committee’s earliest years as well as files documenting anti-Nazi activity (including relations with other Jewish organizations), rescue and aid activities, and overseas work in general. Most documentation of the JLC’s domestic anti-discrimination work, which increased in intensity in the post-war years, is included in later series.
The Jewish Labor Committee (JLC) is an umbrella group of Jewish trade unions and fraternal organizations. Founded in 1934, the JLC's initial goals were to organize opposition to Nazism and provide assistance to the victims of Nazi persecution. As the immediate need for relief passed, the JLC turned its energies toward various civil, human, and trade union rights causes. Though largely focused on issues of domestic social and economic justice after the 1950s, the JLC continued to campaign on international matters, particularly the support of the State of Israel and the opposition of discrimination against Soviet Jews. Part III of the JLC Records focus primarily on the JLC's post-war activities, though some materials from its relief and rescue period are also present. The records in Part III, which date mostly from the 1960s to the 1990s, reflect the diversity of the JLC's interests and areas of advocacy and the JLC's role as a liaison between the Jewish community and organized labor.
Frank Schonfeld was born in 1916, and died in 2011. After some training as a rabbi, he studied in the Social Action program at the New School. After World War II service in the Merchant Marines, he joined Local 1011 of the Painters union in 1945. In 1961, Schonfeld ran for secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Painters District Council 9 (New York City). He lost and the winning Rarback administration sued him for libel. He then launched a public campaign to clean up corruption in the union. Blocked from running in 1964, in 1966 he ran for secretary-treasurer and won. He held office for two terms, during which time he carried out a number of reforms to combat union corruption. In 1972, he was found guilty by a union trial board on charges later determined to be unfounded. Schonfeld's campaign to end union corruption led to the eventual indictments of key leaders. This collection provides an inside view of a trade distinguished by highly volatile employment cycles, corrupt practices, and successive waves of different ethnic groups making up the workforce. It includes correspondence, flyers, election materials, legal documents, agreements, bulletins, photographs and clippings.
The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) was founded in 1976 to advocate for safe and healthy workplaces. NYCOSH bases much of its advocacy on the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and has helped spearhead successful efforts to preserve the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The collection includes minutes of membership, steering committee, health and technical committee, personnel committee, political education committee and workers' compensation committee meetings, general correspondence, requests for assistance, membership records, course materials, publicity flyers, fact sheets, newsletters, fund raising materials, pamphlets, lobbying materials, and educational materials.
The New York State AFL-CIO was founded in December 1958 by the merger of the separate state bodies of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Materials mostly relate to the role of the New York State AFL-CIO in state politics and legislative initiatives. Among the issues well-documented in the collection are workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, minimum wage, education, and healthcare.
This collection contains the records of the Labor Theater (1973-1987?), which was a theater group that worked to bring plays to the American working class. The collection contains correspondence, grant proposals, and confirmations, by-laws, reports, contracts, touring agreements, theater locations, resumes, programs, scripts, press reviews, questionnaires, photographs, and financial records that relate to the fundraising and productions of the Labor Theater.
Founded in 1882, largely through the leadership of Harrison Grey Fiske, the Actors’ Fund of America is a human services organization that makes available aid to professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industry. In general, the Actors’ Fund acts as a safety net, offering a range of social and health-related services for members of the performing arts community who are in need or crisis. The Fund maintains a home for the elderly with an extended care nursing facility, runs the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic in New York City, and directs a number of other programs and initiatives, including the Actors Work Program, the AIDS Training and Education Project and the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative. Over the years the Fund has raised money to support its programs through annual galas, benefit performances of theatrical productions, fairs, bazaars, auctions, and fundraising drives. The collection includes minutes, annual reports, and general subject files of the Actors’ Fund from its founding to 2005. There is substantial documentation of fundraising activities, including files on the planning of benefit performances and lavishly illustrated souvenir programs. A series of scrapbooks, comprised mostly of clippings and printed ephemera about the Actors’ Fund and its benefit performances, also includes obituaries of theater professionals and memorabilia collected by individuals associated with the Fund. The collection also contains records entrusted to the Fund by individuals or families and material produced by related organizations, for example, the Basil Rathbone Family Papers and records of the Catholic Actors Guild and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. NOTE: This collection is housed offsite and advance notice is required for use.
The American Federation of Musicians, Local 802 (Associated Musicians of Greater New York) is the largest local of professional musicians in the world. As of 2011, it represents approximately 10,000 members in and around New York City. Members work in many fields of music: rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, Latin, concert, theater, club date, night club, ballroom and symphonic. They are also instrumentalists, copyists, arrangers, orchestral librarians, proofreaders, and editors. Additionally, Local 802 regularly demonstrates solidarity with fellow unions (particularly other entertainment unions) and is deeply involved in lobbying for union rights. This collection consists of minutes, departmental files, and publications of Local 802. These records document Local 802's struggles on behalf of New York City musicians. Particularly valuable are the extensive minutes of the executive and trial boards, which provide great detail on the history of this important union.
The records consist of constitutions and by-laws, correspondence, minutes, notes, agendas, memoranda, resolutions, legal records, contract negotiations, grievance records, newspapers, publications, tapes, photographs, contact sheets, negatives and memorabilia. The records reflect the structure and functions of Local 1930 and the Local's relationship with District Council 37, AFSCME, other library locals, and with the AFL-CIO on the state and national levels. The bulk of the material dates from the presidency of David Beasley (1968-1975).
The International Brotherhood of Painters, Local 490 (more commonly known as the Paperhangers Local), were established in 1864, located in New York City. The union was most active in the first half of the 20th century. The collection is made up of ledgers, minute books, financial records, and other related materials.
William Nuchow was born in Bronx, New York, in 1928. He quit school to go to sea and in 1946 was elected to the strike committee of the National Maritime Union. He then worked in steel mills and auto plants in Buffalo, New York, before returning to New York City. There he led the organization of New York City cabbies as an officer of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 826 from 1952 through the taxi strike of 1956. Before joining the staff of Teamsters Local 210 in 1958, he worked as an organizer for the United Furniture Workers in the South. Nuchow was deeply committed to labor education and served on the advisory boards of the Harry Van Arsdale School of Labor Studies, the Cornell University Labor Liberal Arts Certificate Programs, and the Trade Union Leadership Institute of the New York City Central Labor Council. Nuchow also espoused a variety of progressive political causes. The Nuchow Papers include organizing and strike materials from the National Maritime Union, Taxi Local 826, IBT (including scattered issues of Taxi Teamster), the United Furniture Workers, and IBT, Local 840; political literature from the campaigns of Bella Abzug, Paul O'Dwyer, and George McGovern; material on anti-Vietnam War and anti-nuclear demonstrations; and files on labor tours of China.
Jesse Simons (1917-2006) was a distinguished labor arbitrator, and served as Director of the American Artbitration Association’s Labor Management Institute. A veteran of the U.S. Trotskyist movement of the 1930s and 40s, he held a variety of blue-collar jobs, served in World War II, and became a union official and organizer. As an arbitrator he was called upon to rule on cases involving many important sectors of New York City labor, and served on the Personnel Review Board of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and as an arbitrator for the National Mediation Board. The collection contains personal, political and professional correspondence, writings and presentations, arbitration and other decisions, reports and background files.
The United Women Firefighters (UWF) was founded in 1982 as a support organization for women firefighters in the New York City Fire Department. The New York City Fire Department began accepting applications from women for the position of firefighter in 1977, but did not hire any women until after Brenda Berkman successfully sued the City of New York on behalf of herself and other women who had passed the written examination, questioning the validity of the physical exam. The UWF was founded to deal with the occupational and sexual discrimination and the sexual harassment women firefighters faced. These records cover Brenda Berkman's career, legal cases (Brenda Berkman et al. v. City of New York et al.; Brenda Berkman et al. v. City of New York et al., Appeal; and Brenda Berkman v. City of New York, Carlos Rivera, & Selig Ginsberg), and the founding and development of the United Women Firefighters of New York City and the related national support group, Women in Fire Service (WFS, alternately known as Women in Fire Suppression). The collection contains scrapbook material, personal correspondence, legal documents, organizational files, subject files, clippings, photographs, videos and memorabilia.
This collection details the development of CWA Local 1150 (long-distance telephone workers employed by AT&T), and its history as a militant force in the New York-area communications industry. The local was divided into three sections: Traffic (operators), Plant (maintenance and technical) and Administrative (clerical, white collar); and the arrangement of the records often reflects these divisions. The collection includes correspondence, memos, reports, election records, bulletins, clippings, bargaining records and agreements, and photographs.
Stewardesses for Women’s Rights (SFWR) was founded in 1972 after two flight attendants, Sandra Jarrell and Jan Fulsom, took Eastern Airlines to court on discrimination charges. The organization grew nationwide and worked to inform the public and other flight attendants about airline companies’ sexist advertisements, company discrimination, and airline health and safety hazards. This collection includes correspondence, the constitution and by-laws, membership lists, and agendas. Along with general records, there is extensive research material from each of the SFWR task forces, records from affiliated unions, updates from regional offices, photographs, and papers from SFWR national conferences.
Communications Workers of America, Local 1180 had its origins in the Municipal Management Society (founded in 1954), which represented supervisors working for the City of New York. The MMS affiliated with the CWA in 1965, becoming the CWA’s first public-employee local. CWA Local 1180 members include employees in welfare centers, the Board of Education, the public hospitals, the Port Authority, and the state and city court systems. The collection contains minutes, correspondence, bargaining files, general files, and grievance and arbitration files.
Connie Kopelov (1926- ), a pioneer in both labor and women's education and history, held positions in various labor and labor-related organizations including the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, later the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, the Workers Defense League and the New York Labor History Association. In 1972, Kopelov participated in the New York Trade Union Women's Seminar that led to the 1974 founding conference of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). In 1975, Kopelov was elected Vice-President of the newly chartered New York City Chapter of CLUW and continued to hold positions in the organization throughout her life. The collection reflects Kopelov's involvement in labor and women's organizations, most notably her involvement in the New York City Chapter of CLUW, and include correspondence, organizational papers and notes, news clippings, newsletters, leaflets, speeches, photographs, and publications.
International Photographers of the Motion Picture Industry, Local 644, was chartered by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees in 1926 in response to theatrical and newsreel cameramen’s dissatisfaction with their working conditions. The original charter gave Local 644 jurisdiction over all cameramen in the United States, after which additional local unions were established in California and Chicago. Local 644’s cameramen have worked in television news, commercials, feature films, and the Army Signal Corps. This collection includes minutes of executive board and general meetings, correspondence files, contracts, and legal files concerning motion picture feature production, documentary film photographs, newsreel photographers, broadcast news photographers, and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees East Coast Council.
Judith Mushabac Layzer became an activist for women employed in New York City government and particularly for those in non-traditional blue-collar jobs when she worked as a contract compliance officer for the City during the John Lindsay administration. The collection consists of a small selection of records of Women in City Government United (WCGU) and a larger group of records of the Committee for Women in Non-traditional Jobs (CWNJ); Layzer played a leading role in both groups. The two organizations addressed a broad range of issues of importance to working women, including occupational choice, discrimination, availability of job training and health insurance problems. The collection includes attendance records, brochures, correspondence, flyers, fundraising plans, interviews, minutes, newsletters, clippings, press releases, photographs, reports, and surveys.
Seymour Posner (1925-1988) was a pro-labor New York State Assemblyman, who represented the 76th District in the Bronx. He was actively involved with the Workman's Compensation Board, in addition to the Workers Defense League, Inc. Posner was an admitted Socialist who joined the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee during the late 1970s. The papers and photos featured in Posner's collection mostly relate to his service as Assemblyman and his work with the Workman's Compensation Board.
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 3882 is a New York City local of the national labor union representing teachers. Locally known as the United Staff Association (USA) of New York University, the branch won representation of office, clerical, technical, and laboratory employees at NYU in December 1978. This collection documents the local's activities and consists of subject files; leaflets, publications, and other promotional literature; labor reports produced by NYU; administrative files, including correspondence, meeting minutes, and member literature; files on grievances, arbitrations, and related labor practices; organizer's files, including calendars and diaries; and files on strikes and contract negotiations, including materials on a strike in 1988.
Saul Mills was a union activist, PR representative and journalist born in New York in 1910. Between 1927 and 1936, Mills worked in varying capacities with a number of newspapers, including The New York Daily News, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, The Brooklyn Standard Unionand The City News Association. Mills' newspaper experience and his association with the noted newspaper columnist Heywood Broun gave rise to Mills' involvement in the labor movement. In 1934, he became a charter member of Broun's Newspaper Guild which led to Mills being dismissed from The Eagle. Between 1936 and 1940, Mills worked as a public relations representative for CIO and AFL affiliated unions and later went into private PR practice. The collection includes: Mills' personal correspondence, Greater New York CIO Council administrative records, photographs and ephemera that document various aspects of Mills' work and life.
NABET, Local 15 was organized in 1965 by television and film production craft workers. The union's increasing work on feature films in the 1970s caused an explosion in the membership rolls. Competition that developed in the late 1980s between the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and NABET led to the revocation of Local 15's charter in 1990. The Local's membership voted to join IATSE, and were then admitted to various IATSE locals. The records include the Local 15 charter and by-laws, correspondence of officers, minutes of meetings and conferences, various subject files and photographs.
Ladislaus F. Szeliga (1912-1991), better known as Stanley Postek, was a seaman, union organizer, volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, and prizefighter from Lowell, Massachusetts. Postek went to sea in the mid-1930s, and became an organizer for the International Seamen's Union of America. Along with other members of the union's rank and file, Postek broke to the National Maritime Union in 1937. Postek fought with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and served as a merchant seaman during World War II. During the Korean War, he was barred from maritime employment, because of his associations with the Communist Party. Once he regained his papers he sailed until retirement in 1966. Postek was also involved in the Marine Workers Historical Association. He died in San Diego in 1991. The collection includes diaries, photographs, clippings documenting labor activities, sailing paperwork, and union documents. The collection documents the wide range of activities Postek participated in throughout his life, with particular emphasis on his sailing and union activities and his continued interest in these areas after he retired. Information regarding Postek's activities in Spain are represented in the collections Stanley Postek Spanish Civil War Papers (ALBA.089) and Stanley Postek Photographs (ALBA.PHOTO.089), also available at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.
This collection contains the papers and photographs of Freda Casso, who was an elected leader and worker in the United Shoe Workers of America union in the 1930s-1950s. The collection holds photographs, contract agreements, materials related to union elections, correspondence, clippings, conference proceedings, and other materials.
Isaiah Minkoff served as Executive Secretary of the Jewish Labor Committee, Executive Director of the General Jewish Council, and the Executive Director of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC -- later NCRAC).. In addition to his responsibilities in organizational work, Minkoff continued contact with people around the world, many of whom he had assisted in the Holocaust and postwar years, and Russian-speaking socialists who had been the inspiration of his youth. While they are very incomplete, and mostly date from Minkoff's last three decades of public life, the papers include material that spans the whole range of his interests and accomplishments.
Burton Hall was an attorney in New York who set up practice in 1960 as a labor lawyer. He began by handling a union insurgency case which then led to others, so that his practice was almost entirely comprised of representing rank-and-file members suing to protect their democratic rights within their unions. The collection principally consists of legal case files, including affidavits, depositions, motions, District Court and appellate briefs, exhibits, appendices, transcripts and correspondence. The collection provides a wealth of information about the politics and culture of rank-and-file organizing.
Eleanore Collins (d. 1994) had a passionate concern for labor education, women's rights, and white-collar organizing. As a clerk with the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T), she joined the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Local 1150, and by the early 1950s she became a steward. In the CWA, Collins was active in organizing, upgrading clerical titles, and boosting the status and pay for female workers. She served as a union board member, convention delegate, education director, and finally president of the CWA, Local 1153 from 1981 to 1984. The collection includes correspondence, election materials, minutes, arbitration awards, clippings, and reports that reflect both Collins's duties as a CWA local officer and her personal political and community interests.
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LGLN was founded in New York City in 1987 to promote lesbian and gay rights in unions and labor solidarity in the gay community. Activities include the Coors Boycott Coalition, publishing Pride at Work, organizing lesbian and gay committees in unions, and resource referral, particularly regarding AIDS in the workplace and domestic partnership benefits. The collection consists mainly of research files collected by Miriam Frank and Desma Holcomb for their book, Pride at Work. Also included are the organizational files, petition files, LGLN Newsletter, DC 37 Committee, and the Lesbian and Gay Teachers Association newsletter.
Breakaway members of the American Communications Association organized Communications Workers of America, Local 1172 in 1954. Local 1172 initially represented employees of the American Cable and Radio Corporation east of the Mississippi. Later Local 1172 became part of CWA District 1, and expanded to represent employees of International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) Worldwide Communications and Western Union, as well as radio operators employed by Air-India. In 1993, Local 1172 merged with CWA Local 1177. The Communications Workers of America, Local 1172 Records includes the Local's charter, bylaws and minutes of the executive board and membership meetings, bargaining files, agreements, correspondence, photographs, grievance reports and arbitration cases filed on behalf of the Local's members.
Moe Biller served as president of the New York Metro Area Postal Union (originally the Postal Union of Manhattan-Bronx Clerks) from 1959 to 1980. As local president, Biller led the New York City union through the hard-fought national postal strike of 1970. From 1980 until his retirement in 2001, Biller was president of the American Postal Workers Union. This collection is composed of selected APWU presidential files, documentation of an oral history project carried out by retirees of the New York Metro Area Postal Union in the late 1970s, as well as a selection of printed items, including photographs and protest materials, as well as numerous physical artifacts in the form of plaques and awards.
Leather Goods, Plastics, Handbags and Novelty Workers Union, Local 1 Records and Photographs document the New York City union’s activities in the 1970s and contain photographs of events from the 1930s through the 1980s.
Born in Ireland, Gerald O'Reilly (1903-1990) joined the Irish Republican Army (IRA), and served time in jail in Dublin. O'Reilly immigrated to the United States in 1926, and in 1928 became a conductor on the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) subway line in New York City. In 1934, he helped found the Transit Workers Union (TWU). In the late 1940s, when TWU president Michael Quill wanted to sever TWU ties to the Communist Party, O'Reilly was fired from his union position. A few years later, he was reinstated to his former position. The Gerald O'Reilly Papers reflect O'Reilly's Irish nationalist activities and his union involvement, including correspondence, news clippings, programs, publicity materials, and writings by O'Reilly.
Maurice Forge (1902-1990) was a New York bus driver who became an organizer, news editor, and ultimately a vice president of the Transport Workers Union (TWU). In the late 1930s, Forge began organizing the TWU’s Airline Transport Division (ATD). A decade later, a union-wide effort to sever TWU ties with the Communist Party resulted in Forge’s expulsion from the TWU. The Maurice Forge Papers include materials from Forge’s TWU career, including union publicity materials, official correspondence, and transcripts of Forge’s TWU hearing and of the government deportation hearing of TWU official John Santo.
The National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund (NOW LDEF) is a women's rights advocacy group formed in the 1970s. In 1983, a small group of the support workers formed an organizing committee to seek union representation and chose to be represented by the National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320 (part of UAW District 65). Ultimately, the Legal Service Workers were unsuccessful in obtaining a contract. The Collection includes: correspondence, minutes of negotiating sessions, drafts of collective bargaining agreements, records and transcripts of the NLRB hearing over bargaining unit, and organizational records of Siobhan Cronin.
The Associated Actors and Artists of America was founded in 1919 as an umbrella organization composed of nine autonomous performing arts unions. The main purpose of the Four A's since its founding has been to represent the affiliates' common interests and to resolve jurisdictional problems. These records include the Four A's constitutions, correspondence, financial records and meeting minutes.
This collection contains the records of the Women's Trade Union League of New York, from its founding in 1903 to its fold in 1955. The collection contains minutes, correspondence, reports, publications, photographs, and other materials related to its work in organizing women's trade unions and lobbying for legislation for better conditions for workers. The collection also includes papers from the presidencies of Maud Swartz and Rose Schneiderman and the papers of special interest groups that members worked for, including the New York Conference for Unemployment Insurance Legislation, the New York Joint Committee for Ratification of the Child Labor Amendment, and the Campaign Committee against the Equal Rights Amendment.
Julius Bernstein (1919-1977) served for more than twenty-five years as a field representative of the Jewish Labor Committee based in Boston, but with responsibility for all of New England. A tireless advocate of civil rights, he served on the Massachusetts Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Human Rights and was appointed as a labor representative to the Boston Housing Authority (which he later served as Chairman) in 1968. An active member of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and the Socialist Party, Bernstein was also a member or officer of the Workmen's Circle, the American Veterans Committee, the Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union and many community-based organizations. The collection includes correspondence, reports, flyers, photographs, and clippings reflecting the range of Bernstein's interests and political involvements. Also included are four banners, and a variety of pennants and insignia. Of note are rare materials documenting housing, school desegregation and other political struggles in Boston.
The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, Local 1 was granted a charter by the National Union of Bricklayers of the U.S.A. on October 17, 1868 in Brooklyn, New York and is one of the oldest continuously-existing locals in New York City. The National Union of Bricklayers was one of the first unions to support the eight-hour work day. The collection consists of early ledgers of Locals 1 and 9, as well as correspondence, ephemera, photographs, scrapbooks and audio tapes of Local 1 and other locals it merged with, including Locals 9, 21, 34, 41 and 66. Materials date from the 1880s to the 1990s.
One of the older locals of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America in New York, Local 2090 was a cabinet makers local with a long German-socialist tradition. It was under left-wing leadership during the early-1930s. At the General Convention of 1936, Local 2090 led a campaign in opposition to amendments specifically directed at the Communist Party, which resulted in the revocation of its charter and a court case. The collection consists of the records of Local 2090 and other locals, possibly predecessors and successors, including Locals 1164, 2155, 2020, and 246. Materials include ledger books, minutes, contracts, correspondence, membership cards, legal documents, printed ephemera, and photographs, dating from 1881 to 1987.
The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council was born in of Depression-era struggles to improve conditions for employees of New York City hotels, restaurants and private clubs. Several unsuccessful strikes and the emergence of a powerful Hotel Association representing the employers, spurred this effort. In April of 1938 the Council was formed as an umbrella group of five AFL-affiliated unions and given sole authority to bargain for those unions. Over the years many other independent unions and locals have affiliated with the Council. In addition to industry-wide bargaining, the Council took on the work of administering welfare funds and running training and community service programs for its affiliates as a group. The collection consists of administrative files of the Council, correspondence and other files of Council presidents Jay Rubin and Vito Pitta, an extensive series of files arranged by the names of individual hotels, and records of the welfare funds and social service programs amdinistered by the Council. NOTE: This collection is housed offsite and advance notice is required for use.
The Newspaper Guild of New York (The Newspaper Guild, Local 3) represents journalists, sales staff and technical workers in the print/online media in the New York metropolitan area. Among its members are reporters, photographers, editors, typographers, commercial artists, technicians, accountants, mail-room and circulation staff, independent translators, and staff members of non-profit organizations. The Guild has been active in campaigns to defeat racial and sex discrimination, to promote worker safety, and to provide job security in an industry that experienced rapid automation and other technical/structural changes. The Collection includes administrative and general files of the NGNY (including material on its parent union, The Newspaper Guild), and extensive files on individual "shops" or branches (generally associated with a specific employer or publication). Shop files document bargaining, contracts, grievances and arbitrations, social and political activities of shops, elections, the work of officers and staff, and changing technology, working conditions and industry trends.
Jacob Pat was a journalist, writer and activist born in Bialystok, Russian Empire, in 1890. He served as the General Secretary of the Jewish Labor Bund's Central Association of Yiddish Schools in Warsaw, Poland in the years preceding World War II. A fund-raising trip in the fall of 1938 brought Jacob Pat to the United States where he was compelled to remain due to the war. He then devoted his efforts to anti-Nazi activity and rescue work and became the Executive Secretary of the Jewish Labor Comittee, a position he held until his retirement in 1963. He also served as a member of the Delegation of the Jewish Labor Bund to the U.S., and as a chairman of the Congress of Jewish Culture. These papers include correspondence, essays, writings, and photographs, in particular material pertaining to Pat's work with the Jewish Labor Committee.
CWA Local 1032 represents about 6,000 workers in a variety of professions and fields in New Jersey state government (especially the Department of Transportation), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, several New Jersey towns and counties as well as several private sector work sites. Headquartered in Ewing, Local 1032 also has offices in Newark and Newton. The records of CWA Local 1032 document the activities of an important New Jersey local. Executive Board material, including minutes, is especially valuable for understanding 1032. Other material in the collection includes organizing campaign files, correspondence, negotiation files, political campaign files, and grievances.
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