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Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Rochester Joint Board minutes, 1919-1966 [bulk 1919-1932].
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Rochester Joint Board.
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Consists of the minutes of the Rochester Joint Board from 1919 through 1932. The meetings are divided, for the most part,
into the following sections: communications, bills, expenditures, financial statements, Board of Directors' reports, reports
from affiliated locals, the manager's reports, education committee reports, grievance committee reports, and outside committee
Collection material in English
Beyond the usual issues of collective bargaining, wages, grievances, strikes, organizing campaigns, local union administration
and economic conditions in the clothing industry which are addressed throughout these minutes, much space is given to the
Joint Board's response to contemporary social and political issues. National and local union issues discussed that are of
special interest include the needs of women workers in the garment industry (1919, 1925) and the election of a female business
agent (1919, 1927), claims of discrimination in job placement by the union (1925), attempts by Italian union members to form
a cooperative (1926), the "pernicious" effect of communist attacks on union leadership, the roots of factionalism in the Rochester
Joint Board (1926-1929), and the issue of racketeering in the union (1932).
Rochester strikes discussed include the Off Pressers Strike and the Shop 5 Stein Block Sitdown Strike (1927) among others.
Important strikes around the nation were often alluded to in the minutes, with the Joint Board offering moral support and
occasional financial contributions to the relevant strike funds. Of special interest were the Buffalo Clothing Workers' Strike
(1919), the United Shoe Workers' Strike (1922), the Paterson, N.J. Silk Workers' Strike (1924), the Syracuse, N.Y. Bakery
Strike (1925) and several strikes in 1926, including those of the United Mine Workers and the United Shoe Workers as well
as the Passaic, N.J. General Strike.
Social and political issues of concern to the Joint Board as reflected in the minutes include relations with the Socialist
Party, the imprisonment of Tom Mooney, the movement to create a Farmer-Labor Party, the plight of immigrants, economic downturns
and the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti. The Board supported Jewish charities, aid to Russia and various anti-fascist Italian
movements. It also endorsed the La Follette-Wheeler ticket in the 1924 presidential campaign. The Joint Board opposed "class-collaborationism"
as expressed in the B&O Plan, attacked "reactionary" labor leaders of the "Gompers and Lewis type," and called for the abolition
The minutes also record speeches by Jean Longuet, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and Roger Baldwin.
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.
Baldwin, Roger N. (Roger Nash), 1884-
Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley, 1890-1964.
La Follette, Robert M. (Robert Marion), 1895-1953.
Mooney, Thomas J., 1882-1942.
Sacco, Nicola, 1891-1927.
Vanzetti, Bartolomeo, 1888-1927
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.
Socialist Party (U.S.)
United Shoe Workers of America.
Bakery Strike, Syracuse, N.Y., 1925.
Clothing Workers' Strike, Buffalo, N.Y., 1919.
General Strike, Passaic, N.J., 1926.
Italian Americans--New York (State)--Rochester.
Off Pressers' Strike, Rochester, N.Y., 1927.
Sex discrimination in employment--United States.
Silk Workers' Strike, Paterson, N.J., 1924.
Stein Block Sitdown Strike, Rochester, N.Y., 1927.
Trade-unions--New York (State)--Rochester--Political activity.
Labor unions and communism--United States.
Trade-unions and fascism--Italy.
Trade-unions and foreign policy--United States.
United Mine Workers' Strike, United States, 1926.
United Shoe Workers' Strike, United States, 1922.
United Shoe Workers' Strike, United States, 1926.
Women labor union members--United States.
Clothing workers--New York (State)
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