World Federation of Trade Unions Reports and Minutes on Microfilm

Collection Number: 5396 mf

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
World Federation of Trade Unions Reports and Minutes on Microfilm, 1945- 1949
Collection Number:
5396 mf
Creator:
World Federation of Trade Unions
Quantity:
2 microfilm reels
Forms of Material:
Minutes, reports, proceedings, microfilm.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Consists of selected materials from 1945 through 1949 microfilmed from the more extensive WFTU collection: 5595 World Federation of Trade Unions, 1945-1973.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The foundation of the World Federation of Trade Unions was laid at the World Labor Conference which met in London in February 1945. During the war period a spirit of cooperation had developed among world trade unions which could not find expression in the International Federation of trade Unions since the IFTU would not admit either the CIO or the Russians. The World Labor Conference proposed a reorganization of the IFTU to included these two groups, but the IFTU rejected it.
The Conference ended with the setting up of a Committee of Forty and a temporary Secretariat in Paris. A second conference was held in Paris in September and October of 1945 which set up a permanent body representing all affiliated national union centers, and created an Executive Committee, a small Executive Bureau and a General Secretary.
Trouble arose immediately when the WFTU then attempted to bring the International Trade Secretariats into its orbit, which was opposed by the AFL. The collection consists of minutes of meetings and documents issued during the period 1945-1949 when the Communist unions were attempting to take over control of the WFTU. This eventually resulted in the formation of the ICFTU.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Records consist of the microfilmed minutes, proceedings and reports of WFTU Executive Bureaus and Executive Committees, produced and presented at WFTU conferences held in Paris (1945, 1947, 1949); Moscow (1946); Prague (1947); Rome (1948); San Francisco and Washington (1973).
Governance records (1945-1973) include minutes, resolutions and proceedings of the WFTU Executive Bureau, General Councils, and committees (1945-1973) and of joint meetings of the WFTU and International Trade Secretariats (1948); also financial statements of the WFTU (1945-1949).
Reports and publications (1946-1949) consist mainly of unpublished reports and some pamphlets produced and presented at the annual sessions of the Executive Bureau and General Councils of the WFTU; also reports pertaining to special policies and activities of the WFTU. Materials pertaining to the WFTU's internal organization discuss or document the creation of WFTU international trade departments and negotiations between WFTU and International Trade Secretariats (1948). Also include documents regarding relations between the WFTU and the United Nations, International Labour Organization, Congress of Industrial Organizations, American Federation of Labor, and Allied Commission (Berlin); and various conferences, including the Pan Asiatic Trade Union Conference, and the World Trade Union Congress (1948-1949).
Also, WFTU policy statements regarding union activity and socioeconomic conditions in Occupied Germany; Mexico and Latin America (1948); activities in Japan, and Portugal (1948).
SUBJECTS

Names:
Allied Commission
American Federation of Labor
International Labour Organisation
Pan Africa Conferences
Pan Asiatic Trade Union Conference
United Nations
World Federation of Trade Unions
World Trade Union Congress
Carey, James B.
Germer, Adolph.
Krane, Jay
Kunetsov, V. V.

Subjects:
Anti-unionism.
Coal mining industry. Europe.
Collective bargaining. Professions.
Labor and laboring classes. Socioeconomic status.
Steel industry. Europe.
Trade-union solidarity.
Trade-unions. Agricultural workers. International cooperation.
Trade-unions. Coal-miners. International cooperation.
Trade-unions. Foresters. International cooperation.
Trade-unions. Metal-workers. International cooperation.
Trade-unions. Miners. International cooperation.
Trade-unions. Textile workers. International cooperation.
Workers' education.

Form and Genre Terms:
Minutes.
Proceedings
Microfilm


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
World Federation of Trade Unions Reports and Minutes on Microfilm #5396 mf. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5256: Adolph Germer Papers
5595: World Federation of Trade Unions Records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Reel 1
Reel 1 item 1 1945
82 pp. April 17 - May 4, 1945. In French
Reel 1 item 2 1946
80 pp plus 10 pp. September 1946. Held in the offices of the CIO.
Reel 1 item 3 1947
43 pp plus 5 pp. June 1947.
Reel 1 item 4 1947
116 pp plus 3 pp. November 18-24, 1947. Held at the headquarters of the WFTU.
Reel 1 item 5 1948
61 pp. April 30 - May 2, 1948.
Reel 1 item 6 1948
63 pp. April 30 - May 2, 1948.
Reel 1 item 7 1948
136 pp plus 9 pp. May 5 -10, 1948.
Reel 1 item 8 1948
91 pp plus 14 pp. September 17-21, 1948.
Reel 1 item 9 1948
September 17-21, 1948. 72 pp.
Reel 1 item 10 1948
Report on the Trade Union Situation in Germany. 26 pp.
Reel 1 item 10 1948
Rate of Affilliation Fees for certain National Centres. 6 pp.
Reel 1 item 10 1948
Communication from the General Secretary on the Trade Union Situation in Mexico and Latin America. 9 pp. In French
Reel 1 item 10 1948
Note on the Decisions and Correspondence concerning a Pan-Asiatic Trade Union Conference. 5 pp.
Reel 1 item 10 1948
Suggestions Submitted by the Executive Bureau concerning the Fact-Finding Commission and the Pan-Asiatic Trade Union Conference.4 pp
Reel 1 item 10 1948
Report on the Seventh Session of the Economic and Social Council. 31 pp.
Reel 1 item 10 1948
Information Concerning the work of members of the Commission of Enquiry to Japan. 5 pp.
Reel 1 item 10 1948
Draft Decision on Civic and Trade Union Liberties in India. 1 p.
Reel 1 item 10 1948
The Trade Union Situation in Protugal (Letter received by the World Federation of Trade Unions Secretariat). 6 pp.
Reel 1 item 11 1949
January 17-19, 1949.
Reel 1 item 11 1949
34 pp. Loose papers omitted.
Reel 1 item 11 1949
6 pp. Loose papers omitted.
Reel 1 item 11 1949
15 pp. Loose papers omitted.
Reel 1 item 12 1949
January 17-22, 1949. Loose papers omitted.
Reel 1 item 13 1949
January 28 - February 1, 1949. 167 pp plus 16 pp.
Reel 2
Reel 2 item 14 1946
June 17-25, 1946. Report on the Internal Organization of Departments of the World Federation of Trade Unions. 9 pp.
Reel 2 item 15 1946
December 10, 1946. Financial Statement and Balance from October 1, 1945 until September 30, 1946. Budget estimates for the year 1947.
Reel 2 item 16 1947
June, 1947. Financial Reports and Statements of Auditors.
Reel 2 item 17 1945-1946
5 pp.
Reel 2 item 18 1946-1947
3 pp.
Reel 2 item 19
Reel 2 item 20 1948
April 30 - May 10, 1948. Financial Statement and Balance Sheet from October 1, 1946 until September 30, 1948 and from October 1, 1947 until March 31, 1948. Draft Budget for 1948. 24 pp