ILGWU. Union Health Center records

Collection Number: 5780/060

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Union Health Center records, 1911-1977
Collection Number:
5780/060
Creator:
Union Health Center International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
7 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Correspondence, annual reports, articles, financial statements, and other materials documenting the evolving role of the ILGWU Union Health Center.
Language:
Collection material in English


ILGWU ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Founded in 1900 by local union delegates representing about 2,000 members in cities in the northeastern United States, the ILGWU grew in geographical scope, membership size, political influence to become one of the most powerful forces in American organized labor by mid-century. Representing workers in the women's garment industry, the ILGWU worked to improve working and living conditions of its members through collective bargaining agreements, training programs, health care facilities, cooperative housing, educational opportunities, and other efforts. In 1995, the ILGWU merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE).

UNION HEALTH CENTER ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

In 1913, the New York City locals of the ILGWU established the Union Health Center (UHC), under the direction of Dr. George Price of the Joint Board of Sanitary Control. Initially, the UHC offered physical exams, medical treatments, access to a dental clinic, and information about health and hygiene. For a period, the center operated through a cooperative plan, with patients paying a fee and the union subsidizing the rest of the cost of the visit. During the Depression, the cost of running the center was met by other means. This included getting other local unions in New York City, such as the electrical workers, metal workers, letter carriers, post office clerks, and pocketbook workers, to affiliate with the UHC, as well as winning an official endorsement from the Central Labor Union of New York. Beginning in the 1940s, New York City manufacturers agreed to contribute to a fund that would cover the cost of medical services provided to members at the UHC.
By the 1960s, the UHC offered comprehensive care to ILGWU members and their families, and over the years, the center’s range of services expanded to include social and psychological services, eye exams, maternity care, and surgical consultation. The Union Health Center continues its work today at 275 Seventh Avenue, in New York City.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The records of the Union Health Center document the evolving role of the center. Included are general correspondence, meeting minutes of the UHC's medical board, annual reports on the UHC's activities to the General Executive Board, triennial reports to delegates at the ILGWU's international conventions, and related published materials. Much of this material is routine or administrative in nature.
In both collections that comprise the records of the Union Health Center, there are articles by such figures as George M. Price and Pauline Newman on union health centers in general and the ILGWU Center in particular. The publications of the Union Health Center primarily document the educational efforts of the center, providing information about the center, its services, and its activities. Also included are pamphlets about the ILGWU's health and welfare benefits program and publications from the Joint Board of Sanitary Control.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Newman, Pauline.
Price, George Moses, 1864-1942.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Union Health Center.

Subjects:
Clothing workers--Labor unions--New York (State)--New York.
Clothing workers--Health and hygiene--New York (State)--New York.
Clothing trade--Employees--Medical care--New York (State)--New York.
Health promotion--New York (State)--New York.
Labor union members--Health and hygiene--New York (State)--New York.
Medical centers--New York (State)--New York.
Medical centers--Administration.

Form and Genre Terms:
Administrative records
Annual reports
Articles
Correspondence
Financial records


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
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Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
ILGWU. Union Health Center records #5780/060. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/171: ILGWU. Union Health Center publications

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1927-1932
Box 1 Folder 2 1933-1934
Box 1 Folder 3 1935
Box 1 Folder 4 1936
Box 1 Folder 5 1937
Box 1 Folder 5 1937
Box 1 Folder 6 1938-1939
Box 1 Folder 7 1940-1942
Box 1 Folder 8 1943-1946
Box 1 Folder 9 1947
Box 1 Folder 10 1948
Box 1 Folder 11 1949-1950
Box 1 Folder 12 1951-1952
Box 1 Folder 13 1953-1954
Box 1 Folder 14 1955-1957
Box 1 Folder 15 1958-1960
Box 1 Folder 16 1961-1974
Box 2 Folder 1 1948-1952
Box 2 Folder 2
Many are undated.
Box 2 Folder 3 1938
Box 2 Folder 4 1945-1956
Budgets, fees, salaries for medical staff.
Box 2 Folder 5 1945-1956
Budgets, fees, salaries for medical staff.
Box 2 Folder 6 1945-1956
Budgets, fees, salaries for medical staff.
Box 2 Folder 7 1928-1935
Box 2 Folder 8
Box 2 Folder 9
Box 2 Folder 10
Box 3 Folder 1 1931-1936
Box 3 Folder 2 1937-1939
Box 3 Folder 3 1940-1943
Box 3 Folder 4 1944-1946
Box 3 Folder 5 1947-1950
Box 3 Folder 6 1951-1960
Box 3 Folder 7 1961-1977
Box 3 Folder 8 1926-1951
Box 3 Folder 9
Box 4 Folder 1 1943-1946
Box 4 Folder 2 1947-1948
Box 4 Folder 3 1949-1951
Box 4 Folder 4 1952-1956
Box 4 Folder 5 1942
Box 4 Folder 6
Box 4 Folder 7 1936-1951
Box 4 Folder 8 1939
March 1939.
Box 4 Folder 9
Box 4 Folder 10
Box 4 Folder 11
Box 5 Folder 1 1911
Oct. 1911.
Box 5 Folder 2 1912
Dec. 1912.
Box 5 Folder 3 1913
December 1913.
Box 5 Folder 4 1914
October 1914.
Box 5 Folder 5 1915
October 1915.
Box 5 Folder 6 1916
October 1916.
Box 5 Folder 7 1917
Seventh Year Work and Progress, October 1917.
Box 5 Folder 8 1917
Box 5 Folder 9 1921
Box 5 Folder 10 1922
Box 5 Folder 11 1923
Box 5 Folder 12 1924
Box 5 Folder 13 1910-1925
Box 5 Folder 14 1926
Box 5 Folder 15 1930
From Medical and Dental Departments.
Box 6 Folder 1 1934
Box 6 Folder 2 1934
Box 6 Folder 3 1935
Box 6 Folder 4 1936
Box 6 Folder 5 1937
May 1937.
Box 6 Folder 6 1913-1940
Box 6 Folder 7 1940
Box 6 Folder 8 1941
Box 6 Folder 9 1942
Box 6 Folder 10 1943
Box 6 Folder 11 1944-1946
Box 6 Folder 12 1947-1949
Box 7 Folder 1 1948-1949
Box 7 Folder 2 1950-1951
Box 7 Folder 3 1954
Box 7 Folder 4 1955
Box 7 Folder 5 1956
Box 7 Folder 6 1957
Box 7 Folder 7 1958
Box 7 Folder 8 1959
Box 7 Folder 9 1960
Box 7 Folder 10 1961-1962
Box 7 Folder 11 1963
Box 7 Folder 12 1964
Box 7 Folder 13 1965
Box 7 Folder 14 1966
Box 7 Folder 15 1967
Box 8 Folder 1 1968
Box 8 Folder 2 1969-1970
Box 8 Folder 3 1975
Box 8 Folder 4 1960
Box 8 Folder 5 1961
Box 8 Folder 6 1962
Box 8 Folder 7 1963
Box 8 Folder 8 1964
Box 9 Folder 1 1965
Box 9 Folder 2 1966
Box 9 Folder 3 1967
Box 9 Folder 4 1968
Box 9 Folder 5 1969
Box 10 Folder 1 1951-1960
Box 10 Folder 2 1954
Reprint, Medical Economics, Inc. October 1954.
Box 10 Folder 3 1918
Presented to the ILGWU Convention May 1918.
Box 10 Folder 4 1911
Box 10 Folder 5 1912
Box 10 Folder 6 1913
Box 10 Folder 7 1914
May 1914.
Box 10 Folder 8 1914
September 1914.
Box 10 Folder 9 1914
vol. 1 no. 3, September 1914.
Box 10 Folder 10 1915
English, Yiddish, Italian
Box 10 Folder 11 1915
Box 10 Folder 12 1919-1920
vol. 1, no. 1, August 1919. vol. 1, no. 2, September 1919. vol. 1, no. 3, October 1919. vol. 2, no. 4, January 1920.
Box 10 Folder 13 1949
February 19, 1949.
Box 10 Folder 14 1951
Official opening Nov. 17, 1951.
Box 10 Folder 15 1918
Box 10 Folder 16 1917-1927
May 1917-27.
Box 10 Folder 17 1931
Includes pamphlet (n.d.).
Box 10 Folder 18 1935-1940
Box 10 Folder 19 1935-1964
Reports.
Box 10 Folder 20 1969
Box 11 Folder 1 1964
Programs, plans, lists.
Box 11 Folder 2 1915
December 1915.
Box 11 Folder 3 1923
Box 11 Folder 4 1915
Issued by the Jt. Brd. of Sanitary Control, March 1915.
Box 11 Folder 5 1949
Reprint from American Druggist, November 1949.
Box 11 Folder 6 1940
Box 11 Folder 7 1926-1932
Box 11 Folder 8 1931
Published by the New York State Department of Health, July 1931.
Box 11 Folder 9 1950
Box 11 Folder 10 1948
Address before the Eighth Annual Congress on Industrial Health of the AMA.
Box 11 Folder 11 1914
May 1914.
Box 11 Folder 13 1943-1946
Box 11 Folder 14
Articles, unpublished, manuscripts.
Box 11 Folder 15 1937-1938
Box 11 Folder 16 1951
Box 11 Folder 17 1960
Box 11 Folder 18 1914-1964
Box 11 Folder 19 1914
Oct. 1914.
Box 11 Folder 20 1969-1970
Box 11 Folder 21
Box 11 Folder 22
Box 11 Folder 23 1950-1951
Box 12 Folder 1
Box 12 Folder 2
Box 12 Folder 3
Box 12 Folder 4
Box 12 Folder 5
Some corres. w. Leo Price.
Box 12 Folder 6
Box 12 Folder 7 1940
Issued by the Education of the Union Health Center.
Box 12 Folder 8 1944-1945
Box 12 Folder 9 1913
Report by the Joint Board of Sanitary; Control. May 1913.
Box 12 Folder 10 1918
Box 12 Folder 11 1923
Box 12 Folder 12 1954
Box 12 Folder 13 1935
Box 12 Folder 14
Box 12 Folder 15 1952
Box 12 Folder 16 1958
Published by the American Medical Association.
Box 12 Folder 17 1953
Reprint from Industrial Medicine and Surgery, Oct 1953
Box 12 Folder 18
6 pp.
Box 12 Folder 19 1954
Extract from Public Health Service publication no. 329, Management Health Medical Programs.
Box 12 Folder 20 1930
Box 13 Folder 1 1913-1931
Box 13 Folder 2 1913-1934
Box 13 Folder 3 1952
September 1952.
Box 13 Folder 4 1967
Attended by Pauline Newman.
Box 13 Folder 5
Box 13 Folder 6 1956
Box 13 Folder 7 1954-1968
Box 14 Folder 1 1964
Box 14 Folder 2 1984
Box 14 Folder 3 1983
Box 14 Folder 4 1944-1945
Box 14 Folder 5 1946
June
Box 14 Folder 6 1949
May 4, July 26, November 2
Box 14 Folder 7 1951-1953
Box 14 Folder 8 1970
Box 14 Folder 9 1971
Box 14 Folder 10 1972
Box 14 Folder 11 1979
Box 14 Folder 12 1949-1951
Box 14 Folder 13 1954
Box 14 Folder 14
Box 14 Folder 15 1954
Report of Organization and Operation