ILGWU. Legal Department records

Collection Number: 5780/063

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Legal Department records, 1921-1977
Collection Number:
5780/063
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
14 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, financial reports, and printed material relating to the establishment of the ILGWU's cooperative housing in New York City, as well as research into similar projects elsewhere. Also included in this collection are files on the Ladies' Garment Workers' Center in New York City, arbitration regarding faulty design and construction of Unity House in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, and contract negotiations in 1979.
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).

LEGAL DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

From very early on in its existence, the ILGWU had need for legal counsel, and this was handled in the union’s main offices in cooperation with hired attorneys. As the union grew and especially after the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947, the union found cause to establish a Legal Department. The department provided general legal counsel to the union and its affiliates, worked to develop collective bargaining agreement terms, and represented the ILGWU in litigation and arbitration. After the formation of the Master Agreements Department in 1965, the responsibilities for developing CBA terms shifted to the new department.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Legal Department records do not comprehensively document the ILGWU legal activities, instead focusing on specific cases or series of cases.
Two ILGWU cases are documented in the Legal Department records. The first case involved the Kellwood Corporation, and the second involved the Donnelly Garment Company. The records relating to the Kellwood case (5780/107, 5780/107 AV, 5780/107 P) include court documents, correspondence and memoranda, surveys of strikers, organizing leaflets and newsletters (from both the union and the company), Steve Honeyman's draft accounts of the strike, audio and transcripts of Honeyman's interviews with ILGWU members and staff, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other printed material. The Donnelly Garment Company's case against the ILGWU is documented primarily through transcripts of the case, legal briefs, and related court documents.
Records on series of cases are the most general and extensive of the Legal Department records. They include records on ILGWU cases in the U.S. courts (5780/081), records documenting cases before the National War Labor Board (5780/085), and records relating to a wide variety contract negotiations, arbitration proceedings, and courts cases (5780/063).
Researchers may find complementary material in the other parts of the ILGWU records, such as the papers of the international leadership, especially the papers of ILGWU presidents (Series IV); the records of local unions in instances where these affiliates were involved in litigation or arbitration (Series III); and the collective bargaining agreements (Series VI). Related collections at the Kheel Center include decisions of the Coat and Suit Industry's Impartial Chairman (6036/015) and decisions of the Dress Industry's Impartial Chairman (6036/017).
This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, financial reports, and printed material relating to the establishment of the ILGWU's cooperative housing in New York City, as well as research into similar projects elsewhere. Also included in this collection are files on the Ladies' Garment Workers' Center in New York City, arbitration regarding faulty design and construction of Unity House in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, and contract negotiations in 1979.
Also, this collection contains documentation of the ILGWU's legal activities relating to the regulation of homework and the reform of immigration law. Also included are correspondence, memoranda, notes, and legal documents (such as depositions, trial transcripts, and briefs) relating to the Kellwood Company's suit against the ILGWU, the ILGWU and Marlene Industries' proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, Violetta Putterman's case against the Knitgood Workers' Union Local 155, Thomas Rosario et al.'s case against the Amalgamated Ladies' Garment Cutters' Union Local 10, and miscellaneous other cases.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Legal Dept.

Subjects:
Women's clothing industry--United States.
Labor unions--Clothing workers--United States.
Clothing workers--United States.
Industrial relations--United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Legal files.


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:
ILGWU. Legal Department records #5780/063. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/107: ILGWU. Legal Department records
5780/107 AV: ILGWU. Legal Department audio-visual materials
5780/107 P: ILGWU. Legal Department photographs
5780/081: ILGWU. Legal Department records
5780/162: ILGWU. Legal Department. Donnelly Garment Company v. ILGWU records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1975-1976
Box 1 Folder 2 1962-1974
Box 1 Folder 3 1961-1966
Box 1 Folder 4 1965-1972
Box 1 Folder 5 1977
Box 1 Folder 6 1963-1964
Box 1 Folder 7 1962-1969
Box 1 Folder 8 1966
Box 1 Folder 9 1964-1970
Box 1 Folder 10 1961-1972
Box 1 Folder 11 1966
Box 1 Folder 12 1920-1928
Box 1 Folder 13 1921-1927
Box 1 Folder 14 1961-1965
Box 1 Folder 15 1958-1959
Box 1 Folder 16 1952-1957
Box 1 Folder 17 1959-1967
Box 1 Folder 18 1952-1972
Box 1 Folder 19 1967-1972
Box 1 Folder 20 1971
Box 1 Folder 21 1951-1971
Box 1 Folder 22 1970
Box 1 Folder 23 1975
Box 1 Folder 24 1963-1972
Box 2 Folder 1 1975-1978
Box 2 Folder 2 1975-1978
Box 2 Folder 3 1975-1978
Box 2 Folder 4 1975-1978
Box 2 Folder 5 1979
Newspaper Article Included
Box 2 Folder 6 1979
Box 2 Folder 7 1979
Box 3 Folder 1 1995
Box 3 Folder 2 1994
Box 3 Folder 3 1993
Box 3 Folder 4 1991
Box 3 Folder 5 1990
Box 3 Folder 6 1989
Box 3 Folder 7 1993-1995
Newspaper Article Photocopy Included
Box 3 Folder 8 1991-1992
Newspaper Article Photocopies Included
Box 3 Folder 9 1990
Newspaper Clippings and Copies Included
Box 3 Folder 10 1990
Box 3 Folder 11 1990
Box 3 Folder 12 1989
Box 3 Folder 13 1989
Civil Action Number 89-27
Box 3 Folder 14 1989
Civil Action Number 89-27
Box 3 Folder 15 1989
Civil Action Number 89-27
Box 3 Folder 16 1988-1991
Of January 9, 1989
Box 3 Folder 17 1990
Box 3 Folder 18 1990
Box 3 Folder 19 1988-1994
Newspaper Article Photocopies Included
Box 3 Folder 20 1993
Floppy Disk Included
Box 3 Folder 21 1993
Floppy Disk Included
Box 3 Folder 22 1992
Box 3 Folder 23 1992
Newspaper Article Photocopy Included
Box 3 Folder 24 1991
Box 3 Folder 25 1991
Box 4 Folder 1 1984
Box 4 Folder 2 1984
Notes and Submissions
Box 4 Folder 3 1984-1985
Box 4 Folder 4 1982-1983
Box 4 Folder 5 1981
Box 4 Folder 6 1982-1983
82-2133
Box 4 Folder 7 1981
Box 4 Folder 8 1981
Newspaper Article Photocopies Included
Box 4 Folder 9 1981
Box 4 Folder 10 1983
Box 4 Folder 11 1983
Box 4 Folder 12 1983
Box 4 Folder 13 1983
Box 4 Folder 14 1983
Box 4 Folder 15 1983
Box 4 Folder 16 1983
Box 5 Folder 1 1994
Box 5 Folder 2 1992-1993
Newspaper Article Photocopies Included
Box 5 Folder 3 1993
Polsinello Files
Box 5 Folder 4 1993
Box 5 Folder 5 1989
Box 5 Folder 6 1989
Newspaper Article Photocopies Included
Box 5 Folder 7 1989-1990
Box 5 Folder 8 1988-1989
Labor's Notice for Women's Apparel
Box 5 Folder 9 1989
Newspaper Article Photocopies Included
Box 5 Folder 10 1989
Box 5 Folder 11 1989
Box 5 Folder 12 1988
Box 5 Folder 13 1989
Box 5 Folder 14 1983
Box 5 Folder 15 1983
Box 5 Folder 16 1983
Box 5 Folder 17 1983
Box 5 Folder 18 1982
Box 5 Folder 19 1981-1982
Box 5 Folder 20 1981-1982
Box 6 Folder 1 1987-1988
Newspaper Article Photocopies Included
Box 6 Folder 2 1989
Box 6 Folder 3 1989
Box 6 Folder 4 1988
Box 6 Folder 5 1988
Box 6 Folder 6 1988
Box 6 Folder 7 1987
Box 6 Folder 8 1987
Box 6 Folder 9 1987-1989
Box 6 Folder 10 1987-1989
Box 6 Folder 11 1987-1989
Box 6 Folder 12 1987-1989
Box 6 Folder 13 1987-1989
Box 6 Folder 14 1987
Several Pamphlets Included
Box 6 Folder 15 1985-1988
Box 6 Folder 16 1985-1988
Box 7 Folder 1 1975-1980
Box 7 Folder 2 1975-1980
Box 7 Folder 3 1976-1978
Box 7 Folder 4 1976-1978
Box 7 Folder 5 1976-1978
Box 7 Folder 6 1976-1978
Box 7 Folder 7 1974-1977
Box 7 Folder 8 1974-1977
Box 7 Folder 9 1974
October 3
Box 7 Folder 10 1974
October 8
Box 7 Folder 11 1974
October 8
Box 7 Folder 12 1975
March 18
Box 7 Folder 13 1975
May 1
Box 7 Folder 14 1975
June 4
Box 7 Folder 15 1975
June 5
Box 7 Folder 16 1975
June 17
Box 7 Folder 17 1975
June 19
Box 7 Folder 18 1975
June 26
Box 7 Folder 19 1975
July 15
Box 7 Folder 20 1975
July 16
Box 8 Folder 1 1975
July 17
Box 8 Folder 2 1975
July 31
Box 8 Folder 3 1975
September 29
Box 8 Folder 4 1976
March 3
Box 8 Folder 5 1976
March 30
Box 8 Folder 6 1976
March 30
Box 8 Folder 7 1976
March 30
Box 8 Folder 8 1976
June 22
Box 8 Folder 9 1976
June 23
Box 8 Folder 10 1976
August 18
Box 8 Folder 11 1976
September 24
Box 8 Folder 12 1977
February 8
Box 8 Folder 13 1977
March 18
Box 8 Folder 14 1977
March 31
Box 8 Folder 15 1977
April 21
Box 8 Folder 16 1977
April 21
Box 8 Folder 17 1977
April 25
Box 8 Folder 18 1977
April 25
Box 8 Folder 19 1977
April 25
Box 8 Folder 20 1977
April 25
Box 8 Folder 21 1977
April 29
Box 8 Folder 22 1977
April 29
Box 8 Folder 23 1977
April 29
Box 8 Folder 24 1977
April 29
Box 8 Folder 25 1977
April 30
Box 8 Folder 26 1977
April 30
Box 8 Folder 27 1977
May 2
Box 8 Folder 28 1977
May 2
Box 8 Folder 29 1977
May 2
Box 8 Folder 30 1977
May 2
Box 8 Folder 31 1977
May 2
Box 8 Folder 32 1977
May 3
Box 9 Folder 1 1977
May 3
Box 9 Folder 2 1977
May 31
Box 9 Folder 3 1977
May 31
Box 9 Folder 4 1977
July 28
Box 9 Folder 5 1977
July 28
Box 9 Folder 6 1977
July 27
Box 9 Folder 7 1977
August 5
Box 9 Folder 8 1977
August 19
Box 9 Folder 9 1977
September 13
Box 9 Folder 10 1977
October 18
Box 9 Folder 11 1977
October 19
Box 9 Folder 12 1977
October 19
Box 9 Folder 13 1983
Box 9 Folder 14 1982
Box 9 Folder 15 1982
Box 9 Folder 16 1982
Box 9 Folder 17 1982
Box 9 Folder 18 1982
Box 9 Folder 19 1981
Box 9 Folder 20 1981
Box 9 Folder 21 1980
Box 9 Folder 22 1979
Box 9 Folder 23 1979
Box 10 Folder 1 1979
Box 10 Folder 2 1978
Box 10 Folder 3 1977
Box 10 Folder 4 1977
Box 10 Folder 5 1977
Box 10 Folder 6 1976
Box 10 Folder 7 1976
Box 10 Folder 8 1974
Box 10 Folder 9 1978
August 15
Box 10 Folder 10 1978
August 16
Box 10 Folder 11 1978
August 22
Box 10 Folder 12 1978
August 17
Box 10 Folder 13 1978
August 23
Box 10 Folder 14 1978
September 18
Box 10 Folder 15 1978
September 19
Box 10 Folder 16 1978
September 20
Box 10 Folder 17 1978
November 13
Box 10 Folder 18 1978
November 14
Box 10 Folder 19 1978
November 15
Box 10 Folder 20 1978
December 4
Box 11 Folder 1 1978
December 5
Box 11 Folder 2 1979
January 8
Box 11 Folder 3 1979
January 9
Box 11 Folder 4 1979
February 21
Box 11 Folder 5 1979
February 28
Box 11 Folder 6 1979
April 18
Box 11 Folder 7 1979
September 12
Box 11 Folder 8 1979
November 12
Box 11 Folder 9 1979
December 4
Box 11 Folder 10 1979
December 5
Box 11 Folder 11 1979
December 4
Box 11 Folder 12 1983
June 21
Box 11 Folder 13 1983
June 22
Box 11 Folder 14 1983
June 23
Box 11 Folder 15 1983
June 24
Box 11 Folder 16 1983
June 27
Box 11 Folder 17 1983
June 28
Box 11 Folder 18 1983
June 29
Box 11 Folder 19 1983
June 30
Box 11 Folder 20 1983
July 1
Box 12 Folder 1 1969-1983
News Clippings Included
Box 12 Folder 2 1970-1977
Pamphlets Included
Box 12 Folder 3 1977-1978
Box 12 Folder 4 1970-1980
Box 12 Folder 5 1977-1981
Box 12 Folder 6 1983
Box 12 Folder 7 1980-1981
Box 12 Folder 8 1980-1981
Box 12 Folder 9 1980-1981
Box 12 Folder 10 1980-1981
Box 12 Folder 11 1980-1981
Box 12 Folder 12 1978-1979
Box 12 Folder 13 1980-1981
Box 12 Folder 14 1981-1983
Box 12 Folder 15 1979-1980
Box 12 Folder 16 1979-1980
Box 12 Folder 17 1982-1985
Box 12 Folder 18 1982-1985
Box 12 Folder 19 1982-1985
Box 12 Folder 20 1983
Box 13 Folder 1 1978
Box 13 Folder 2 1978
Box 13 Folder 3 1978
Box 14 Folder 1 1980-1981
Box 14 Folder 2 1978-1979
Box 14 Folder 3 1976-1978
Box 14 Folder 4 1982
Box 14 Folder 5 1978-1981
Box 14 Folder 6 1975-1978
Box 15 Folder 1 1974-1980
Box 15 Folder 2 1974-1980
Box 15 Folder 3 1974-1980
Box 15 Folder 4 1974-1980
Box 15 Folder 5 1985
Box 15 Folder 6 1985
Box 15 Folder 7 1985
Box 15 Folder 8 1986
Box 15 Folder 9 1986
Box 15 Folder 10 1986
Box 15 Folder 11 1983-1985
Fashion Brand Tags Included
Box 15 Folder 12 1984-1985
Fashion Brand Tags Included
Box 15 Folder 13 1984-1985
Box 15 Folder 14 1977-1978