Guide to the ILGWU. Local 132. Managers' Correspondence,
[1954-1978.]

Collection Number: 5780/076

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

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Date completed:
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DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Local 132. Managers' correspondence, 1954-1978.
Collection Number:
5780/076
Creator:
Quantity:
3.5 linear feet
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, minutes, publications.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Consists primarily of two series of correspondence of Local 132's managers, Joel Menist and Sam Eisenberg, between 1954 and 1975. Also contains minutes of Local 132's Executive Board and Health and Welfare Fund Board, as well as a few issues of the local's publication, Local 132 News.
Language:
Collection material in English


ILGWU ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union was founded in New York City in 1900 by mostly Socialist immigrant workers who sought to unite the various crafts in the growing women's garment industry. The union soon reflected changes in the sector and rapidly organized thousands of unskilled and semi-skilled women, mostly Jewish and Italian young immigrants. Exemplifying the “new unionism,” the ILGWU led two of the most widespread and best-known industrial strikes of the early Twentieth Century: the shirtwaist makers’ strike of 1909 in New York City and the cloak makers’ strike of 1910 in Chicago. The union also tried to adapt to the fragmented and unstable nature of the industry. It adopted the “protocol of peace,” a system of industrial relations that attempted to ensure stability and limit strikes and production disruption by providing for an arbitration system to resolve disputes.
The ILGWU exemplified the European-style social unionism of its founding members. They pursued bread and butter issues but provided educational opportunities, benefits, and social programs to union members as well. In 1919, the ILGWU became the first American union to negotiate an unemployment compensation fund that was contributed to by its employers. The ILGWU also pioneered in the establishment of an extremely progressive health care program for its members which included not only regional Union Health Centers but also a resort for union workers, known as Unity House. The Union also had an imaginative and pioneering Education Department which not only trained workers in traditional union techniques, but provided courses in citizenship and the English language.
David Dubinsky, an immigrant from Belarus who came to the US in 1911, provided strong leadership that led to unprecedented growth in the union during his presidency from 1932 to 1966. He led the union through successful internal anti-communist struggles, built on the ascendancy of industrial unionism by encouraging the formation of the Committee for Industrial Organization, and helped the union become an important political force in New York City and state politics, and in the national Democratic Party and Liberal Party as well.
In the period following the Second World War, the union suffered a decline in membership as manufacturers avoided unionization and took advantage of less expensive labor by moving shops from the urban centers in the northeast to the south, and later abroad. The ethnic and racial character of the ILGWU also changed as European immigrants were supplanted by Asians, Latin Americans, African- Americans, and immigrants from the Caribbean.
In July 1995 the ILGWU merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) at a joint convention, forming UNITE (Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees). At the time the new union had a membership of about 250,000 in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Local 132 of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), also known as the Plastic, Moulders and Novelty Workers' Union, was chartered in 1917 and based in New York, New York.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Consists primarily of two series of correspondence of Local 132's managers, Joel Menist and Sam Eisenberg, between 1954 and 1975. Also contains minutes of Local 132's Executive Board and Health and Welfare Fund Board, as well as a few issues of the local's publication, Local 132 News.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Eisenberg, Sam
Menist, Joel
A.B.S. Manufacturing Co.
Beth Button Novelty Co.
E.P. Mueller & Engineering
Empire Records
Empire Zipper
Garrary Plastics
Gary Enterprises Inc.
Gibraltar Manufacturing Co.
Harrison Co. Inc.
I. Miller and Bro.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Local 132
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Local 132
John Rie Inc.
Lerner, Corwin & Young Inc.
Lyndas Jewelry Creation
Miller Brass Fitting
Miller Plastics, Inc.
Monarch Jewelry
Nasco Corp.
National Ribbon Co.
Pender Plastics Co.
Pilot Rubber Plastic Corp.
Plastic Products Manufacturers Association
Plas-Trix Co. Inc.
Rolling Eyes Manufacturing Co.
Silver Park Records Inc.
Thomas Manufacturing Corp.
Whitestone Harrison Corp.
Yorklyn Industries Inc.

Subjects:
Plastics workers--Labor unions--United States.
Plastics--Molding--United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Correspondence.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
The ILGWU Records, except for publications and materials produced for publication, are restricted. Materials created prior to twenty years from the current date are open to researchers only with prior written permission from the Director of the Kheel Center; materials created during the past twenty-years are closed; the minutes of the General Executive Board are closed. For more information contact the Kheel Center.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
ILGWU. Local 132. Managers' correspondence. 5780/076. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.

RELATED MATERIALS

5780. ILGWU records

NOTES

"Permanent deposit."

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
1969-1972
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 1
1975
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 2
July - September, 1975
1975
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 3
April - June, 1975
1975
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 4
January - March, 1975
1974
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 5
October - December, 1974
1974
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 6
July - September, 1974
1974
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 7
April - June, 1974
1974
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 8
January - March, 1974
1973
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 9
August - December, 1973
1973
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 10
January - July, 1973
1970-1972
Health and Welfare Fund
Box 1 Folder 11
1974-1975
Association Negotiations (Sheldon Edelman)
Box 1 Folder 12
1970
Association Negotiations
Box 1 Folder 13
1964-1967
Association Negotiations and Mediation Board
Box 1 Folder 14
1969-1970
Association Negotiations
Box 1 Folder 15
1964-1972
Deborah Hospital
Box 1 Folder 16
1969-1970
G.E. Strike
Box 1 Folder 17
1968
Local 132 - 1968 Campaign
Box 1 Folder 18
1970-1972
ILGWU 1970 and 1972 Campaign Committee
Box 1 Folder 19
1966
Local 132 - 1966 Campaign
Box 1 Folder 20
1961-1968
1968 ILGWU 33rd Convention
Box 1 Folder 21
Resolutions 1968 Convention
1968-1971
1971 ILGWU 34th Convention
Box 1 Folder 22
1973
ILGWU Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 23
1972
ILGWU Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 24
1969
ILGWU Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 25
1970
ILGWU Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 26
1971
ILGWU Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 27
1964-1973
ILGWU National Retirement Fund
Box 1 Folder 28
1972-1973
ILGWU Strike Reports
Box 1 Folder 29
Blank and completed forms
1968
Labor Day Parade
Box 2 Folder 1
1959-1962
Liberal Party
Box 2 Folder 2
1965-1970
Lieberman, Katz and Aronson
Box 2 Folder 3
1974
Lieberman, Aronson and Rosenberg
Box 2 Folder 4
1971-1974
Lieberman, Aronson and Rosenberg
Box 2 Folder 5
1969-1973
Local 132 Correspondence
Box 2 Folder 6
1971
Local 132 Affairs. Joel Menist Retirement
Box 2 Folder 7
1960
Local 132 Census
Box 2 Folder 8
1973
Local 810 I.B.T.
Box 2 Folder 9
1967-1973
Local 810
Box 2 Folder 10
1968-1970
1971 Local Elections
Box 2 Folder 11
1962-1965
1965 Elections
Box 2 Folder 12
1965-1968
1968 Local Elections
Box 2 Folder 13
1960-1968
Local 132. Financial Report
Box 2 Folder 14
1960-1973
Local Unions. ILGWU
Box 2 Folder 15
1962-1963
Mayor's Committee on Exploitation
Box 2 Folder 16
1974
Bernard H. Mazur
Box 2 Folder 17
1973-1974
Bernard H. Mazur
Box 2 Folder 18
1972
Mazur Dontzin and Mazur
Box 2 Folder 19
1970
Mazur Dontzin and Mazur
Box 2 Folder 20
1969
Mazur and Dontzin Correspondence
Box 2 Folder 21
1973-1974
Plastic Shortage
Box 2 Folder 22
1965-1973
Plastic Products Manufacturers Association
Box 2 Folder 23
1967
United Optical Workers Union
Box 2 Folder 24
1961-1970
Workman Circle
Box 2 Folder 25
1968
United Farms Workers
Box 2 Folder 26
1961-1969
A.B.S. Manufacturing Co.
Box 2 Folder 27
1960-1962
Allison Corp.
Box 2 Folder 28
1961-1965
Art Pearl Works
Box 2 Folder 29
1963-1966
Aur-O-Loy Plating Co.
Box 2 Folder 30
1966
B and B Hanger Co.
Box 2 Folder 31
1968-1969
Ben Nanger Company
Box 2 Folder 32
1961
Bennett Heat Treating Co.
Box 2 Folder 33
1961-1965
Beth Button Novelty Co.
Box 2 Folder 34
1966-1968
Boller Finishing Corp.
Box 2 Folder 35
1968
Brody Plastics Corp.
Box 2 Folder 36
1964
Brooklyn Plastics Co.
Box 2 Folder 37
1962-1963
Budgee Products
Box 2 Folder 38
1962-1963
Budgee Bra Back Corp.
Box 2 Folder 39
1965
Cameo Button Corp.
Box 2 Folder 40
1962-1967
Central Plastics
Box 2 Folder 41
1961
Central Button Works Inc.
Box 2 Folder 42
1964-1970
Chatham Button Co.
Box 2 Folder 43
1963-1964
Corley Manufacturing Co.
Box 2 Folder 44
1968
Custom Cellulosic Inc.
Box 3 Folder 1
1965
Dorsil Company Inc.
Box 3 Folder 2
1956-1969
Empire Records
Box 3 Folder 3
1961-1970
Empire Zipper
Box 3 Folder 4
1960
Falcon Plastic Co.
Box 3 Folder 5
1961
Farragut Plastic Corp.
Box 3 Folder 6
1964
Flama Record Corp.
Box 3 Folder 7
1962
Flexigrip Inc.
Box 3 Folder 8
1961
Fluorescent
Box 3 Folder 9
1960-1966
Garrary Plastics
Box 3 Folder 10
1961-1968
Gary Enterprises Inc.
Box 3 Folder 11
1959-1968
Gibraltar Manufacturing Co.
Box 3 Folder 12
1954
Hardy Plastics
Box 3 Folder 13
1961-1966
Harrison Co. Inc.
Box 3 Folder 14
1963-1965
Heat Resistant Plastics
Box 3 Folder 15
1961
Helix Inc.
Box 3 Folder 16
1964-1965
Leo H. Hirsch Corporation
Box 3 Folder 17
1961-1964
Holly Products Corp.
Box 3 Folder 18
1963-1964
Hub Metal Novelty Co.
Box 3 Folder 19
1963-1964
Imperial Electro Plating Co. Geneva Metal
Box 3 Folder 20
1962-1963
Jem Custom Records Inc.
Box 3 Folder 21
1963-1964
Kaycraft
Box 3 Folder 22
1962-1968
Lerner, Corwin and Young Inc.
Box 3 Folder 23
1965
Leslynn Products Corp.
Box 3 Folder 24
1960-1969
Lyndas Jewelry Creation
Box 3 Folder 25
1966-1968
Magna Plastic Plating Inc.
Box 3 Folder 26
1961-1963
Mercury Button
Box 3 Folder 27
1961
Mercury Modes Manufacturing Co.
Box 3 Folder 28
1960-1965
Miller Brass Fitting
Box 3 Folder 29
1949-1968
I. Miller and Bro.
Box 3 Folder 30
1961-1967
Miller Plastics, Inc.
Box 3 Folder 31
1961-1962
Molded Plastic Ear Molds Inc.
Box 3 Folder 32
1961-1965
Monarch Jewelry
Box 3 Folder 33
1961-1966
E.P. Mueller and Engineering
Box 3 Folder 34
1961-1965
Nasco Corp.
Box 3 Folder 35
1960-1965
National Ribbon Co.
Box 3 Folder 36
1961-1969
Pal-Playwell
Box 3 Folder 37
1968-1969
Paris Plastic Co. Inc.
Box 3 Folder 38
1964-1966
Parmett Plastic Corp.
Box 3 Folder 39
1961-1964
Pav Industries Inc. (Amneg Plastics)
Box 3 Folder 40
1961-1965
Pender Plastics Co.
Box 3 Folder 41
1966
Penmar Novelties Inc.
Box 3 Folder 42
1959-1965
Pilot Rubber Plastic Corp.
Box 3 Folder 43
1961-1968
Plastic Button
Box 3 Folder 44
1969
Plastic Casting Production, Inc.
Box 3 Folder 45
1961-1969
Plastic Mold Powder
Box 3 Folder 46
1964-1966
Plasticite Corp.
Box 3 Folder 47
1961-1969
Plas-Trix Co. Inc.
Box 3 Folder 48
1961-1965
Queen City Plastics Inc.
Box 3 Folder 49
1961-1969
John Rie Inc.
Box 3 Folder 50
1964-1969
Rolling Eyes Manufacturing Co.
Box 3 Folder 51
1965-1966
Sanita Plastic Ware Inc.
Box 3 Folder 52
1961-1963
Saxony Wool Corp.
Box 3 Folder 53
1960-1966
Silver Park Records Inc.
Box 3 Folder 54
1963-1964
Soptra Fabrics Corporation
Box 3 Folder 55
1964-1966
Strauss and Japo
Box 3 Folder 56
1961-1964
Sussex Newman Plastics Co.
Box 3 Folder 57
1962
V. H. Swenson Inc.
Box 3 Folder 58
1958-1964
Thomas Manufacturing Corp.
Box 3 Folder 59
1967-1968
Twisted Button Corp.
Box 3 Folder 60
1961-1962
Union City Plastics Division of Cavendish Record
Box 3 Folder 61
1959-1967
Werner-Klang
Box 3 Folder 62
1964-1970
White Star
Box 3 Folder 63
1961-1970
Whitestone Harrison Corp.
Box 3 Folder 64
1961-1965
Yorklyn Industries Inc.
Box 3 Folder 65
1965-1971
Minutes of the Health and Welfare Fund of the Plastic, Moulders and Novelty Workers Union, Local 132.
Box 4 Folder 1
1965-1973
Local 132 Executive Board Minutes.
Box 4 Folder 2
1957
Local 132 News
Box 4 Folder 3
May, 1957
1973
Local 132 News
Box 4 Folder 4
April, 1973
1973
Local 132 News
Box 4 Folder 5
June, 1973
1973
Local 132 News
Box 4 Folder 6
July, 1973
1976
Local 132 News
Box 4 Folder 7
May, 1976