ILGWU. Retiree Service Department. David Dubinsky papers

Collection Number: 5780/099

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Retiree Service Department. David Dubinsky papers, 1968-1982
Collection Number:
5780/099
Creator:
Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982 International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
3 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, vouchers, and other material that document the work of the Department of Retiree Services.
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).

RETIREE SERVICES DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Retiree Services Department was established in October 1966 to provide services to ILGWU members once they retired from the workforce. David Dubinsky served as the founding director of the department, holding the position from retirement from the ILGWU presidency in 1966 until his death in 1982.
The department offered a variety of resources to retirees, including social, recreational and cultural activities, access to a special assistance fund, retirees clubs, and retirement planning services. Local and regional Retiree Clubs were established or further supported through the International's General Office, offering courses and organizing daytrips and other excursions. Through the Retiree Services Department, longtime ILGWU members who found themselves in need could apply for support from the Special Assistance Fund. The department also oversaw the Friendly Visitors Project, which trained retirees to visit other retirees in their home, hospital, or nursing homes. In addition to offering companionship, visitors offered guidance on matters such as Social Security, health care, union benefits, and housing.
The Retiree Services Department continued its work through 1995, when the ILGWU merged with ACTWU to form UNITE. In 1986, it developed the Options for Older Workers to assist workers displaced or shortly to be, plant closings. By the time of the merger, the department had expanded its services and offerings, including English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), an exercise program, acting and arts classes, and volunteer opportunities. The program also helped with retirement planning, and retirees were involved in legislative and election activities.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, vouchers, and other material that document the work of the Department of Retiree Services, including requests submitted to the department for funds in support of retiree groups and related activities, and notification of decisions of whether to fund these requests and award amount. Also included are collected printed material and drafts of department publications.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
International Ladies Garment Workers Union --Sources.

Form and Genre Terms:
Records


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Cite As:
ILGWU. Retiree Service Department. David Dubinsky papers #5780/099. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1982
Box 1 Folder 2 1981
Box 1 Folder 3 1980
Box 1 Folder 4 1979
Box 1 Folder 5 1977-1978
Box 1 Folder 6 1973-1979
Box 1 Folder 7 1973-1979
Box 1 Folder 8 1981
Box 1 Folder 9 1981
Box 1 Folder 10 1980
Box 1 Folder 11 1980
Box 1 Folder 12 1979
Box 1 Folder 13 1977-1978
Box 1 Folder 14 1978
Box 1 Folder 15 1978
Box 1 Folder 16 1978-1979
Box 1 Folder 17 1977-1980
Box 1 Folder 18 1978
Box 1 Folder 19 1978-1979
Box 1 Folder 20 1977
Box 1 Folder 21 1967-1980
Box 1 Folder 22 1967-1980
Box 1 Folder 23 1966-1983
Box 1 Folder 24 1977-1980
Box 2 Folder 1 1969-1973
Box 2 Folder 2 1968-1971
Box 2 Folder 3 1969
Box 2 Folder 4 1968-1969
Box 2 Folder 5 1966-1975
Box 2 Folder 6 1984
Box 2 Folder 7 1967-1976
Box 2 Folder 8 1967-1976
Box 2 Folder 9 1966-1974
Box 2 Folder 10 1999-1969
Box 2 Folder 11 1970-1975
Box 2 Folder 12 1970-1975
Box 2 Folder 13 1975
Box 2 Folder 14 1976
Box 2 Folder 15 1968-1974
Box 2 Folder 16 1967-1973
Box 2 Folder 17 1968-1974
Box 2 Folder 18 1968-1978
Box 2 Folder 19 1967-1972
Box 2 Folder 20 1966-1980
Box 2 Folder 21 1967-1972
Box 2 Folder 22 1966-1975
Box 2 Folder 23 1971-1974
Box 2 Folder 24 1968-1973
Box 3 Folder 1 1970
Box 3 Folder 2 1969
Box 3 Folder 3 1966-1973
Box 3 Folder 4 1970
Box 3 Folder 5 1966-1977
Box 3 Folder 6 1966-1977
Box 3 Folder 7 1967-1976
Box 3 Folder 8 1966
Box 3 Folder 9 1966-1972
Box 3 Folder 10
Box 3 Folder 11 1966-1971
Box 3 Folder 12 1977-1979
Box 3 Folder 13 1966-1967
Box 3 Folder 14 1966-1969
Box 3 Folder 15 1966-1969