Guide to the ILGWU. Retiree Service Department. David Dubinsky papers

Collection Number: 5780/099

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

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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


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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

Date
Description
Container
1982
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Retiree Clubs
Box 1 Folder 1
1981
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Retiree Clubs
Box 1 Folder 2
1980
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Retiree Clubs
Box 1 Folder 3
1979
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Retiree Clubs
Box 1 Folder 4
1977-1978
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Retiree Clubs
Box 1 Folder 5
1973-1979
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Miscellaneous [folder 1 of 2]
Box 1 Folder 6
1973-1979
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Miscellaneous [folder 2 of 2]
Box 1 Folder 7
1981
Finance Department, ILGWU. Vouchers
Box 1 Folder 8
1981
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 9
1980
Finance Department, ILGWU. Vouchers
Box 1 Folder 10
1980
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Correpondences
Box 1 Folder 11
1979
Finance Department, ILGWU. Vouchers.
Box 1 Folder 12
1977-1978
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 13
1978
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 14
1978
Finance Department, ILGWU. Vouchers
Box 1 Folder 15
1978-1979
Miscellaneous Information- SSI, Housing, Wills
Box 1 Folder 16
1977-1980
Newspaper Clippings
Box 1 Folder 17
1978
Brochure Printing Materials
Box 1 Folder 18
1978-1979
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. ElderHostel Materials
Box 1 Folder 19
1977
Bergen County. Office on Aging
Box 1 Folder 20
1967-1980
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Report to GEB [folder 1 of 2]
Box 1 Folder 21
1967-1980
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Report to GEB [folder 2 of 2]
Box 1 Folder 22
1966-1983
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Meeting of the GEB Committee
Box 1 Folder 23
1977-1980
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Minutes of the GEB Committee
Box 1 Folder 24
1969-1973
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Salary Increases
Box 2 Folder 1
1968-1971
Friendly Visiting Service. Staff Memoranda
Box 2 Folder 2
1969
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Vacation Schedules
Box 2 Folder 3
1968-1969
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Part-Time Employees
Box 2 Folder 4
1966-1975
Dubinsky, David. Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 2 Folder 5
1984
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Ozone Park Retiree Club
Box 2 Folder 6
1967-1976
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Friendly Visitors Program [folder 1 of 2]
Box 2 Folder 7
1967-1976
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Friendly Visitors Program [folder 2 of 2]
Box 2 Folder 8
1966-1974
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Letter to Locals, Re: Special Assistance Fund
Box 2 Folder 9
1999-1969
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Letters to Applicants, Re: Special Assistance Fund
Box 2 Folder 10
1970-1975
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Friendly Visitors Program. Correspondence [folder 1 of 2]
Box 2 Folder 11
1970-1975
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Friendly Service Program. Correspondence [folder 2 of 2]
Box 2 Folder 12
1975
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Friendly Visiting in Institutions
Box 2 Folder 13
1976
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Early Alert Program
Box 2 Folder 14
1968-1974
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Financial Documents
Box 2 Folder 15
1967-1973
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Letters from Retirees
Box 2 Folder 16
1968-1974
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Letters to Retirees
Box 2 Folder 17
1968-1978
Finance Department, ILGWU. Louis Brass-Memoranda and Petty Cash
Box 2 Folder 18
1967-1972
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. General Correspondence
Box 2 Folder 19
1966-1980
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Miscellaneous
Box 2 Folder 20
1967-1972
New York State Executive Office for the Aging
Box 2 Folder 21
1966-1975
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. New York State Vouchers
Box 2 Folder 22
1971-1974
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. "After a Life of Labor" Promotion
Box 2 Folder 23
1968-1973
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Outside of NY Activities
Box 2 Folder 24
1970
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. "Retired and Remembered" Booklet Materials
Box 3 Folder 1
1969
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. "Retired and Remembered"- First Draft
Box 3 Folder 2
1966-1973
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Special Assistance Fund
Box 3 Folder 3
1970
Special Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. "Retired and Remembered" Acknowledgements
Box 3 Folder 4
1966-1977
New York State Executive Office for the Aging [folder 1 of 2]
Box 3 Folder 5
1966-1977
New York State Executive Office for the Aging [folder 2 of 2]
Box 3 Folder 6
1967-1976
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Foreign Visiting Program Printed Materials
Box 3 Folder 7
1966
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Special Assistance Fund
Box 3 Folder 8
1966-1972
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Recreational Activities [folder 1 of 2]
Box 3 Folder 9
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Recreational Activities [folder 2 of 2]
Box 3 Folder 10
1966-1971
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Special Assistance Fund
Box 3 Folder 11
1977-1979
U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Administration on Aging
Box 3 Folder 12
1966-1967
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Special Assistance Fund- Miscellaneous
Box 3 Folder 13
1966-1969
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Miscellaneous [folder 1 of 2]
Box 3 Folder 14
1966-1969
Retiree Service Department, ILGWU. Miscellaneous [folder 2 of 2]
Box 3 Folder 15