Guide to the ILGWU. Mid-West Region audio-visual materials

Collection Number: 5780/101 AV

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

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Compiled by:
Kheel Staff, October 31, 2012
EAD encoding:
Kathryn Dowgiewicz, May 29, 2013

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DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Mid-West Region audio-visual materials, 1988-1996
Collection Number:
5780/101 AV
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
1 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Audio-visual material.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection contains audio-visual material that was either produced by or featured the ILGWU. Included are videos from ILGWU conventions and videos about the garment industry in the United States.
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).

MIDWEST REGION ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

From its earliest years, the ILGWU was involved in organizing women's garment workers in Chicago, and efforts to gain members in the city and throughout the Midwest continued throughout the union's existence. The Midwest Region represented workers in Chicago and much of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Iowa.
Morris Bialis was the ILGWU's longtime representative in the Midwest, Manager of the Chicago Joint Board, and the Midwest Region Director from 1922 to 1976. Harold Schwartz served as regional director from 1976 to 1978. Schwartz was succeeded by Lou Montenegro, who held the post until his retirement in 1990. Stanley Gross was Midwest Region Director at the time of the ILGWU's merger with ACTWU in 1995.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The collection consists of VHS tapes produced or featuring the ILGWU. Many of the video recordings contain newscast segments, particularly when the ILGWU or someone from the union appeared on the nightly news. There are also political videos and recordings of conventions, union appeared on the nightly news.

SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. -- Midwest Region.

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:
Audio-visual material.


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. Mid-West Region audio-visual materials #5780/101 AV. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/101: ILGWU. Mid-West Region records

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
What Happened to the American Dream? Political Action Video
Box 1 Folder 1
VHS. 2 copies. Running time: 10:30.
1991
Jay Mazur/Rain Fair, Evening News (CBS)
Box 1 Folder 2
VHS. Running time: 3:25. November 24, 1991.
1995
UNITE Convention Highlights
Box 1 Folder 3
VHS
1992
NY is Fashion
Box 1 Folder 4
VHS. Ruth Glanz Productions, ILGWU. August 1992.
1993
The True Cost of NAFTA
Box 1 Folder 5
VHS
1988
Convention Dues Debate
Box 1 Folder 6
VHS
[No title]
Box 1 Folder 7
VHS. Includes note from Burt King to Stanley Crap
1993
ILGWU Department of Labor Hall of Fame
Box 1 Folder 8
VHS
International Ladies Garment Workers Union: Its About Jobs
Box 1 Folder 9
VHS
1988
McNeill-Lehrer Report; Industrial Homework: Debate with Sue Cowell
Box 1 Folder 10
VHS. Running time: 8:00. December 19, 1988.
1990
Cope Senate Group Video, Illinois State AFL-CIO. Sen. Paul Simon
Box 1 Folder 11
VHS. Running time: 10:08. September 21, 1990.
ILGWU - UNITE AND FIGHT
Box 1 Folder 12
VHS. 2 copies.
Chicago Federation of Labor
Box 1 Folder 13
"We do the Work, Serving Our Future"
Box 1 Folder 14
VHS. Running time: 16:00
Carol Mosley Brawn, Braun for U.S. Senate
Box 1 Folder 15
VHS. Coffee Video. Running time: 13:30
Secretary of State Literacy Office, Illinois State Library. On the Job; Workplace Literacy and WLS News Story
Box 1 Folder 16
VHS. Running time: 20:34
1995
Convention of Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, AFL-CIO, CLC
Box 1 Folder 17
1994
Health Care
Box 1 Folder 18
VHS. Paula Green Advertising, ILGWU, YGWO186: 30. March 18, 1994.
ILGWU, Apparel Jobs Abroad
Box 1 Folder 19
VHS. September 27, 1992.
1996
UNITE, Words: UN96-107, FACE UN96-109
Box 1 Folder 20
VHS. Running time: :60. January 25, 1996.
1992
ILGWU, Apparel Job and Maidenform
Box 1 Folder 21
VHS
[No title]
Box 1 Folder 22
Side A- No Description; Side B- InJu: Julio Cesar Guevrero & Jose Santos MTZ. Audiocassette
Tecora: Gospel/Labor Music, The tie that binds
Box 1 Folder 23
Audiocassette