ILGWU Publication "Giustizia" (Justice), 1950-1971
Collection Number: 5780/186

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


ILGWU Publication "Giustizia" (Justice), 1950-1971
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives
Collection Number:
This collection contains issues of Giustizia, the Italian-language edition of the ILGWU's official organ Justice.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
0.33 cubic feet
Collection material in English, Italian, Spanish, Yiddish

Biographical / Historical

The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union was once one of the largest labor unions in the United States founded in 1900 by local union delegates representing about 2,000 members in cities in the northeastern United States. It was one of the first U.S. Unions to have a membership consisting of mostly females, and it played a key role in the labor history of the 1920s and 1930s. The union is generally referred to as the "ILGWU" or the "ILG". The ILGWU grew in geographical scope, membership size, and 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. The ILGWU merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in 1995 to form the Union of Needle trades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE). UNITE merged with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) in 2004 to create a new union known as UNITE HERE. The two unions that formed UNITE in 1995 represented only 250,000 workers between them, down from the ILGWU's peak membership of 450,000 in 1969.

Biographical / Historical

Justice was the official organ of the ILGWU from 1919 to 1995. Editions of Justice were published in English, Italian, Spanish, and Yiddish. When compared side by side, the content of some of these different editions of Justice shows significant differences.
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Preferred Citation

ILGWU Publication "Giustizia" (Justice) #5780/186. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

Related Materials

Related Collections: 5780: ILGWU records 5780 PUBS: ILGWU Publications 5780/186 mf: ILGWU Publication "Giustizia" (Justice) on Microfilm


Clothing workers -- Labor unions -- New York (State) -- New York
Clothing workers--Labor unions--United States.
Textile workers--New York (State)--New York.
Textile workers--United States.

Box 1 Folder 3
Giustizia (Justice). v.49:no.8 (1968:Ago.)-v.52:no.12 (1971:Dic.)
Scope and Contents
Italian. 1968-1970 on spine. Bound volume.
Box 1 Folder 2
Giustizia (Justice). v.38:no.1 (1956:Gen.)-v.40:no.11(1956:Dec.)
Scope and Contents
Italian. Bound volume.
Box 1 Folder 1
Giustizia (Justice). v.33:no.1 (1950:Gen.)-v.25:no.23 (1952:Dic.).
Scope and Contents
Italian. Volume numbering changes in 1952, goes from v.35 to v.25. Bound volume.