ILGWU. Operations Department. Industrial Homework records

Collection Number: 5780/196

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Operations Department. Industrial Homework records, 1986-1989
Collection Number:
5780/196
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
1 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Contains reports, comments, testimonies, and statements submitted by the ILGWU and other interested organizations and individuals concerning revisions to the federal regulation of employment of homeworkers in certain industries, proposed between 1986 and 1989.
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).

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Little documentation exists in the ILGWU records about the work of the Operations Department in the union's international offices, and the materials that comprise the Operations Department records do not explicitly show that they were created by the department per se. While typically an operations department is known to deal with the everyday business of an organization and to have responsibility for the organization's facilities, the records suggest that the department either complemented the work of the Research Department, the Master Agreements Department, and the former Management Engineering Department, or maintained records useful to those departments.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Operations Department records consist materials relating to the ILGWU's efforts to maintain a ban on industrial homework, manuals for operations standards in the manufacturing of women's blouses and women's skirts, and collective bargaining agreements. The records relating to homework and operations standards date from the 1980s, and the collective bargaining agreements are from the years just before the ILGWU merged with ACTWU in 1995.
Researchers interested in ILGWU statements on homework and related issues should consult the Research Department records, 5780/209. Likewise, researchers looking for additional collective bargaining agreements should consult collections in Series VI, Contracts and Case Files (5780/075, 5780/075 mf, 5780/145, 5780/146, 5780/147, 5780/158, 5780/191). These records, and others throughout the ILGWU records, complement the records of the Operations Department.
In 1942, federal regulators prohibited homework in five industries--gloves and mittens, embroideries, buttons and buckles, handkerchiefs and jewelry production, as it was difficult to enforce federal wage and hour laws for work done in the home. After forty-five years, the ban was lifted, and this collection documents the ILGWU efforts to block the new homework rules. The collection contains reports, comments, testimonies, and statements submitted by the ILGWU and other interested organizations and individuals concerning revisions to the federal regulation of employment of homeworkers in certain industries, proposed between 1986 and 1989.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Abrams, Robert
Bencosme, Ana
Beyer, Dorianne
Bradley, Bill
Briggs, Vernon M.
Chew, Fay
Cleary, Edward J.(Edward John), 1906-
Davie, Fred
Elias, Eli
Guggenheimer, Elinor
Harris, James, 1948-
Herbert, Robin
Landrigan, Philip J.
Mazur, Jay
McDaid, Hugh
Muravchik, Miriam
Owens, R.
Snow, James F.
Snyder, Michelle
Wang, Charles P.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
United States. Dept. of Labor

Subjects:
Home labor
Women's clothing industry

Form and Genre Terms:
Records.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
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Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
ILGWU. Operations Department. Industrial Homework records #5780/196. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780/196: ILGWU. Operations Department. Industrial Homework records
5780/202: ILGWU. Operations Department. Collective Bargaining Agreements
5780/202 PUBS: ILGWU. Operations Department. Operations standards manuals

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1986
Box 1 Folder 2 1986
Box 1 Folder 3 1986
Box 1 Folder 4 1988
Box 1 Folder 5 1988
Box 1 Folder 6 1989
Box 1 Folder 7 1989
Box 1 Folder 8 1989
Box 1 Folder 9 1989
Box 1 Folder 10 1989
Box 1 Folder 11 1989
Box 1 Folder 12 1989
Box 1 Folder 13 1989
Box 1 Folder 14 1989
Box 1 Folder 15 1989
Box 1 Folder 16 1989
Box 1 Folder 17 1989
Box 1 Folder 18 1989
Box 1 Folder 19 1989
Box 1 Folder 20 1989
Box 1 Folder 21 1989
Box 1 Folder 22 1989
Box 1 Folder 23 1989
Box 1 Folder 24 1989
Box 1 Folder 25 1989
Box 1 Folder 26 1989
Box 1 Folder 27 1989
Box 1 Folder 28 1989
Box 1 Folder 29 1989
Box 1 Folder 30 1989
Box 1 Folder 31 1989
Box 1 Folder 32 1989