© 2012 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University
ILGWU. Operations Department. Operations
standards manuals, 1983-1984
International Ladies' Garment Workers'
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence,
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives,
Cornell University Library
Consists of operations standards manuals for women's blouses for 1983
and 1984, and women's skirts for 1984.
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
The Operations Department records consist of 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.
This collection consists of operations standards manuals for women's blouses for 1983 and
1984, and women's skirts for 1984.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union --Archives
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union --Archives
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Operations
Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees
UNITE HERE (Organization) --Archives
Textile workers--Labor unions--New York (State)
Clothing workers--Labor unions--New York (State)
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