Guide to the ILGWU. Company files

Collection Number: 5780/205

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

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Kheel Staff, June 08, 2012

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DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Company files, 1971-1995
Collection Number:
5780/205
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
2.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Contains Dun and Bradstreet Report on companies, reports on the companies' activities with non-ILGWU firms, memoranda on companies and efforts to organize workers therein, as well as some authorization cards.
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).

ORGANIZATION AND FIELD SERVICES DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The ILGWU established the Department of Organization and Field Services in 1980. The department was responsible for, among other things, the coordination and survey of organizing activities, coordination and administration of information services including computer utilization, and the administration of all OSHA-related matters. It also coordinated the identification and implementation of new services.
As the ILGWU's central office for organizing, the Department of Organization and Field Services worked with affiliates of the international (e.g., local unions, district councils, and regional departments) in dealing with issues in their locations. In addition to working with union affiliates, the department also worked on legal and legislative fronts to ensure safe conditions for garment workers. Insofar as the department conducted surveys and gathered information, its work resembled that of the Research Department, and insofar as it supported pro-labor legislative efforts. To make clear the primary purpose of the Department of Organization and Field Services, the Report and Proceedings from the 1983 ILGWU Convention noted that, "The central concern is organization, and from this has stemmed the other broad activities which require skills, knowledge and information to be successful."

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Taken together, the two collections comprising the records of the Department of Organization and Field Services provide a general sense of the work of the department, though they are not physically extensive. Organizing efforts by affiliate organizations of the ILGWU, and on which department staff assisted, may be documented in that affiliate's records or elsewhere in the ILGWU records.
Arranged alphabetically, these records (5780/144) include correspondence, memoranda, reports, printed material created or collected by the Organizing and Field Services Department, and other material relating to its activities dating from between 1961 and 1989. In addition to documenting routine operations of the department, these records also include documentation of efforts to roll back imports, including reports on congressional visits on a resolution on the subject. Also included are monthly reports on organizing activities from joint boards and regional departments, as well as periodic reports submitted by local unions', joint boards', and regional departments' organizing departments to the central organizing department; these reports include names of organizers and shops organized, and descriptions of current, future, and abandoned campaigns that were to be included in the Organizing Department's reports to the General Executive Board.
The ILGWU's company files (5780/205) contain Dun and Bradstreet Report on companies, reports on the companies' activities with non-ILGWU firms, memoranda on companies and efforts to organize workers therein, as well as some authorization cards.

SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
Air Filters, Inc. --Archives
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. Research Dept.--Archives
Beldoch Industries --Archives
Bill Coat --Archives
Billy Jack for Her --Archives
Camden Tannery --Archives
Country Miss --Archives
Dexter Shoe --Archives
Expo, Inc. --Archives
Franklin Mushroom Farms, Inc. (Williamantic, Conn.) --Archives
Gem Knits, Inc. --Archives
Gianni Sportswear --Archives
Glamour Blouse --Archives
Her Majesty Industries --Archives
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. --Archives
JA Knitting Mills --Archives
King Sales --Archives
Mousefeathers, Inc. --Archives
Royal Silk --Archives
Ruby International --Archives
Sawyer of Napa --Archives
Sawyer of Napa/Press --Archives
Smoler Brothers Wicker Park --Archives
Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees --Archives
UNITE HERE (Organization) --Archives
Winter Coat --Archives

Form and Genre Terms:
Records.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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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. Company files #5780/205. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/144: ILGWU. Organizing Department records

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
1988-1991
A & A Manufacturing
Box 1 Folder 1
1990
A & S Sportswear
Box 1 Folder 2
1990
A Brod, Inc.
Box 1 Folder 3
1988-1989
AD & ME (Hialeah, FL)
Box 1 Folder 4
1989-1990
Action Apparel
Box 1 Folder 5
1990
ADA Outerwear
Box 1 Folder 6
1989
Adena Sportswear
Box 1 Folder 7
1982-1990
Air Filters, Inc.
Box 1 Folder 8
1985
Alema Knits
Box 1 Folder 9
1989
Alixandre
Box 1 Folder 10
1986
All Kind Quilting
Box 1 Folder 11
Allison Tracy
Box 1 Folder 12
1988
Alyce Designs
Box 1 Folder 13
1991
American Bazaar
Box 1 Folder 14
1987
Animal Crackers
Box 1 Folder 15
1990
Apex Box
Box 1 Folder 16
1990
Apparel Affiliates
Box 1 Folder 17
1987
Applied Accessories
Box 1 Folder 18
1985
At Last
Box 1 Folder 19
1987
AVI Sewing Corp.
Box 1 Folder 20
1990
B F D Industries
Box 1 Folder 21
1988-1990
Baby Fair Inc.
Box 1 Folder 22
1990
Bara Fashions
Box 1 Folder 23
1986-1989
Baronessa John
Box 1 Folder 24
1990
Barrow Industries Inc.
Box 1 Folder 25
1983-1994
Beau-David (Expo, Inc.)
Box 1 Folder 26
1983-1991
Beldoch Industries
Box 1 Folder 27
1981-1993
Billy Coat
Box 1 Folder 28
1981-1993
Billy Jack for Her
Box 1 Folder 29
1990
Bloomingdale by Mail Ltd., Inc.
Box 1 Folder 30
1990
Body Spirit
Box 1 Folder 31
1988
Bolero Clairtex
Box 1 Folder 32
1990
Bomaine Corp.
Box 1 Folder 33
1988-1990
Brenner International
Box 1 Folder 34
1983-1991
Camden Tannery
Box 1 Folder 35
1988
Camelot Creations
Box 1 Folder 36
1988-1990
Cameo Courtures, Inc.
Box 1 Folder 37
1988-1990
Caron/Caprino
Box 1 Folder 38
1990
Carroll Reed
Box 1 Folder 39
1989
Certified Lumber (IDA Loan)
Box 1 Folder 40
1991
Chang Lung Ind.
Box 1 Folder 41
1987
Charles Jourdan
Box 1 Folder 42
1987-1990
Charlotte Neville
Box 1 Folder 43
1988-1989
City Girl
Box 1 Folder 44
1988-1989
Colbert
Box 1 Folder 45
1984-1987
Collegetown
Box 1 Folder 46
1984-1989
Costume Gallery
Box 1 Folder 47
1981-1990
Country Miss
Box 1 Folder 48
1988-1990
Cullinane Maureen
Box 1 Folder 49
1989
DMAS Corp.
Box 1 Folder 50
1989-1990
DEB Shops
Box 1 Folder 51
1983-1989
Dexter Shoe/ Pam Am Shoe
Box 1 Folder 52
1988-1989
Di Fini, Inc.
Box 1 Folder 53
1989
Don Elliot
Box 1 Folder 54
1989
Eastern Apparel
Box 1 Folder 55
1990
Elan
Box 1 Folder 56
1988
EMSIG Mfg.
Box 1 Folder 57
1990
Fairview Paper Box
Box 1 Folder 58
1990
Fashion Rite
Box 1 Folder 59
1990
Franklin Mushroom Farms, Inc.
Box 1 Folder 60
1989
Fuller Brush
Box 1 Folder 61
1990
G & G Uniform Co., Inc.
Box 1 Folder 62
1989
G T Sportswear
Box 1 Folder 63
1988-1993
Gem Knits Inc. Gem Knitting Mills
Box 1 Folder 64
1990-1995
Gianni Sportswear
Box 1 Folder 65
1990
Gibor Knitting
Box 1 Folder 66
1990
Ginger Peachy
Box 1 Folder 67
1975-1989
Glamour Blouse
Box 1 Folder 68
1987-1989
Goodbuys/Lockewill
Box 1 Folder 69
1990
Goodwill-Evansville
Box 1 Folder 70
1990
Graff Californiawear, Inc.
Box 1 Folder 71
1990
Greater El Paso Corp.
Box 1 Folder 72
1989
Grumbacher, S. and Son, Inc.
Box 1 Folder 73
1988
H&M of California
Box 1 Folder 74
1990
HR Kaminsky and Sons
Box 1 Folder 75
1976-1987
Her Majesty Industries
Box 1 Folder 76
1988-1989
Hickory Hills
Box 1 Folder 77
1990
High Fashion Garment/D.G.D.
Box 1 Folder 78
1990
Hi Lo Mfg Co.
Box 1 Folder 79
1991
Horchow Mail Order, Inc.
Box 1 Folder 80
1990
Hotsy Totsy
Box 1 Folder 81
1986-1987
House of Perfection
Box 1 Folder 82
1990
Howard B. Wolf, Inc.
Box 1 Folder 83
1986-1990
In Group Limited
Box 1 Folder 84
1987
Its Jack
Box 1 Folder 85
1990
Ivy Brown
Box 1 Folder 86
1988-1992
J & B Knitting Mills
Box 2 Folder 1
1988-1990
J & L Mfg.
Box 2 Folder 2
1984-1989
JA Knitting Mills
Box 2 Folder 3
1989
JRE, Inc.
Box 2 Folder 4
1990
Jasper Sportswear
Box 2 Folder 5
1989-1990
Jay Dee Sportswear
Box 2 Folder 6
1989
Jeanette Maternities
Box 2 Folder 7
1990-1992
Jessica Howard
Box 2 Folder 8
1987-1990
Jet Styles
Box 2 Folder 9
1988-1990
Johnny Apple Seed
Box 2 Folder 10
1988-1989
Joyce
Box 2 Folder 11
1990
Kids-At-Large
Box 2 Folder 12
1987-1989
Kids R Us
Box 2 Folder 13
1971-1990
King Sales
Box 2 Folder 14
Klein and Co.
Box 2 Folder 15
1990
Knitwaves (Ellen Gang)
Box 2 Folder 16
1990
Kutty Fashions
Box 2 Folder 17
1988
L Luria and Sons
Box 2 Folder 18
1989
La Clase
Box 2 Folder 19
1990
La Mode
Box 2 Folder 20
1987-1989
Leaseways
Box 2 Folder 21
1986-1987
Live-It-Up
Box 2 Folder 22
1986
Loral Packaging, Inc.
Box 2 Folder 23
1990
MAG/MDP
Box 2 Folder 24
1986-1988
Manny Industries
Box 2 Folder 25
1987-1988
Members Only
Box 2 Folder 26
1990
Miss Challenge Inc.
Box 2 Folder 27
Moonlighting Studio, Inc.
Box 2 Folder 28
1989
Mopac
Box 2 Folder 29
1983-1993
Mousefeathers, Inc.
Box 2 Folder 30
1990
Muri-Lu Knitting Mills
Box 2 Folder 31
1988
Nancy Johnson/ Press
Box 2 Folder 32
1988
National Embroidered Emblem Inc.
Box 2 Folder 33
1985
New Yorker Dance Frocks
Box 2 Folder 34
1988
Newark Auto Tops
Box 2 Folder 35
1990-1991
Omni Knit
Box 2 Folder 36
1990
Orbit Instrument
Box 2 Folder 37
1988-1990
Paulette Fashions
Box 2 Folder 38
1990
Periwinkle
Box 2 Folder 39
1990
Pick Your Part Auto Wrecking
Box 2 Folder 40
1990
Plastiflex
Box 2 Folder 41
1989
Portier Rene, Inc.
Box 2 Folder 42
1988-1990
Prophecy Corp.
Box 2 Folder 43
1990-1991
R & M Kaufman
Box 2 Folder 44
1983
RBA Mfg
Box 2 Folder 45
1987-1989
RJMJ
Box 2 Folder 46
1986
Rangell Blas Co.
Box 2 Folder 47
1988
Realite Optical
Box 2 Folder 48
1990
Roam Corp Roberta, Inc., Hollywood Nites
Box 2 Folder 49
1990
Rousso Apparel Group
Box 2 Folder 50
1984-1990
Royal Silk
Box 2 Folder 51
1989-1990
Rubies Costumes
Box 2 Folder 52
1983-1988
Ruby International
Box 2 Folder 53
1989
St. Anna, Inc.
Box 2 Folder 54
1990-1994
Sawyer of Napa
Box 2 Folder 55
1989-1991
Sawyer of Napa/General Company Information
Box 2 Folder 56
1990
Sawyer of Napa/Campaign Documents
Box 2 Folder 57
1984-199
Sawyer of Napa/Press
Box 2 Folder 58
1990
Sawyer of Napa/Customers
Box 2 Folder 59
1990
Sawyer of Napa/Suppliers
Box 2 Folder 60
1987-1990
Scandia Trading Co.
Box 2 Folder 61
1989
SEMA Dist, Inc.
Box 2 Folder 62
1988
Shaker Sportswear
Box 2 Folder 63
1990
Sharlee MFG/Inner World
Box 2 Folder 64
1986
Shufra Chocolate Food
Box 2 Folder 65
1990
Simpatica LTD/St. Gillian
Box 2 Folder 66
1988-1990
Smart Novelty Blouse and Contractors (Darwood)
Box 2 Folder 67
1985-1990
Smoler Brothers Wicker Park
Box 2 Folder 68
1987-1986
Snow White/American
Box 2 Folder 69
1987-1988
Somerset Knit, Philadelphia
Box 2 Folder 70
1987-1989
Sport Pillows
Box 3 Folder 1
1990
Steven Michaels
Box 3 Folder 2
1989-1990
Suitables, ETX.
Box 3 Folder 3
1988-1989
Sun Distributions, Inc.
Box 3 Folder 4
1988
Sunrise Fashions
Box 3 Folder 5
1986
Swede Los Angles
Box 3 Folder 6
Sweet Sage
Box 3 Folder 7
1989-1991
Synari Ltd.
Box 3 Folder 8
1990
Tanner Companies
Box 3 Folder 9
1987
Technical Coated Fabric
Box 3 Folder 10
1988-1989
T H M Strike [Folder 1 of 2]
Box 3 Folder 11
1988-1989
T H M Strike [Folder 2 of 2]
Box 3 Folder 12
1990
Tif and Griff Designs
Box 3 Folder 13
1990
TLC for Girls, Inc.
Box 3 Folder 14
1989-1990
Tococco
Box 3 Folder 15
1990
Trend Knits
Box 3 Folder 16
Tri Chen, Inc.
Box 3 Folder 17
1990
Tribecca Corp
Box 3 Folder 18
1990
Trimtex Knitting Mills
Box 3 Folder 19
1989
Tripple O Enterprise
Box 3 Folder 20
1988
Trutrim Corp.
Box 3 Folder 21
1988
Ultra Knit
Box 3 Folder 22
1990
Ursela of Switzerland
Box 3 Folder 23
1990
Victoria Royal
Box 3 Folder 24
1987-1988
Virginia Metals
Box 3 Folder 25
1990
Vogue Alley
Box 3 Folder 26
1984
Walsh Super Service
Box 3 Folder 27
1988
Weinmac Mfg.
Box 3 Folder 28
1990
West End Affiliate
Box 3 Folder 29
1983-1990
Winter Coat
Box 3 Folder 30