ILGWU. Company files

Collection Number: 5780/205

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


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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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

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1988-1991
Box 1 Folder 2 1990
Box 1 Folder 3 1990
Box 1 Folder 4 1988-1989
Box 1 Folder 5 1989-1990
Box 1 Folder 6 1990
Box 1 Folder 7 1989
Box 1 Folder 8 1982-1990
Box 1 Folder 9 1985
Box 1 Folder 10 1989
Box 1 Folder 11 1986
Box 1 Folder 12
Box 1 Folder 13 1988
Box 1 Folder 14 1991
Box 1 Folder 15 1987
Box 1 Folder 16 1990
Box 1 Folder 17 1990
Box 1 Folder 18 1987
Box 1 Folder 19 1985
Box 1 Folder 20 1987
Box 1 Folder 21 1990
Box 1 Folder 22 1988-1990
Box 1 Folder 23 1990
Box 1 Folder 24 1986-1989
Box 1 Folder 25 1990
Box 1 Folder 26 1983-1994
Box 1 Folder 27 1983-1991
Box 1 Folder 28 1981-1993
Box 1 Folder 29 1981-1993
Box 1 Folder 30 1990
Box 1 Folder 31 1990
Box 1 Folder 32 1988
Box 1 Folder 33 1990
Box 1 Folder 34 1988-1990
Box 1 Folder 35 1983-1991
Box 1 Folder 36 1988
Box 1 Folder 37 1988-1990
Box 1 Folder 38 1988-1990
Box 1 Folder 39 1990
Box 1 Folder 40 1989
Box 1 Folder 41 1991
Box 1 Folder 42 1987
Box 1 Folder 43 1987-1990
Box 1 Folder 44 1988-1989
Box 1 Folder 45 1988-1989
Box 1 Folder 46 1984-1987
Box 1 Folder 47 1984-1989
Box 1 Folder 48 1981-1990
Box 1 Folder 49 1988-1990
Box 1 Folder 50 1989
Box 1 Folder 51 1989-1990
Box 1 Folder 52 1983-1989
Box 1 Folder 53 1988-1989
Box 1 Folder 54 1989
Box 1 Folder 55 1989
Box 1 Folder 56 1990
Box 1 Folder 57 1988
Box 1 Folder 58 1990
Box 1 Folder 59 1990
Box 1 Folder 60 1990
Box 1 Folder 61 1989
Box 1 Folder 62 1990
Box 1 Folder 63 1989
Box 1 Folder 64 1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 65 1990-1995
Box 1 Folder 66 1990
Box 1 Folder 67 1990
Box 1 Folder 68 1975-1989
Box 1 Folder 69 1987-1989
Box 1 Folder 70 1990
Box 1 Folder 71 1990
Box 1 Folder 72 1990
Box 1 Folder 73 1989
Box 1 Folder 74 1988
Box 1 Folder 75 1990
Box 1 Folder 76 1976-1987
Box 1 Folder 77 1988-1989
Box 1 Folder 78 1990
Box 1 Folder 79 1990
Box 1 Folder 80 1991
Box 1 Folder 81 1990
Box 1 Folder 82 1986-1987
Box 1 Folder 83 1990
Box 1 Folder 84 1986-1990
Box 1 Folder 85 1987
Box 1 Folder 86 1990
Box 2 Folder 1 1988-1992
Box 2 Folder 2 1988-1990
Box 2 Folder 3 1984-1989
Box 2 Folder 4 1989
Box 2 Folder 5 1990
Box 2 Folder 6 1989-1990
Box 2 Folder 7 1989
Box 2 Folder 8 1990-1992
Box 2 Folder 9 1987-1990
Box 2 Folder 10 1988-1990
Box 2 Folder 11 1988-1989
Box 2 Folder 12 1990
Box 2 Folder 13 1987-1989
Box 2 Folder 14 1971-1990
Box 2 Folder 15
Box 2 Folder 16 1990
Box 2 Folder 17 1990
Box 2 Folder 18 1988
Box 2 Folder 19 1989
Box 2 Folder 20 1990
Box 2 Folder 21 1987-1989
Box 2 Folder 22 1986-1987
Box 2 Folder 23 1986
Box 2 Folder 24 1990
Box 2 Folder 25 1986-1988
Box 2 Folder 26 1987-1988
Box 2 Folder 27 1990
Box 2 Folder 28
Box 2 Folder 29 1989
Box 2 Folder 30 1983-1993
Box 2 Folder 31 1990
Box 2 Folder 32 1988
Box 2 Folder 33 1988
Box 2 Folder 34 1985
Box 2 Folder 35 1988
Box 2 Folder 36 1990-1991
Box 2 Folder 37 1990
Box 2 Folder 38 1988-1990
Box 2 Folder 39 1990
Box 2 Folder 40 1990
Box 2 Folder 41 1990
Box 2 Folder 42 1989
Box 2 Folder 43 1988-1990
Box 2 Folder 44 1990-1991
Box 2 Folder 45 1983
Box 2 Folder 46 1987-1989
Box 2 Folder 47 1986
Box 2 Folder 48 1988
Box 2 Folder 49 1990
Box 2 Folder 50 1990
Box 2 Folder 51 1984-1990
Box 2 Folder 52 1989-1990
Box 2 Folder 53 1983-1988
Box 2 Folder 54 1989
Box 2 Folder 55 1990-1994
Box 2 Folder 56 1989-1991
Box 2 Folder 57 1990
Box 2 Folder 58 1984-199
Box 2 Folder 59 1990
Box 2 Folder 60 1990
Box 2 Folder 61 1987-1990
Box 2 Folder 62 1989
Box 2 Folder 63 1988
Box 2 Folder 64 1990
Box 2 Folder 65 1986
Box 2 Folder 66 1990
Box 2 Folder 67 1988-1990
Box 2 Folder 68 1985-1990
Box 2 Folder 69 1987-1986
Box 2 Folder 70 1987-1988
Box 3 Folder 1 1987-1989
Box 3 Folder 2 1990
Box 3 Folder 3 1989-1990
Box 3 Folder 4 1988-1989
Box 3 Folder 5 1988
Box 3 Folder 6 1986
Box 3 Folder 7
Box 3 Folder 8 1989-1991
Box 3 Folder 9 1990
Box 3 Folder 10 1987
Box 3 Folder 11 1988-1989
Box 3 Folder 12 1988-1989
Box 3 Folder 13 1990
Box 3 Folder 14 1990
Box 3 Folder 15 1989-1990
Box 3 Folder 16 1990
Box 3 Folder 17
Box 3 Folder 18 1990
Box 3 Folder 19 1990
Box 3 Folder 20 1989
Box 3 Folder 21 1988
Box 3 Folder 22 1988
Box 3 Folder 23 1990
Box 3 Folder 24 1990
Box 3 Folder 25 1987-1988
Box 3 Folder 26 1990
Box 3 Folder 27 1984
Box 3 Folder 28 1988
Box 3 Folder 29 1990
Box 3 Folder 30 1983-1990