ILGWU Local 10 Minutes on Microfilm,1911-1971. Minutes, microfilm.

Collection Number: 5780/001 mf

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Local 10 Minutes on Microfilm, 1911-1977. Microfilm
Collection Number:
5780/001 mf
Creator:
Amalgamated Ladies' Garment Cutters' Union. International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU). ILGWU Local 10.
Quantity:
17 linear feet
Forms of Material:
Minutes; microfilm.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection contains executive board meeting minutes of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Local 10, the Amalgamated Ladies Garment Cutters Union.
Language:
Collection material in English


ILGWU ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union was founded in New York City in 1900 by mostly Socialist immigrant workers who sought to unite the various crafts in the growing women’s garment industry. The union soon reflected changes in the sector and rapidly organized thousands of unskilled and semi-skilled women, mostly Jewish and Italian young immigrants. Exemplifying the “new unionism,” the ILGWU led two of the most widespread and best-known industrial strikes of the early Twentieth Century: the shirtwaist makers’ strike of 1909 in New York City and the cloak makers’ strike of 1910 in Chicago. The union also tried to adapt to the fragmented and unstable nature of the industry. It adopted the “protocol of peace,” a system of industrial relations that attempted to ensure stability and limit strikes and production disruption by providing for an arbitration system to resolve disputes.
The ILGWU exemplified the European-style social unionism of its founding members. They pursued bread and butter issues but provided educational opportunities, benefits, and social programs to union members as well. In 1919, the ILGWU became the first American union to negotiate an unemployment compensation fund that was contributed to by its employers. The ILGWU also pioneered in the establishment of an extremely progressive health care program for its members which included not only regional Union Health Centers but also a resort for union workers, known as Unity House. The Union also had an imaginative and pioneering Education Department which not only trained workers in traditional union techniques, but provided courses in citizenship and the English language.
David Dubinsky, an immigrant from Belarus who came to the US in 1911, provided strong leadership that led to unprecedented growth in the union during his presidency from 1932 to 1966. He led the union through successful internal anti-communist struggles, built on the ascendancy of industrial unionism by encouraging the formation of the Committee for Industrial Organization, and helped the union become an important political force in New York City and state politics, and in the national Democratic Party and Liberal Party as well.
In the period following the Second World War, the union suffered a decline in membership as manufacturers avoided unionization and took advantage of less expensive labor by moving shops from the urban centers in the northeast to the south, and later abroad. The ethnic and racial character of the ILGWU also changed as European immigrants were supplanted by Asians, Latin Americans, African- Americans, and immigrants from the Caribbean.
In July 1995 the ILGWU merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) at a joint convention, forming UNITE (Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees). At the time the new union had a membership of about 250,000 in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Local 10 of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), also known as the Amalgamated Ladies' Garment Cutters' Union, was based in New York, New York.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection contains executive board meeting minutes of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Local 10, the Amalgamated Ladies Garment Cutters Union.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Amalgamated Ladies' Garment Cutters' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees

Subjects:
Women's clothing industry--United States.
Labor unions--Clothing workers--United States.
Clothing workers--United States.
Industrial relations--United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Minutes.
Microfilm.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
The ILGWU Records, except for publications and materials produced for publication, are restricted. Materials created prior to twenty years from the current date are open to researchers only with prior written permission from the Director of the Kheel Center; materials created during the past twenty-years are closed; the minutes of the General Executive Board are closed. For more information contact the Kheel Center.
Cite As:
ILGWU. Local 10 minutes. 5780/001 mf. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.

RELATED MATERIALS

5780. ILGWU Records
5780/001. ILGWU. Local 10 minutes.
5780/008. ILGWU. Local 10 dues books
5780/011. ILGWU. Local 10. Managers' correspondence
5780/012. ILGWU. Local 10. Manager's correspondence
5780/094. ILGWU. Local 10. membership record books
5780/131. ILGWU. Local 10 records

NOTES

"Permanent deposit"

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Reel 1 item 1
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. I
1911-1912
Reel 2 item 1
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. II
1912-1913
Reel 2 item 2
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. III
1913-1914
Reel 3 item 1
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. IV
1914
Reel 3 item 2
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. V
1915
Reel 4 item 1
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. VI
1915-1916
Reel 4 item 2
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. VII
1916
Reel 5 item 1
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. VIII
1916-1917
Reel 5 item 2
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. IX
1917-1918
Reel 5 item 3
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. X
1919-1920
Reel 6 item 1
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XI
1920-1922
Reel 6 item 2
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XII
1922-1923
Reel 6 item 3
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XIII
1923-1925
Reel 6 item 4
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XIV
1925-1926
Reel 7 item 1
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XV
1926-1929
Reel 7 item 2
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XVI
1930-1931
Reel 7 item 3
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XVII
1932-1934
Reel 8 item 1
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XVIII
1934-1936
Reel 8 item 2
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XIX
1936-1937
Reel 8 item 3
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XX
1938-1939
Reel 9 item 1
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXI
1939-1941
Reel 9 item 2
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXII
1941-1943
Reel 9 item 3
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXIII
1943-1946
Reel 10 item 1
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXIV
1946-1949
Reel 10 item 2
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXV
1949-1952
Reel 10 item 3
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXVI
1952-1955
Reel 11 item 1
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXVII
1955-1959
Reel 11 item 2
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXVIII
1959-1961
Reel 11 item 3
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXIX
1961-1964
Reel 12 item 1
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXX
1964-1966
Reel 12 item 2
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXI
1966-1967
Reel 12 item 3
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXII
1967-1968
Reel 12 item 4
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXIII [folder 1 of 2]
1969
Reel 12 item 5
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXIII [folder 2 of 2]
1969
Reel 13 item 1
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXIV [folder 1 of 2]
1970
Reel 13 item 2
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXIV [folder 2 of 2]
1970
Reel 13 item 3
Executive Board Minutes. Vol. XXXV [folder 1 of 2]
1971
Reel 13 item 4
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXV [folder 2 of 2]
1971