ILGWU. Local 10. Managers' correspondence

Collection Number: 5780/012

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Local 10. Managers' correspondence, 1938-1948
Collection Number:
5780/012
Creator:
Nagler, Isidore, 1895- Falikman, Moe Local 10 International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
6 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The collection contains the correspondence of Isidore Nagler, Manager of the Amalgamated Ladies' Garment Cutters' Union, Local 10 of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
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).

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Isidore Nagler (1895-1959) came to the United States from Austria-Hungary in 1909 and joined Local 10 of the ILGWU in 1911. He held various positions within the ILGWU, including business agent of Local 10, manager of the New York Cloak Joint Board, international vice president, and manager of the New York Joint Board of the Cloak, Shirt, Skirt and Reefer Makers' Union. He was also involved in the work of the New York State Federation of Labor, American Federation of Labor, American Labor Party, Liberal Party, and the Jewish Labor Committee.

AMALGAMATED LADIES' GARMENT CUTTERS' LOCAL 10 ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Cutters of Local 10 can be traced back to the Gotham Knife Cutters of 1884 and the United Cloak Cutters in 1886 by the Knights of Labor. These were the predecessors of Local 15 and 6 which were chartered by the ILGWU in 1902 and merged to become Local 10 in 1906. Local 10 played a lead role in the 1910 cloakmakers' strike. Local 10 of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), was also known as the Amalgamated Ladies' Garment Cutters' Union, and based in New York City. Isidore Nagler was Manager of the Amalgamated Ladies' Garment Cutters' Union, Local 10 of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union from 1939 to 1952.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The collection is composed of correspondence of Local 10 managers Isidore Nagler. Amalgamated Cutters' Union Local 10 was a member of the Joint Board of Cloak, Suit, Skirt and Reefer Makers' Union, as well as the Joint Board of the Dress and Waistmakers' Union. Local 10 held a unique position in that its members were split between both Joint Boards. Cutters of cloaks belonged to the Cloak Joint Board and cutters of dresses belonged to the Dress Joint Board. Local 10's dual position in the Joint Boards is reflected in the records.
There are administrative records of managing the local, including records, documents and correspondence from the International. Various departments are represented (Auditing, Education, Research), as well as other locals. There is the correspondence of Max Goldenberg, who was the secretary of Local 10.
Manufacturers' associations found in the collection include the Affiliated Dress Manufacturers, Inc., Associated Corset and Brassiere Manufacturers, Infants and Childrens' Coat Association, Merchants Ladies Garment Association, National Dress Manufacturers Association, and Industrial Council of Cloak, Suit and Skirt Manufacturers, Inc.
Available is material documenting local elections, including nominations and signed resignation cards. Of particular importance is the information regarding the ILGWU practice (according to Article 5 Section 28 of the ILGWU constitution) that required newly elected and installed officers to sign undated resignation forms to be deposited with the union. Similar material is also found in 5780/011. And there is also cases that were brought before the executive board, and the decisions of the Impartial Chairman.
Similar and complementary records can be found in 5780/011 Local 10 Managers' Correspondence.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Nagler, Isidore,1895-
Nagler, Isidore, 1895-
Amalgamated Ladies' Garment Cutters' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

Subjects:
Women's clothing industry--United States.
Women's clothing industry--New York (State)--New York.
Labor unions--Clothing workers--United States.
Labor unions--Clothing workers--New York (State)--New York.
Clothing workers--United States.
Clothing workers--New York (State)--New York.
Industrial relations--United States.
Industrial relations--New York (State)--New York.

Form and Genre Terms:
Correspondence.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Cite As:
ILGWU. Local 10. Managers' correspondence #5780/012. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780/001: ILGWU. Local 10 minutes
5780/001 mf: ILGWU. Local 10. Microfilm
5780/008: ILGWU. Local 10 dues books
5780/011: ILGWU. Local 10. Managers' correspondence
5780/094: ILGWU. Local 10 membership record books
5780/131: ILGWU. Local 10 records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1943-1946
Incl. statement by Dean Alfange before House of Representatives on the rescue of the Jewish people of Europe ; address by Dean Alfange, November 1943.
Box 1 Folder 2 1947
Box 1 Folder 3
Corres. on negotiations w. independent firms, agreements.
Box 1 Folder 4 1939-1943
Box 1 Folder 5 1943-1946
Affiliated Dress Manufacturers, Inc..
Box 1 Folder 6 1945
Allied Underwear Association.
Box 1 Folder 7
Incl. American Cloak & Suit Mfrs. Assoc.; Assoc. Corset & Brassiere Mfrs., Inc.; Industrial Assoc. of Juvenile Apparel Mfrs., Inc.
Box 1 Folder 8 1943-1947
Incl. Infant's & Children's Coat Assoc., Inc. 1943-47; letters from Executive Director Charles Baker Informing Local on cutters employed by members of the Assoc.
Box 1 Folder 9 1943-1947
Incl. Merchant Ladles Garment Assoc. 1943-47; National Assoc. of Blouse Mfrs., 1944-45.
Box 1 Folder 10 1943-1947
Incl. National Dress Mfrs. Assoc., 1943-47; National Skirt & Sportswear Assoc.; Negligee Mfrs., 1943-45; Popular Priced Dress Mfrs., 1943-45; United Better Dress Mfrs. & United Popular Dress Mfrs. Assoc.
Box 1 Folder 11 1943-1947
Box 1 Folder 12 1943-1947
Box 1 Folder 13 1944
Incl. Corres. w. Mortimer C. Ritter.
Box 1 Folder 14 1943-1947
Box 2 Folder 1 1946-1947
Incl. Corres. w. Israel Feinberg on Union related matters & drive conducted by United Jewish Appeal; P. Herman manager Organization & Patrol Dept. on investigation of firms.
Box 2 Folder 2 1945
Box 2 Folder 3 1944
Isidor Stenzor & Israel Feinberg reports.
Box 2 Folder 4 1943
Incl. proposals to Associations for negotiations in the cloak & suit industry.
Box 2 Folder 5 1946
Hearings before Impartial chairman Charles Poletti on increase in wages, October 1946.
Box 2 Folder 6 1944-1947
Corres. w. Herbert Zame, reports, rules and regulations of retirement fund, administrative committee minutes, 1944.
Box 2 Folder 7 1940-1946
Incl. Union request for reargument on impartial chairman's decision, April 1941; Procedure of the Board of Control.
Box 3 Folder 1 1943-1946
Corres. w. Congressmen on labor and non-labor legislation.
Box 3 Folder 3 1943-1947
Box 3 Folder 3 1943
Box 3 Folder 4
Corres. w. Nathaniel M. Minkoff,
Box 3 Folder 5 1944-1947
Box 3 Folder 6 1945-1947
Box 3 Folder 7 1943
Box 3 Folder 8
Box 3 Folder 9 1947
Box 3 Folder 10 1944
Incl. photographs.
Box 3 Folder 11a 1939
Samuel Perlmutter vs Isidore Nagler, campaign literature.
Box 3 Folder 11b 1939
Samuel Perlmutter vs Isidore Nagler, campaign literature.
Box 4 Folder 1 1945-1947
Box 4 Folder 2 1943-1944
Box 4 Folder 3a 1944-1947
Box 4 Folder 3b 1944-1947
Box 4 Folder 4 1945-1947
Box 4 Folder 5 1943-1946
Box 4 Folder 6 1943
Fiftieth Birthday celebration.
Box 4 Folder 7 1938-1947
Box 4 Folder 8 1943-1947
Box 4 Folder 9 1943-1947
Box 5 Folder 1 1943-1947
Box 5 Folder 2 1943-1947
Incl. Corres. w. Italian-American Labor Council Luigi Antonini president.
Box 5 Folder 3 1943-1947
Corres. & decisions of George J. Mintzer, 1943; decisions of James J. Walker.
Box 5 Folder 4 1943-1947
Decisions of Harry Uviller.
Box 5 Folder 5 1943
George J. Mintzer decision, case Local 62 & Negligee, Lingerie, Allied Underwear, United Underwear Associations.
Box 5 Folder 6 1945-1947
Corres. on employment of cutters.
Box 5 Folder 7 1943-1944
Box 5 Folder 8 1946-1947
Corres. w. David Dubinsky; Fredrick P. Umhey; releases.
Box 5 Folder 9 1943-1945
Box 5 Folder 10 1943-1945
Incl. decision on Arnold Ames case, 1945.
Box 5 Folder 11 1942-1943
Corres. w. Simeon Hamburger, audit report on Local, 1942- 43.
Box 6 Folder 1 1944
Literature, form letters, posters.
Box 6 Folder 2 1947
Box 6 Folder 3 1944
Box 6 Folder 4 1945-1947
Corres. w. Mark Starr, articles.
Box 6 Folder 5 1943-1944
Box 6 Folder 6 1943-1947
Box 6 Folder 7 1943-1944
Box 6 Folder 8 1945
Box 6 Folder 9 1943-1946
Box 6 Folder 10 1943-1947
Box 6 Folder 11 1943
Box 6 Folder 12 1943-1947
Box 7 Folder 1 1943-1947
Box 7 Folder 2 1943-1944
Letter to firms on increases to cutters.
Box 7 Folder 3 1943-1947
Box 7 Folder 4 1943-1946
League for Industrial Democracy, 1944-46.
Box 7 Folder 5 1944-1947
Box 7 Folder 6 1943-1947
Box 7 Folder 7 1944-1945
Box 7 Folder 8 1945-1947
Box 7 Folder 9 1943-1947
Arranged numerically by local, 9-60.
Box 7 Folder 10 1943-1947
Arranged numerically by local, 62-155.
Box 8 Folder 1 1945-1947
Incl. Corres. w. Local 84, Los Angeles.
Box 8 Folder 2 1943-1944
Box 8 Folder 3 1943-1947
Box 8 Folder 4
Box 8 Folder 5 1943-1947
Incl. Corres. w. Negro Labor Committee, 1943-47.
Box 8 Folder 6 1945-1946
Releases.
Box 8 Folder 7 1943-1947
Investigations.
Box 9 Folder 1 1944-1947
Box 9 Folder 2 1943
Box 9 Folder 3 1942-1944
Incl. N.Y.S. Bd. of Mediation letters.
Box 9 Folder 4 1944-1947
Box 9 Folder 5 1945-1946
Box 9 Folder 6 1945-1947
Box 9 Folder 7 1943-1944
Box 9 Folder 8 1943-1947
Pioneer Youth of America, Inc., 1943-44.
Box 9 Folder 9 1943-1944
Incl. Corres. w. Rand School of Social Science, 1943-44.
Box 9 Folder 10 1942-1945
Box 9 Folder 11 1945-1947
Box 10 Folder 1 1944-1947
Incl. Schlesinger letter on eliminating office of General Business Agent of Misc. Division. 1947.
Box 10 Folder 3 1943-1946
Box 10 Folder 3 1943
Commissioner, City of New York, Dept. of Investigation, to Fiorello LaGuardia on Mark Starr Case, April 1943.
Box 10 Folder 4a 1943-1944
Incl. Corres. w. local members in armed services.
Box 10 Folder 4b 1943-1944
Incl. Corres. w. local members in armed services.
Box 10 Folder 5 1943-1947
Box 10 Folder 6 1947
Box 10 Folder 7 1943-1946
Corres., Treasury Dept., releases on War Savings Bonds.
Box 10 Folder 8 1943-1947
Box 10 Folder 9 1943-1945
Incl. distribution of relief funds, 1943-45.
Box 10 Folder 10 1942-1947
Incl. reports, 1942.47.
Box 10 Folder 11 1943-1946
Box 10 Folder 12 1943-1946
Box 11 Folder 1 1943-1948
Box 11 Folder 2 1943-1947
Box 11 Folder 3 1943-1947
Box 11 Folder 4 1946-1947
Box 11 Folder 5 1943-1947
Incl. rulings by Wage Stabilization Board. 1946.
Box 12 Folder 1 1944-1945
Cases on wage adjustments & bonus adjustments for firms.
Box 12 Folder 2 1944
Cases.
Box 12 Folder 3 1943
Cases.
Box 12 Folder 4 1943-1946
Incl. Red Cross, Russian War Relief, Inc.
Box 12 Folder 5 1943-1947
Box 12 Folder 6 1940-1945
Box 12 Folder 7a 1943-1945
Corres. w. members in armed services.
Box 12 Folder 7b 1943-1945
Corres. w. members in armed services.
Box 12 Folder 8 1943-1945