ILGWU. General Executive Board. Appeal Committee Cases,1926-1983

Collection Number: 5780/018

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. General Executive Board. Appeal Committee cases, 1926-1983.
Collection Number:
5780/018
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. General Executive Board. Appeal Committee.
Quantity:
7 linear feet
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, memoranda, notes.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Contains correspondence and case files of the Grievance Committee, Appeal Committee, Special Investigation Committee, and Election and Objection Committee of the General Executive Board.
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.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Local 22 (New York, N.Y.)

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:
Correspondence.


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. General Executive Board. Appeal Committee cases. 780/018. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.

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NOTES

"Permanent deposit"

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Grievance Committee. Correspondence.
1926
Box 1 Folder 2
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1927
Box 1 Folder 3
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1930
Box 1 Folder 4
Grievance and Appeal Committees. Correspondence.
1930
Box 1 Folder 5
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1930
Box 1 Folder 6
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1930-1931
Box 1 Folder 7
Grievance and Appeal Committees. Correspondence & Cases. [folder 1 of 3]
1931
Box 1 Folder 8
Grievance and Appeal Committees. Correspondence & Cases. [folder 2 of 3]
1931
Box 1 Folder 9
Grievance and Appeal Committees. Correspondence & Cases. [folder 3 of 3]
1931
Box 2 Folder 1
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 1 of 4]
1932
Box 2 Folder 2
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 2 of 2]
1932
Box 2 Folder 3
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 3 of 4]
1932
Box 2 Folder 4
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 4 of 4]
1932
Box 2 Folder 5
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1933
Box 2 Folder 6
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 1 of 4]
1934
Box 2 Folder 7
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 2 of 4]
1934
Box 2 Folder 8
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 3 of 4]
1934
Box 2 Folder 9
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 4 of 4]
1934
Box 3 Folder 1
Special Investigations and Appeal Committees. Minutes, Correspondence & Cases.
1935
Box 3 Folder 2
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 1 of 4]
1935
Box 3 Folder 3
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 2 of 4]
1935
Box 3 Folder 4
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 3 of 4]
1935
Box 3 Folder 5
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 4 of 4]
1935
Box 3 Folder 6
Grievance and Appeal Committees. Correspondence, Minutes & Petitions.
1934-1935
Box 4 Folder 1
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 1 of 2]
1935-1936
Box 4 Folder 2
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 2 of 2]
1935-1936
Box 4 Folder 3
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 1 of 2]
1936
Box 4 Folder 4
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 2 of 2]
1936
Box 4 Folder 5
Trial and Appeal Committees. Correspondence & Meeting Minutes.
1935-1936
Box 4 Folder 6
Appeal Committee. Correspondence.
1935-1937
Box 4 Folder 7
Appeal Committee. Correspondence.
1936-1937
Box 5 Folder 1
Appeal Committee. Correspondence, Cases and Cutter Committee Notices.
1934-1937
Box 5 Folder 2
Appeal Committee. Cases.
1937
Box 5 Folder 3
Appeal Committee. Correspondence.
1937
Box 5 Folder 4
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and General Election Ballots.
1937
Box 5 Folder 5
Razimowitz, Joseph. Case of Appeal, Proceeding Minutes and Notes
1937
Box 5 Folder 6
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1938-1939
Box 5 Folder 7
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1940
Box 6 Folder 1
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1941-1943
Box 6 Folder 2
Appeal Committee. Correspondence, Cases and Minutes.
1944
Box 6 Folder 3
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1943-1944
Box 6 Folder 4
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1940-1944
Box 6 Folder 5
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 1 of 2]
1944
Box 6 Folder 6
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 2 of 2]
1944
Box 7 Folder 1
Appeal Committee. Cases, Reports and Misc. Correspondence.
1945
Box 7 Folder 2
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1943-1945
Box 7 Folder 3
Mencoff-Pine Correspondence and Case of Appeal.
1945
Box 7 Folder 4
Ames et al. v. Dubinsky. Case of Appeal and Notes.
1945
Box 7 Folder 5
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1944-1946
Box 7 Folder 6
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1946-1947
Box 7 Folder 7
Appeal Committee. Executive Session Cases and Reports.
1944-1947
Box 8 Folder 1
Appeal Committee. Rea, Luigi v. Levine, Feigel.
1947
Box 8 Folder 2
Appeal Committee. Minutes and Collection Records.
1947
Box 8 Folder 3
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1947-1948
Box 8 Folder 4
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1937-1948
Box 8 Folder 5
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1948
Box 9 Folder 1
Appeal Committee. Correspondence, Cases and Notices. [folder 1 of 2]
1949
Box 9 Folder 2
Appeal Committee. Correspondence, Cases and Notices. [folder 2 of 2]
1949
Box 9 Folder 3
Appeal Committee. Cohen and Spitzer v. Goretsky et al. Cases & Materials.
1947
Box 9 Folder 4
Grievance and Appeal Committees. Correspondence.
1948-1950
Box 9 Folder 5
Appeal Committee. Correspondence, Cases and Supplemental Notes.
1951-1952
Box 9 Folder 6
Appeal Committee. Correspondence, Minutes and Notices.
1951-1953
Box 9 Folder 7
Appeal Committee. Correspondence, Reports and Decisions.
1952-1953
Box 10 Folder 1
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1952-1954
Box 10 Folder 2
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 1 of 3]
1954
Box 10 Folder 3
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 2 of 3]
1954
Box 10 Folder 4
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases. [folder 3 of 3]
1954
Box 10 Folder 5
Appeal Committee. Correspondence and Cases.
1955-1956
Box 11 Folder 1
Election and Objection Committee. Protest-Appeal of Harry Shaw in Connection with 1971 Elections.
1971
Box 11 Folder 2
Election and Objection Committee. Protest-Appeal of John Kurtz.
1974
Box 11 Folder 3
Election and Objection Committee. Miscellaneous Correspondence.
1974
Box 11 Folder 4
Election and Objection Committee. Procedures for Hearings on Appeal.
1974
Box 11 Folder 5
Election and Objection Committee. Procedures.
1973-1974
Box 11 Folder 6
Election and Objection Committee. Campaign Literature & Correspondence.
1974
Box 11 Folder 7
Election and Objection Committee. Charges no.1 & 2.
1974
Box 11 Folder 8
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.3.
1974
Box 11 Folder 9
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.4.
1974
Box 11 Folder 10
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.5 & 12.
1974
Box 11 Folder 11
Election and Objection Committee. Charges no.6,7,8, & 9.
1974
Box 11 Folder 12
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.10 & 11.
1974
Box 11 Folder 13
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.13.
1974
Box 11 Folder 14
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.14.
1974
Box 11 Folder 15
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.15.
1974
Box 11 Folder 16
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.16.
1974
Box 11 Folder 17
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.17.
1974
Box 11 Folder 18
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.18.
1974
Box 11 Folder 19
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.19.
1974
Box 11 Folder 20
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.20.
1974
Box 11 Folder 21
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.21.
1974
Box 11 Folder 22
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.22.
1974
Box 11 Folder 23
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.23.
1974
Box 11 Folder 24
Election and Objection Committee. Charge no.24.
1974
Box 11 Folder 25
Election and Objection Committee. Violations by United Cutters Welfare League.
1974
Box 11 Folder 26
Election and Objection Committee. Nomination & Election Meetings.
1974
Box 11 Folder 27
Election and Objection Committee. Agenda & Hearings.
1974
Box 11 Folder 28
Election and Objection Committee. Local 10 Appeal to Executive Board.
1974
Box 11 Folder 29
Appeal Committee. Correspondence, Reports and Decision.
1974
Box 12 Folder 1
Appeals Committee. Spitzer, David.
1983
Box 12 Folder 2
Appeal Committee. Decisions from 4/12/83
1983
Box 12 Folder 3
Appeal Committee. Minutes. Re: Spitzer, David.
1983
Box 12 Folder 4
Appeal Committee. Transcript of Election and Objection Committee Hearing Re: Spitzer, David.
1983
Box 12 Folder 5
Appeal Committee. Hearing of David Spitzer.
1979
Box 12 Folder 6
Appeal Committee. Documents Examined in Spitzer v. Grossman and Leone. [folder 1 of 2]
1981
Box 12 Folder 7
Appeal Committee. Documents Examined in Spitzer v. Grossman and Leone. [folder 2 of 2]
1981
Box 12 Folder 8
Special Committee. Hearing of David Spitzer. [10/9/80]
1980
Box 12 Folder 9
Special Committee. Hearing of David Spitzer. [11/19/80]
1980
Box 12 Folder 10
Special Committee. Exhibits Entered into Evidence by Gerald Grossman.
1979-1980
Box 12 Folder 11
Special Committee. Exhibits Entered into Evidence by David Spitzer.
1980
Box 12 Folder 12
Special Committee. Communications Entered into Evidence by Chairman Herb Kobrin.
1980
Box 12 Folder 13
Special Committee. To: ILGWU Executive Board Conferees.
1980
Box 13 Folder 1
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. In the Matter of Harold C. Leifman and Local 10.
1983
Box 13 Folder 2
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. In the Matter of Willy Lelong and Local 205 Elections.
1983
Box 13 Folder 3
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. In the Matter of Local 424 Alice Marker, Charlotte Darlene Cover, Twila Bowser and Doris Balestrini.
1981-1982
Box 13 Folder 4
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. In the Matter of Leslie Spillet.
1983
Box 13 Folder 5
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. David Spitzer v. Gerald Grossman and Richard Leone. [folder 1 of 2]
1981
Box 13 Folder 6
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. David Spitzer v. Gerald Grossman and Richard Leone. [folder 2 of 2]
1981
Box 13 Folder 7
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. Hearing in the Matter of David Spitzer v. Local 10. [folder 1 of 5]
1979
Box 13 Folder 8
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. Hearing in the Matter of David Spitzer v. Local 10. [folder 2 of 5]
1979
Box 13 Folder 9
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. Hearing in the Matter of David Spitzer v. Local 10. [folder 3 of 5]
1979
Box 13 Folder 10
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. Hearing in the Matter of David Spitzer v. Local 10. [folder 4 of 5]
1979
Box 13 Folder 11
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. Hearing in the Matter of David Spitzer v. Local 10. [folder 5 of 5]
1979
Box 13 Folder 12
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. Meeting Draft.
1980
Box 13 Folder 13
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. Summary File for Appeal of David Spitzer. [folder 1 of 3]
1979-1980
Box 13 Folder 14
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. Summary File for Appeal of David Spitzer. [folder 2 of 3]
1979-1980
Box 13 Folder 15
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. Summary File for Appeal of David Spitzer. [folder 3 of 3]
1979-1980
Box 13 Folder 16
General Executive Board. Appeal Committee. In the Matter of Leslie Spillet. Audio.
1983
7 audio cassettes. Cassettes 1-3 and 5-8.