ILGWU Local 48 Records

Collection Number: 5780/040

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Local 48 Records, 1926-1977
Collection Number:
5780/040
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU). Local 48;
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
2.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The collection contains records of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Local 48, Italian Cloakmakers Union, including minutes of membership and Executive Board meetings, files on elections, notes, and correspondence.
Language:
Collection material in English, Italian


ILGWU ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union was once one of the largest labor unions in the United States founded in 1900 by local union delegates representing about 2,000 members in cities in the northeastern United States. It was one of the first U.S. Unions to have a membership consisting of mostly females, and it played a key role in the labor history of the 1920s and 1930s. The union is generally referred to as the "ILGWU" or the "ILG". The ILGWU grew in geographical scope, membership size, and 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. The ILGWU merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in 1995 to form the Union of Needle trades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE). UNITE merged with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) in 2004 to create a new union known as UNITE HERE. The two unions that formed UNITE in 1995 represented only 250,000 workers between them, down from the ILGWU's peak membership of 450,000 in 1969.

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Local 48 of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), also known as the Italian Cloakmakers' Union, was chartered by members of Local 1 and Local 35 in 1916 and based in New York, New York. As membership and industry declined in the 1970s, the local became Local 48 United Coat, Suit and Allied Garment Workers' Union of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island (coat and suit workers in all crafts in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island), and later Local 48 Coat, Suit, Dress, Rainwear and Allied Workers Union of North Brooklyn. In late 1981, the Joint Board approved a measure to dissolve Local 48, and Local 89 was renamed Local 89-48 to honor the historic significance of the Italian cloakmakers.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Much of the collection is composed of minutes of the Executive Board. There are also minutes of the Membership meetings. All of the meeting minutes are in Italian.
Material appearing in English includes cases before the Appeal Committee, notes and correspondence. There is substantial information on local elections, including lists of candidates for upcoming elections, nominations, and rejection notices to candidates informing them they are not qualified to run. The Examination and Objection Committee was to consider the qualifications of officers who were 65 and candidates in upcoming elections to determine their health and if they could perform their job.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Local 48 (New York, N.Y.)

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:
Records.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Cite As:
ILGWU Local 48 Records #5780/040. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/041: ILGWU New York Cloak Joint Board Payroll Analysis
5780/040 mf: ILGWU Local 48 Executive Board Minutes on Microfilm
6036/102 P: Fabio Schettini ILGWU Photographs
6036/102 MB: Fabio Schettini ILGWU Memorabilia
6036/102m: Fabio Schettini ILGWU Files
6036/102 PUBS: Fabio Schettini ILGWU Publications

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1960-1963
Box 1 Folder 2
Box 1 Folder 3 1951-1956
English and Italian
Box 1 Folder 4 1940-1942
English and Italian
Box 1 Folder 5 1944
English and Italian
Box 1 Folder 6 1947
English and Italian
Box 1 Folder 7 1950
English and Italian
Box 1 Folder 8 1953
English and Italian
Box 1 Folder 9 1926-1944
English and Italian
Box 1 Folder 10
English and Italian
Box 1 Folder 11 1949
English and Italian
Box 1 Folder 12
English and Italian
Box 1 Folder 13
English and Italian
Box 2 Folder 1 1932-1940
Box 2 Folder 2 1932-1937
Italian
Box 2 Folder 3 1932-1937
Italian
Box 2 Folder 4 1932-1937
Italian
Box 2 Folder 5 1939-1941
Italian
Box 2 Folder 6 1939-1941
Italian
Box 2 Folder 7 1941-1945
Italian
Box 2 Folder 8 1941-1945
Italian
Box 2 Folder 9 1941-1945
Italian
Box 2 Folder 10 1947-1950
Italian
Box 2 Folder 11 1947-1950
Italian
Box 2 Folder 12
Box 2 Folder 13 1950-1952
Italian
Box 2 Folder 14 1950-1952
Italian
Box 2 Folder 15 1953-1956
Italian
Box 2 Folder 16 1953-1956
Italian
Box 2 Folder 17 1953-1956
Italian
Box 2 Folder 18 1956-1959
Italian
Box 2 Folder 19 1956-1959
Italian
Box 2 Folder 20 1929-1936
Italian
Box 3 Folder 1 1956-1959
Italian
Box 3 Folder 2 1956-1959
Italian
Box 3 Folder 3 1959-1962
Italian
Box 3 Folder 4 1959-1962
Italian
Box 3 Folder 5 1959-1962
Italian
Box 3 Folder 6 1959-1962
Italian
Box 3 Folder 7 1962-1965
Italian
Box 3 Folder 8 1962-1965
Italian
Box 3 Folder 9 1962-1965
Italian
Box 3 Folder 10 1965-1968
Italian
Box 3 Folder 11 1965-1968
Italian
Box 3 Folder 12 1965-1968
Italian
Box 3 Folder 13 1968-1971
Italian
Box 3 Folder 14 1968-1971
Italian
Box 3 Folder 15 1973-1977
Italian
Box 3 Folder 16 1973-1977
Italian
Box 3 Folder 17 1971-1974