ILGWU Justice on Microfilm

Collection Number: 5780/051 mf

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Justice on Microfilm, 1919-1982
Collection Number:
5780/051 mf
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
56 microfilm reels
Forms of Material:
Publications, microfilm.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Microfilm copies of issues of the publication Justice.
Language:
Collection material in English


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

Justice was the official organ of the ILGWU from 1919 to 1995. Editions of Justice were published in English, Italian, Spanish, and Yiddish. When compared side by side, the content of some of these different editions of Justice shows significant differences.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Negative copies available upon request
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

Subjects:
Clothing workers--Labor unions--New York (State)--New York.
Clothing workers--Labor unions--United States.
Textile workers--New York (State)--New York.
Textile workers--United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Publications.
Microfilm.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Cite As:
ILGWU Justice on Microfilm #5780/051 mf. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/051 PUBS: ILGWU Publications Justice
5780/180: ILGWU Publication "Justice" Index

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Reel 8 1919-1921
Reel 10 1922-1924
Reel 11 1924-1926
Reel 13 1927-1932
Reel 14 1933-1937
Reel 15 1938-1941
Reel 16 1941-1944
Reel 17 1945-1948
Reel 18 1949-1952
Reel 19 1953-1955
Reel 20 1956-1958
Reel 21 1959-1960
Reel 42 1961
Reel 43 1962
Reel 44 1963
Reel 22 1964-1966
Reel 23 1967-1968
Reel 24 1969-1972
Reel 26 1973-1974
Reel 27 1975-1976
Reel 28 1977
Reel 29 1978
Reel 30 1979
Reel 31 1980
Reel 32 1981
Reel 33 1982