ILGWU. Convention Records,1977-1992

Collection Number: 5780/080

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Convention records, 1977-1992.
Collection Number:
5780/080
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
Quantity:
3 linear feet
Forms of Material:
Transcripts, notes.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Contains cue cards and transcripts of the conventions of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' 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

"Permanent deposit"

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Contains cue cards and transcripts of the conventions of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

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:
Transcripts.


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. Convention records. 5780/080. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.

RELATED MATERIALS

5780. ILGWU Records
5780/072. ILGWU. Constitutions and dues books
5780/080mf. ILGWU. Convention records. Microfilm
5780/193 PUBS. ILGWU. Convention publications

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
36th Convention, [Morning Session]. May 27, 1977
1977
Box 1 Folder 2
36th Convention, Afternoon Session. May 27, 1977
1977
Box 1 Folder 3
36th Convention, [Morning Session]. May 30, 1977
1977
Box 1 Folder 4
36th Convention, Afternoon Session. May 30, 1977
1977
Box 1 Folder 5
36th Convention, Morning Session. May 31, 1977
1977
Box 1 Folder 6
36th Convention, Afternoon Session. May 31, 1977
1977
Box 1 Folder 7
36th Convention, Morning Session. June 1, 1977
1977
Box 1 Folder 8
36th Convention, Afternoon Session. June 1, 1977
1977
Box 1 Folder 9
36th Convention, Morning Session, June 2, 1977
1977
Box 1 Folder 10
36th Convention, Afternoon Session. June 2, 1977
1977
Box 1 Folder 11
36th Convention. June 3, 1977
1977
Box 1 Folder 12
37th Convention. Sunday, September 28, 1980
1980
Box 1 Folder 13
37th Convention, Monday, September 29, 1980
1980
Box 1 Folder 14
37th Convention. Tuesday, September 30, 1980
1980
Box 1 Folder 15
37th Convention. Wednesday, October 1, 1980
1980
Box 1 Folder 16
37th Convention. Thursday, October 2, 1980
1980
Box 1 Folder 17
37th Convention. Friday, October 3, 1980
1980
Box 1 Folder 18
38th Convention. Monday, May 30, 1983. Day 2. Pages 171-329
1983
Box 1 Folder 19
38th Convention. Monday, May 30, 1983. Day 2. Pages 330-402
1983
Box 1 Folder 20
38th Convention. Tuesday, May 31, 1983. Day 3. Pages 403-549
1983
Box 1 Folder 21
38th Convention. Tuesday, May 31, 1983. Day 3. Pages 550-666A
1983
Box 2 Folder 1
38th Convention. Wednesday, June 1, 1983. Day 4. Pages 667-805
1983
Box 2 Folder 2
38th Convention. Wednesday, June 1, 1983. Day 4. Pages 806-969
1983
Box 2 Folder 3
38th Convention. Thursday, June 2, 1983. Day 5. Pages 970-1112
1983
Box 2 Folder 4
38th Convention. Thursday, June 2, 1983. Day 5. Pages 1113-1264
1983
Box 2 Folder 5
Melman, David. Memorandum. Convention Cards. June 18, 1986
1986
Box 2 Folder 6
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Opening. Friday, May 30, 9 AM
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 7
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Morning. Monday, June [2]
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 8
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Sen. Hollings. Monday, June 2, 9 AM
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 9
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Lance Kirkland. Monday, June 2, 11 AM
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 10
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Afternoon. Monday, June 2
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 11
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Morning. Tuesday, June 3
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 12
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. ILG Birthday. Morning. Tuesday, June 3
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 13
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Emma Mashinini. Tuesday, June 3, 11:30 AM
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 14
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Afternoon. Tuesday, June 3
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 15
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Imports Video, (Imports Committee). Afternoon. Tuesday, June 3
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 16
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Executive V.P., Irwin Solomon. Afternoon. Tuesday, June 3
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 17
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Shirley Carr. Tuesday, June 3, 3 PM
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 18
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Morning. Wednesday, June 4
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 19
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Statue of Liberty. (Resolutions Report). Morning. Wednesday, June 4
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 20
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Governor Kunin. Wednesday, June 4, 10 AM
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 21
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Claude Pepper. Wednesday, June 4, 10:45 AM
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 22
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Afternoon. Wednesday, June 4
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 23
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Retiree Presentation. Afternoon. Wednesday, June 4
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 24
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Morning. Thursday, June 5
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 25
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Triangle Video, (Resolutions Committee). Morning. Thursday, June 5
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 26
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Afternoon. Thursday, June 5
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 27
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. SCC Tribute. Afternoon. Thursday, June 5
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 28
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Elections. Friday, June 6
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 29
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Appeals
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 30
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Credentials
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 31
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Education
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 32
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Finance
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 33
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. GST Mazur Financial Report
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 34
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Imports
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 35
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. ILGWU Institutions and Welfare
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 36
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. International Affairs
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 37
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Law
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 38
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Offices Report
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 39
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Organization
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 40
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Resolution
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 41
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Rules
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 42
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Social and Labor Legislation
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 43
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Union Label
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 44
[39th Convention]. Convention Cards. Work Standards
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 45
Lazar, Robert. Memorandum. Convention Proceedings. November 13, 1986
1986
Box 2 Folder 46
39th Convention. Friday Morning Session. May 30, 1986. Volume I, Pages 1-91
1986
Box 2 Folder 47
39th Convention. Monday Morning Session. June 2, 1986. Volume I, Pages 92-209
1986
Box 2 Folder 48
39th Convention. Monday Afternoon Session. June 2, 1986. Volume I, Pages 210-280
1986
Box 2 Folder 49
39th Convention. Tuesday Morning Session. June 3, 1986. Volume I, Pages 281-392
1986
Box 2 Folder 50
39th Convention. Tuesday Afternoon Session. June 3, 1986. Volume I, Pages 393-474
1986
Box 2 Folder 51
39th Convention. Wednesday Morning Session. June 4, 1986. Volume II, Pages 475-587
1986
Box 2 Folder 52
39th Convention. Wednesday Afternoon Session. June 4, 1986. Volume II, Pages 588-685
1986
Box 2 Folder 53
39th Convention. Thursday Morning Session. June 5, 1986. Volume II, Pages 686-783
1986
Box 2 Folder 54
39th Convention. Thursday Afternoon Session. June 5, 1986. Volume II, Pages 784-895
1986
Box 2 Folder 55
39th Convention. Friday Morning Session. June 6, 1986. Volume II, Pages 896-978
1986
Box 2 Folder 56
[39th Convention]. Mike Labels 1 and 2 [Folder 1 of 2]
[1986]
Box 2 Folder 57
[39th Convention]. Mike Labels 1 and 2 [Folder 2 of 2]
[1986]
Box 3 Folder 1
[39th Convention]. Mike Labels 3 and 4 [Folder 1 of 2]
[1986]
Box 3 Folder 2
[39th Convention]. Mike Labels 3 and 4 [Folder 2 of 2]
[1986]
Box 3 Folder 3
[39th Convention]. Mike Labels 5 and 6 [Folder 1 of 2]
[1986]
Box 3 Folder 4
[39th Convention]. Mike Labels 5 and 6 [Folder 2 of 2]
[1986]
Box 3 Folder 5
40th Convention. Friday Session. June 2, 1989. Pages 2-103
1989
Box 3 Folder 6
40th Convention. Monday Morning Session. June 5, 1989. Pages 104-183
1989
Box 3 Folder 7
40th Convention. Monday Morning Session. June 5, 1989. Pages 184-240 Missing
1989
Box 3 Folder 8
40th Convention. Monday Afternoon Session. June 5, 1989. Pages 241-423
1989
Box 3 Folder 9
40th Convention. Tuesday Session. June 6, 1989. Pages 424-589
1989
Box 3 Folder 10
40th Convention. Wednesday Morning Session. June 7, 1989. Pages 590-741
1989
Box 3 Folder 11
40th Convention. Wednesday Afternoon Session. June 7, 1989. Pages 742-895
1989
Box 3 Folder 12
40th Convention. Thursday Morning Session. June 8, 1989. Pages 896-1014
1989
Box 3 Folder 13
40th Convention. Thursday Afternoon Session. June 8, 1989. Pages 1015-1172
1989
Box 3 Folder 14
40th Convention. Friday Session. June 9, 1989. Pages 1173-1275
1989
Box 3 Folder 15
41st Convention. Proceedings, Days 1-6, June 12-19, 1992
1992