ILGWU Sol Chaikin Audio-Visual Materials

Collection Number: 5780/083 AV

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Sol Chaikin Audio-Visual Materials, 1975-1986
Collection Number:
5780/083 AV
Creator:
Chaikin, Sol ;
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
8.1 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Audio-visual materials.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The Sol Chaikin papers document Chaikin's tenure as president of the ILGWU from 1975 to 1986. Included in this collection are extensive correspondence, memoranda, and notes by and to Chaikin from ILGWU officers, staff, and members, politicians, and other labor leaders. Also included are transcripts of Chaikin's speeches, delivered to audiences of local union members, ILGWU and other international union conventions, United States Congress, international labor organizations, and others.
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.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Sol Chaikin was born in New York City January 9th, 1918. He graduated from Townsend Harris Hall High School in 1934. In 1940 he married Rosalind Bryon. Chaikin received a LL.B Degree from Brooklyn Law School. He then became an Organizer for the ILGWU, Local 178 in Fall River Massachusetts.
Chaikin held many union jobs through his lifetime.
1942-Business Agent, Local 281, Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts; 1943-U.S. Air Force; 1946- Manager, Local 22, ILGWU, Springfield, Massachusetts and Manager, Western Mass. District, Northeast Dept., ILGWU; 1955-Director, Lower Southwest Region, ILGWU; 1959-Assistant Director, Northeast Dept., ILGWU; 1965-Vice President, ILGWU; 1968-Chairman, American Trade Union Council for Histadrut; 1969-Associate Trustee, Long Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center; 1973-General Secretary-Treasurer, ILGWU; Vice-President, AFL-CIO Industrial Union Dept. Member, Board of Directors, New York Urban Coalition; 1975-President, ILGWU; Vice-President, AFL-CIO and Member, Executive Council Member, Governor's Task Force on Housing; 1976-Delegate to Democratic National Convention; Trade Union Council for Histadrut; 1977-Labor Representative, Belgrade Conference to Review Helsinki Accord on Human Rights; Head of AFL-CIO Delegation to International Labor Summit, London; Received Labor Human Rights Award, Jewish Labor Committee; 1978-Received Townsend Harris Award; Member, U.S. Delegation to Attend Funeral of Prime Minister Golda Meir; 1979-Present At Signing of Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty at the White House; 1980-Member, U.S. Delegation to ILO Session in Geneva; Vice-Chair, N.Y. Convention Center Operating Corp.; Member, Board of Trustees, Brandeis University; Honorary Degrees from Rutgers University and City University of New York; Seconded the Nomination of President Carter, Democratic National Convention; Published, A Labor Viewpoint: Another Opinion; 1982-Head, AFL-CIO Fact-Finding Mission to South Africa; Member, N.Y.S. Governor's Special Transit Advisory Panel; 1983-Hosted ZENSEN Delegation from Japan for Discussions of Apparel and Textile Industries; 1986-Retired as President of the ILGWU.
Sol Chaikin died April 1, 1991 at the age of 73.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Sol Chaikin papers document Chaikin's tenure as president of the ILGWU from 1975 to 1986. Included in this collection are extensive correspondence, memoranda, and notes by and to Chaikin from ILGWU officers, staff, and members, politicians, and other labor leaders. Also included are transcripts of Chaikin's speeches, delivered to audiences of local union members, ILGWU and other international union conventions, United States Congress, international labor organizations, and others.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Chaikin, Sol C.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Southeast Region

Subjects:
Women's clothing industry--United States
Clothing workers--Labor unions--United States.
Clothing trade--United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Audio-visual materials


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Cite As:
ILGWU Sol Chaikin Audio-Visual Materials #5780/083 AV. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780/083: ILGWU Sol Chaikin Papers
5780/083 P: ILGWU Sol Chaikin Photographs

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 1984
Box 2 1984
Box 3 1985
Box 4 1985
Box 5 1985
Box 6 1985
Box 7 1985
Box 8 1986
Box 9
Box 10
Box 11
Box 12
Box 13
Box 14
Box 15
Box 16
Box 17
Box 18
no other labeling
Box 19
Box 20
Box 21 1972
Box 22 1972
Box 23 1972
Direct Presentation ; Questions and Answers
Box 24 1972
Box 25 1973
Box 26
Box 27
Box 28 1973
Box 29 1974
Box 30 1974
Box 31
Box 32 1974
Box 33 1974
Box 34 1974
Box 35 1974
Box 36 1974
Box 37 1974
Box 38 1976
Addressing GA AFL-CIO Convention
Box 39 1975
Box 40 1975
Box 41 1975
Box 42 1975
Box 43 1975
Box 44 1975
Box 45 1975
Box 46 1975
Box 47 1975
Box 48
Box 49 1976
Box 50 1977
Box 51 1977
Box 52 1977
Box 53 1977
Box 54 1977
Box 55 1977
Box 56 1977
Washington, DC ; Upper South Dept. Organizing Institute - AFL-CIO Labor Studies Ctr.
Box 57 1978
Box 58 Item 1
Box 58 Item 2
Box 58 Item 3
Box 58 Item 4
Box 58 Item 5
Box 58 Item 6 1980
Box 58 Item 7
Box 58 Item 8
Box 58 Item 9
Box 58 Item 10 1978
Box 58 Item 11 1980
Box 58 Item 12
Box 58 Item 13
Box 58 Item 14
Box 58 Item 15
Box 58 Item 16
Box 58 Item 17
Box 58 Item 18 1977
Box 58 Item 19 1984
Box 58 Item 20 1978
Box 58 Item 21 1977
Box 58 Item 22 1975
Box 59 1978
Box 60 1979
Box 61 1980
Box 62 1984
Box 63 1984
Box 64 1984
Box 65 1984
Box 66