ILGWU Local 23-25 Records

Collection Number: 5780/095

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Local 23-25 Records, 1972-1994
Collection Number:
5780/095
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU). Local 23-25;
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
3 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents), photographs .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The collection contains files of International Ladies Garment Workers Union Local 23-25, Blouse, Skirt and Sportswear Workers. Included are files of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, as well as press releases, news clippings, and other printed material.
Language:
Collection material in English, Chinese


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

Locals 23 and 25 of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), as well as the local resulting from their merger, local 23-25, also known as the Blouse, Skirt, and Sportswear Workers' Union, were based in New York, New York. Local 23 was chartered in 1903; Local 25 was chartered in 1905. Locals 23 and 25 merged and changed their name to 23-25 officially on November 27, 1963.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection contains files of International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Local 23-25, Blouse, Skirt and Sportswear Workers, documenting the work and members of the local. Included are files of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, as well as press releases, news clippings, and other printed material.
Subjects with sufficient material include information packets and meetings regarding the 1990 U.S. Census, in which the local and May Chen were involved with the Chinatown Census Committee to get the individuals and union members of Chinatown counted. Additionally, Chinatown is documented through industry studies and proposals. There is a digest of articles from the "Chinatown Press and at the end of the collection a large amount of collected newspaper articles and clippings, mostly from Chinese publications. And finally, there is substantial material on the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). Most of this involves the Asian members of Local 23-25 who formed the Chinese Committee (see also 5780/059).
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.)
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Local 23-25 (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 (documents)
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
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Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
ILGWU Local 23-25 Records #5780/095. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/059: ILGWU Local 23-25 Records
5780/059 P: ILGWU Local 23-25 Photographs
5780/059 PUBS: ILGWU Local 23-25 Publications
5780/095 G: ILGWU Local 23-25 graphics

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1980-1990
English and Chinese
Box 1 Folder 2 1980-1990
English and Chinese
Box 1 Folder 3 1990
English and Chinese
Box 1 Folder 4 1989-1990
English and Chinese
Box 1 Folder 5 1986-1987
Box 1 Folder 6 1986-1987
Box 1 Folder 7 1986
Box 1 Folder 8 1981
Box 1 Folder 9 1978-1981
Box 1 Folder 10 1978-1981
Box 1 Folder 11 1981
Box 1 Folder 12 1979
Box 1 Folder 13 1972
Box 1 Folder 14 1984-1987
Box 1 Folder 15 1984-1987
Box 1 Folder 16 1983
English and Chinese
Box 2 Folder 1 1992
English and Chinese
Box 2 Folder 2 1984
Box 2 Folder 3 1984-1985
Box 2 Folder 4
Box 2 Folder 5 1983-1986
English and Chinese
Box 2 Folder 6
Box 2 Folder 7 1986
Box 2 Folder 8 1985
Box 2 Folder 9 1986
Box 2 Folder 10 1985-1986
Box 2 Folder 11 1986
Box 2 Folder 12 1987
Box 2 Folder 13 1987
Box 2 Folder 14 1988-1990
Box 2 Folder 15 1988
Box 2 Folder 16 1987-1988
Box 2 Folder 17 1988
Box 2 Folder 18 1988
Box 2 Folder 19 1988
Box 2 Folder 20 1986-1987
Box 2 Folder 21 1986-1988
Box 2 Folder 22 1987-1989
Box 2 Folder 23 1983
Box 3 Folder 1 1993-1994
English and Chinese
Box 3 Folder 2 1993-1994
English and Chinese
Box 3 Folder 3 1993-1994
English and Chinese
Box 3 Folder 4 1993-1994
Box 3 Folder 5 1993-1994
English and Chinese
Box 3 Folder 6 1994
English and Chinese
Box 3 Folder 7
Box 3 Folder 8 1994
May 5, 1994