ILGWU Local 155 Records

Collection Number: 5780/129

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


ILGWU Local 155 Records, 1970-1972
Collection Number:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU). Local 155;
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents) .
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
The collection contains records relating to Local 155's elections in 1971 and the investigations of those elections the following year.
Collection material in English, Spanish


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.


Local 155, International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union ILGWU), also known as the Knitgoods Workers' Union, was chartered in 1933 and based in New York City.


The collection documents the appeal of February 1971 officer elections for Local 155. Edward Tucker was a rank and file candidate running for manager-secretary of Local 155. He filed multiple appeals regarding the results of the elections on behalf of the Rank and File slate regarding candidate nominations, favored candidates, and the use of intimidation, harassment and fear of penalty for support the Rank and File candidates. The collection includes hearing transcripts, documentation of the numerous appeals and protests, records of the Election and Objection Committee, and correspondence. Another election took place in March 1972 conducted by the U.S. Labor Department after investigations into the fraud charges.

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Local 155 (New York, N.Y.)

Women's clothing industry--United States.
Women's clothing industry--New York (State)--New York.
Clothing workers--Labor unions--United States.
Clothing workers--Labor unions--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)


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Cite As:
ILGWU Local 155 Records #5780/129. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.


Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/054: ILGWU Local 155 Records


Box 1 Folder 1 1972
U.S. Department of Labor Investigation
Box 1 Folder 2 1970-1971
Box 1 Folder 3 1971
Box 1 Folder 4 1971
Box 1 Folder 5 1970-1971
Box 1 Folder 6 1970-1971
Box 1 Folder 7 1971
English and Spanish
Box 1 Folder 8 1971-1972
English and Spanish
Box 1 Folder 9 1971-1972
Box 1 Folder 10 1972