ILGWU. James Parrott Papers,1980-1991

Collection Number: 5780/143

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. James Parrott papers, 1980-1991
Collection Number:
5780/143
Creator:
Parrott, James.
Quantity:
15 linear feet
Forms of Material:
Records
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Correspondence, reprints, and congressional testimony of James Parrott, Executive Assistant to the President, International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Parrott's records consist primarily of subject files, many of which pertain to ILGWU organizing around proposed changes on the regulation of homework, as well as around the New York City's apparel industry, especially the Garment Industry Development Corporation.
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.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Correspondence, reprints, and congressional testimony of James Parrott, Executive Assistant to the President, International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Parrott's records consist primarily of subject files, many of which pertain to ILGWU organizing around proposed changes on the regulation of homework, as well as around the New York City's apparel industry, especially the Garment Industry Development Corporation.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Parrott, James.
Parrott, James.
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:
Records.


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. James Parrott papers. 5780/143. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.

RELATED MATERIALS

5780. ILGWU records

NOTES

"Permanent deposit"

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
(TC)2 [folder 1 of 2]
1980-1988
Box 1 Folder 2
(TC)2 [folder 2 of 2]
1980-1988
Box 1 Folder 3
(TC)2 Literature
1988-1989
Box 1 Folder 4
(TC)2 Board of Directors
1989-1990
Box 1 Folder 5
(TC)2 [folder 1 of 2]
1988-1989
Box 1 Folder 6
(TC)2 [folder 2 of 2]
1988-1989
Box 1 Folder 7
Cost of Trade Restrictions [folder 1 of 2]
1982-1985
Box 1 Folder 8
Cost of Trade Restrictions [folder 2 of 2]
1982-1985
Box 1 Folder 9
Canadian-US Free Trade [folder 1 of 2]
1987-1988
Box 1 Folder 10
Canadian-US Free Trade [folder 2 of 2]
1987-1988
Box 1 Folder 11
The Multifiber Arrangement, Historical
1961-1983
Box 1 Folder 12
Multifiber Arrangement and Predecessors
1981-1986
Box 1 Folder 13
United States Trade Representative. Labor Advisory Committee
Box 2 Folder 1
Textile Legislation
1987-1988
Box 2 Folder 2
Federal Mediation Conciliation Service
1988-1991
Box 2 Folder 3
National Planning Association
1986-1989
Box 2 Folder 4
Uretek, Inc.
1987-1988
Box 2 Folder 5
International Rescues Committee
1988
Box 2 Folder 6
Economic Policy Council, Mazur
1986
Box 2 Folder 7
Plant Closing, Massachusetts and Rhode Island
1983-1984
Box 2 Folder 8
Immigration, Sol. C. Chaikin
1981-1982
Box 2 Folder 9
Undocumented Workers
1980-1981
Box 2 Folder 10
Economic Policy Council
1983-1985
Box 2 Folder 11
Plant Closings, Legislation [folder 1 of 2]
1977-1983
Box 2 Folder 12
Plant Closings, Legislation [folder 2 of 2]
1977-1983
Box 3 Folder 1
UMWA Solidarity
1989
Box 3 Folder 2
Textile Legislation [folder 1 of 2]
1985
Box 3 Folder 3
Textile Legislation [folder 2 of 2]
1985
Box 3 Folder 4
Textile Legislation [folder 1 of 2]
1986
Box 3 Folder 5
Textile Legislation [folder 2 of 2]
1986
Box 3 Folder 6
Textile Legislation
1987
Box 3 Folder 7
Black Economic Project
1987-1988
Box 3 Folder 8
Center on National Labor Policy
1980-1989
Box 3 Folder 9
Homework, Clerical
1986
Box 3 Folder 10
Homework, Congressional Testimony [folder 1 of 2]
1986
Box 3 Folder 11
Homework, Congressional Testimony [folder 2 of 2]
1986
Box 3 Folder 12
Homework, Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, Proposal
1986
Box 3 Folder 13
Homework, Department of Labor Congressional Correspondence
1986-1987
Box 3 Folder 14
Homework, Department of Labor Letters
1986
Box 3 Folder 15
Homework, Department of Labor Enforcement
1982-1986
Box 3 Folder 16
Homework, Department of Labor Enforcement. Knitted Outerwear
1986
Box 3 Folder 17
Homework, Department of Labor Regulations
1982-1986
Box 3 Folder 18
Homework, General Accounting Office Report
1986
Box 3 Folder 19
Homework, ILGWU Campaign
1988
Box 3 Folder 20
Homework, Comment ILGWU
1981
Box 3 Folder 21
Homework, ILGWU
1981-1985
Box 4 Folder 1
Homework, Comment ILGWU
1984
Box 4 Folder 2
Homework, Department of Labor and ILGWU Comments
1986
Box 4 Folder 3
Homework, Department of Labor and ILGWU Meetings
1986
Box 4 Folder 4
Homework, ILGWU Materials "Federationist"
1986
Box 4 Folder 5
Homework, ILGWU Materials, Newspapers
1986
Box 4 Folder 6
Homework, ILGWU Materials-Question and Answer
1986
Box 4 Folder 7
Homework, "It's Your Business" TV Program
1986
Box 4 Folder 8
Homework, News
1986
Box 4 Folder 9
Homework, News
1987
Box 4 Folder 10
Homework, News
1988
Box 4 Folder 11
Homework, Press Kits
1986
Box 4 Folder 12
Homework, Pro-Press Conference
1986
Box 4 Folder 13
Homework, Task Force [folder 1 of 2]
1986
Box 4 Folder 14
Homework, Task Force [folder 2 of 2]
1986
Box 4 Folder 15
Homework, Task Force Outreach
1986
Box 4 Folder 16
Homework Statements
1986
Box 5 Folder 1
Labor and Investments, Pension Funds
1983-1992
Box 5 Folder 2
New York City Comptroller Holtzman
1990-1992
Box 5 Folder 3
Ridgewood Local Development Corporation
1986-1989
Box 5 Folder 4
Regional Plan Association
1988-1990
Box 5 Folder 5
Port Authority
1984-1990
Box 5 Folder 6
Reference Point
1988-1991
Box 5 Folder 7
Council for American Fashion
1988-1989
Box 5 Folder 8
Council for American Fashion [folder 1 of 2]
1989
Box 5 Folder 9
Council for American Fashion [folder 2 of 2]
1989
Box 5 Folder 10
Council for American Fashion
1990
Box 5 Folder 11
Lehigh Valley Project Proposal
1989
Box 6 Folder 1
Industrial Cooperation Council Apparel Project [folder 1 of 3]
1988-1991
Box 6 Folder 2
Industrial Cooperation Council Apparel Project [folder 2 of 3]
1988-1991
Box 6 Folder 3
Industrial Cooperation Council Apparel Project [folder 3 of 3]
1988-1991
Box 6 Folder 4
Industrial Cooperation Council Garment Industry Study Background [folder 1 of 2]
1987
Box 6 Folder 5
Industrial Cooperation Council Garment Industry Study Background [folder 2 of 2]
1987
Box 6 Folder 6
New York State District Training and Child Care
1989
Box 6 Folder 7
Garment Industry Advisory Committee
1986-1987
Box 6 Folder 8
Garment Industry Advisory Committee
1988-1989
Box 6 Folder 9
Garment Industry Advisory Committee
1989
Box 6 Folder 10
Garment Industry Advisory Committee [folder 1 of 2]
1990
Box 6 Folder 11
Garment Industry Advisory Committee [folder 2 of 2]
1990
Box 6 Folder 12
Garment Industry Advisory Council Registration List
1988
Box 6 Folder 13
Commercial Rent Control, New York City
1985-1988
Box 7 Folder 1
AFL-CIO Donahue
1987-1988
Box 7 Folder 2
AFL-CIO Education Update
1990-1992
Box 7 Folder 3
AFL-CIO Free Trade Union Institute
1988
Box 7 Folder 4
AFL-CIO Kirkland
1988-1990
Box 7 Folder 5
AFL-CIO Library
1985-1990
Box 7 Folder 6
AFL-CIO Reprints
1982-1984
Box 7 Folder 7
AFL-CIO "Reviews the Issues" Reports
1988-1989
Box 7 Folder 8
AIDS Materials
1988
Box 7 Folder 9
A. Philip Randolph Institute
1988-1992
Box 7 Folder 10
"All Labor Letter"
1986-1992
Box 7 Folder 11
Asia Society
Box 7 Folder 12
Bronx Economic Development
1988-1989
Box 7 Folder 13
American Labor History Materials
1979-1982
Box 7 Folder 14
Center for Labor Management Policy [folder 1 of 2]
1988-1992
Box 7 Folder 15
Center for Labor Management Policy [folder 2 of 2]
1988-1992
Box 7 Folder 16
Center for Public Integrity
1990-1991
Box 7 Folder 17
Chronicle Guidance Publications Inc.
1989
Box 7 Folder 18
Citizens for Justice
1989-1991
Box 7 Folder 19
Civil Rights
1982-1985
Box 7 Folder 20
Coalition of Labor Union Women
1988-1991
Box 8 Folder 1
Community Service Society, New York City
1988-1992
Box 8 Folder 2
Conference Board
1985-1986
Box 8 Folder 3
Conference Board
1986-1987
Box 8 Folder 4
Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues
1990-1991
Box 8 Folder 5
Javits Convention Center
1984
Box 8 Folder 6
Elderly
1985
Box 8 Folder 7
English Only
1989-1990
Box 8 Folder 8
European Community Integration
1991
Box 8 Folder 9
Ralph Fasanella
1987-1988
Box 8 Folder 10
Federal Reserve Research Library
1986-1990
Box 8 Folder 11
California Industry
1985-1989
Box 8 Folder 12
El Paso [folder 1 of 2]
1990
Box 8 Folder 13
El Paso [folder 2 of 2]
1990
Box 8 Folder 14
Organizing Materials [folder 1 of 2]
1987-1991
Box 8 Folder 15
Organizing Materials [folder 2 of 2]
1987-1991
Box 8 Folder 16
Jobs with Justice [folder 1 of 2]
1991-1992
Box 8 Folder 17
Jobs with Justice [folder 2 of 2]
1991-1992
Box 8 Folder 18
Strike Preparation [folder 1 of 2]
1990
Box 8 Folder 19
Strike Preparation [folder 2 of 2]
1990
Box 8 Folder 20
South Africa
1991
Box 9 Folder 1
Negotiations Preparation
1991
Box 9 Folder 2
Bargaining
1991
Box 9 Folder 3
Strike Preparation Task Force Report
1990-1991
Box 9 Folder 4
Strike Preparation Task Force [folder 1 of 2]
1990-1991
Box 9 Folder 5
Strike Preparation Task Force [folder 2 of 2]
1990-1991
Box 9 Folder 6
Contract Language Task Force
1990-1991
Box 9 Folder 7
Collective Bargaining
1990
Box 9 Folder 8
Negotiations
1990
Box 9 Folder 9
Negotiations
1991
Box 9 Folder 10
Council for American Fashion
1991
Box 9 Folder 11
Council for American Fashion
1990
Box 9 Folder 12
Council for American Fashion. Miscellaneous
1990
Box 9 Folder 13
Council for American Fashion. Manufacturing
1990
Box 9 Folder 14
Council for American Fashion
1990
Box 9 Folder 15
Women's and Children's Apparel Labor Management Committee
1989
Box 9 Folder 16
Council for American Fashion. Public Relations
1990
Box 9 Folder 17
Council for American Fashion. Steering Committee
1989-1991
Box 9 Folder 18
Occupational Health Legal Rights Foundation
1988
Box 9 Folder 19
Advanced Apparel Manufacturing Technology Reports [folder 1 of 2]
1989-1992
Box 9 Folder 20
Advanced Apparel Manufacturing Technology Reports [folder 2 of 2]
1989-1992
Box 9 Folder 21
Housing
1985-1989
Box 9 Folder 22
Hunger
1985-1989
Box 9 Folder 23
Apparel Technology [folder 1 of 2]
1988-1994
Box 9 Folder 24
Apparel Technology [folder 2 of 2]
1988-1994
Box 10 Folder 1
LaRouche
1986-1992
Box 10 Folder 2
Loft Board, New York City
1985-1988
Box 10 Folder 3
Minimum Wage Reports
1971-1983
Box 10 Folder 4
Minimum Wage
1983-1987
Box 10 Folder 5
Congressional Research Service Talks. Minimum Wage
1987
Box 10
Minimum Wage Miscellaneous [folder 1 of 2]
1981-1987
Box 10 Folder 6
Minimum Wage Miscellaneous [folder 2 of 2]
1981-1987
Box 10 Folder 7
National Unemployed Network
1988-1990
Box 10 Folder 8
NAACP
1989
Box 10 Folder 9
National Committee for Full Employment
1985-1989
Box 10 Folder 10
National Economic Commission
1988
Box 10 Folder 11
National Family Farm Coalition
1989-1990
Box 10 Folder 12
National Planning Association
1992
Box 10 Folder 13
New York City Air Pollution
1990-1991
Box 10 Folder 14
New York City Council [folder 1 of 2]
1988-1989
Box 10 Folder 15
New York City Council [folder 2 of 2]
1988-1989
Box 10 Folder 16
Peter Vallone
1988-1990
Box 10 Folder 17
New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid
1988-1989
Box 10 Folder 18
National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers, Britain [folder 1 of 2]
1989-1990
Box 10 Folder 19
National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers, Britain [folder 1 of 2]
1989-1990
Box 11 Folder 1
Triangle Fire
1984-1991
Box 11 Folder 2
Industrial Union Department
1991
Box 11 Folder 3
Technology and Public Policy
1991-1992
Box 11 Folder 4
Industrial Union Department Technology Working Group [folder 1 of 2]
1991-1992
Box 11 Folder 5
Industrial Union Department Technology Working Group [folder 2 of 2]
1991-1992
Box 11 Folder 6
Trade and Global Business. Miscellaneous
1986-1988
Box 11 Folder 7
Multibusiness Literature
1983-1984
Box 11 Folder 8
United Auto Workers District 65 Conference [folder 1 of 2]
1988
Box 11 Folder 9
United Auto Workers District 65 Conference [folder 2 of 2]
1988
Box 11 Folder 10
ILGWU Conferences, Hawaii [folder 1 of 2]
1988-1990
Box 11 Folder 11
ILGWU Conferences, Hawaii [folder 2 of 2]
1988-1990
Box 11 Folder 12
Japanese Textile and Apparel Workers' Unions
1990
Box 11 Folder 13
Miscellaneous Textile Materials
1988-1990
Box 12 Folder 1
Commercial Rent
1988
Box 12 Folder 2
Commercial Rent. Newspaper Clippings
1986-1988
Box 12 Folder 3
Commercial Rent. Binding and Arbitration
1987-1988
Box 12 Folder 4
Commercial Rent. Ad Hoc Coalition for NYC
1988
Box 12 Folder 5
Commercial Rent. Councilman J. O'Donovan
1987-1988
Box 12 Folder 6
New York State Economic Development Zones [folder 1 of 2]
1991
Box 12 Folder 7
New York State Economic Development Zones [folder 2 of 2]
1991
Box 12 Folder 8
Grovesville, NY Economic Development Zones
1989-1991
Box 12 Folder 9
Economic Development Zones. Final Report
1991
Box 12 Folder 10
Economic Development Zones
1991
Box 12 Folder 11
Economic Development Zones Commission Correspondence
1991
Box 12 Folder 12
Economic Development Zone Recommendations
1991
Box 12 Folder 13
Economic Development Zone Programs [folder 1 of 2]
1990-1991
Box 12 Folder 14
Economic Development Zone Programs [folder 2 of 2]
1990-1991
Box 13 Folder 1
Bronx Project
1990-1992
Box 13 Folder 2
Garment Center ILGWU Statements
1992
Box 13 Folder 3
Garment Center News
1987
Box 13 Folder 4
Garment Center News
1988-1989
Box 13 Folder 5
Garment Center Zoning Study Final Report
1988
Box 13 Folder 6
Garment Center Zoning Study. Harris Census
1985
Box 13 Folder 7
Garment Center Zoning Study, ILGWU
1986-1987
Box 13 Folder 8
Garment Center Zoning Study Press Conference
1986
Box 13 Folder 9
Garment Center Zoning Study. Real Estate Analysis
1986
Box 13 Folder 10
Garment Industry Development Corporation
1990-1992
Box 13 Folder 11
Garment Center Zoning Study Testimony
1986
Box 13 Folder 12
Garment Industry Development Corporation Annual Budget
1987-1989
Box 13 Folder 13
Garment Industry Development Corporation. Annual Meetings
1988-1989
Box 13 Folder 14
Garment Industry Development Corporation. Annual Reports
1986-1991
Box 13 Folder 15
Garment Industry Development Corporation. By-Laws, Membership, Contracts
1984-1988
Box 13 Folder 16
Garment Industry Development Corporation. ESL/CWE
1991-1992
Box 13 Folder 17
Garment Industry Development Corporation. Industry Contributions
1988-1990
Box 13 Folder 18
Garment Industry Development Corporation. News Articles
1990-1991
Box 13 Folder 19
Garment Industry Development Corporation [folder 1 of 2]
1984-1987
Box 13 Folder 20
Garment Industry Development Corporation [folder 2 of 2]
1984-1987
Box 14 Folder 1
Garment Industry Development Corporation [folder 1 of 3]
1988-1989
Box 14 Folder 2
Garment Industry Development Corporation [folder 2 of 3]
1988-1989
Box 14 Folder 3
Garment Industry Development Corporation [folder 3 of 3]
1988-1989
Box 14 Folder 4
Garment Industry Development Corporation [folder 1 of 2]
1989-1990
Box 14 Folder 5
Garment Industry Development Corporation [folder 2 of 2]
1989-1990
Box 14 Folder 6
Garment Industry Development Corporation [folder 1 of 3]
1987-1988
Box 14 Folder 7
Garment Industry Development Corporation [folder 2 of 3]
1987-1988
Box 14 Folder 8
Garment Industry Development Corporation [folder 3 of 3]
1987-1988
Box 14 Folder 9
Export Program
1990-1991
Box 14 Folder 10
Textile Industry
1985
Box 14 Folder 11
Financing, Apparel
1990-1991
Box 14 Folder 12
Maidenfom
1990
Box 14 Folder 13
Retailers
1990-1991
Box 14 Folder 14
Apparel Industry Trucking
1990-1992
Box 15 Folder 1
Apparel Designers
1990
Box 15 Folder 2
Associated Merchandising Corporation
1988
Box 15 Folder 3
New York State Enterprise Zones [folder 1 of 3]
1991
Box 15 Folder 4
New York State Enterprise Zones [folder 2 of 3]
1991
Box 15 Folder 5
New York State Enterprise Zones [folder 3 of 3]
1991
Box 15 Folder 6
Garment Industry Development Corporation. Proposal for Expanded City Assistance [folder 1 of 2]
1986-1988
Box 15 Folder 7
Garment Industry Development Corporation. Proposal for Expanded City Assistance [folder 2 of 2]
1986-1988
Box 15 Folder 8
Negotiations [folder 1 of 4]
1988
Box 15 Folder 9
Negotiations [folder 2 of 4]
1988
Box 15 Folder 10
Negotiations [folder 3 of 4]
1988
Box 15 Folder 11
Negotiations [folder 4 of 4]
1988
Box 15 Folder 12
Homework. Surveys [folder 1 of 2]
1989
Box 15 Folder 13
Homework. Surveys [folder 2 of 2]
1989
Box 15 Folder 14
Demands
1988