ILGWU Master Agreements, Out-of-Business Contracts

Collection Number: 5780/146

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Master Agreements, Out-of-Business Contracts, 1941-1994
Collection Number:
5780/146
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
2 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of agreements and contracts between the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union and defunct garment manufacturing firms.
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.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

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

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)


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 Master Agreements, Out-of-Business Contracts #5780/146. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/075: ILGWU Collective Bargaining Agreements
5780/075 mf: ILGWU Collective Bargaining Agreements on Microfilm
5780/085: ILGWU National War Labor Board case files
5780/145: ILGWU Association Agreements, Out-of-Business Contracts
5780/147: ILGWU Independents, Out-of-Business Contracts
5780/158: ILGWU Out-of-Business Contracts
5780/191: ILGWU Association Contracts
5780/202: ILGWU Operations Department Collective Bargaining Agreements

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1967-1973
Box 1 Folder 2 1962-1983
Box 1 Folder 3 1967-1973
Box 1 Folder 4 1956-1962
Box 1 Folder 5 1963-1964
Box 1 Folder 6 1965-1967
Box 1 Folder 7 1968-1970
Box 1 Folder 8 1971-1973
Box 1 Folder 9 1974-1976
Box 1 Folder 10 1976-1979
Box 1 Folder 11 1979-1982
Box 1 Folder 12 1982-1985
Box 1 Folder 13 1985-1988
Box 1 Folder 14 1964-1967
Box 1 Folder 15 1973-1976
Box 1 Folder 16 1976-1979
Box 1 Folder 17 1979-1982
Box 1 Folder 18 1982-1985
Box 1 Folder 19 1988-1994
Box 1 Folder 20 1958-1963
Box 1 Folder 21 1964-1966
Box 1 Folder 22 1966-1969
Box 1 Folder 23 1969-1972
Box 1 Folder 24 1972-1975
Box 2 Folder 1 1976-1979
Box 2 Folder 2 1979-1985
Box 2 Folder 3 1956-1974
Box 2 Folder 4 1962-1967
Box 2 Folder 5 1941-1950
Box 2 Folder 6 1951-1961
Box 2 Folder 7 1961-1964
Box 2 Folder 8 1970-1973
Box 2 Folder 9 1973-1976
Box 2 Folder 10 1976-1979
Box 2 Folder 11 1979-1982
Box 2 Folder 12 1964-1973
Box 2 Folder 13 1973-1982
Box 2 Folder 14 1988-1991
Box 2 Folder 15 1969-1973