ILGWU Union Health Center Publications

Collection Number: 5780/171

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Union Health Center Publications, 1911-1978
Collection Number:
5780/171
Creator:
Union Health Center;
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
1 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Publications (documents) .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection contains booklets and pamphlets by and about the Union Health Center, as well as some reports of the Joint Board of Sanitary Control.
Language:
Collection material in English, Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, Yiddish


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

In 1913, the New York City locals of the ILGWU established the Union Health Center (UHC), under the direction of Dr. George Price of the Joint Board of Sanitary Control. Initially, the UHC offered physical exams, medical treatments, access to a dental clinic, and information about health and hygiene. For a period, the center operated through a cooperative plan, with patients paying a fee and the union subsidizing the rest of the cost of the visit. During the Depression, the cost of running the center was met by other means. This included getting other local unions in New York City, such as the electrical workers, metal workers, letter carriers, post office clerks, and pocketbook workers, to affiliate with the UHC, as well as winning an official endorsement from the Central Labor Union of New York. Beginning in the 1940s, New York City manufacturers agreed to contribute to a fund that would cover the cost of medical services provided to members at the UHC.
By the 1960s, the UHC offered comprehensive care to ILGWU members and their families, and over the years, the center's range of services expanded to include social and psychological services, eye exams, maternity care, and surgical consultation. The Union Health Center continues its work today at 275 Seventh Avenue, in New York City.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The records of the Union Health Center document the evolving role of the center. Included are general correspondence, meeting minutes of the UHC's medical board, annual reports on the UHC's activities to the General Executive Board, triennial reports to delegates at the ILGWU's international conventions, and related published materials. Much of this material is routine or administrative in nature.
In both collections that comprise the records of the Union Health Center, there are articles by such figures as George M. Price and Pauline Newman on union health centers in general and the ILGWU Center in particular. The publications of the Union Health Center primarily document the educational efforts of the center, providing information about the center, its services, and its activities. Also included are pamphlets about the ILGWU's health and welfare benefits program and publications from the Joint Board of Sanitary Control.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Union Health Center.

Subjects:
Women's clothing industry--United States.
Women's clothing industry--New York (State)--New York.
Women's clothing industry--Employees--Medical care--United States.
Women's clothing industry--Employees--Medical care--New York (State)--New York.
Clothing workers--Labor unions--United States.
Clothing workers--Labor unions--New York (State)--New York.
Industrial relations--United States.
Industrial relations--New York (State)--New York.

Form and Genre Terms:
Publications (documents)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
ILGWU Union Health Center Publications #5780/171. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/060: ILGWU Union Health Center Records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1951-1978
In English and French
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: Publication
By Southwestern Region Health and Welfare Fund. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: Publication
By Southwestern Region Health and Welfare Fund. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: Publication
By Southwestern Region Health and Welfare Fund. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: Publication
By Educational Department. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: Publication
By U.S. Public Health Service. Workers' Health Series, no.12. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: Publication
September 1, 1978. Third edition. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: Publication
September 1, 1978. Third edition. Item is in French.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: Publication
By Health and Welfare Benefits Program of the Eastern Region. 2 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 2 1956
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 2
Format: Publication
By Health and Welfare Services. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3 1913-1949
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. 3 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. December, 1912. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. October 31, 1910 - October 31, 1915. 2 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. October 31, 1917. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
pages 3-10. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. December, 1913. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. October, 1911. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. October 31, 1910 - October 31, 1914. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. February 19, 1949. 2 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Garment Industry Medical Center. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. May, 1940. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Health and Welfare Services. 2 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. May, 1937. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. 3 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By George M. Price; Union Health Center. January 29, 1937. 2 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
Adopted November, 1920. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Allentown-Easton Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. May, 1913. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. no.10 (1913:Sept.). Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
November 17, 1951. . Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By George M. Price. Bulletin no.3 (1918). Presented to ILGWU Convention, May 20, 1918. 2 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. 3 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 4 1915-1923
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 4
Format: Publication
By George M. Price; Joint Board of Sanitary Control. Bulletin no.8 (1915). Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 4
Format: Publication
By George M. Price; Rudolph P. Miller; Joint Board of Sanitary Control. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5 1912-1949
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
June 5, 1964. Includes lyrics to song "The Man Who Rose In Texas." Tribute to Lyndon Johnson (LBJ). Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. no.6 (1912:May). Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. no.7 (1913:May). Item is in English; Yiddish.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By George M. Price; Davis H. Tuck. no.2 (1918). 3 sopies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Pauline M. Newman. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Local 60. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. 2 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. 3 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. 3 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By George M. Price; Union Health Center. 4 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. 3 copies. Item is in Yiddish.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
Press release. 3 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Leo Price; Union Health Center. Reprinted from Industrial Medicine, February, 1945. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. April 27, 1948. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. April 14, 1931. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. May, 1939. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. July 26, 1949. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Leo Price; Union Health Center. December 16, 1938. 2 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. March 10, 1944. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 6
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 6
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 7 1915
Format: Publication
March
Box 1 Folder 7
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. March, 1915. 2 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 8 1940
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 8
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Second copy. Hard bound and engraved for David Dubinsky. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1920
Format: Publication
April 15
Box 1 Folder 9
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. April 15, 1920. 2 copies. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 10
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 10
Format: Publication
By Leo Price; Union Health Center. Occupational Aspects of Ophthamology, course in Graduate Ophthamology. Photocopy. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 1 1949-1963
Format: Publication
Box 2 Folder 1
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 1
Format: Publication
By William Green; Union Health Center. February 19, 1949. Press Release. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 2 1966
Format: Publication
September
Box 2 Folder 2
Format: Publication
September, 1966. . Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 3 1913-1956
Format: Publication
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. 3 copies. Item is in Yiddish.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. 3 copies. Item is in Yiddish.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. 2 copies. Item is in Yiddish.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English; Chinese.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Local 23-25. Item is in English; Chinese.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. Item is in Italian.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Local 85. v.1:no.2 (1956:May). Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Flyer. 2 copies. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. 3 copies. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. 3 copies. Item is in Yiddish.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. May, 1914. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Pauline M. Newman. 2 copies. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in Spanish.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in Chinese.
Box 2 Folder 3
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 4 1952
Format: Publication
Box 2 Folder 4
Format: Publication
By James Bloom. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 5 1951
Format: Publication
Box 2 Folder 5
Format: Publication
By Joseph H. Kaplan; Nathaniel N. Bennett; Grace Foley. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 6 1925
Format: Publication
Box 2 Folder 6
Format: Publication
November, 1920. 3 copies. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 6
Format: Publication
By George M. Price. Reprinted from the Transactions of the Twenty-First Annual Meeting of the National Tuberculosis Association, 1925. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 6
Format: Publication
By Leo Price. Reprinted from The American Review of Tuberculosis, v.54:no.6 (1946:Dec.). Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 7 1911-1968
Format: Publication
In English, Italian, and Yiddish
Box 2 Folder 7
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. v.1:no.1, 3-5 (1944-1945). Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 7
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. v.2:no.1 (1920:Jan.). 2 copies. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 7
Format: Publication
By Elizabeth McFadden. Reprinted from Newark Sunday News Magazine, January 2, 1955. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 7
Format: Publication
By Milton Arons. July 25, 1968. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 7
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. v.3:no.1 (1952:Jan.). Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 7
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. Flyer. . Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 7
Format: Publication
By Leo Price. Reprinted from Industrial Medicine, July, 1944. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 7
Format: Publication
By New York State Department of Social Welfare. 3 copies. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 7
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. no.2 (1911:July). Item is in Italian.
Box 2 Folder 7
Format: Publication
By Joint Board of Sanitary Control. No.8 (1913:March 15). Item is in Yiddish.
Box 2 Folder 8 1941
Format: Publication
Box 2 Folder 8
Format: Publication
By Union Sanatorium Association. Item is in English.
Box 2 Folder 9 1924
Format: Publication
Box 2 Folder 9
Format: Publication
By Union Health Center. no.1 (1924:March 10). 4 copies. Item is in English.
Box 3
Format: Publication