ILGWU Canadian Publications

Collection Number: 5780/172

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Canadian Publications, 1936-1984
Collection Number:
5780/172
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Publications (documents) .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection includes Canadian publications by and about the International Ladies' Garment Workers'
Language:
Collection material in English, French, Italian, 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.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

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

Form and Genre Terms:
Publications (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 Canadian Publications #5780/172. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/169: ILGWU Local Publications

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1983-1984
In Italian and French
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: Publication
Item is in Italian.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: Publication
Item is in French.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: Publication
Item is in English; French.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: Publication
By Local 262. Item is in English; French.
Box 1 Folder 2 1938
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 2
Format: Publication
By Needle Trades Council of Greater Winnipeg. New Year's Eve Ball and Frolic. Souvenir Journal. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 3 1936
Format: Publication
January 18
Box 1 Folder 3
Format: Publication
January 18, 1936. Souvenir Program. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 4 1956
Format: Publication
February 21
Box 1 Folder 4
Format: Publication
By Shane Bernard. February 21, 1956. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 5 1949
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 5
Format: Publication
December 22, 1949. 2 copies. Item is in English; Yiddish.
Box 1 Folder 6 1952
Format: Publication
in English and French
Box 1 Folder 6
Format: Publication
By Local 262. 2 copies. Item is in English; French.
Box 1 Folder 7 1961
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 7
Format: Publication
Item is in English; Yiddish.
Box 1 Folder 8 1956
Format: Publication
January 13
Box 1 Folder 8
Format: Publication
January 13, 1956. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
February 13
Box 1 Folder 9
Format: Publication
By Stephen Perkal. February 13, 1980. Item is in English.
Box 1 Folder 10 1936
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 10
Format: Publication
February 14-16, 1936. Item is in English; Yiddish.