Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Additional Railroad Booklets

Collection Number: 5894

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

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DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Additional Railroad Booklets, 1926-1973
Collection Number:
5894
Creator:
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (BRT)
Quantity:
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
These are the papers of Carl N. Smith, a brakeman and conductor on the New York Central Railroad, Grand Central Terminal Division. Mr. Smith was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [BRT], and served as a legislative representative, vice-president, and president of the BRT Metropolitan Lodge, Local 598.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen was founded in 1883 in Oneonta, N.Y. as a protective and insurance organization. By the time of its merger with three other railroad labor unions to form the United Transportation Union in 1969, it had the greatest membership of any of the operating railroad brotherhoods.
The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [BRT] was established to represent members' interests in obtaining a satisfactory contract with management. The first Canadian lodge was established in Moncton, New Brunswick in 1885, and the first Ladies' Auxiliary was organized in Fort Gratiot, Mich. in 1889. These records reflect the union's political and fraternal activities as well as its actions in the areas of collective bargaining, grievances, and railroad and labor legislation. As the largest of the unions which merged to form the United Transportation Union in 1969, the bulk of its then current files formed the basis for the files now held in the merged union's headquarters.
The rail service members of the BRT included conductors and their assistants, dining car stewards, ticket collectors, train baggagemen, brakemen, and train flagmen. The yard service members of the BRT included yardmasters, yard conductors, switchtenders, foremen, flagmen, brakemen, switchmen, car tenders, operators, hump riders, and car operators. In 1933, the BRT organized interstate bus operators, and included them under BRT contracts held with U.S. bus companies.
BRT officers were elected at the Grand Lodge Convention of the Brotherhood, held every 4 years. The principal officers included a president, an assistant to the president, a general secretary-treasurer, Canadian and national legislative representatives, a senior vice-president, BRT representative, and National Railroad Board of Adjustment representative. The BRT had four governing boards: the Board of Directors, Board of Trustees and Insurance, Board of Appeals, and Executive Board.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Inclusive date range: 1926-1973
Bulk dates: 1954-1973
This collection consists of materials collected by Carl N. Smith, an employee of the New York Central Railroad [NYCRR], Grand Central Terminal Division and member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [BRT]. He collected pamphlets from the BRT, including the BRT's constitution, agreements between the BRT and NYCRR, the By-Laws for Local 598, and general information on the union. He also collected rulebooks and timetables from the NYCRR's Grand Central Terminal Division. He also collected materials on first aid for railroad workers and on the Railroad Retirement System.
Of particular note is the correspondence file, which documents the various actions taken by rank and file members of the BRT in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Specific concerns that the rank and file members were concerned with include sanitation concerns at Grand central Station, the abandonment of lines, the repeal of the full crew consist in New York State and the subsequent loss of jobs, the perceived disinterest of the higher ranked union members for the concerns of the rank and file, and the state of the Railroad Retirement Fund. This collection also contains a pamphlet advocating for a union that served all railroad operating employees, and in correspondence Mr. Smith and his fellow rank and file members expressed similar desires.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Smith, Carl N.
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Metropolitan (NYC) Lodge 598.
New York Central Railroad
United States. Railroad Retirement Board.

Subjects:
Railroads -- Employees -- Labor unions
Railroads -- Employees -- Pensions -- United States.
Railroad -- New York (City).
Grand Central Terminal

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)


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Cite As:
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Additional Railroad Booklets #5894. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

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CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1954-1962
Box 1 Folder 1 1952
Format: Pamphlet
To Member of the Brotherhood of railroad Trainmen in the State of New York. C.H. Sullivan, New York State representative, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 1 1954
Format: Pamphlet
(Typed copy of pamphlet)
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 1 1959
Format: Pamphlet
Published by the brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Cleveland, Ohio
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 1 1962
Format: Pamphlet
Part I: Protective Department; Part II: Legislative Department.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 1 1954
Format: Pamphlet
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Insurance Department. Amended at the Thirtieth Convention held at Miami Beach, Florida
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 2 1963
Format: Pamphlet
by E.A. martin, legislative representative
Box 1 Folder 3 1926-1955
Box 1 Folder 3 1926
Format: Pamphlet
New York Central Railroad (Buffalo and East)
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 3 1936
Format: Pamphlet
Between the New York Central Railroad Company, Eastern District (except Boston and Albany Division) and New York District, and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 3 1953
Format: Pamphlet
Between the New York Railroad Company (Buffalo and East) Including Troy, Union, and Catskill Mountain Branch, and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 3 1955
Format: Pamphlet
Between the New York Railroad Company (Buffalo and East) Including Troy, Union, and Catskill Mountain Branch, and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 4 1926-1965
Box 1 Folder 5 1967
Format: Pamphlet
For employees only
Box 1 Folder 6 1945-1972
Box 1 Folder 6 1951
Format: Pamphlet
As revised January 1951 by Medical and Surgical Section, Operating-Transportation Division; Association of American Railroads
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 6 1952
Format: Pamphlet
Published by the United Railroad Operating Crafts
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 6 1945
Format: Pamphlet
Prepared by the Railway Labor Executives' Association
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 6 1972
Format: Pamphlet
Excerpts from the Report of the Commission on Railroad Retirement. U.S. Government Printing Office.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 7 1958-1973