Abraham Goldwasser papers

Collection Number: 6036/078

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


Abraham Goldwasser papers, 1970-1997
Collection Number:
Goldwasser, Abraham International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees
1.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Papers of Abe Goldwasser, documenting his work with the ILGWU New York Cloak Joint Board and the Union Health Center of the ILGWU and UNITE.
Collection material in English


Founded in 1900 by local union delegates representing about 2,000 members in cities in the northeastern United States, the ILGWU grew in geographical scope, membership size, 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. In 1995, the ILGWU merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE).


Abraham Goldwasser was born in 1944 in Uzbekistan, USSR. After the end of World War II, the Goldwasser family returned to Poland, leaving for Paris in 1957. In 1961, the Goldwassers emigrated to the United Sates settling in Baltimore, with the assistance of HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). He was raised by his parents in the spirit of the Jewish Labor Bund. After graduating from high school in 1963, Goldwasser moved to New York City and attended City College of New York. In 1967, Goldwasser became a member of the Young People's Socialist League. In 1970, Goldwasser married Ettie, daughter of ILGWU Vice President, Henoch Mendelsund.
After graduating from college in 1969 and until 1997, Goldwasser worked in various positions for the ILGWU and UNITE. He was a clerk at the New York Cloak Joint Board (1969-1970), staff member of the Health and Welfare Department (1970-1972), supervisor of the Circulation Department, which was responsible for the distribution of Justice to ILGWU members (1972-1973), office manager of the New York Cloak Joint Board (1974-1977), and supervisor of the Dues Department of the New York Joint Board, created through the merger of the Cloak Joint Board, Dress Joint Board, and the Raincoat Makers Local 20 (1977-1978).
From 1977 to 1997, Goldwasser worked at the Union Health Center in New York City. At first he was as the supervisor of the Appointment/Reception Department (1978-1983). During this time he participated in the conversion of the appointment system from semi manual to computerized and creation of the beginning of a patient information system using a mini-computer.
As the supervisor of the Computer Operation Department (1983-1997), he was responsible for the entire data processing of the Health Center including, appointments, computerized patient and medical information systems, and services billing. During this period, hundreds of members visited the Union Health Center every day. In the 90's, Goldwasser participated in the discussions leading to the move of the Health Center to other floors, and a new computerized system.
After the ILGWU's merger with ACTWU in 1995, Goldwasser left the Union Health Center. Since 1997, he has been employed at Teamsters Local 237.


The collection documents Abraham Goldwasser's work for the ILGWU's Circulation Department, New York Cloak Joint Board, and the Union Health Center (UHC). Included in the records documenting the New York Joint Board is material on the health and welfare fund, rules and regulations, and correspondence.
Goldwasser's records from the Union Health Center include reports of the Union Sanatorium Association and administrative records for Center including financial reports, job descriptions, and office memos. Also contained in the records are reports, presentations and studies, and various publications, the majority of which are related to group insurance and pension plans, health and welfare benefits, death benefits, and retirement. Information on the retirement fund encompasses the national retirement fund, the ILGWU staff retirement plan, as well as the United Health Center staff retirement plan, and the material documents comparisons, rules and regulations, summary descriptions, and financials of the pension plans. A large component of the collection concerns the documentation of the UHC's automation project of the 1980s. Records include the UHC research regarding computerization of the laboratory reports, implementation of automation, batch data processing, procedures, and patient appointment scheduling manuals. Much of the documents support the recommendation and planning for a new automation system for the center.

Goldv?aser, Avraham, -- 1919-
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees.

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Abraham Goldwasser papers #6036/078. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.


Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/060: ILGWU. Union Health Center records
5780/171: ILGWU. Union Health Center publications

Series I. Circulation Department, 1973
Series II. New York Cloak Joint Board, 1972-1977
Series III. Union Health Center,


Box 1 Folder 1 1973
Box 1 Folder 2 1972
Copy 1
Box 1 Folder 3 1972
Copy 2
Box 1 Folder 4 1972-1976
Box 1 Folder 5 1976-1977
Box 1 Folder 6 1987
Box 1 Folder 7
Box 1 Folder 8
Box 1 Folder 9
Box 1 Folder 10 1996
Box 1 Folder 11 1996
Box 1 Folder 12 1997
Box 1 Folder 13 1994-1995
Box 1 Folder 14
Box 1 Folder 15 1983-1988
Box 1 Folder 16 1990-1994
Box 1 Folder 17 1995
Box 1 Folder 18 1995
Box 1 Folder 19 1996
Box 1 Folder 20 1997
Box 1 Folder 21 1997
Box 1 Folder 22
Box 1 Folder 23 1970
Box 1 Folder 24 1996
Box 1 Folder 25 1996
February 29, 1996, prepared by Leader Data Processing
Box 1 Folder 26
Box 1 Folder 27
Box 1 Folder 28 1983
Box 1 Folder 29 1982-1992
Box 1 Folder 30 1976-1985
Box 1 Folder 31 1976-1984
Box 1 Folder 32 1985-1994
Box 1 Folder 33 1995-1996
Box 1 Folder 34 1986-1993
Box 1 Folder 35 1983
Box 1 Folder 36 1991
Box 1 Folder 37 1991-1992
Box 1 Folder 38 1992-1993
Box 1 Folder 39 1993-1994
Box 1 Folder 40 1994-1995
Box 1 Folder 41 1986-1997
Box 2 Folder 1 1995-1996
Box 2 Folder 2 1995-1996
Box 2 Folder 3 1995
Box 2 Folder 4 1996
Box 2 Folder 5 1996
Box 2 Folder 6 1997
Box 2 Folder 7