Mary Jane Barry's TWU Local 553 Air Transport Division Memorabilia

Collection Number: 6994 MB

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


Mary Jane Barry''s TWU Local 553 Air Transport Division Memorabilia,
Collection Number:
6994 MB
Barry, Mary Jane;
Transport Workers Union of America (TWU)
1.1 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
This is a collection of memorabilia related to the Transport Workers Union of America, Local 553 (New York, NY). Included in this collection are political/labor buttons, bumper stickers, union pins, gift sets and some union labeled clothing.
Collection material in English


Mary Jane Barry, president of TWU Local 553, and an organizer for the flight attendants in the fight against Eastern Airlines in 1987. She was elected to the position of president in 1986, narrowly defeating Robert V. Callahan. She had worked as a flight attendant for 16 years and had previously served as chair for TWU's Chicago base for flight attendants.


Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) is a United States labor union that was founded in 1934 by subway workers in New York City, then expanded to represent transit employees in other cities, primarily in the eastern U.S. This article discusses the parent union and its largest local, Local 100, which represents the transport workers of New York City. TWU is a member of the AFL-CIO.
TWU established a reputation for militancy and for left-wing politics and was one of the first unions to join the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Its president, Mike Quill, renounced his former Communist allies in the early days of the Cold War, avoiding expulsion from the CIO.
TWU began representing airline employees in 1945, when it organized ground service employees at Pan American World Airways in Miami; it then expanded to represent flight attendants and airline maintenance employees as well. The American Airlines flight attendants in its membership seceded to form their own union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, in the 1970s. TWU represents ground service employees, maintenance workers, flight attendants and other employees at a number of different airlines, including American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Alaska Airlines.
It also represents employees of Amtrak, Conrail and several small short line carriers. TWU began representing railway employees in 1954, when it absorbed the United Railroad Workers Organizing Committee, an organizing committee formed by the CIO in 1943 as a rival to the railway brotherhoods within the American Federation of Labor.
Local 553 is based in New York City, New York.

Barry, Mary Jane
Lorenzo, Frank
Air Line Pilots Association
Air Line Stewards and Stewardesses Association
Eastern Airlines
International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
NSZZ "Solidarnosc" (Labor organization)
Transport Workers Union of America
United Mine Workers of America
Transport Workers Union of America. Local 553
United Steelworkers of America

Labor unions
Flight attendants
Strikes and lockouts

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Mary Jane Barry''s TWU Local 553 Air Transport Division Memorabilia #6994 MB. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.


Related Collections:
6994: Mary Jane Barry's TWU Local 553 Air Transport Division Files
6994 PUBS: Mary Jane Barry's TWU Local 553 Air Transport Division Publications


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ALSSA; Allen-Bradley Workers, Union UE, Local 1111; ATU, Local 998, AFL-CIO CLC, Milwaukee; Shit Happened; I /'heart' Eastern; /Lorenzo/; Stop Worker Abuse; FRANKyou gotta believe Flight Attendants are People too.; I Hate Scabs; Working Together; My Hat's in the ring; TWU IAM ALPA, I walked the line in '89; We'll strike it RICH with Ritchie; Democracy in the work place; Labor Day
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One Day Longer; /Liquidation without negotiation/; ALPA IAM TWU, Local 1487 /Lorenzo/, Don't fly Continental, Eastern & SAS; /Liquidation without negotiation/; /Lorenzo/ I walked the line at Eastern; America Tour Nov. 13-19, 1989, Lech Walsea; (2) Stand up to Lorenzo America, Don't Fly Continental; UAW /Lorenzo/; Jobs with Justice; United we stand divided we fall UMWA; It's great to be a Democrat; EAL IAM #1; Feminists don't fly Eastern/Continental
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Ask me about Barry Currier Coughlin; VOTE! Maria Juana Barry, Presidente por la Unidad!; I invested $25 to fight Lorenzo; Don't fly continental, Eastern SAS; Working together, Non-Contract; Welcome to my Airline Eastern; Same SHITdifferent FRANK; Vote Democratic the you save may be your own!; WEENIE; SYF; I walked the line in 89 ALPA; IAM ALPA TWU (with an American flag and heart); Unions Proudly supporting America; We obey America's Laws why doesn't Lorenzo?; Miners aid Chicago
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case with strap; mini case; blindfold; razor; shave cream; tooth brush; tooth paste; hand lotion; listermint mouth freshener; woolite spot remover (all liquid items have been destroyed) - see photo for complete depiction
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includes - bag with strap; tooth brush; tooth paste (with mini box); razor; shaving cream (with mini box); comb with case; and listermint mouth wash - (all liquid contents were destroyed, see photo included for complete contents)
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