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Descriptive inventory for the United Steelworkers of America, Local 1033 records collection, 1942-2001

United Steelworkers of America, Local 1033 records

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Descriptive inventory for the United Steelworkers of America, Local 1033 records collection, 1942-2001

Prepared by Jennifer J. Fowle and Sarah Dorpinghaus, 2010; revised by Gretchen Neidhardt, 2017.
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: United Steelworkers of America, Local 1033 records, 1942-2001 (inclusive)
Creators: United Steelworkers of America--Local 1033 (Chicago, Ill.)
United Steelworkers of America, District 7
Rosemary O'Neal
Eugene Rogers
Victor Storino
Joe Tratar
Carl Turpin
Dates: 1942-2001 (inclusive)
Accession number: 2003.0261.4
Bib number: 00145787
Call number: MSS Lot U
Size: 20.5 linear ft. (19 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Materials were a gift of United Steelworkers of America, District 7 (accession #:2003.0261.4).

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

This collection is open for research use.

Please cite this collection as:

United Steelworkers of America, Local 1033 (Chicago, Ill.) records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Victor Storino papers on United Steelworkers of America, Local 1033; the collection known as "United Steelworkers of America, Local 65 and Local 1033 records"; other collections of United Steelworkers records; and photographs and newsletters of Local 1033. Also, a banner of Club Techaluta de Chicago is in the artifact collections of Chicago History Museum.

Collection Summary +/-

Meeting minute books, attendance ledgers, correspondence, memoranda, press releases, grievances, pamphlets, and other administrative records of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 1033. Topics include political and union elections, union policies, safety issues, and relations with Republic Steel Corporation and its successors. Local 1033, with an office at 11731 South Avenue O on the far Southeast Side, represented workers at the Republic Steel mill located on the east bank of the Calumet River, mainly in the South Deering community area of Chicago. Also included are drafts of articles for the union's newsletter 1033 News and Views. The records show increasing numbers of Hispanic and African American leaders in the union. The files also reflect the growth, evolution, and end of Republic Steel as it was acquired by the LTV Corporation and became LTV Steel in the 1980s. LTV Steel filed for bankruptcy in 2000 and closed in Dec. 2001.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 1033 was founded in Chicago in 1942 and grew out of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) that led the Little Steel Strike in 1937. The strike involved workers protesting at small steel companies throughout Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana, including the Republic Steel Corporation plant in the South Deering community area of Chicago (Ill.). Republic Steel refused to sign a union contract, and when strikers and supporters demonstrated outside the Republic Steel plant, Chicago police clubbed and shot demonstrators, reportedly killing ten people, an event that became known as the Memorial Day Massacre. Republic Steel recognized the union in 1941, and Local 1033 was formed. Republic Steel eventually merged into LTV Corporation. USWA Local 1033 closed its office in 2002 after the bankruptcy of LTV Steel Corporation.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Iron and steel workers--Labor unions--Illinois--Chicago
Labor unions--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area
Minority labor union members--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Republic Steel Corporation Strike, Chicago, Ill., 1937
Steel industry and trade--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area
Strikes and lockouts--Steel industry--Illinois
Working class--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Organizations:
LTV Steel Company--Employees
Rebublic Steel Corporation
Rebublic Steel Corporation--Employees
United Steelworkers of America
United Steelworkers of America--Local 1033 (Chicago, Ill.)--Archives
Genre/Form:
Articles
Correspondence
Membership lists
Memoranda
Minutes
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Press releases
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Economic conditions--20th century
Southeast Side (Chicago, Ill.)

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

This collection is arranged in five series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Chronological administrative files, 1991-1994 (box 1-2)
Series 2. General files, 1969-1998 (box 3)
Series 3. Company files, ca. 1970s-1980s (box 3-4)
Series 4. 1033 News and Views editorial files, ca. 1980s (box 5)
Series 5. Membership, 1942-2001(box 6-19)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Christina M. Cogswell using Oxygen editor, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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