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Descriptive inventory for the United Furniture Workers of America records of Midwest districts and Chicago Local 18-B, 1936-1981, bulk 1950-1970

United Furniture Workers of America records of Midwest districts and Chicago Local 18-B

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Descriptive inventory for the United Furniture Workers of America records of Midwest districts and Chicago Local 18-B, 1936-1981, bulk 1950-1970

Prepared by Sarah Scheinman; edited by Peter T. Alter and Rachel Juris, 2011; Gretchen Neidhardt, 2017.
Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: United Furniture Workers of America records of Midwest districts and Chicago Local 18-B, 1936-1981 (inclusive), 1950-1970 (bulk)
Creators: United Furniture Workers of America
Sam P. Sloan
United Furniture Workers of America, District 6
United Furniture Workers of America, District 7
United Furniture Workers of America, District 8
United Furniture Workers of America. Local 18-B (Chicago, Ill.)
Dates: 1936-1981 (inclusive), 1950-1970 (bulk)
Accession number: 1981.0294
Bib number: 00067156
Call number: MSS Lot U
Size: 29 linear ft. (70 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of the United Furniture Workers of America, Local 6 (accession number: 1981.0294).

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):

Boxes 11-13 are closed until 2046.

Please cite this collection as:

United Furniture Workers of America records of Midwest districts and Chicago Local 18-B (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Separated material:

Separated materials at the Chicago History Museum, Research Center include the United Furniture Workers of America, Midwest districts and Local photographs (1981.0294).

Collection Summary +/-

Meeting minute books, correspondence, memoranda, press bulletins, financial materials, reports, contracts, briefs, grievances, pamphlets, brochures, newspaper clippings, and other records from the United Furniture Workers of America, Chicago offices that managed affairs of Midwest districts and some locals. Includes the working files of Local 18-B in Chicago (Ill.), as well as records of District 6 (Indiana), District 7 (Michigan), and District 8 (Illinois and Wisconsin). Materials relate to political and union elections, policies, meetings, and conventions. Much of the correspondence is written by Sam P. Sloan, treasurer and later president of Local 18-B. Also present are materials dealing with the United Furniture Workers of America Insurance Fund.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Former members of the Upholsterers' International Union and others formed the United Furniture Workers of America (UFWA) as a Congress of Industrial Organizations' (CIO) affiliate in 1937. Their goal in creating the UFWA was to organize all furniture production workers into one industrial union. Chicago Local 18-B entered the UFWA in February 1940; its office mainly was located at 1800 South Racine Avenue. At that time, the Local 18-B was under the leadership of financial secretary Sam P. Sloan, as well as Nicholas Blattner and George Leach. In 1941, the UFWA, at its second convention, created several districts out of its 106 locals.

A major achievement of the UFWA was the establishment of its insurance fund in 1944, which offered health benefits to union members. In 1953, the UFWA also created a national, multi-employer, noncontributory retirement pension plan.

Facing membership losses in the 1970s and 1980s, the UFWA merged with the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Technical, Salaried and Machine Workers in 1987. This merger formed the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Technical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Furniture industry and trade--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--20th century
Furniture industry and trade--Middle West--20th century
Furniture workers--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Furniture workers--Labor unions--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--20th century
Furniture workers--Labor unions--Indiana--20th century
Furniture workers--Labor unions--Michigan--20th century
Furniture workers--Labor unions--Middle West--20th century
Furniture workers--Middle West--20th century
Labor unions--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Labor unions--Middle West--20th century
Persons:
Sloan, Sam P.
Organizations:
United Furniture Workers of America. District 6
United Furniture Workers of America. District 7
United Furniture Workers of America. District 8
United Furniture Workers of America. Local 18-B (Chicago, Ill.)
United Furniture Workers of America--Archives
Genre/Form:
Application forms
Audits
Briefs (legal documents)
Brochures
Bulletins
Collective labor agreements
Contracts
Correspondence
Ledgers
Minutes
Newsletters
Newspaper clippings
Pamphlets
Reports
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Economic conditions--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
Middle West--Economic conditions--20th century
Middle West--Social conditions--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in six series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1: Administrative files, 1936-1978 (box 1-10, 69)
Series 2: Insurance files, 1950-1976 (box 11-14)
Series 3: Legal files 1936-1980 (box 15-27)
Series 4: Financial files, 1944-1974 (box 28-31, 70)
Series 5: Publications, 1939-1980 (box 32-34)
Series 6: General files, 1940-1981 (box 35-68)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Corrie Commisso and revised by Dana Lamparello using Oxygen Editor, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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