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Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Memphis-Jackson Joint Board:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

November 01, 2011



Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, November 01, 2011.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Memphis-Jackson Joint Board
Title:Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Memphis-Jackson Joint Board records
Dates: 1946-1991 (Bulk 1960-1987)
Quantity: 21 linear ft. (in 21 boxes)
Abstract:The Memphis-Jackson Joint Board began as an administrative support unit for the smaller locals within its Southern region. The records contain correspondence, grievances, financial records and audits, organizing materials, periodicals, newsletters, leaflets, photographs, membership lists, convention materials, constitutions, and by-laws.
Identification: L1992-11
LanguageEnglish.

Scope and Content of the Records

The records of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) Memphis-Jackson Joint Board contain correspondence, grievances, financial records and audits, organizing materials, periodicals, newsletters, leaflets, photographs, membership lists, convention materials, constitutions, and by-laws.

The bulk of the records reflect the operations of the ACTWU Local 281, which served workers at the Bemis Cotton Mill in Bemis, Tennessee. The Memphis-Jackson Joint Board served as administrative support for a number of other locals in the same geographic area including Local 848 (Dallas, Texas; Hollander Home Fashions), Local 606 (Memphis, Tennessee; Bemis Bag Company), Local 1905 (Memphis, Tennessee; Munsingwear), Local 1919 (Houston, Texas; General Electric), Local 748 (Houston, Texas; Bemis Company), Local 1798 (DeQuincy, Louisiana; Alton Box Board Company), Local 281 (Bemis, Tennessee; Bemis Cotton Mill), and Local 948 (New Orleans, Louisiana; Columbian Rope Company).


History of Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Memphis-Jackson Joint Board

The Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) formed in 1939 in an attempt to organize Southern workers who up until then had failed to join the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA). They played a key role in the post-World War II Operation Dixie organizing campaign. While they had some successes, the failed national textile strike of 1934 discouraged Southern union participation and the South remained resistant to unionization. In 1976 the two unions merged to form the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU), which represented textile workers throughout the United States and Canada until 1995 when ACTWU merged with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE).

The Memphis-Jackson Joint Board began as an administrative support unit for the smaller locals within its Southern region. The president of the Joint Board would replace each local's business agent and manage those responsibilities. In actuality the Joint Board served as an extension of ACTWU Local 281 (Bemis, Tennessee), which made up the vast majority of its membership and whose officers frequently served both the joint board and the local office at the same time. The Joint Board operated out of Memphis, Tennessee, until 1986 when the new Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board began operating out of Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Memphis-Jackson Joint Board was led by Herbert Mercer until 1978, Percy Long from 1978-1982, and Verner Betts from 1982-1986, with the help of International Union Representative Jimmy Craven. The majority of the Joint Board's work revolved around assisting organizing efforts and grievance procedures as well as corresponding with the international union office. The Joint Board also helped to produce the Local 281 newsletter.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Alton Box Board Company
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Memphis-Jackson Joint Board
Bemis Company
Columbian Rope Company
General Electric Company.
Hollander Home Fashions
Munsingwear, Inc. (U.S.)
Clothing trade--Southern states.
Clothing workers--Southern states.
Labor unions--Clothing workers--Organizing--Southern States.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Access to portions of the collection (noted in the detailed description) is restricted. Please see Labor Archivist for further information. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Memphis-Jackson Joint Board records, L1992-11, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Bruce Raynor, ACTWU Southern Region Office, in 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by Harold Victor Hansen, Jr., November 2010.

Processing Note

This collection was processed using minimal standards processing, attempting at all times to make folder titles as descriptive as possible. Please contact the archivist for the Southern Labor Archives with questions about the materials in this collection.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America contracts collection, 1945-1977.
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union Contracts collection, 1977-1981.
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Local 1716 Records (Rome, Ga.), 1954-1988.
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Central North Carolina Joint Board Records, 1939-1979.


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