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United Furniture Workers of America:

A Guide to Its Contracts and Agreements Collection 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

December 11, 2008



Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, December 11, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:United Furniture Workers of America
Title:United Furniture Workers of America contracts and agreements collection
Dates: 1905-1975
Quantity: 8 linear ft. (in 19 boxes)
Abstract:The Contracts and Agreements Collection of the United Furniture Workers of America (1905-1975) includes agreements and contracts between UFWA locals and companies located throughout the United States.
Identification: L-Contracts/United Furniture Workers of America
LanguageEnglish.

Arrangement

The Collection is arranged in order by Local number, then chronologically within each Local number.

Scope and Content of the Collection

The Contracts and Agreements Collection of the United Furniture Workers of America (1905-1975) includes agreements and contracts between UFWA locals and companies located throughout the United States.


History of United Furniture Workers of America

Prior to 1937, most organized workers in the furniture industry were members of either the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners Union or the Upholsterers' International Union (UIU), both of which were affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. Disagreements over political ideology and organizing tactics, fueled by the new emphasis by the fledgling Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) on the organization of all workers in a plant into a single industrial, rather than craft, union, led a group of UIU dissidents to leave the union and affiliate with the CIO as the United Furniture Workers.

The two unions competed for membership among the same group of workers during the 1940s and 1950s. Shortly after the AFL and CIO merged in December of 1955, however, the two unions formed a "confederation for common union action." In this ad hoc organization, each of the unions retained its autonomy but established a joint board to coordinate organizing drives, direct political activities, conduct research, and police the use of the union label. It was seen by some as a first step toward a possible full-fledged merger of the UFWA and the UIU.

The hoped-for merger, however, never materialized. In 1985, rather, the UIU merged its 35,000 members into the vastly larger United Steel Workers of America, and in 1986 the UFWA acted similarly when it merged its 20,000 members into the much larger International Union of Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers (IUE), which subsequently changed its name to the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine & Furniture Workers.


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.

United Furniture Workers of America.
Collective labor agreements--Furniture industry.
Collective labor agreements--United States.
Labor contract--United States.
Contracts.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. 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], United Furniture Workers of America, Contracts and Agreements Collection, L-Contracts/United Furniture Workers of America, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

The Contracts and Agreements in this collection were accumulated over time

Processing Information

Processed by Robert Bexley, Graduate Research Assistant, November 2008.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

United Furniture Workers of America Records, 1939-1977. L1979-09.


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