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Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board, records

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Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

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

June 13, 2012



Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, June 13, 2012.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board
Title:Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board, records
Dates: 1963-1993
Quantity: 10 linear ft. (in 10 boxes)
Abstract:The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board collection contains grievance files, arbitration files, newspaper clippings, publications, meeting minutes, training manuals, contracts, negotiations, union-management meeting transcripts, and correspondence from 1963-1993.
Identification: L1996-16
LanguageEnglish.

Arrangement

The collection was processed using minimum-standards processing practices.

Scope and Content of the Records

The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board, records contain grievance files, arbitration files, newspaper clippings, publications, meeting minutes, training manuals, contracts, negotiations, union-management meeting transcripts, and correspondence from 1963-1993. The bulk of this collection deals with administrative matters and contract negotiations for the various locals serviced by the joint board. In addition this collection includes limited amounts of organizing materials and correspondence with various government agencies like Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Also included in this collection are a number of arbitration and grievance files that show the union fighting for the rights of its members. Of particular interest is the case of Ruth Knowles, president of Local 1716, who was fired for her union activity and waged a long and ultimately successful struggle to win her job back. Lastly this collection features extensive records of union-management meetings from the Arrow Shirt Company and Local 903 from 1989-1995. These reports offer a rarely seen glimpse of management and union working together in a non-litigious manner to solve problems.

The ACTWU Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama serviced the following: Local 903 (Arrow Shirt Company), Local 1716 (Lindale Manufacturing), Local 1942 (Romespun), Local 1647 (Jockey International), Local 1843 (Alton Box Board Company), Local 1876 (Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company) , Local 943-T (Alton Box Board Company), Local 1549 (Alton Box Board Company, Papertube Division), Local 2303 (Kenyon Southern), Local 1927 (Phillips Synthetics), and Local 1926 (Standard Coosa Thatcher).


History of Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama 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 openly socialist Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA). They played a key role in the post World War Two 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 union organization. In 1976 the two unions merged to form ACTWU which represented textile workers throughout the United States and Canada until 1995 when ACTWU merged with ILGWU to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE).

The Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint board replaced smaller geographical joint boards as union membership declined along with the entire American textile industry. The joint board streamlined operations by allowing the Joint board president to replace each local’s business agent. This allowed the joint board to handle administrative tasks for all of the locals inside its jurisdiction while saving money for the entire union by removing duplicate personnel and functions. The Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board began operating in 1986, but only lasted until 1991 when its functions were taken over by the new Southern Textile Regional Joint Board.


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.

Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board
Collective bargaining--Textile industry--Georgia
Labor unions--Textile workers
Textile workers

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access to the arbitration records. Contact labor archivist about access to audiocassettes. This collection is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required. 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, Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board, records, L1996-16, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Sandra Stimpson, November 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Harold Victor Hansen, spring 2011.


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