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Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union vs. Cannon Mills:

A Guide to the Scrapbooks at Georgia State University Library

Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303
404-413-2880
archives@gsu.edu

9/24/2013



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2015-07-30T13:46-0400
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Title: Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union vs. Cannon Mills scrapbooks
Dates: 1976-1991 (bulk, 1980-1981)
Quantity: 3.22 Linear feet
Abstract:The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) vs. Cannon Mills Scrapbooks contains three scrapbooks of printed material, 1976-1991, when the union attempted to organize Cannon Mills (Kannapolis, N.C.). The scrapbooks cover textile industry issues such brown lung, the ACTWU’s involvement in other mills, and Kannapolis’ problems with illiteracy and crumbling infrastructure. The bulk of materials in the ACTWU vs. Cannon Mills Scrapbooks fall between 1976 and 1981.
Identification: L1995-09
Language: English

Scope and Contents of the Scrapbooks

The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) vs. Cannon Mills Scrapbooks contains three scrapbooks, newspapers and clippings, and printed material, 1976-1991. The scrapbooks cover textile industry issues such brown lung, ACTWU’s involvement in other mills, and Kannapolis’ problems with illiteracy and crumbling infrastructure. The bulk of materials in the ACTWU vs. Cannon Mills Scrapbooks fall between 1976-1981.

Scrapbook 1 contains newspaper articles and printed materials, 1980-1981, regarding Kannapolis’ educational and economic conditions, the possible sale of Cannon Mills out of the Cannon family, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). Scrapbook 2 contains newspaper articles and union and management materials, 1980-1991, regarding anti-union sentiment, Kannapolis’ politics and police department, and occupational changes due to brown lung. Scrapbook 3 contains newspaper articles, flyers, and company memoranda,1976-1980, regarding Cannon Mill’s policies; Cannonball Express, a periodical created by pro-union Cannon Mill employees; and dust control.


Historical Note about Cannon Mills

Kannapolis, North Carolina, near Charlotte, was the home of Cannon Mills, a major textile company. Kannapolis had been created as a company town in 1906, and was the site of a number of unsuccessful organizing efforts over the years. Cannon Mills was sold in 1982, and a major organizing effort (1984-85) by the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) followed. On October 10, 1985, ACTWU lost the unionization vote. In December, the mills were sold again, to Fieldcrest Mills. ACTWU narrowly missed organizing the mill’s workers with another vote in 1991. The company was sold again in 1997, and ACTWU's successor, the Union of Needletrades Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), won a vote to organize the plant in 1999. In 2003, the parent corporation declared bankruptcy and the plant closed.


Index Terms

Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union
Cannon Mills Company
Byssinosis
Industrial relations
Labor unions--Organizing
Textile workers
Textile workers--Labor unions
Kannapolis (N.C.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

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. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union vs. Cannon Mills, L1995-09, Southern Labor Archives, Special Collections and Archives Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Paul McLennan, August 14, 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebekah Blankenship, 2012. Finding aid by Rebekah Blankenship and William W. Hardesty, September 2013.


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