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Jimi Richards:

A Guide to His Collection at Georgia State University Library

Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303

May 2014

Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2016-08-01T13:38-0400
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Creator: Richards, Jimi
Title: Jimi Richards collection
Dates: 1988-2003
Quantity: 2.1 Linear feet (in 5 boxes, one containing videotapes)
Abstract:Jimi Richards served as the Secretary-Treasurer and Manager of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 728, Atlanta (Ga.). The Jimi Richards collection, 1988-2003, contains correspondence, organizing materials, agreements, bylaws, local newsletters, election materials, printed materials, videocassette tapes, and case documents of Locals 728, 528, and 928 (Atlanta, Ga.)
Identification: L2004-09
Language: English

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jimi Richards collection, 1988-2003, contains correspondence, organizing materials, agreements, bylaws, local newsletters and other printed material, case documents, election materials, and VHS tapes, that document the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 728 and Local 528 (Atlanta, Ga.). Material from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in the collection includes correspondence, agreements, rosters, election materials, newsletters, print materials, and education materials.

Notable topics include cases of IBT election fraud, employee termination, and unfair labor practices by Georgia companies such as Overnite Transportation Company, as well as documents and VHS tapes pertaining to the efforts at organizing and reform at Overnite Transportation Company, both locally and internationally. Companies include USF Holland Inc., Eagle Transport Corporation, United Parcel Service, Roadway Express Inc., Zep Manufacturing Company (Atlanta, Ga.), and Aunt Fanny’s Bakery. Locals represented in the collection include IBT Local 728, Local 528, and Local 928 all out of Atlanta, Ga.

History of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 728

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 728 (Atlanta, Ga.) was founded in the 1930s to represent freight haulers, and later organized warehouses, dairies, and the car hauling industry. It was the second Teamsters local established in Georgia. During the 1950s and 1960s the local's membership grew almost tenfold. In 1965, the local was divided to ease administrative burdens. Local 728 maintained its jurisdiction over freight hauling and delivery drivers in the cities of Atlanta and Savannah. Local 528's jurisdiction extended to the rest of Georgia and included car hauling. For a brief time, Local 928 (Atlanta, Ga.) also existed, created to represent package and delivery drivers (surface and air) in the state of Georgia, and General Crafts in Savannah (Ga.) and Brunswick (Ga.).

Jimi Richards has been a member of The International Brotherhood of Teamsters for over 24 years. A native Georgian, he is a former Road Steward for Yellow Freight, and has worked as an Organizer, Business Agent, and as Secretary Treasurer and Manager of Teamsters Local 728, Atlanta (Ga.).

Index Terms

Arbitration, Industrial
Collective labor agreements--Trucking industry
Labor union locals
Labor unions and education
Labor unions--Organizing
Strikes and lockouts
Transport workers--Labor unions
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Local 528 (Atlanta, Ga.)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Local 728 (Atlanta, Ga.)
Overnite Transportation Company
United Parcel Service
Atlanta (Ga.)
collective labor agreements


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


[item], [folder title], Jimi Richards Collection, L2004-09. Southern Labor Archives, Special Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jimi Richards, July 9, 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Carley Henderson, April 2014. Finding Aid created by Carley Henderson, May 2014.

Related Material

Related Materials in This Repository
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Contract collection, 1952-1973 (L-Contracts_IBT)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America, Local 728 (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1958-1967 (L1972-01)

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