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Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Local 15-A (Charleston, S.C.) Records

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Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Local 15-A (Charleston, South Carolina):

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

June 2001



Profile Description

Creation: Text converted and initial EAD tagging provided by Apex Data Services, June 2001.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Local 15-A (Charleston, S.C.)
Title: Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Local 15-A (Charleston, S.C.) Records
Dates: 1945-1973
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet
Abstract:Chartered on September 1,1944 as a local of the Food, Tobacco, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union of America, its affiliation changed in 1954 when it became Local 15-A of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. The collection, 1945-1973, consists of financial documents, general correspondence, and files describing relations with eleven companies in the Charleston, S.C. area , chiefly the American Tobacco Company.
Identification: L1974-31
LanguageEnglish.

Scope and Content of the Records

The Records, 1945-1973, of Local 15-A (Charleston, S.C.), Retail, Wholesale and Department store Union (RWDSU) consist of financial documents, general correspondence, and files describing relations with eleven companies in the Charleston area, chiefly the American Tobacco Company. This latter group contains correspondence; NRLB and American Arbitration Association case documents; and negotiation proposals and corroborating materials. Major topics are political education and action; negotiations for union recognition and contracts; and grievance settlements in cases provoked by automation and the resulting transfers and lay-offs, work speed-ups, and changes in piece work and hourly wage rates. The collection includes a series of Daily Worker articles, 1951-1952, about District 65 (New York) of the Distributive, Processing, & Office Workers of America. Prominent correspondents are RWDSU Regional Director Irving Lebold and International Representative Larry Larsen.


Historical Note

Local 15 was chartered on Sept. 1, 1944 as a local of the Food, Tobacco, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union of America (FTA). Circa 1950 it affiliated with the Distributive, Processing & Office Workers of America (DPOWA) as Local 15, FTA Division. Its affiliation changed again in 1954 when it became Local 15-A of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU).


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.

American Tobacco Company.
Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union--Local 15-A (Charleston, S.C.)--Archives.
Clerks (Retail trade)--Labor unions--South Carolina.
Clerks (Retail trade)--South Carolina--Charleston.
Labor union locals--South Carolina--Charleston.

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], [series title], Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Local 15-A (Charleston, S.C.) Records, L1974-31, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, Local 15-A (Charleston, S.C.), 1974.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Southeastern Region Records, L1974-18, Southern Labor Archives. Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. Local 315 (Atlanta, Ga.) Records, L1972-58, Southern Labor Archives.


Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, printed material was separated to other Southern Labor Archives collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.


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