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Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.) records

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Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.):

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

July 28, 2008



Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, July 28, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America. Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.)
Title:Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.) records
Dates: 1918-1968
Quantity: .25 linear ft. (in 2 boxes)
Abstract:The collection consists of records of Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.) of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America from 1918-1968. These records describe the business activities of Local 442 including the Meat Cutter's strikes of 1939 over agreements and of 1945 for a new contract to give union members a holiday on New Year's Day. A meat shortage of the mid-1940s resulted in a drop on the number of new members, loss and unemployment of old members, and dwindling money reserves. Election of officers and intra-union disputes are also included in the minutes.
Identification: L1972-36
LanguageEnglish.

Scope and Content of the Records

The collection consists of records of Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.) of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America from 1918-1968. The collection primarily includes minutes (1938-1968) and financial ledgers (1949-1954). The minutes discuss the business activities of the local including election of officers and intra-union disputes. Of particular interest is information on the Meat Cutters’ strikes of 1939 over agreements and in 1945 over a new contract giving workers a New Year’s Day holiday. The collection also includes reports (1952-1954), membership data (1952-1953), contract proposals (1952), photographs (1921-1964), and certificates and charters (1918, 1934, and 1966).

These records describe the business activities of Local 442 including the Meat Cutter's strikes of 1939 over agreements and of 1945 for a new contract to give union members a holiday on New Year's Day. A meat shortage of the mid-1940s resulted in a drop on the number of new members, loss and unemployment of old members, and dwindling money reserves. Election of officers and intra-union disputes are also included in the minutes.


History of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.)

The Amalgamated Meat Cutters (AMCBW), officially the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, was a labor union that represented retail butchers and packinghouse workers.

It was chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in 1897 to consolidate seven local unions in Chicago. The union was strongly committed to craft unionism. The union had 56 departments, each of which represented a different worker in the meatpacking industry. Workers in a given craft in a city had their own council, executive board, business agent and contract. The union was so divided internally that some members would continue working while others in the same city were on strike.

Over time, the Amalgamated absorbed several other unions, including the International Fur and Leather Workers Union in 1955, the National Agriculture Workers Union in 1960, and the United Packinghouse Workers of America in 1968. In 1979, the AMCBW merged with the Retail Clerks International Union to form the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

Source: Wikipedia, January 9, 2009. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amalgamated_Meat_Cutters>;.


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 Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America
Butchers --Georgia.
Labor unions --Butchers --Georgia.
Labor unions --Georgia --Local unions.
Strikes and lockouts --Meat industry --Georgia.
Photographs.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. A portion of 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], [series title], Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.) Records, L1972-36, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Records were donated by the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America. Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.) in 1972.

Processing Information

Processed by E. L. Eltzroth, July 10, 1972.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America. Local 525 (Asheville, N.C.)


Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, oversize documents, agreements, photographs (including oversize photographs) were separated to other areas and collections in the Southern Labor Archives. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.


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