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United Packinghouse, Food and Allied Workers:

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

April 13, 2009



Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, April 13, 2009.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:United Packinghouse, Food and Allied Workers
Title:United Packinghouse, Food and Allied Workers records
Dates: 1943-1968
Quantity: .5 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract:The Records, 1943-1969, of the United Packinghouse Workers of America consist largely of photographs, but also include a file of correspondence, newsclippings, pamphlets, and handbills.
Identification: L1979-34
LanguageEnglish.

Scope and Content of the Records

The Records, 1943-1969, of the United Packinghouse Workers of America consist largely of photographs, but also include a file of correspondence, newsclippings, pamphlets, and handbills. The bulk of the photographs are of strikers and picket lines, notably the Local 309 picketing the W & W Pickle Company and the Alaga Company in Montgomery, Alabama (1951). J. D. Mott of the Alabama farmers' union is pictured, as he stressed the need for co-operation between farmers' organizations and unions. Other photographs show UPWA conferences. Noteworthy speakers include: A. O. McKinney, District 9 Director (1953); O. L. Sheppard, Local 108 (Atlanta, Georgia) (1957); and J. R. Steele, Local 441 (Memphis, Tennessee) (1961). Also depicted is an organizing meeting conducted by UPWA International Vice-President Russell R. Lasley, 1950. Lasley called for women workers to fight against sweatshop conditions in their plants and race discrimination in their communities.


History of the United Packinghouse, Food and Allied Workers

The United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA), later the United Packinghouse, Food and Allied Workers, was a labor union that represented workers in the meatpacking industry.

The UPWA was chartered originally chartered as the Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee (PWOC) by the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in 1937. The PWOC organized locals throughout the nation with the greatest concentrations in the Midwestern and Great Plains states. Like many unions in the CIO, the PWOC tried to organize all workers in a given plant regardless of skill or trade. The PWOC had to compete with the Amalgamated Meat Cutters, an older AFL craft union. In 1943 the PWOC was officially chartered as the UPWA.

In the 1940s, the UPWA won nationwide contracts with companies including the "Big Four" of meatpacking: Armour, Swift, Wilson, and Cudahy. In the 1950s and 1960s, the UPWA was at the forefront of union support for the civil rights movement and was a strong ally of Martin Luther King, Jr.

As the meatpacking industry restructured in the postwar years and the Big Four lost their dominance, plants represented by the UPWA closed in large numbers. As a result, its membership in dropped quickly in the 1960s. In 1968, the UPWA dissolved into the Amalgamated Meat Cutters.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Packinghouse_Workers_of_America


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.

Alabama State Industrial Union Council.
United Packinghouse, Food and Allied Workers--Archives
Strikes and lockouts --Packing-house workers --Tennessee --Photographs.
Labor unions --Packing-house workers --Southern States --Photographs.
Meat industry and trade--Strikes and lockouts.
Meat industry and trade--United States.
Packing-house workers--Labor unions.
Strikes and lockouts --Packing-house workers --Alabama --Photographs.
Strikes and lockouts --Packing-house workers --Georgia --Photographs.
Photographs.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. 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], United Packinghouse, Food and Allied Workers Records, L1979-34, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

The records were transferred to the Southern Labor Archives by Leslie Orear of the Illinois Labor History Society in February 1979.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Gernazian and Fran Barber, 1980. EAD finding aid created by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, April 13, 2009.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.), L1977-25


Separated Material

Separated material:During processing, photographs were separated to the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection and a contract was separated to the Southern Labor Archives Contracts and Agreements Collection. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.


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