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International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers, Local 191 (Rome, Ga.), records

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Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
404-413-2880
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September 18, 2010



Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, September 18, 2010.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers, Local 191 (Rome, Ga.)
Title:International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers, Local 191 (Rome, Ga.), records
Dates: 1953-1997
Quantity: 39 linear ft. (in 39 boxes)
Abstract:International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers, Local 191 of Rome, Georgia, originated the significant 1969 strike against GE that led to an eventual federal lawsuit. Its records, 1953-1997, include documentation covering the daily operations, communications, and organization of the union.
Identification: L1998-11
LanguageEnglish.

Arrangement

The collection was processed using minimum-standards processing practices.

Scope and Content of the Records

The records of the International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers [IUE], Local 191 (Rome, Georgia), 1953-1997, document the daily operations, communications, and organization of the union. Minutes, budget projections, correspondence, financial records, resolutions, mailings, blank forms, agendas, political outreach documents, publicity letters, pamphlets, clippings, membership rosters, grievances and disciplinary records make up the collection. Also included are briefs, records, motions, depositions, trial transcripts, and court opinions of the General Electric Co. v. IUE, Local 191 case from 1969-1971.


History of International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers, Local 191 (Rome, Ga.)

The International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers [IUE] (AFL-CIO) was formed on November 2, 1949. James B. Carey founded the IUE after the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America [UE] were expelled from the CIO because of suspected communist influence of the UE’s leadership. Founded without any membership or treasury, the CIO recognized the newly organized IUE, and the union quickly grew to more than 300,000 members within three years.

Within a year after its founding convention in Philadelphia, IUE had adopted its first constitution, elected Carey as its president, defeated the UE in several key elections and negotiated successful national contracts with General Motors [GM], General Electric [GE], and Westinghouse. In one day in 1950, 25,000 GM Workers in five local unions chose the IUE over the UE. By the mid-1950s, IUE was the dominant industrial union representing workers in the electrical-electronics manufacturing sector.

From 1955 to 1956, IUE locals across the country declared a strike against Westinghouse. The strike lasted 156 days, one of the longest national strikes in labor history, idling 55,000 members and closing down 35 plants from coast to coast. In 1960 and 1969, IUE called strikes against GE, the latter of which lasted 101 days and resulted in a lawsuit that was heard before the Supreme Court of the United States. The court ruled in the IUE’s favor. This lawsuit was instrumental in forcing negotiations with the notoriously stalwart GE.

The IUE Local 191 of Rome, Georgia, originated the significant 1969 strike against GE that led to the eventual federal lawsuit. As of 2010, the IUE Local 191 is still active in the Rome and Northwest Georgia communities.


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.

International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers
International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers, Local 191 (Rome, Ga.)
Electric industry workers--Labor unions
Labor unions--Georgia--Rome
Rome (Ga.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Access to materials with personal or sensitive information has been restricted. Please consult with archivist for more information about accessing these records. 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], International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers, Local 191 (Rome, Ga.), Records, L1998-11, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Charles M. Guice, IUE Local 191 president, 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Harold Victor Hansen, Jr., processing archivist; Robert Bexley, graduate research assistant; and Lydia Diaz, student assistant, spring 2010.


Related Material

Related materials in other repositories: Collections related to the work of the International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers can be found at the following repositories:

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University of Connecticut Libraries, Archives and Special Collections, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
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University of Pittsburgh, University Library System, Archives of Industrial Society
Wayne State University, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs
Western Reserve Historical Society, History Library
Wright State University Libraries, Paul Laurence Dunbar Library, Archives and Special Collections


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