Summary Information
Title: UE General Executive Board Minutes
Collection Number: UE.2.1

Collection Dates: Bulk, 1936-1983
Collection Dates: 1936-1995
Extent: 3.75 linear feet (3 boxes)

Language: English

Abstract:
During the March 1936 founding convention of the United Electrical and Radio Workers of America (UE), delegates established a constitution and by-laws for the new union and determined the structure and duties of the General Executive Board (GEB). Initially, the GEB consisted of a vice president from each geographical district as well as the union’s two national officers, the General President and General Secretary-Treasurer. In 1937, the GEB membership expanded to include the newly created position, the Director of Organization. The GEB expanded its membership once again in 1944 to include a secretary from each district. In 2005, after the district format was changed to a regional format, the composition of the GEB was once again altered. The group now includes the three national officers, the president of each of the three regions, and twelve rank-and-file members elected by the regions. The duties of the GEB include advising and controlling the actions of the general officers, determining the wage paid to national officers, issuing and revoking charters, and handling the union’s financial arrangements. In instances when the national convention does not take place, the GEB is responsible for making national union decisions.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

August 2008
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Jaimie George and Zachary L. Brodt.
History

During the March 1936 founding convention of the United Electrical and Radio Workers of America (UE), delegates established a constitution and by-laws for the new union and determined the structure and duties of the General Executive Board (GEB). Initially, the GEB consisted of a vice president from each geographical district as well as the union’s two national officers, the General President and General Secretary-Treasurer. In 1937, the GEB membership expanded to include the newly created position, the Director of Organization. The GEB expanded its membership once again in 1944 to include a secretary from each district. In 2005, after the district format was changed to a regional format, the composition of the GEB was once again altered. The group now includes the three national officers, the president of each of the three regions, and twelve rank-and-file members elected by the regions. The duties of the GEB include advising and controlling the actions of the general officers, determining the wage paid to national officers, issuing and revoking charters, and handling the union’s financial arrangements. In instances when the national convention does not take place, the GEB is responsible for making national union decisions.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

The General Executive Board minutes date from 1936 to 1995 and provide insight into national issues affecting the UE. The earliest GEB minutes provide information regarding the organization of the union. The GEB minutes also provide information about other organizations to which the UE made financial contributions for reasons of mutual interest. Some of the minutes provide detailed reports on the political and legislative work undertaken by the union at both the National Office and Washington Office. GEB minutes from the 1940s-1950s provide detailed reports on specialized committees created by the GEB, such as the National Servicemen and Veterans Welfare Committee, National Defense Committee, and National Fair Practices Committee. Some of the minutes contain statements drafted by the GEB on national topics such as unemployment, the Vietnam War, returning WWII veterans, and McCarthyism. The GEB minutes from the 1940s-1960s also provide reports from the research department and its investigations on group insurance and pension plans for the UE staff. At the local level, the GEB minutes reveal that charters were both issued as well as revoked. In addition, the minutes contain information on individual and local concerns that remained unresolved after consideration at the district level.

Organizational reports from 1939 to 1983 are also filed with the minutes. These are comprised of both written summaries and charts which provide a condensed, yet thorough, account of the major organizational campaigns of the UE. The reports include information on chartered locals, contract negotiations, National Labor Relations Board proceedings, information on publications, and changes in the Organizing Department staff.


Arrangement

These files are arranged chronologically.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Electric industry workers -- Labor unions -- United States -- History
  • Labor unions -- Organizing -- United States
  • Labor unions -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • Labor unions -- United States -- Officials and employees

Corporate Names
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. General Executive Board.
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. -- History

Category
  • Labor

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

The Records of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America are closed for a period of twenty-five years after their creation.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America in 1986, 1989, 1997, and 2004.

Preferred Citation:

UE General Executive Board Minutes, 1936-1995, UE.2.1, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by David Rosenberg and reprocessed by Jaimie George in 2004. The finding aid was revised by Zachary L. Brodt in July 2008.

Copyright:

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.


Collection Inventory
Box 1 General Executive Board Minutes and Organizational Reports, 1936-1952
Box 2 General Executive Board Minutes and Organizational Reports, 1953-1983
Box 3 General Executive Board Minutes, 1986-1995