Summary Information
Title: UE Local 506 Records
Collection Number: UE.16.506
Creator: United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. Local 506 (Erie, Pa.).

Collection Dates: 1940-1980s
Extent: 32.5 linear feet (26 boxes)

Language: English

Abstract:
United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE) Local 506 represents workers at the General Electric plant in Erie, Pennsylvania. This subgroup contains minutes, grievances, and membership cards from Local 506.
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:

July 2009
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Zachary Brodt.
History

United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE) Local 506 represents workers at the General Electric (GE) plant in Erie, Pennsylvania. The local was founded in 1937 and was the last major GE plant to be organized. Local 506 often found itself at the forefront of UE activities, being one of the first locals to begin picketing during the 1945 strike and having its members, such as local president John Nelson, declared Communists in the early stages of McCarthyism. Throughout all of the red-baiting and strikes against GE, Local 506 is still active today as part of the UE Eastern Region.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

This subgroup contains minutes, correspondence, and membership cards from UE Local 506. Also included are subject files regarding issues important to the Erie local. Documents regarding steward elections are also present. Information on grievances from the 1940s to 1960s provide some perspective into the daily lives of workers at the GE plant during the red scare period.


Arrangement

The materials in this subgroup have been maintained in their original order.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Electric industry workers -- Labor unions -- Pennsylvania -- Erie -- History
  • Labor unions -- Pennsylvania -- Erie -- History -- 20th century

Corporate Names
  • General Electric Company.
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. Local 506 (Erie, Pa.). -- History
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. -- History

Locations
  • Erie (Pa.)

Genres/Forms
  • Correspondence
  • Membership cards
  • Minutes

Category
  • Labor

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America Local 506 during the 1990s.

Preferred Citation:

UE Local 506 Records, 1940-1980s, UE.16.506, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center staff. The finding aid was written by Zachary Brodt in April 2009.

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.

Related Material:

UE National Office Records Relating to District 6 and District 6 Locals, 1936-1990s, UE.4.1.6, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

UE News Photograph Collection, 1933-1998, UE.14.1, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh


Collection Inventory
Box 1-2 Grievance Meeting Minutes, 1940-1961
Box 3 Steward Change Cards, 1977-1979
Box 4 Files on Steward Changes and Elections, 1960-1980s
Box 5-6 Ballots for Steward and Officer Elections
Box 7 Membership Meeting Sign-In Cards
Box 8-10 Membership Dues Record Books, 1941-1947
Box 11 Subject Files and Steward Cards, 1960-1980s
Box 12 Financial Records, 1950-1980s
Box 13-26 Membership Cards