Summary Information
Title: UE International Representatives Records
Collection Number: UE.7.2
Creator: United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. International Officers.

Collection Dates: 1935-1990s
Extent: 15.42 linear feet (13 boxes)

Language: English

Abstract:
This collection contains records related to the efforts of five men in the role of International Representative for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE). Neil Brant, Ed Bloch, Arthur Garfield, Charles Rivers, and Jim Brown all fulfilled this geographically defined organizing role at different points in time. Their cumulative records span from 1935 to the 1990s and contain correspondence, flyers, and other materials related to UE organizing activities during that period. The collection is arranged in five separate series corresponding to the individual representatives.
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:

June 2009
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Jaimie George, Shaun Hayes, and Sean Kilcoyne.
History

The position of International Representative was assigned through an appointment by the General Executive Board of the UE. International Representatives were responsible for directing the organizational work of one of up to fourteen UE geographical districts, and for performing these activities in conjunction with the District Council and Vice President of that particular region. Neil Brandt, Ed Bloch, Arthur Garfield, Charles Rivers, and Jim Brown all worked in varying districts in this capacity.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection contains records related to the efforts of five men in the role of International Representative for the UE. Neil Brant, Ed Bloch, Arthur Garfield, Charles Rivers, and Jim Brown all fulfilled this geographically defined organizing role at different points in time. Their cumulative records span from 1935 to the 1990s and contain correspondence, flyers, and other materials related to UE organizing activities during that period.

A majority of the collection consists of correspondence related to organizing activities. Several letters describe various hearings with the National Labor Relations Board involving the UE. Included in this category is a 1963 to 1965 case involving a dispute between the UE and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) regarding which union represented the workers at Star Expansion Industries, a plant in Mountainville, New York. More recent documents detail activities within western Pennsylvania.

A variety of flyers and other published materials detail the efforts of the UE in combating the perception that it was a communist organization. Material related to the UE’s opposition to the war in Vietnam is also included. More complete scope notes exist for each series.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged at the series level with folder level content description.

Series 7.2.1. Neil Brant, 1941-1947

Series 7.2.2. Ed Bloch, 1959-1972

Series 7.2.3. Arthur Garfield, 1948

Series 7.2.4. Charles Rivers, 1935-1938

Series 7.2.5. Jim Brown, 1990s


Subject Terms

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

Corporate Names
  • Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company.
  • General Motors Corporation.
  • Star Expansion Industries.
  • Thermatron Co..
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. Organizing Department.
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America.
  • United States. National Labor Relations Board.

Personal Names
  • Bloch, Ed
  • Brant, Neil
  • Brown, James L.
  • Garfield, Arthur
  • Rivers, Charles

Genres/Forms
  • Correspondence

Category
  • Labor

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Records of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America are closed for a period of twenty-five years after their creation. Usage of files in Series 7.2.5 regarding a grievance filed by Fred Tarr requires a signed confidentiality agreement.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America in 1976 and 1986.

Preferred Citation:

UE International Representative Records, 1935-1972, UE.7.2, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Previous Citation:

Portions of this collection have been previously cited as the Papers of Neil Brant, UE:NO-IR-BrantN, Archives Service Center, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Shaun Hayes and Sean Kilcoyne in December 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.

Related Material:

Federal Bureau of Investigation on the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)Records, 1940-1985, UE.9.5, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

UE Campaign Materials Collection, 1942-1990, UE.7.1, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

UE Organizers Records, 1937-2003, UE.7.3, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

UE Organizer Bulletins, 1937-1977, UE.7.4, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh


Collection Inventory

Series 7.2.1. Neil Brant 1941-1947

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains detailed information on the union's participation in War Labor Board proceedings, which the federal government reestablished during World War II to resolve labor disputes and ensure continuous production during the war era. The main areas of dispute between the UE and the companies were contract negotiations, membership clauses, wage and maintenance rate increases and the use of mediators.

While these files contain information on a variety of companies, the majority of the material focuses on War Labor Board proceedings with the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company and General Motors Company. These materials consist of correspondence and memoranda between Neil Brant and other members of the UE, documenting the progress of the War Labor Board proceedings and the coordination of union activity across the country. At the local level, Brant corresponded with field organizers to monitor their activities and provide assistance in bargaining campaigns. Included is correspondence with UE National Director of Organization James Matles regarding the complexity of the organizational campaigns and with UE National Secretary/Treasurer Julius Emspak on financial matters. In addition to correspondence and memoranda, these files contain briefs, recommendations, reports, and directives from the National War Labor Board.


Box 1
Folder 01-03 Allis Chalmers, Boston, Massachusetts, 1942-1944
Folder 04-06 Allis Chalmers, Case 211, 1942
Folder 07-08 Allis Chalmers, LaPorte, Indiana, 1942-1944
Folder 09-10 Allis Chalmers, Norwood, Ohio, 1942-1944
Folder 11-15 Allis Chalmers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1942-1944
Folder 16-18 Allis Chalmers, West Allis, Wisconsin, 1942-1945
Folder 19-31 Correspondence, 1941-1947

Box 2
Folder 01-02 Expense Reports, 1942-1944
Folder 03-05 Memoranda, 1944-1947
Folder 06-12 Correspondence with General Motors, General, 1942-1944
Folder 13-14 Correspondence with General Motors, Delco Appliance, 1942-1943
Folder 15-18 Correspondence with General Motors, Eastern Aircraft, 1943-1944
Folder 19-21 Correspondence with General Motors, Frigidaire, 1942-1944
Folder 22-23 Correspondence with General Motors, Packard, 1943-1944
Folder 24-25 General Motors, War Labor Board Case, 1942-1943

Series 7.2.2. Ed Bloch 1957-1972

Scope and Content Notes:

This series encompasses the records of Ed Bloch during his time as an UE International Representative in District 4, which was comprised of New York City and Northern New Jersey, from 1957 to 1972. Materials include bargaining agreements, meeting minutes, organizing flyers, and correspondence related to particular labor issues of the era including wages, health care, and employer responses to work stoppages. Campaigns of note involve UE Local 402 from the Thermatron division of Wilcox and Gibbs in Long Island City, and a dispute between the UE and the IBEW over workers at Star Expansion Industries in Mountainville, New York, from 1963 to 1965.

As this collection spans some of the more turbulent times in American history, there is also significant evidence of the UE’s involvement in the larger political sphere. Efforts on behalf of political prisoners and fired workers typify the variety of cooperative action documented within this collection. Materials issued on behalf of the Trade Union Division of the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy attest to the UE’s involvement against the Vietnam War and nuclear proliferation.


Box 3
Folder 1 National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, 1966-1971
Folder 2 Correspondence, 1964-1970
Folder 3 Westinghouse, Dover-GE, 1958-1960
Folder 4 IUE, District 4, 1962-1964
Folder 5 Other Union Contracts, 1966-1967
Folder 6 Reds, 1960-1965
Folder 7 Sperry, 1965
Folder 8 Organizer Reports, 1965-1970
Folder 9 Organizers-NJ, 1966-1967
Folder 10 Daburn Cable & Electronics, 1966-1971
Folder 11 Bijur, 1959-1971
Folder 12 Audel, 1968-1972
Folder 13 UE Local 417, 1968
Folder 14 Groov Pin, 1967-1970
Folder 15 Local 124 Organizing Committee, 1958

Box 4
Folder 1 Seth Thomas Div. General Time, 1966-1970
Folder 2 H.E. Smith Company, 1965-1972
Folder 3 Local 448, Johnston Machine, 1968-1972
Folder 4 Paeco, 1964-1968
Folder 5 M. Chasen & Son, 1965-1971
Folder 6 A.J. Desimone, 1962-1964
Folder 7 Lite Industries, 1966-1968
Folder 8 Lazzara, 1966-1971
Folder 9 Julius Schmid, 1967-1970
Folder 10 Local 402 Thermatron Current, 1969-1971
Folder 11 UE Local 404, 1971
Folder 12 District 4 Newspaper, 1965
Folder 13 UE District 4, 1963-1970
Folder 14 Grievance Forms, Blank, undated
Folder 15 Chester Cable, 1966
Folder 16 Health Plans, 1969
Folder 17 GHDI, 1967
Folder 18 Chatham Electronics, 1963-1967
Folder 19 Sentinel Plastics, Inc., 1964-1967

Box 5
Folder 1 Thermatron, 1962
Folder 2 Negotiations-Thermatron, 1962
Folder 3 Thermatron, Willcox & Gibbs, Contract, 1961
Folder 4 Thermatron, Willcox & Gibbs, 1960
Folder 5 Thermatron, Willcox & Gibbs File, 1959
Folder 6 Metal Finding Co., 1957-1963
Folder 7 UE Contracts, 1960-1964
Folder 8 UE Local 414, 1965-1969
Folder 9 Local 402 Thermatron-Past, 1964-1968
Folder 10 International Diode, 1964-1968
Folder 11 Mallory-Randall, 1967-1970
Folder 12 Local 422, Int'l Production Service & Sales (Lido), 1965
Folder 13 Bel Fuse, 1966-1967
Folder 14 Electrospace, Local. 431, 1968
Folder 15 Ed Block Mail, 1966
Folder 16 Rond Plastics, Plainfield, NJ, App. Globe Robber #152, 1973
Folder 17 Tung Sol, 1960
Folder 18 Con Rac Corp., Organization. Literature, 1967
Folder 19 Mallory Randall Campaign, 1967-1968

Box 6
Folder 1 Harman Karoon, 1964
Folder 2 Circular Letters, 1962-1963
Folder 3 Eastern Electronics Corp., 1965
Folder 4 Atlas Rawhide, 1965
Folder 5 NLRB Star Expansion, 1964-1965
Folder 6 Star Expansion Election Campaign, 1964
Folder 7 Star NLRB, 1964-1965
Folder 8 Star Expansion, 1963-1966
Folder 9 Company &Legal-Star Expansion, 1964-1965
Folder 10 Leaflets, Star Expansion, 1963-1968
Folder 11 Chemolene, 1964-1966
Folder 12 Chemolene-Unpaid Vacations, undated
Folder 13 Air Arm, 1959
Folder 14 Ingersoll Rand, 1959

Series 7.2.3. Arthur Garfield 1948

Scope and Content Notes:

This series consists of letters and telegrams related to Arthur Garfield’s role as an International Representative for the UE. The correspondence mostly details the progress of negotiations between the United Auto Workers and General Motors. Telegraphs between Garfield and UE headquarters in Dayton, Ohio, detail his unionizing efforts across the Midwest. The materials date from 1948. There are a small number of flyers and bulletins promoting the UE and encouraging workers to organize.


Box 7
Folder 1 Correspondence, 1948
Folder 2 Correspondence, 1948

Series 7.2.4. Charles Rivers 1935-1944

Scope and Content Notes:

This series includes a small body of material owned by UE organizer, Charles Rivers. Rivers served as International Representative of District 2, which covered all of New England. The papers in this series relate to the National Amalgamation Convention of the Independent Metal and Allied Unions which transpired in 1935, a year prior to the founding of the UE. Conference proceedings include meeting minutes and the individual constitutions of both The Federation of Metal and Allied Unions and the Electrical and Radio Union, one of the several independent unions which combined the following year to form the UE. A 1938 text published by the UE entitled Labor Unity in the Electrical Manufacturing Industry includes a number of letters, proposals, and statements from the early development of the organization, while the 1944 UE Handbook for Locals and Organizers details policy contract negotiations, the War Labor Board, and information addressing other crucial union activities.

Folder 3 Proceeding of the National Convention of Independent Metal and Allied Unions, 1935
Volume 1 Labor Unity in the Electrical Manufacturing Industry, 1938
Volume 2 Handbook for Organizers and Local Unions, 1944

Series 7.2.5. Jim Brown 1990s

Access Restrictions:

Usage of files in Series 7.2.5 regarding a grievance filed by Fred Tarr requires a signed confidentiality agreement.

Scope and Content Notes:

Jim Brown was a UE field organizer and later an international representative in District 6, which is located in western Pennsylvania. These records contain information regarding locals he worked with in organizing and negotiating contracts. Extensive files exist for Locals 612 at Industrial Ceramics Inc., Local 625 and 626 at ASEA Brown Boveri Inc.

Box 08-13 Jim Brown Records [RESTRICTED]