Guide to the UE Local 506 Records, 1940-1980s UE.16.506

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
UE Local 506 Records
Creator
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. Local 506 (Erie, Pa.).
Collection Number
UE.16.506
Date
1940-1980s
Extent
32.5 linear feet (26 boxes)
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.

Preferred Citation

UE Local 506 Records, 1940-1980s, UE.16.506, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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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.

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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.

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Arrangement

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

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, July 2009

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

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.

Acquisition Information

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

Processing Information

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

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Related Materials

Related Material

UE National Office Records Relating to District 6 and District 6 Locals, 1936-1990s, UE.4.1.6, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

UE News Photograph Collection, 1933-1998, UE.14.1, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • 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

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Membership cards
  • Minutes

Geographic Name(s)

  • Erie (Pa.)

Subject(s)

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

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Previous Citation

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

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Collection Inventory

  Box
Grievance Meeting Minutes, 1940-1961 1-2

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  Box
Steward Change Cards, 1977-1979 3

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  Box
Files on Steward Changes and Elections, 1960-1980s 4

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  Box
Ballots for Steward and Officer Elections 5-6

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  Box
Membership Meeting Sign-In Cards 7

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  Box
Membership Dues Record Books, 1941-1947 8-10

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  Box
Subject Files and Steward Cards, 1960-1980s 11

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  Box
Financial Records, 1950-1980s 12

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  Box
Membership Cards 13-26

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