Guide to the UE International Representatives Records, 1935-1990s UE.7.2

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
UE International Representatives Records
Creator
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. International Officers.
Collection Number
UE.7.2
Date
1935-1990s
Extent
15.42 linear feet (13 boxes)
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.

Preferred Citation

UE International Representative Records, 1935-1972, UE.7.2, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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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.

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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.

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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

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 2009

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
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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.

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

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Shaun Hayes and Sean Kilcoyne in December 2008.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Federal Bureau of Investigation on the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)Records, 1940-1985, UE.9.5, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

UE Campaign Materials Collection, 1942-1990, UE.7.1, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

UE Organizers Records, 1937-2003, UE.7.3, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

UE Organizer Bulletins, 1937-1977, UE.7.4, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • 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.

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

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

Subject(s)

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

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Previous Citation

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

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.

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Collection Inventory

Series  7.2.1. Neil Brant 1941-1947 

Scope and Contents note

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.

  BoxFolder
Allis Chalmers, Boston, Massachusetts, 1942-1944 101-03
  Folder
Allis Chalmers, Case 211, 1942 04-06
  Folder
Allis Chalmers, LaPorte, Indiana, 1942-1944 07-08
  Folder
Allis Chalmers, Norwood, Ohio, 1942-1944 09-10
  Folder
Allis Chalmers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1942-1944 11-15
  Folder
Allis Chalmers, West Allis, Wisconsin, 1942-1945 16-18
  Folder
Correspondence, 1941-1947 19-31
  BoxFolder
Expense Reports, 1942-1944 201-02
  Folder
Memoranda, 1944-1947 03-05
  Folder
Correspondence with General Motors, General, 1942-1944 06-12
  Folder
Correspondence with General Motors, Delco Appliance, 1942-1943 13-14
  Folder
Correspondence with General Motors, Eastern Aircraft, 1943-1944 15-18
  Folder
Correspondence with General Motors, Frigidaire, 1942-1944 19-21
  Folder
Correspondence with General Motors, Packard, 1943-1944 22-23
  Folder
General Motors, War Labor Board Case, 1942-1943 24-25

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Series  7.2.2. Ed Bloch 1957-1972 

Scope and Contents note

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.

  BoxFolder
National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, 1966-1971 31
  Folder
Correspondence, 1964-1970 2
  Folder
Westinghouse, Dover-GE, 1958-1960 3
  Folder
IUE, District 4, 1962-1964 4
  Folder
Other Union Contracts, 1966-1967 5
  Folder
Reds, 1960-1965 6
  Folder
Sperry, 1965 7
  Folder
Organizer Reports, 1965-1970 8
  Folder
Organizers-NJ, 1966-1967 9
  Folder
Daburn Cable & Electronics, 1966-1971 10
  Folder
Bijur, 1959-1971 11
  Folder
Audel, 1968-1972 12
  Folder
UE Local 417, 1968 13
  Folder
Groov Pin, 1967-1970 14
  Folder
Local 124 Organizing Committee, 1958 15
  BoxFolder
Seth Thomas Div. General Time, 1966-1970 41
  Folder
H.E. Smith Company, 1965-1972 2
  Folder
Local 448, Johnston Machine, 1968-1972 3
  Folder
Paeco, 1964-1968 4
  Folder
M. Chasen & Son, 1965-1971 5
  Folder
A.J. Desimone, 1962-1964 6
  Folder
Lite Industries, 1966-1968 7
  Folder
Lazzara, 1966-1971 8
  Folder
Julius Schmid, 1967-1970 9
  Folder
Local 402 Thermatron Current, 1969-1971 10
  Folder
UE Local 404, 1971 11
  Folder
District 4 Newspaper, 1965 12
  Folder
UE District 4, 1963-1970 13
  Folder
Grievance Forms, Blank, undated 14
  Folder
Chester Cable, 1966 15
  Folder
Health Plans, 1969 16
  Folder
GHDI, 1967 17
  Folder
Chatham Electronics, 1963-1967 18
  Folder
Sentinel Plastics, Inc., 1964-1967 19
  BoxFolder
Thermatron, 1962 51
  Folder
Negotiations-Thermatron, 1962 2
  Folder
Thermatron, Willcox & Gibbs, Contract, 1961 3
  Folder
Thermatron, Willcox & Gibbs, 1960 4
  Folder
Thermatron, Willcox & Gibbs File, 1959 5
  Folder
Metal Finding Co., 1957-1963 6
  Folder
UE Contracts, 1960-1964 7
  Folder
UE Local 414, 1965-1969 8
  Folder
Local 402 Thermatron-Past, 1964-1968 9
  Folder
International Diode, 1964-1968 10
  Folder
Mallory-Randall, 1967-1970 11
  Folder
Local 422, Int'l Production Service & Sales (Lido), 1965 12
  Folder
Bel Fuse, 1966-1967 13
  Folder
Electrospace, Local. 431, 1968 14
  Folder
Ed Block Mail, 1966 15
  Folder
Rond Plastics, Plainfield, NJ, App. Globe Robber #152, 1973 16
  Folder
Tung Sol, 1960 17
  Folder
Con Rac Corp., Organization. Literature, 1967 18
  Folder
Mallory Randall Campaign, 1967-1968 19
  BoxFolder
Harman Karoon, 1964 61
  Folder
Circular Letters, 1962-1963 2
  Folder
Eastern Electronics Corp., 1965 3
  Folder
Atlas Rawhide, 1965 4
  Folder
NLRB Star Expansion, 1964-1965 5
  Folder
Star Expansion Election Campaign, 1964 6
  Folder
Star NLRB, 1964-1965 7
  Folder
Star Expansion, 1963-1966 8
  Folder
Company &Legal-Star Expansion, 1964-1965 9
  Folder
Leaflets, Star Expansion, 1963-1968 10
  Folder
Chemolene, 1964-1966 11
  Folder
Chemolene-Unpaid Vacations, undated 12
  Folder
Air Arm, 1959 13
  Folder
Ingersoll Rand, 1959 14

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Series  7.2.3. Arthur Garfield 1948 

Scope and Contents note

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.

  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1948 71
  Folder
Correspondence, 1948 2

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Series  7.2.4. Charles Rivers 1935-1944 

Scope and Contents note

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

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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 Contents note

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
Jim Brown Records [RESTRICTED] 08-13

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