Guide to the United Steelworkers of America Local 1397 (Homestead, Pa.) Records, 1937-1972 AIS.1993.17

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
United Steelworkers of America Local 1397 (Homestead, Pa.) Records
Creator
United Steelworkers of America. Local 1397 (Homestead, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1993.17
Date [inclusive]
1937-1972
Extent
6.5 linear feet (7 boxes)
Abstract
This collection contains documents once in the possession of John McManigal, president of United Steelworkers of America Local 1397, 1964-1970. Included are minute books, union contracts and pension agreements, the Local 1397 newspaper The Sentinel, union election materials, and other documents.

Preferred Citation

United Steelworkers of America Local 1397 (Homestead, Pa.) Records, 1937-1972, AIS.1993.17, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

United Steelworkers of America Local 1397 was chartered in 1937 as a local of the Steelworkers Organizing Committee. The history of unionism at the Homestead works prior to this had been a storied one. The Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers of America first unionized skilled workers there in the 1880s, but the Amalgamated lodge suffered a monumental defeat at the hands of Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick and the Pennsylvania National Guard in the months following the famous Battle of Homestead in 1892. Thereafter, notwithstanding a dramatic attempt at organization in 1918, unionism at the Homestead works was moribund or underground, until the 1930s, when a new wave of industrial unionism carried the day in the steel, automotive, electrical, and other industries. John McManigal was president of Local 1397 from 1964 to 1970. His contributions to the union also included editorship of the local's award winning newspaper, The Sentinel.

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Scope and Content Notes

The collection is made up of records generated by the officers and members of Local 1397. Materials include: minute books kept by the executive committee and shop stewards; local union publications and print plates used in these publications; election materials; papers collected by John McManigal during his presidency of the union and as editor of The Sentinel; and union agreements, including: contracts, pension agreements, etc.

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Arrangement

  1. Series I. Minute Books, 1937-1944
  2. Series II. The Sentinel
  3. Series III. Election Materials, 1956-1970
  4. Series IV. Publications, 1950-1969
  5. Series V. Contracts, Benefit Booklets, and Related Union Materials, 1949-1970
  6. Series VI. John McManigal, 1958-1972

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, 2007

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

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Property rights reside with the University of Pittsburgh. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Archives Services Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John McManigal, son of the collector of the records, 1933.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessica Mirasol in February 2006.

Existence and Location of Copies

The Sentinel, located in Series II, is available on microfilm. (Microfilm-cabinet 3, Drawer 7)

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Related Materials

Related Material

Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania Labor Legacy Website: http://www.library.pitt.edu/labor_legacy/

Separated Material

The microfilm of The Sentinel is stored separately.

Oversize materials are located in Range 1/14/3.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United Steelworkers of America. Local 1397 (Homestead, Pa.).

Genre(s)

  • Appointment books
  • Contracts
  • Minute books
  • Newsletters
  • Photographs
  • Testimonies

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • McManigal, John

Subject(s)

  • Collective labor agreements -- Steel industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Labor
  • Labor union meetings -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Labor unions -- Elections
  • Labor unions -- Elections -- Law and legislation -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Labor unions -- Officials and employees

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Previous Citation

United Steelworkers of America Local 1397 (Homestead, Pa.) Records, 1937-1972, AIS.1993.17, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

United Steelworkers of America Local 1397 (Homestead, PA) Records, 1937-1972, UE/Lab 199317, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Minute Books 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains one original and two copied minute books of each the executive committee and the shop steward. The meetings of the executive committee were generally closed to union members and the main purpose of the meetings was to set local union policy. The executive committee minutes were recorded by the following Recording Secretaries: James Marsh (April 1937-June 1938), Lee Thomas (July 1938-May 1939) J.D. Molteram (June 1939- June 1941), and Joseph Carter (July 1942-March 1944). The shop steward's function was to organize and represent the men in the grievance process, and the stewards' minute book (February - October 1940) provides among other details, the percentages of men in each steward's jurisdiction enrolled as union members during those months. The minutes of the stewards meetings were kept by the secretary, Joseph Carter.

  Box
Original Shop Stewards Minute Book and Use Copies, February 1940-October 1940 1
  Box
Original Executive Committee Minute Book and Use Copies, April 1937-March 1944 2

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Series  II.  The Sentinel 

Scope and Content Notes

Included with this series is a run of the local publication, The Sentinel. Also included in this series is a set of print plates and print plate copies used in the production of  The Sentinel.

  Box
Unfoldered Issues of The Sentinel 3
Original Print Plates 
  BoxFolder
Copy Print Plates, Cartoons 41
  Folder
Copy Print Plates, Photos 2-3

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Series  III. Election Materials 

Scope and Content Notes

Included with this series is all correspondence, manuals, trial transcriptions, and other information relating to union elections during the 1960s.

  Folder
Campaign memorabilia 4
  Folder
Election dispute: Lawrence McDonald v. Andrew Toth, 1969 5
  Folder
Election dispute: Lawrence McDonald v. Andrew Toth, 1969 6
  Folder
International Officers Convention Atlantic City, 1968 7
  Folder
International election, 1969 8
  Folder
Local officers, 1970 9
  Folder
Local Union Elections Manual, 1956, 1967, 1969 10
  Folder
Newspaper clippings of 1969 dispute 11
  Folder
Publications of the "Party with a Purpose", 1964 12

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Series  IV. Publications 

Scope and Content Notes

This series is made up of publications collected by John McManigal during his presidency of Local 1397.

  BoxFolder
The 1959 Steel Strike 51
  Folder
AFL-CIO: Booklets, 1959, 1962 2
  Folder
Hoffman, Paul G.: Booklets, 1960 3
  Folder
Highlights of Crucial 1952 Strike 4
  Folder
International Labor Press Association (ILPA): News Releases, 1957-1961 5
  Folder
University of Chicago Industrial Relations Center: Leadership in a Local Union, 1950-1951 6
  Folder
The Man's Magazine: "The Strike That Turned to War", March 1958 7
  Folder
National Safety Council: Labor Safety Newsletter, May- June 1959 8
  Folder
Pennsylvania Department of Labor: Safe Practices Recommendations, 1968 9
  Folder
Special... Steel Labor, June 1956; July, Sept.-Dec. 1959; Feb. 1960; June-July 1961 10
  Folder
United Rubber Workers: Labor Scrapbook, 1958 11
  Folder
U.S. Department of Labor: Booklets, 1967, 1969 12
  Folder
The U.S. Steel Quarterly: "Aftermath of the Labor Settlement", Feb. 1960 13
  Oversize
Steelabor inscribed "Richard Miller" 1

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Series  V. Contracts, Benefit Booklets, and Related Union Materials 

Scope and Content Notes

This series is made up of copies of by-laws, contracts, pension agreements, and other agreements between the union and employers. It also contains president's appointment books and records of other union business. The portion containing union contracts and benefit booklets is organized chronologically so many types of agreements may be housed in one folder.

  BoxFolder
USWA Agreement with U.S. Steel, 1956 61
  Folder
USWA Agreement with U.S. Steel, 1960 2
  Folder
USWA Agreement with U.S. Steel, 1962 3
  Folder
USWA Agreement with U.S. Steel, 1968 4
  Folder
Medical Benefits for Pernsioners, 1969 5
  Folder
Program of Employee Insurance Benefits, 1967 6
  Folder
Pension Agreement, 1966 7
  Folder
Pension Agreement, 1969 8
  Folder
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Plan, 1962 9
  Folder
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Plan, 1969 10
  Folder
Savings and Vacation Plan, 1964 11
  Folder
Savings and Vacation Plan, 1969 12
  Folder
USWA By-Laws for Local Unions, 1969 13
  Folder
USWA Local 1397 Munhall, PA. By-Laws 14
  Folder
"These Are Our People", 1956 15
  Folder
Proceedings of the 12th Constitutional Convention of the USWA, 1964 16
  Folder
Proceedings of the 13th Constitutional Convention of the USWA, 1966 17
  Folder
Proceedings of the 14th Constitutional Convention of the USWA, 1968 18
  Folder
Proceedings of the Special International Convention of the USWA, 1968 19
  Folder
Proceedings of the 15th Constitutional Convention of the USWA, 1970 20
  BoxFolder
Annual Reports, 1949-1953 71
  Folder
Articles of Local 1397 (articles of a proposed constitution) 2
  Folder
Presidential desk calendars, 1968-1970 3
  Folder
General correspondence, 1952-1970 4
  Folder
Report on hazardous conditions in open Hearth No. 5 5
  Folder
Lost time by union financial officers 6
  Folder
Miscellaneous memos and notes 7
  Folder
Newspaper clippings, 1959, 1962, 1964 8
  Folder
Supplemental Seniority Agreement, 1955 9
  Folder
Testimony before Select Committee on Labor 10

Section: Union contracts and benefit booklets 

  Folder
1947-1948 11
  Folder
1950 12
  Folder
1952, 1954 13
  Folder
1956, 1958 14
  Folder
1960 15
  Folder
1962-1963 16
  Folder
1964-1966 17
  Folder
1967-1969 18
  Folder
No Date 19
  Folder
News releases 20

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Series  VI. John McManigal 

Scope and Content Notes

The series consists of journalistic awards received by John McManigal during the time he served as editor of The Sentinel. It also includes photos and newspaper clippings.

  Folder
Certificates of award, 1958-1960 21
  Folder
Correspondence with John McManigal, 1958-1961 22
  Folder
Journalistic awards, 1959, 1961 23
  Folder
Photographs and newspaper clippings, 1972 24
  Folder
Public Interest Award, 1959-1962 25
  Folder
University Labor Press contests, 1958-1960 26

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