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Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board records

 Collection
Identifier: L1996-16

Scope and Content of the Records

The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board, records contain grievance files, arbitration files, newspaper clippings, publications, meeting minutes, training manuals, contracts, negotiations, union-management meeting transcripts, and correspondence from 1963-1993. The bulk of this collection deals with administrative matters and contract negotiations for the various locals serviced by the joint board. In addition this collection includes limited amounts of organizing materials and correspondence with various government agencies like Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Also included in this collection are a number of arbitration and grievance files that show the union fighting for the rights of its members. Of particular interest is the case of Ruth Knowles, president of Local 1716, who was fired for her union activity and waged a long and ultimately successful struggle to win her job back. Lastly this collection features extensive records of union-management meetings from the Arrow Shirt Company and Local 903 from 1989-1995. These reports offer a rarely seen glimpse of management and union working together in a non-litigious manner to solve problems.

The ACTWU Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama serviced the following: Local 903 (Arrow Shirt Company), Local 1716 (Lindale Manufacturing), Local 1942 (Romespun), Local 1647 (Jockey International), Local 1843 (Alton Box Board Company), Local 1876 (Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company), Local 943-T (Alton Box Board Company), Local 1549 (Alton Box Board Company, Papertube Division), Local 2303 (Kenyon Southern), Local 1927 (Phillips Synthetics), and Local 1926 (Standard Coosa Thatcher).

Dates

  • 1963-1993

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. Contact Special Collections for access to audiocassettes.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
Oversized materials stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

History of Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board

The Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) formed in 1939 in an attempt to organize southern workers who up until then had failed to join the openly socialist Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA). They played a key role in the post World War Two Operation Dixie organizing campaign. While they had some successes, the failed national textile strike of 1934, discouraged southern union participation and the south remained resistant to union organization. In 1976 the two unions merged to form ACTWU which represented textile workers throughout the United States and Canada until 1995 when ACTWU merged with ILGWU to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE).

The Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint board replaced smaller geographical joint boards as union membership declined along with the entire American textile industry. The joint board streamlined operations by allowing the Joint board president to replace each locals' business agent. This allowed the joint board to handle administrative tasks for all of the locals inside its jurisdiction while saving money for the entire union by removing duplicate personnel and functions. The Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board began operating in 1986, but only lasted until 1991 when its functions were taken over by the new Southern Textile Regional Joint Board.

Extent

12.5 Linear Feet (in 10 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board collection contains grievance files, arbitration files, newspaper clippings, publications, meeting minutes, training manuals, contracts, negotiations, union-management meeting transcripts, and correspondence from 1963-1993.

Off-Site Storage

This collection is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Sandra Stimpson, November 1996.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union contracts collection, 1977-1981 (L-contracts_ACTWU)
  2. Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Central North Carolina Joint Board records, 1939-1979 (L1980-16)
  3. Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Tennessee Joint Board records, circa 1940s-1970s (L1982-44)
  4. Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Memphis-Jackson Joint Board records, 1946-1991 (L1992-11)
  5. Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Southern Region records, 1949-1990 (L1991-02)
  6. Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Local 714 (Valdosta, Ga.) records, 1956-1996 (L2000-10)

Processing Information

Processed by Harold Victor Hansen, Jr. at the file level, spring 2011. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
Title
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Joint Board [L1996-16]:
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
June 13, 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • June 2012: EAD created by Traci JoLeigh Drummond.
  • 2014: EAD edited by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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