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International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 143 records

 Collection
Identifier: L2012-47

Scope and Content of the Collection

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 143 records (1950s-2010) consist of grievance and arbitration files, contract negotiation materials, bankruptcy proceedings, and documents regarding the merger with Delta Airlines. The bulk of the collection consists of arbitration and grievance files dating from the 1950s until 2008. In addition, the records include union/management negotiations regarding Northwest Airline's bankruptcy (2005-2009) and merger with Delta Airlines (2008-2010).

Dates

  • 1940s-2010

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Access to materials with personal or sensitive information has been restricted. Please consult Special Collections for more information about accessing boxes 54-103.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

This collection is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.
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. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Historical Note

History of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 143:

  1. Formed in 1888 to organize railroad engineers, the International Association of Machinists expanded during the twentieth century to represent industrial workers in many fields. The union changed its name to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in 1964, following its expansion into the aerospace, air travel, and air freight industries. Members belong to Local Lodges, which in turn are organized into larger Districts. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, District Lodge 143 represented union employees that worked for Northwest Airlines, also headquartered near St. Paul. The district's membership was primarily in the Great Lakes Region of the United States. Over time, District Lodge 143 expanded its membership to include not just mechanics but also other types of airline employees including kitchen staff and desk clerks. In 2008, Delta Airlines acquired Northwest. The employees of the combined company voted against union representation in 2010, and District Lodge 143 closed.

History of Northwest Airlines:

  1. Northwest Airlines Corporation (often abbreviated NWA) was a major United States airline founded in 1926 and absorbed into Delta Air Lines in a merger on October 29, 2008. Northwest was headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Northwest also established major hubs at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Memphis International Airport. Northwest was a pioneer in transpacific flights to Japan and Asia via Alaska, and had a partnership with the Dutch airline KLM.

Extent

136.25 Linear Feet (in 109 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 143 represented the union employees that worked for Northwest Airlines, predominantly in the Great Lakes Region of the United States. The IAMAW District Lodge 143 records (1950s-2010) consist of grievance and arbitration files, contract negotiation materials, bankruptcy proceedings, and documents regarding the merger with Delta Airlines.

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 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, courtesy of Timothy Klima, October 22, 2012.

Related Archival Materials

Georgia State University Library is the official repository for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the collection includes the Grand Lodge records as well as numerous Local and District Lodges. Please see the IAMAW Research Guide for more collections. In addition, GSU Digital Collections includes complete, full-text runs of the Machinist Monthly Journal and the Machinists Newspaper available in GSU Digital Collections as well as numerous photographs and local publications from both the US and Canada.

Processing Information

Processed by John Thompson utilizing at the file level, Fall 2014-Spring 2015. 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
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 143 [L2012-47]:
Subtitle
A Guide to the Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
April 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • April 2015: Electronic finding aid created by Hal Hansen.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
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