Skip to main content

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

 Collection
Identifier: L2011-09

Scope and Contents of the Records

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 143 records (1946-2009) consist of bylaws, benefits and retirement information, conventions proceedings, contracts, apprenticeship materials, publications seniority lists, committee materials, financial records, artifacts, photographs, audiovisual materials, and various types of correspondence. These materials detail District Lodge 143's interactions with various airlines including Northwest, Delta, Alaska Air, Air Wisconsin, and Republic Air. This includes work rules, contract negotiations, and other types of correspondence. In addition, the records include extensive materials relating to district officer elections and the internal management of the union. Lastly, the records boast an extensive collection of District Lodge periodicals including District 143 Bulletin, The Northern Light, and Northwest Airlines Bulletin.

Dates

  • 1946 - 2009

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Access to certain materials is restricted. Consult Special Collections for access to boxes 10, 13, and 26.

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

Historical Note:

Formed in 1888 in Atlanta, Georgia as the Order of United Machinists and Mechanical Engineers. The union spread quickly amongst railroad engineers and by 1889 the union had over 189 locals (called lodges) and it changed its name to the National Association of Machinists. With expansion to Canada in 1891 they once again changed their name to the International Association of Machinists. Over the course of the 20th century the IAM continued to grow and expanded into the burgeoning Aerospace industry (both industrial and airlines). To recognize the importance of this new industry they added Aerospace workers to their name in 1964.

District Lodge 143 represented the union employees that worked for Northwest Airlines, predominantly in the Great Lakes Region of the United States where the airline was based. IAMAW District Lodge 143 continued to represent these workers until 2010 when Northwest merged with the non-union Delta which forced their disbandment.

History of Northwest Airlines:

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

56.25 Linear Feet (in 45 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 143 represented airline workers in the Great Lakes region of North America, specifically with Northwest Airlines. The records (1946-2009) consist of bylaws, benefits and retirement information, conventions proceedings, contracts, apprenticeship materials, publications seniority lists, committee materials, financial records, artifacts, photographs, audiovisual materials, and various types of correspondence.

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 Tim Klima, September 2011.

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.

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 143 records, 1950s-2010 (L2012-47)
  2. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers contracts collection, 1940-1992 (L-Contracts_IAMAW)
  3. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers records, 1891-2002 (L1992-14)
  4. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers photograph collection, circa 1890-1980 (L1985-13)

Processing Information

Processed by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, Jeremy Bright, and Harold Victor Hansen, Jr. at the file level, fall 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
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 143 [L2011-09]:
Subtitle
A Guide to the Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • Fall 2011: EAD created by Jeremy Bright.
  • January 2016: EAD revised by Hal Hansen.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
404-413-2881 (Fax)