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International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers, Local 191 (Rome, Ga.) records

 Collection
Identifier: L1998-11

Scope and Content of the Records

The records of the International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers (IUE), Local 191 (Rome, Georgia), 1953-1997, document the daily operations, communications, and organization of the union. Minutes, budget projections, correspondence, financial records, resolutions, mailings, blank forms, agendas, political outreach documents, publicity letters, pamphlets, clippings, membership rosters, grievances and disciplinary records make up the collection. Also included are briefs, records, motions, depositions, trial transcripts, and court opinions of the General Electric Co. v. IUE, Local 191 case from 1969-1971.

Dates

  • 1953-1997

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Access to materials with personal or sensitive information has been restricted. Consult Special Collections for more information about accessing the records in boxes 9, 12-17, 22, 26, 28, and 30.

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

History of International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers, Local 191 (Rome, Ga.)

The International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers [IUE] (AFL-CIO) was formed on November 2, 1949. James B. Carey founded the IUE after the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America [UE] were expelled from the CIO because of suspected communist influence of the UE's leadership. Founded without any membership or treasury, the CIO recognized the newly organized IUE, and the union quickly grew to more than 300,000 members within three years.

Within a year after its founding convention in Philadelphia, IUE had adopted its first constitution, elected Carey as its president, defeated the UE in several key elections and negotiated successful national contracts with General Motors [GM], General Electric [GE], and Westinghouse. In one day in 1950, 25,000 GM Workers in five local unions chose the IUE over the UE. By the mid-1950s, IUE was the dominant industrial union representing workers in the electrical-electronics manufacturing sector.

From 1955 to 1956, IUE locals across the country declared a strike against Westinghouse. The strike lasted 156 days, one of the longest national strikes in labor history, idling 55,000 members and closing down 35 plants from coast to coast. In 1960 and 1969, IUE called strikes against GE, the latter of which lasted 101 days and resulted in a lawsuit that was heard before the Supreme Court of the United States. The court ruled in the IUE's favor. This lawsuit was instrumental in forcing negotiations with the notoriously stalwart GE.

The IUE Local 191 of Rome, Georgia, originated the significant 1969 strike against GE that led to the eventual federal lawsuit. As of 2010, the IUE Local 191 is still active in the Rome and Northwest Georgia communities.

Extent

16.26 Linear Feet (in 39 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers, Local 191 of Rome, Georgia, originated the significant 1969 strike against GE that led to an eventual federal lawsuit. Its records, 1953-1997, include documentation covering the daily operations, communications, and organization of the union.

Offsite Collection

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by Charles M. Guice, IUE Local 191 president, 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Hal Hansen, Robert Bexley, and Lydia Diaz, at the file level, spring 2010. 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 Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers, Local 19 (Rome, Georgia):
Subtitle
A Guide to the Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • September 2010: EAD created by Traci JoLeigh Drummond.
  • February 2016: EAD revised by Hal Hansen.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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