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Workers United, Southern Region records

Identifier: L2019-03

Scope and Contents of the Records

Workers United, Southern Region Records, 1980-2013, consist of contracts, grievances, negotiation materials, correspondence, constitutions and videotapes. Most of the material comes from the "Bi-County" area that overlaps northern North Carolina and southern Virginia, although other areas covered by the Southern Region of Workers Unite and its predecessors are documented.


  • 1980-2013


Restrictions on Access

Born digital materials may contain restricted content and require review by Special Collections and Archives staff prior to access.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical Note

The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) was a United States labor union known for its support for "social unionism" and progressive political causes. Led by Sidney Hillman for its first thirty years, it helped found the Congress of Industrial Organizations. It merged with the Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) in 1976 to form the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU), which merged with the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in 1995 to create the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE). UNITE merged in 2004 with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) in 2004 to create a new union known as UNITE HERE. After a bitter internal dispute in 2009, the majority of the UNITE side of the union, along with some of the disgruntled HERE locals left UNITE HERE, and formed a new union named Workers United, led by former UNITE president Bruce Raynor. At various times, the Southern Region of Workers United and its predecessors covered Virginia, South and North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida.


6.25 Linear Feet (in 5 boxes)

9.84 Megabytes (from 7 floppy disks)

Language of Materials



The Workers United, Southern Region Records consist of contracts, grievances, negotiation materials, correspondence, constitutions and videotapes, 1980-2013. Workers United grew out of a series of older textile workers unions including ILGWU, UNITE!, UNITE HERE, ACTWU, ACWU, and TWUA.

Technical Requirements

Born digital contnet must be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room. Access to this material requires an appointment and at least 48 hours advanced notice. Consult Special Collections staff for assistance. Files are stored in the Special Collections preservation system and can be made available by request on a reading room computer, subject to any restrictions deemed necessary after department review.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Workers United, SEIU, courtesy of Chris Bauman, March 5, 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Hal Hansen at the file level, March 2019. Digital materials processed by Katherine Fisher and Hal Hansen, September 2019. Floppy disks imaged and physical media discarded for preservation and access purposes.
Workers United, Southern Region:
A Guide to the Records at Georgia State University Library
Hal Hansen
March 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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