Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union vs. Cannon Mills scrapbooks
Scope and Contents of the Scrapbooks
The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) vs. Cannon Mills Scrapbooks contains three scrapbooks, newspapers and clippings, and printed material, 1976-1991. The scrapbooks cover textile industry issues such brown lung, ACTWU's involvement in other mills, and Kannapolis' problems with illiteracy and crumbling infrastructure. The bulk of materials in the ACTWU vs. Cannon Mills Scrapbooks fall between 1976-1981.
Scrapbook 1 contains newspaper articles and printed materials, 1980-1981, regarding Kannapolis' educational and economic conditions, the possible sale of Cannon Mills out of the Cannon family, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). Scrapbook 2 contains newspaper articles and union and management materials, 1980-1991, regarding anti-union sentiment, Kannapolis' politics and police department, and occupational changes due to brown lung. Scrapbook 3 contains newspaper articles, flyers, and company memoranda, 1976-1980, regarding Cannon Mill's policies; Cannonball Express, a periodical created by pro-union Cannon Mill employees; and dust control.
- Creation: 1976-1991
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1980 - 1981
- Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Organization)
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Collection is open for research use.
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Historical Note about Cannon Mills
Kannapolis, North Carolina, near Charlotte, was the home of Cannon Mills, a major textile company. Kannapolis had been created as a company town in 1906, and was the site of a number of unsuccessful organizing efforts over the years. Cannon Mills was sold in 1982, and a major organizing effort (1984-85) by the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) followed. On October 10, 1985, ACTWU lost the unionization vote. In December, the mills were sold again, to Fieldcrest Mills. ACTWU narrowly missed organizing the mill's workers with another vote in 1991. The company was sold again in 1997, and ACTWU's successor, the Union of Needletrades Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), won a vote to organize the plant in 1999. In 2003, the parent corporation declared bankruptcy and the plant closed.
3.22 Linear Feet (in 4 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) vs. Cannon Mills Scrapbooks contains three scrapbooks of printed material, 1976-1991, when the union attempted to organize Cannon Mills (Kannapolis, N.C.). The scrapbooks cover textile industry issues such brown lung, the ACTWU's involvement in other mills, and Kannapolis' problems with illiteracy and crumbling infrastructure. The bulk of materials in the ACTWU vs. Cannon Mills Scrapbooks fall between 1976 and 1981.
Donated by Paul McLennan, August 14, 1995.
Processed by Rebekah Blankenship at the file level, 2012.
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