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Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.) records

 Collection
Identifier: L1972-36

Scope and Content of the Records

The collection consists of records of Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.) of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America from 1918-1968. The collection primarily includes minutes (1938-1968) and financial ledgers (1949-1954). The minutes discuss the business activities of the local including election of officers and intra-union disputes. Of particular interest is information on the Meat Cutters’ strikes of 1939 over agreements and in 1945 over a new contract giving workers a New Year’s Day holiday. The collection also includes reports (1952-1954), membership data (1952-1953), contract proposals (1952), photographs (1921-1964), and certificates and charters (1918, 1934, and 1966).

These records describe the business activities of Local 442 including the Meat Cutter's strikes of 1939 over agreements and of 1945 for a new contract to give union members a holiday on New Year's Day. A meat shortage of the mid-1940s resulted in a drop on the number of new members, loss and unemployment of old members, and dwindling money reserves. Election of officers and intra-union disputes are also included in the minutes.

Dates

  • 1918-1968; 1987

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

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

History of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.)

The Amalgamated Meat Cutters (AMCBW), officially the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, was a labor union that represented retail butchers and packinghouse workers.

It was chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in 1897 to consolidate seven local unions in Chicago. The union was strongly committed to craft unionism. The union had 56 departments, each of which represented a different worker in the meatpacking industry. Workers in a given craft in a city had their own council, executive board, business agent and contract. The union was so divided internally that some members would continue working while others in the same city were on strike.

Over time, the Amalgamated absorbed several other unions, including the International Fur and Leather Workers Union in 1955, the National Agriculture Workers Union in 1960, and the United Packinghouse Workers of America in 1968. In 1979, the AMCBW merged with the Retail Clerks International Union to form the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

Source: Wikipedia, January 9, 2009.

Extent

1.88 Linear Feet (in 5 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The collection consists of records of Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.) of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America from 1918-1968. These records describe the business activities of Local 442 including the Meat Cutter's strikes of 1939 over agreements and of 1945 for a new contract to give union members a holiday on New Year's Day. A meat shortage of the mid-1940s resulted in a drop on the number of new members, loss and unemployment of old members, and dwindling money reserves. Election of officers and intra-union disputes are also included in the minutes.

Off-Site Storage

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

Acquisition Information

Records were donated by the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America. Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.) in 1972.

Online Availability

Some of the photographs in this collection may have been digitized and could be available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections. For photographs see the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection finding aid. For contracts, see the Meat workers contracts collection finding aid.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photograph Collection

  1. Photographs, Items 1-4
  2. Photographs (items 5-12), 1947-1964 (oversize)

Separated to Contracts and Agreements Collection

  1. Agreements dated 1951-1962

Processing Information

Processed by E. L. Eltzroth at the file level, July 10, 1972. 2 separate finding aids combined.
Title
Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 442 (Atlanta, Ga.):
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
July 10, 1972
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • July 2008: Electronic finding aid created by Traci JoLeigh Drummond.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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