International Woodworkers of America, Local 5-51 (Louisville, Ky.) records
Scope and Content of the Records
The records of the International Woodworkers of America, Local 5-51, 1951-1968, consist of minutes of membership, Executive Board and Grievance committee meetings. Topics discusses include contract negotiations, arbitration, competition from the AFL and the 1953 organizing drive at the General Electric plant in Louisville, Kentucky, by several electrical worker unions.
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research use.
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History of the International Woodworkers of America, Local 5-51
International Woodworkers of America (IWA) was an industrial union of lumbermen, sawmill workers, timber transportation workers and others formed in 1937. The IWA was formed when members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America voted to disaffiliate their local unions from the Carpenters and form their own union and subsequently was affiliated with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). Its membership reached as high as 115,000 in the early 1970s, but in the 1980s, raids, mergers and anti-union actions by employers decimated the IWA's membership.
The IWA leadership felt the union was no longer viable on its own and on May 1, 1994, the IWA merged with the International Association of Machinists (IAM). Today, the IWA is the Woodworking Department of the IAM.
0.7 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)
Language of Materials
The records of the International Woodworkers of America, Local 5-51, 1951-1968, consists of minutes of membership, Executive Board and Grievance committee meetings along with information on contract negotiations, arbitration and the 1953 organizing drive at the General Electric plant in Louisville.
The records are arranged in chronological order.
Collection donated by the International Woodworkers of America, Southern Regional Office, 1973.
Processed by Robert Dinwiddie, 1974.
This collection guide was created from a legacy finding aid. The inventory's contents and storage locations of separated materials (if applicable) were not verified at that time.
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