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Chattanooga Building Trades Council records

 Collection
Identifier: L1978-07

Scope and Content of the Records

The records, 1901-1968, of the Chattanooga Building Trades Council are composed primarily of correspondence, limited financial records, and work agreements. The bulk of the collection is made up of correspondence between the council and selected constituent locals as well as national level organizations. These national organizations include the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the War Labor Board. The correspondence with local craft unions is comprised of general office correspondence and work agreements and wage scales.

In addition to the correspondence are limited financial documents, which include organizational audits (1952-1965); executive board minutes (1938-1946, 1956-1960); and apprenticeship correspondence and training booklets.

Unions included in the records:
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Truck Drivers and Helpers Local 515
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Taxi Drivers Local 594
  • Hotel and Restaurant Employees' Alliance, Culinary Workers Union Local 574
  • Sign Writers Local 299
  • International Union of Painters and Paper Hangers Local 226
  • United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 43
  • International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 46
  • Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, and Helpers Local 656
  • United Brick and Clay Workers Local 634
  • International Association of Bricklayers
  • Stonemasons, Tile and Terrazzo Workers Local 6
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 74
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 175
  • International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 77
  • Glaziers Local 1189
  • International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers Local 704
  • Hod Carriers and Construction Laborers' Union Local 846
  • Wood, Wire, and Metal Lathers International Local 265
  • International Association of Machinists Local 56
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local 917
  • Operative Plasterers and Cement Finishers Local 157
  • Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 51
  • United Slate, Tile, and Composition Roofers, Damp and Waterproof Workers Association Local 122
  • International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 704

Dates

  • 1901-1968

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

History of Chattanooga Building Trades Council

Originally created to settle jurisdictional disputes between rival craft unions, the Chattanooga Building Trades Council lost much of its authority with the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act and creation of the National Labor Relations Board in 1947. The Chattanooga council followed the national pattern of transitioning into a new role, negotiating with local general contractors over wage scales while serving as the administrative nexus between the national labor relations board and the individual craft unions. Following the 1955 merger of the American Federation of Labor with the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the Chattanooga Building Trades Council became a subsidiary of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department. The Chattanooga unit served to help place unionized workers in the Tennessee Valley Authority's many projects as well as building the Tullahoma Air Force base.

Extent

3.75 Linear Feet (in 9 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The Chattanooga Building Trades Council is a subsidiary of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department. The records, 1901-1968, of the Chattanooga Building Trades Council are composed primarily of correspondence, limited financial records, and work agreements.

Off-Site Storage

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by Charles Dunning, March 1978.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Chattanooga Area Labor Council records, 1925-1972 (L1977-14)
  2. Southeastern Building Trade Conference records, 1967-1987 (L1988-33)
  3. Building and Construction Trades contract collection, 1936-1996 (L-Contracts_BCT)
  4. North Georgia Building and Construction Trades Council records, circas 1950s-2000s (L1984-13)

Processing Information

Processed by Harold Victor Hansen at the file level, August 2009. This collection was processed using minimal standards processing, attempting at all times to make folder titles as descriptive as possible.
Title
Chattanooga Building Trades Council:
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Hal Hansen
Date
August 12, 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • September 2009: EAD created by Harold Victor Hansen, Jr.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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