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United Furniture Workers of America contracts and agreements collection

 Collection
Identifier: L-contracts_UFWA

Scope and Content of the Collection

The Contracts and Agreements Collection of the United Furniture Workers of America (1905-1975) includes agreements and contracts between UFWA locals and companies located throughout the United States.

Dates

  • 1905-1975

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

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

History of United Furniture Workers of America

Prior to 1937, most organized workers in the furniture industry were members of either the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners Union or the Upholsterers' International Union (UIU), both of which were affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. Disagreements over political ideology and organizing tactics, fueled by the new emphasis by the fledgling Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) on the organization of all workers in a plant into a single industrial, rather than craft, union, led a group of UIU dissidents to leave the union and affiliate with the CIO as the United Furniture Workers.

The two unions competed for membership among the same group of workers during the 1940s and 1950s. Shortly after the AFL and CIO merged in December of 1955, however, the two unions formed a "confederation for common union action." In this ad hoc organization, each of the unions retained its autonomy but established a joint board to coordinate organizing drives, direct political activities, conduct research, and police the use of the union label. It was seen by some as a first step toward a possible full-fledged merger of the UFWA and the UIU.

The hoped-for merger, however, never materialized. In 1985, rather, the UIU merged its 35,000 members into the vastly larger United Steel Workers of America, and in 1986 the UFWA acted similarly when it merged its 20,000 members into the much larger International Union of Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers (IUE), which subsequently changed its name to the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine & Furniture Workers.

Extent

7.92 Linear Feet (in 19 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The Contracts and Agreements Collection of the United Furniture Workers of America (1905-1975) includes agreements and contracts between UFWA locals and companies located throughout the United States.

Arrangement

The Collection is arranged in order by Local union number, then chronologically within each Local union.

Physical Location

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

Acquisition Information

The Contracts and Agreements in this collection were accumulated over time.

Related Archival Materials note

Related materials in this repository:
  • United Furniture Workers of America Records, 1939-1977. L1979-09.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert Bexley, November 2008.
Title
United Furniture Workers of America:
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Contracts and Agreements Collection at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
December 11, 2008
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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