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Textile Workers of America New Bedford Joint Board Records, 1942-1981
19 boxes (9 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 134

Abstract:
Four local unions located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, that joined in 1939 and became the first affiliates of the New Bedford Joint Board of the Textile Workers Union of America. Includes by-laws, minutes of board of directors and local meetings, correspondence, subject files, photographs, and scrapbooks relating to the administration of the New Bedford Joint Board, documenting its role in addressing grievances filed against individual companies, in facilitating arbitration, and hearing wage stabilization Board cases.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Historical Note

The Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) was created in 1939, formed from a combination of the Textile Workers Organizing Committee (TWOC-CIO) and the United Textile Workers of America (UTWA). At the time, there were four local unions in the town of New Bedford, Massachusetts (Locals 19, 30, 46, and 136), all under the jurisdiction of TWOC-CIO. With the creation of TWUA in 1939, these locals affiliated themselves with the New Bedford Joint Board. At its peak, the New Bedford Joint Board, TWUA represented approximately 14,000 workers. For more information about the Textile Workers Union of America and the New Bedford, see the pamphlets and booklets in box 19.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

By-laws, minutes of board of directors and local meetings, correspondence, subject files, photographs, and scrapbooks relating to the administration of the New Bedford Joint Board, documenting its role in addressing grievances filed against individual companies, in facilitating arbitration, and hearing wage stabilization Board cases. Correspondents include J. William Belanger (first president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO), Victor Canzano (a member of the Executive Council of TWUA), John Chupka (general secretary-treasurer of TWUA), Arthur Harriman (mayor of New Bedford), and William Pollock (an executive vice president and later general president of TWUA). The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, dated from 1960 to 1971, that pertain to the New Bedford Joint Board and labor issues concerning the state of Massachusetts and the nation as a whole.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Textile Workers Union of America New Bedford Joint Board Records (MS 134). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from Bronwen Zwirner, ACTWU, Education Director, New England Joint Board.

Processing Information

Processed by Ken Fones-Wolf, February 1988.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1. Administration
1947-1970


By-laws
1954, 1961

Box 1:1-2
New Bedford Joint Board History
1964

Box 1:3
Board of Directors, Minutes
1947-1967

Box 1:4-13
Berkshire-Hathaway Coordinating Committee, Minutes
1961-1962

Box 2:14
Local 30, Minutes
1959-1960

Box 2:15
Local 590, Minutes
1954-1960

Box 2:16-17
Local 616, Minutes
1959-1960

Box 2:18
Local 1123, Minutes
1959-1960

Box 2:19
Local 1124, Minutes
1959-1960

Box 2:20
Local 1129, Minutes
1954-1960

Box 2:21-22
Local 1192, Minutes
1960

Box 2:23
Local 1393, Minutes
1959

Box 2:24
Local Petitions
1958-1960

Box 2:25
Correspondence - General
1965-1968

Box 3:26-29
AFL-CIO
1949-1957

Box 3:30
Belanger, J. Wm.
1959-1964

Box 3:31-32
Canzano, Victor
1959-1966

Box 3:33-37
Chupka, John
1960-1967

Box 4:38-44
Mayor, Harriman, Arthur
1951

Box 4:45
Legislative Comm.
1955-1965

Box 4:46
Pollock, William
1959-1970

Box 4:47-49
Series 2. Subject Files
1944-1981


CIO Veterans Committee
1944-1946

Box 5:50
Dyers and Printers Pension Fund
1950-1951

Box 5:51
Labor Day Celebrations
1952-1957

Box 5:52
Leadership Training Institute
1962

Box 5:53
Massachusetts (State) Advisory Committee on the Textile Industry
1950-1962

Box 5:54
Massachusetts AFL-CIO Conventions
1966-1977

Box 5:55-57
Massachusetts Division of Employment Security
1946-1956

Box 5:58
Massachusetts Workmen's Compensation Laws
1946-1952

Box 5:59
New Bedford & Cape Cod Labor Council
1956-1968

Box 5:60-61
New Bedford Fair Employment Practices Council
1949-1950

Box 5:62
New Bedford Joint Board, Officer Installations
1949-1959

Box 6:63
New Bedford Textile Institute
1951-1958

Box 6:64
Steward's Manual
n.d.

Box 6:65
Teamsters
1962

Box 6:66
TWUA Conventions
1958-1981

Box 6:67
TWUA Cotton and Rayon Conference
1947

Box 6:68
TWUA Institutes
1951-1964

Box 6:69
TWUA Tenth Anniversary
1949

Box 6:70
TWUA Woolen and Worsteds Conference
1947

Box 6:71
Unemployment
1944-1947

Box 6:72
United States Department of Labor
1951-1956

Box 6:73
United Textile Workers
1957

Box 6:74
Vacation Pay
1950

Box 6:75
War Manpower Commission Case
1945

Box 6:76
Series 3. Arbitration and Grievance
1942-1977


Subseries A. Arbitration



General Information
1948-1976

Box 7:77
American Arbitration Association
1955-1977

Box 7:78
American Woolen Company
1949-1954

Box 7:79
Alanjo, Inc.
1947

Box 7:80
Allen Beam Co.
1945-1951

Box 7:81-82
Fawcett Mills
1962

Box 7:83
Firestone Textiles
1945-1949

Box 7:84-88
Fisk Card Mills
1951

Box 7:89-90
Gosnold Mills Corp.
1946-1954

Box 7:91-93
Kilburn Mill
1949-1950

Box 8:94-96
Nashwena Mills
1944-1949

Box 8:97-100
Naushon Mills
1944-1948

Box 8:101-102
New Bedford Cordage
1942-1953

Box 8:103-107
New Bedford Cotton Manufacturer's Association
1944-1945

Box 8:108-110
New Bedford Cotton Textile Mills
1946

Box 8:111
New Bedford - Fall River Manufacturer's Association
1946-1949

Box 8:112-113
Nonquitt Mills
1943-1946

Box 8:114-116
Nonquitt Mills
1949-1950

Box 9:117-118
Normandy Print Works
1949

Box 9:119
Pierce Brothers
1947-1950

Box 9:120-124
Rayon Company
1942-1962

Box 9:125-134
Rayon Company
1962-1968

Box 10:135-143
Seaplant Chemical Corp.
1952-1957

Box 10:144-147
Soule Mills
1943-1947

Box 10:148-156
Soule Mills
1948-1949

Box 11:157-160
United States Rubber Co.
1944-1953

Box 11:161-168
Wamsutta Mills
1948-1950

Box 11:169-171
Wamsutta Mills
1956-1959

Box 12:172-175
Subseries B. Grievances



General File - Grievance Ledger
1943-1953

Box 13:176
Alanjo, Inc.
1948

Box 13:177
Allen Beam
1955-1957

Box 13:178-179
Cameo Curtains
1972-1974

Box 13:180
Gosnold Mills Corp.
1950-1954

Box 13:181-189
Hathaway Manufacturing Co.
1949

Box 13:190-191
Kilburn Mill
1943-1950

Box 13:192
Krim-Ko
1952-1959

Box 13:193
Lambeth Corp.
1946-1977

Box 13:194
Nashwena Mills
1945-1952

Box 14:195-201
Naushon Mills
1943-1948

Box 14:202
New Bedford Cordage
1947-1959

Box 14:203
New Bedford Knitting Co.
1955

Box 14:204
New Bedford Rayon Co.
1943-1970

Box 14:205
Nonquitt Mills
1944

Box 14:206
Normandy Print Works
1951-1952

Box 14:207
Quisset Screen Print
1943-1950

Box 14:208-209
Rubin, J. &- Sons
1964-1965

Box 14:210
Salco Products Corp.
1961

Box 14:211
Soule Mill
1943-1954

Box 14:212
Soule Mill
1949-1953

Box 15:213-223
United States Rubber Co.
1944-1953

Box 15:224-225
Wamsutta Mills
1943-1957

Box 15:226-230
Retirement Notices - Soule Mill
1955-1957

Box 16:231
Retirement Notices - Berkshire-Hathaway
1959-1963

Box 16:232
Vacation Pay Disputes
1944-1947

Box 16:233
Subseries C. Massachusetts Wage Stabilization Board Cases



WSB Manual
1951

Box 17:234
General Information
1951-1953

Box 17:235-239
Allen Beam Co.
1951

Box 17:240
Gosnold Mill
1951

Box 17:241
Kilburn Mill
1951

Box 17:242
Krim-Ko Corp.
1951

Box 17:243
Lillie, Dexter P.
1951

Box 17:244
Nashwena
1951

Box 17:245
New Bedford Cordage
1951

Box 17:246
New Bedford Joint Board
1951

Box 17:247
New Bedford Knitting Co.
1951

Box 17:248
New Bedford Rayon Co.
1951

Box 17:249
New Bedford Shuttle Co.
1951

Box 17:250
New England Stencil Co.
1951

Box 17:251
Normandy Print Works
1951-1952

Box 17:252
Quisset Print Works
1952

Box 17:253
Sedman Weaving Corp.
1951

Box 17:254
Soule Mill
1951

Box 17:255
United State Rubber Co.
1951

Box 17:256
Universal Converting Corp.
1951

Box 17:257
Wamsutta Mill
1951

Box 17:258
Series 4. Miscellaneous
1944-1971


NLRB Non-Communist Affidavits
1955-1956

Box 18:259-265
New Bedford Silver Anniversary Booklet
1964

Box 19:266
"Building a Textile Union"
1948

Box 19:267
"They Said It Couldn't Be Done"
1964

Box 19:268
"Field Day, Lincoln Park, 1944" Souvenir
1944

Box 19:269
Scrapbook
1960-1961

Box 19:270
Scrapbook
1966-1968

Box 19:271
Scrapbook
1970-1971

Box 19:272

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Subjects
  • Congress of Industrial Organizations.
  • Labor unions--Massachusetts--New Bedford.
  • New Bedford (Mass.)--Economic conditions--20th century.
  • Textile industry--Massachusetts.

Contributors
  • Belanger, J. William.
  • Canzano, Victor.
  • Chupka, John.
  • Harriman, Arthur.
  • Pollock, William.
  • Textile Workers Union of America. New Bedford Joint Board.


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