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Rockford United Labor AFL-CIO Records, 1940-1978

Collection Overview

Title: Rockford United Labor AFL-CIO Records, 1940-1978

ID: RHC/RC/145

Extent: 4.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The Rockford United Labor AFL-CIO records are arranged in four series: administrative records, committee records, subject files, and publications and printed materials.

Date Acquired: 03/11/1982

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Rockford United Labor AFL-CIO records are arranged in four series: administrative records, committee records, subject files, and publications and printed materials.  The collection traces the history of the organization from its founding in 1957.  Records dating from 1977 to the present remain with the organization, but will be transferred to the Center when they become inactive.

The first series contains by-laws, minutes, correspondence, membership information, and financial records.  Although minutes from the first two meetings (July-August 1957) are missing, there are no other gaps.  The minutes contain committee reports, financial reports, and membership and election records.  Additional financial information is available in the auditor’s reports (1963-1969), the treasurer’s cash book (1957-1958), and the dues book (1957-1958).   Materials from Central Labor Union Conferences complete the series with information on topics such as labor and politics, inflation, and union strikes.

Series two contains records of five committees: community services, credentials, education and farm labor, union label, and the Committee on Political Education (COPE).  The COPE records comprise the largest subseries consisting of correspondence, legislation reports, voter registration information, and pamphlets and newsletters.  The third series of subject files covers topics ranging from energy to labor laws to workmen’s compensation and occupational safety.  Series four comprises additional pamphlets, handbooks and manuals, news releases and photographs.  Also included in this series are incomplete runs of several Rockford labor newspapers, such as the Rockford Labor News, Rockford Trade Unions, and the Advocator, some national union publications are also in this series.  Photocopies have been made of these documents and are available for reproduction. The original newspapers are restricted and not open to the public.

This collection primarily documents legislation affecting labor unions and the organization’s contributions to the community of Rockford.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: There are some restrictions on access to the collection due to preservation purposes. Photocopies of these documents have been made and are open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Rockford United Labor AFL-CIO; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Amedeo Giorgi

Acquisition Method: Amedeo Giorgi, President of the Rockford United Labor AFL-CIO, deposited the organization’s records in the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on March 11, 1982.

Related Materials: Researchers may wish to consult the Rockford Building and Construction Trades Council Records (RC 138) for more information on labor in Winnebago County.  Other related holdings can be found in the Center’s Guide.


Box and Folder Listing

Series I.: Administrative Records
Box 1
Folder 1: By-Laws, 1957-1961
Folder 2: Resolutions, Proclamations, and Certificates, 1963-1976
Folder 3-9: Minutes, 1957-1977
Folder 10: Annual Reports, 1961-1963
Folder 11-13: Correspondence, 1957-1977
Folder 14: Newsletter, IMPACT, 1974-1975
Folder 15: Auditor's Reports, 1963-1969
Folder 16: Treasurer's Cash Book, July 1957-June 1958
Folder 17: Dues Record, July 1957-June 1958
Folder 18: Membership Rosters and Directories
Folder 19: Election of Officers, 1960-1964
Folder 20: Local Union Delegates, 1957-1960
Folder 21: Annual Central Labor Union Conferences, 1969-1976
Series II.: Committee Records
Box 1
Folder 22: Membership Information, 1960-1977
Folder 23: Reports, 1957-1959
Folder 24-25: Community Services (United Way), 1957-1977, 1979, 1986
Folder 26: Credentials, 1961-1964
Folder 27: Education and Farm Labor, 1957-1961
Folder 28: Union Label, 1959-1968
Sub-Series A.: Committee on Political Education
Box 1
Folder 29: Organization Information
Folder 30: Correspondence, 1957-1974
Box 2
Folder 1: Legislation Reports, 1957-1973
Folder 2: Campaign Disclosure Information, 1974
Folder 3: Leadership and Manpower Program, Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA), 1977
Folder 4: Voter Registration, 1967-1972
Folder 5: Rockford Community Schools Caucus Candidate Questionnaires, 1970
Folder 6-8: COPE Newsletter, 1967-1978
Folder 9: Collective Bargaining Report, 1959-1960
Folder 10: Legislative Fact Sheets, 1965-1973
Folder 11: Federation News, 1961-1964
Folder 12: First Monday, 1972-1973
Folder 13: Legal-Legislative Reporter News Bulletin, 1975-1976
Folder 14: Work to Win, 1972
Folder 15: International Association of Machinests (I.A.M.) and United Auto Workers (U.A.W.) Legislative Goals, 1976
Folder 16: Political Pamphlets, no date
Series III.: Subject Files
Box 2
Folder 17: Economic Stabilization Program, 1972
Folder 18: The Energy Emergency, 1974
Folder 19: Foreign Delegations-India, 1964
Folder 20: Illinois Dept. of Personnel, Bulletins, 1970-1976
Folder 21: Illinois State Employment Service-Youths, 1960's
Folder 22: On the Job, Illinois Labor History Society, 1977
Folder 23: Labor Laws, 1959-1964
Folder 24: Labor Law Reform, 1977
Folder 25: Right to Work Labor Laws, 1965-1971
Folder 26: Social Security Guide, no date
Folder 27: Structure of a Strike, National Boycott Team, 1969
Folder 28: Workmen's Compensation and Occupational Safety, 1970-1975
Series IV.: Publications and Printed Materials
Box 2
Folder 29: The Worker, Newsletter of the Labor Party League, 1975
Folder 30: Illinois State American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Unions (AFL-CIO) Weekly Newsletter, 1973-1974
Folder 31: Union of the Big Shoulder, 1972
Box 3
Folder 1: American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Unions (AFL-CIO) Pamphlets, 1972-1974
Folder 2: News Releases, 1975-1977
Folder 3: Union Handbooks and Manuals, 1948-1964
Folder 4: Agreement Forms, 1952-1973
Folder 5: Photographs (19), no date
Folder 6: Apportionment Maps and Descriptions for Illinois, 1971
Box 4
Folder 1-6: Rockford Labor News, Volume 45, 50, 52, 55-58, 65, 72-73, (1957, 1959, 1962-1964, 1966, 1969-1972, 1986-1987)
Folder 7: Rockford Trade Unions, Volume 1 Number  5, (1949)
Folder 8: FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt), Volume 1 Number  5, (1947)
Folder 9-10: Rockford UAW-CIO (United Auto Worker- Congress of Industrial Organizations) Advocator, Volume 3 - 10, (1948-1955)
Box 5
Folder 1-2: Rockford UAW-CIO (United Auto Worker- Congress of Industrial Organizations) Advocator, Volume 10 - 12, (1956-1958)
Folder 3
Item 1: UAW-CIO (United Auto Worker- Congress of Industrial Organizations) Locals 378, 387, 449, 528, 1941-1943
Item 2: Teamster News Local 325, Volume 2 Number  1, (1979)
Folder 4: UAW-CIO (United Auto Worker- Congress of Industrial Organizations) Publications, 1942, 1948, 1950, 1958
Folder 5-6
Item 1: CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations) News,  Volume 3 Number  48, (1940)
Item 2: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor- Congress of Industrial Organizations) News, Volume 15, 16, (1970, 1971)
Folder 7-9: United Automobile Worker, Volume 6, 16-19, (1942, 1952-1956)
Folder 10-11: Illinois Labor, Volume 3, 4, (1950, 1951)
Folder 12: Cry for Justice, 1972
Folder 13: Tom Mooney Molders' Defense Committee, Lecture Flyer,, no date
Folder 14: Rockford's Union Label Buyer's Guide, no date
Grouping 1: Restricted access, research copies are available in Boxes 4-5
Box 6
Item 1: Rockford Labor News, Volume 45, 50, 52, 55-58, 65, 72-73, (1957, 1959, 1962-1964, 1966, 1969-1972, 1986-1987)
Item 2: Rockford Trade Unions, Volume 1 Number  5, (1949)
Item 3: FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt), Volume 1 Number  5, (1947)
Item 4: Rockford UAW-CIO (United Auto Worker- Congress of Industrial Organizations) Advocator, Volume 3 - 12, (1948-1955)
Item 5: UAW-CIO (United Auto Worker- Congress of Industrial Organizations) Locals 378, 387, 449, 528, 1941-1943
Item 6: Teamster News Local 325, Volume 2 Number  1, (1979)
Item 7: UAW-CIO (United Auto Worker- Congress of Industrial Organizations) Publications, 1942, 1948, 1950, 1958
Item 8: CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations) News,  Volume 3 Number  48, (1940)
Item 9: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor- Congress of Industrial Organizations) News, Volume 15, 16, (1970, 1971)
Item 10: United Automobile Worker, Volume 6, 16-19, (1942, 1952-1956)
Item 11: Illinois Labor, Volume 3, 4, (1950, 1951)
Item 12: Cry for Justice, 1972