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Collection Overview

Title: Will-Grundy Building Trades Council Records, 1934-1979

ID: RHC/RC/152

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The Will-Grundy Building Trades Council records (1934-1979) are divided into three series: administrative records; pamphlets, brochures, publications, and manuals; and financial records.   The subject files are alphabetically arranged.

Date Acquired: 06/02/1982

Subjects: Building Trades, Construction workers-- Labor unions, Grundy County (Ill.), Joliet (Ill), Labor, Labor unions, United States--Politics and government, Will-Grundy Building Trades Council, Will County (Ill)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Will-Grundy Building Trades Council records (1934-1979) are divided into three series: administrative records; pamphlets, brochures, publications, and manuals; and financial records.  The administrative records comprise meeting minutes (1940-1977), annual directories, and pre-job information as well as a subseries composed of subject files.  The subject files are alphabetically arranged and primarily consist of records on or about local labor unions and politics.  None of the files are complete; there are gaps in the listed series and all records prior to 1934 are missing.  Records in the final series document union procedures, Joliet revised codes, legislation, and Building and Construction Trades constitutions and conventions.

The collection is useful for documenting the labor climate in Will and Grundy Counties.  Researchers studying labor in all of northern Illinois may wish to check the other labor records held by the Center.

Collection Historical Note

The Will County Building and Construction Trades Council organized in 1914 to unite the various trades and labor unions of Will County.  Sometime around 1950 the council combined with Grundy County to form the Will-Grundy Building Trades Council.  Affiliated with the American Federation of Labor, the council strived to assist in the formation of new unions when no local had jurisdiction, to use the utmost endeavors to impress upon all fields of labor the necessity of an organization that will protect their rights and interest as wage earners, and to advance the sale of products bearing the union label.  The council started publishing the Labor Record to inform the public of their endeavors, to maintain and improve the standard of living and to direct its strength for the benefit of any local belonging to the Council.

The objectives of the organization, as stated in the constitution, were as follows:   to assist each other in receiving fair remuneration for labor and forcing recognition of our rights as free citizens to join and participate in any   organization not in violation of the laws of the land.  To secure safe and   sanitary conditions in places of employment.  To discuss, investigate and   act upon all political questions affecting the interests of organized labor   and to inform all affiliated Unions of the action taken thereon.

Subject/Index Terms

Building Trades
Construction workers-- Labor unions
Grundy County (Ill.)
Joliet (Ill)
Labor unions
United States--Politics and government
Will-Grundy Building Trades Council
Will County (Ill)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Frederic Schwartz

Acquisition Method: Frederic Schwartz, President, donated the Will-Grundy Building Trades Council records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on June 2, 1982.

Related Materials: Researchers studying labor in all of northern Illinois may wish to check the other labor records held by the Center.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Administrative Records],
[Series II.: Pamphlets, Brochures, Publications, and Manuals],
[Series III.: Financial Records],

Series I.: Administrative Records
Box 1
Folder 1: Constitution and By-Laws, 1943
Folder 2-8: Meeting Minutes, 1940-1977
Folder 9: Annual Directories (5), 1938-1953
Folder 10: Credentials, 1972-1979
Folder 11-12: Agreements, 1937-1978
Folder 13: Sub-Contractor Lists and Pre-Job Information, 1978-1979
Folder 14: Pre-Job Conference Requests, 1955-1972
Folder 15-17: Pre-Job Conference Notices, 1971-1978
Folder 18-21: Pre-Job Conference Records, 1967-1976
Folder 22-25: Membership Cards, 1955-1967
Sub-Series A.: Subject Correspondence Files
Box 1
Folder 26: American Federation of Labor, 1943-1944
Folder 27: Arnold and Kadjan, Attorneys, 1973, 1975
Folder 28: Boilermakers, 1948-1976
Folder 29: Bricklayers, 1939-1975
Folder 30: Brown-Olds Plumbing Company Case, 1958
Folder 31: Budget Committee, no date
Folder 32: Building & Construction Trades Council (B&CTC) Correspondence, 1972-1979
Folder 33: Building & Construction Trades (B&CT), Washington D.C., 1939-1979
Folder 34: Correspondence to Other B. & C. T. C., 1940-1975
Folder 35: Building Trades Directory, 1972, 1974
Folder 36: Building Trades Photos (2), no date
Folder 37: Business Agents' Meeting, January 1976
Folder 38: Comprehensive Employment Training Act (C.E.T.A.), 1979
Folder 39: Carpenters, 1939-1975
Folder 40: Cement Masons, 1941-1977
Folder 41: Chemical Workers, no date
Folder 42: Congratulatory Messages, 1970-1972
Folder 43: Congressmen, Letters to, 1971
Folder 44: Corps of Engineers, 1965
Folder 45-49: Correspondence-Incoming, 1963-1977
Folder 50: Correspondence-Outgoing, 1970-1976
Folder 51: D. & M. Motors, 1971
Folder 52: Department of Labor, Illinois, 1934-1962
Folder 53: Department of Labor, Washington D.C., 1943-1946
Folder 54: Department of Public Safety, 1942, 1943
Folder 55: Department of Public Works, 1957
Folder 56: Dodge Reports, 1963-1978
Folder 57: Donation Requests, 1970-1973
Folder 58: Electricians, 1970-1974
Folder 59: Elevator Constructors, 1971, 1973
Folder 60: Expenses, Building Trades Officers, 1974-1976
Folder 61: Fair Labor Standards Act, 1943, 1946
Folder 62: Firemen's Association of Chicago, 1947
Folder 63: General Services Administration, 1971
Folder 64: R.A. Georgine Correspondence, 1972-1977
Folder 65: Glazier's, 1947-1975
Box 2
Folder 1: Heritage Bank, 1972, 1973
Folder 2: House Bills, 1939
Folder 3: Housing Authority, 1948
Folder 4: Illinois Contracts Compliance Commission, 1972
Folder 5: Illinois House of Representatives, 1939, 1971
Folder 6: Illinois Production Urgency Committee, 1944-1945
Folder 7: Illinois State Conference of Building & Construction Trades (B. & C.T.), 1944-1974
Folder 8: Illinois State Federation of Labor, 1939-1973
Folder 9: International Building Trades, 1951
Folder 10: Ironworkers #444, 1949-1976
Folder 11: Jansco, Incorporated, 1968-1975
Folder 12-13: Jurisdictional Disputes, 1939-1964
Folder 14: Kofoid Construction Company, 1976
Folder 15: LM-3 Tax Forms, 1968-1975
Folder 16: Laborers, 1942-1974
Folder 17: Lathers, 1944, 1974
Folder 18: Legislative Report, Building Trades Department, American Federation of Labor- Congress of Industrial Unions (AFL-CIO), 1966, 1974
Folder 19: Machinists, 1974
Folder 20: Maintenance of Way Employees, 1943-1944
Folder 21: Meat Cutters, 1945, no date
Folder 22: Midwestern States Conference, 1951
Folder 23: Molders' Union, 1943
Folder 24: National Jobs Conference, 1975
Folder 25: National Labor Relations Board, 1949, 1979
Folder 26: Occupational Safety and Health, 1970-1976
Folder 27: Officials of Joliet, Illinois, 1939-1972
Folder 28: Operating Engineers, 1947-1976
Folder 29: Painters, no date
Folder 30: Per Capita Tax, 1975, 1976
Folder 31: Pipefitters #597, 1943-1948, 1979
Folder 32: Plasterers, 1970-1975
Folder 33: Plumbers #130, 1958-1973
Folder 34: Plumbing and Steamfitters #422, 1944-1970
Folder 35: Premium Pay-Building Trades Wage Adjustment Board Decision, 1944
Folder 36: Prevailing Wage Committee, 1967-1976
Folder 37: Prevailing Wage Rates, 1960-1979
Folder 38: Prisons, 1935-1947
Folder 39: Public Laws, 1965-1966
Folder 40: Resignations, 1956-1972
Folder 41: Roofers, 1957-1977
Folder 42: Sheet Metal, 1942
Folder 43: Sprague Relyea & Hicks Company, 1941-1970
Folder 44: Steelworkers and United Mine Workers Merger Objections, 1971
Folder 45: Teamsters, 1942-1948
Folder 46: Technical Engineers, Architects, and Draftsmen's Unions, 1944
Folder 47: Terrazzo Workers, 1966-1976
Folder 48: Unemployment Compensation, 1957-1973
Folder 49: Unfair Contractors, 1973
Folder 50: United States Department of Labor, 1942-1968
Folder 51: United States Environmental Protection Agency, no date
Folder 52: United States Government Printing Office, 1967-1973
Folder 53: Veteran's Day, 1978
Folder 54: Wage and Fringe Benefit Dispersal, 1974
Folder 55: War Production Board, 1942-1945
Folder 56: Will County Area Council of Defense, 1944
Folder 57: Will County Building Code, 1965-1971
Folder 58: Will County Contractors Association, 1943, 1970
Folder 59: Will County Highway Department, 1943
Folder 60: Will County Industrial Union Council, 1950

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Administrative Records],
[Series II.: Pamphlets, Brochures, Publications, and Manuals],
[Series III.: Financial Records],

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