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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
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.


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[Series I.: Administrative Records],
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Series III.: Financial Records
Box 2
Folder 73: Financial Statements, 1968-1975
Folder 74: Record of Receipts and Disbursements, 1929-1955
Folder 75: Cash Book, 1957-1965
Box 3
Item 1: Cash Books, 1965-1973

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[Series II.: Pamphlets, Brochures, Publications, and Manuals],
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