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Collection Overview

Title: DeKalb County Building and Construction Trades Council Records, 1949-2001

ID: RHC/RC/314

Extent: 2.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The materials are organized into five series: (I) Administrative Records, (II) Correspondence, (III) Subject Files, (IV) Financial Records, and (V) Ephemera. The materials are arranged by record type, and then chronologically.

Date Acquired: 05/25/2011

Subjects: Building Trades, Courthouses Illinois- DeKalb County, Davis-Bacon Act, DeKalb (Ill.), Politics and government, DeKalb County (Ill), Democratic Party, Elections--United States, Labor, Labor unions, Legislators, Northern Illinois University, Ogle County (Ill)

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of the records of the DeKalb County Building and Construction Trades Council from 1950 to 2001. The records include administrative files, minutes, correspondence, printed materials, legal documentation, and audio-visual materials. The records reflect the organization’s activities as a labor union. The correspondence includes letters from individuals, labor organizations, private companies, and public organisms. The minutes have many gaps, especially before 1980.

Collection Historical Note

Although individual building trade local unions in DeKalb County trace their history to the late nineteenth century, it was not until 1938 these locals united into the DeKalb County Building and Construction Trades Council. The various unions in the construction industry came together to address needs within DeKalb County and vicinity. Through the years the Council's members have represented such labor groups as: Boilermakers, Bricklayers, Carpenters, Cement Masons, Ceramic Tile & Terrazzo workers, Electricians, Heat and Frost Insulators, Asbestos Workers, Iron Workers, Millwrights, Operators, Painters, Plasters, Plumbers & Pipefitters, Roofers, Sheet Metal Workers, and Teamsters.  

The Council's basic tasks were to promote cooperation between local unions, to present a united front to management, and to expand the role of organized labor in the DeKalb construction industry. To accomplish these goals the Council oversaw and coordinated the enforcement of building trades union contracts, promoted organized labor through special events, maintained an "unfair" list of non-union contractors, and issued cards and buttons to members of affiliated local unions.    

The Council continues to perform several functions including overseeing picket lines, settling jurisdiction disputes between unions, lobbying for labor legislation, contractor/customer satisfaction; budget concerns; safety and training; and labor-management relations. It is affiliated with the AFL-CIO's Building & Construction Trades Department in Washington, D.C.

Subject/Index Terms

Building Trades
Courthouses Illinois- DeKalb County
Davis-Bacon Act
DeKalb (Ill.), Politics and government
DeKalb County (Ill)
Democratic Party
Elections--United States
Labor unions
Northern Illinois University
Ogle 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: Dana Yarak

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Administrative Records],
[Series II.: Correspondence],
[Series III.: Subject Files],
[Series IV.: Financial Records],
[Series V.: Ephemera],

Series I.: Administrative Records
Box 1
Folder 1: Affiliates - Delegates to the DeKalb County Building Trades documentation, 1963-1991, no date
Folder 2-3: Affiliates - Per Capita Contributions and Documentation, 1976-1996, no date
Folder 4: Bylaws, 1981-1991, no date
Folder 5: Directories, 1984-1993, no date
Folder 6-9: Minutes, 1950-2001
Folder 10-11: Minutes notepads, 1985-1993
Box 2
Folder 1-2: Minutes notepads, 1996, no date
Series II.: Correspondence
Box 2
Folder 3: Correspondence - Labor Organizations, 1979-2000, no date
Folder 4: Correspondence - Private Companies, 1982-1996, no date
Folder 5: Correspondence - Public Organisms, 1978-1988, no date
Folder 6: Correspondence - Sponsorships, 1983-1995
Series III.: Subject Files
Box 2
Folder 7: Congress of Illinois Building Trades, 1981
Folder 8-9: Davis-Bacon Act - American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL, 1976-1993
Folder 10: Davis-Bacon Act - Contractor's report of construction wage rates, 1978-1981
Folder 11: Davis-Bacon Act - Legal opinions/Legislation, 1965-2000
Folder 12: Davis-Bacon Act - Local Prevailing Rate of Wages, 1975-1987
Folder 13: Davis-Bacon Act - Newspapers clippings, 1987-1990, no date
Box 3
Folder 1: Davis-Bacon Act - Notices/Publications, 1979-1987
Folder 2: Davis-Bacon Act - Ogle County Dispute, 1982-1984
Folder 3: Davis-Bacon Act - Prevailing Wage Committee Minutes and Documentation, 1974-1986
Folder 4: DeKalb County Board, 1988-1993
Folder 5: Jurisdictional Dispute Board, 1949-1995
Folder 6: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 1979-1985
Folder 7: Political Action, 1977-1998, no date
Folder 8: Pre-Jobs Interviews and Documentation, 1981-1991
Folder 9: Pre-Jobs Interviews and Documentation - DeKalb County Court House, 1983
Folder 10: Legislation/Court Decisions/Legal Opinions, 1965-1996
Folder 11: Union Campaigns, 1985-1993, no date
Folder 12: Working Agreements and Documentation, 1970-2001
Series IV.: Financial Records
Box 4
Folder 1-4: Financial Secretary's Receipt Book, 1981-1995
Folder 5: LM3/LM4 Forms and Documentation, 1977-1994
Folder 6: Receipt Book, 1988-1989
Folder 7: Receipts, 1976-1996
Folder 8: Received of Petty Cash Booklet, no date
Folder 9: Treasurer's Cash Book, 1975-1980
Folder 10: Treasurer's Report, 1949, 1956
Series V.: Ephemera
Box 5
Folder 1
Item 1: 2 Envelops
Item 2: 5 sheets of "This Payment Made Possible by UNION LABOR" stickers
Item 3: 10 Business cards
Item 4: 100th Year Celebration Booklet (International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #27)
Item 5: A Night at the Old Finn Hall V, 1998
Item 6: Careers Partnership Career Fair, 1998
Item 7: DeKalb County Building and Construction Trades Council stationery
Item 8: DeKalb County Building and Construction Trade rubber stamp
Item 9: Dupage Federation of Labor sticker Fox Valley Building Trades Council propaganda
Item 10: "Official Application for Residency in Arkansas" (political humor), 1992
Item 11: "Project First Rate" sticker
Item 12: "Support Back to Work Candidates. Vote Democrat" political button
Item 13: United States Committee Against Nuclear War mailing
Item 14: What a Life: That of a Union Officer (labor humor)
Folder 2: Pictures and Slides: 4 Pictures, 3 Slides, no date

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Administrative Records],
[Series II.: Correspondence],
[Series III.: Subject Files],
[Series IV.: Financial Records],
[Series V.: Ephemera],

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