Abstract

Labor historian John W. Bennett has researched the history of the labor movement since his days as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts (Class of 1952). A born collector, he began accumulating memorabilia associated with unions, drawn to their potential as a visual record of labor iconography and self-representation.

Extending back to the 1880s, the Bennett Collection includes examples from around the country, but with a particularly strong representation of New England unions between the mid-1930s and mid-1970s.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English
John W. Bennett Labor Collection
1890-2005
118 boxes
Call no.: MS 443

Background on John W. Bennett

Labor Day Souvenir pin, 1920

Labor Day Souvenir pin, 1920

John William Bennett was born in 1930 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. His father worked for the local power company and his mother was a teacher. He attended Holyoke High School and started his studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1949. After graduating in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in history, Bennett worked as a teacher and principal at Russell H. Conwell Elementary School in Worthington. After three months working at the school, he was drafted into the army. Upon finishing his service Bennett attended Yale and earned an MA in teaching in 1956. At this time Bennett also took graduate courses in Math at Brown University.

In the late 1950s he returned to Springfield to teach math and history at the High School of Commerce. While teaching there he met his future wife, Mary, who worked as a school nurse. He joined the Springfield Federation of Teachers, Local 484 of the American Federation of Teachers and during the 60's served as an officer in the union. During this time he was also a delegate to the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council and briefly served as its vice president. In 1971 he took a sabbatical and returned to the University of Massachusetts to begin a graduate degree in Labor Studies. While attending, a professor advised him to pursue a doctorate in labor history and so he left Springfield in 1972 to attend the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1974, while a studying labor history and teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, he began collecting union badges with the intention of using them as wall decorations. He first considered their use as teaching tools when he observed how his students were drawn to the badges after he brought them into class. During this time he also helped organize an AFT local for faculty and graduate employees. In 1977 he received his PhD. His dissertation was on iron workers in Woods Run and Johnstown Pennsylvania during the union era from 1865-1895.

After completing his PhD he began working as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Labor Studies at Indiana University in Indianapolis. In his position he was responsible for coordinating the Union Leadership program in Marion County. While at the university he served as the vice-president in his union. In 1978 he authored a guide to using labor memorabilia as a teaching tool.

In 1980 he began working as an Associate Professor at the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies at Empire State College. He helped develop a Master's Degree in Labor and Policies studies at Empire State College and worked as a consultant to Metropolitan State University when they considered developing a labor studies program. During this time he began serving on the editorial board for the Labor Studies Journal, a position which he continued after his retirement in 1995. Following his retirement he returned to Massachusetts, where he remained active in labor and political causes. He is the president of the Springfield chapter of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council and has moderated debates, manned picket lines, and otherwise continued to serve his community. He has also retained his passion for labor history. He served as the historian for the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council and has been a strong advocate for the creation of a labor history museum for the pioneer valley.

Contents of Collection

In 2005, Dr. Bennett donated his extensive collection of labor memorabilia to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The collection consists of over 3,000 items representing a diverse variety of realia including approximately 1,700 buttons, 535 lapel pins, 15 posters/membership certificates, 300 hundred ribbons and sashes, and over 350 miscellaneous union memorabilia including contracts, constitutions, hats, shirts, gavels, belt buckles, mugs, ashtrays, pennants, watch fobs, medallions, pens, mirrors, tie clasps, pamphlets, flyers, etc.

The collection extends back to the 1880s, yet most of the material dates from the 1930s to the present day. The Bennett Collection includes memorabilia from around the country, but with a particularly strong representation of New England unions between the mid-1930s and mid-1970s. A wide spectrum of union history is represented here from the Knights of Labor to the Industrial Workers of the World to the A.F.L. to the C.I.O. to a variety of independent unions. Over the years, Bennett used his collection as the basis for lectures about labor history and iconography. These lectures explored how union badges, buttons, and convention ribbons provide information about the history and culture of American Labor Movement.

Mergers between unions sometimes blur the categories used to separate each series. The Amalgamated Lithographers of America and the International Photoengravers Union, both listed under Series 1, merged in 1964 into the Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union (LPIU). In 1972 the LPIU and the International Brotherhood of Bookbinders merged to form the Graphic Arts International Union (Series 5), which was later renamed the Graphic Communications International Union. The Graphic Communications International Union in turn was later absorbed into the Teamsters, which is listed under Series 6. In some cases, workers in a single profession are a split between unions which fall in different series. Healthcare workers such as nurses are represented by unions in both Series 2 (SEIU) and Series 4 (OPEIU).

Series descriptions

This series brings together memorabilia and documents from approximately 110 labor organizations within the construction, manufacturing, and communications industries. Some of the unions represented are the Aluminum Workers International Union (AWIU), American Flint Glass Workers Union, Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers (BPD&PA), Building Trades Councils, Communications Workers of America (CWA), United Automobile Workers (UAW), and United Steel Workers of America (USWA). Of particular note is a large collection of records from the United Steelworkers Local 3659, which was formerly based in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. Also present are records of IUE Local 220 of East Longmeadow, MA, which began life as a UE Local based in Springfield, MA. The union represented workers for Package Machine Company, and the records follow the union from the Second World War through to the closing of the company's Stafford, CT plant at the beginning of the 1990s.

The series includes documents and memorabilia from 46 unions from the food and service industries. This series covers a broad range of occupations, including letter carriers, firefighters, law enforcement, and brewery workers. Government and private employees are both represented in this series. The unions in this category have seen a large number of name changes and consolidations. The Building Service Employees' International Union changed to the Service Employees' International Union in 1968. In 1994, the International Brotherhood of Stationary Firemen's successor, the International Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers affiliated with the SEIU. The United Retail Employees of America became the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in 1938. It later absorbed the Distributive, Processing & Office Workers of America in 1954 and the Cigar Makers Union in 1974. In 1993 it affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers. The United Food and Commercial Workers formed from the 1979 merger of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters with the Retail Clerks International Union, which itself was originally known as the Retail Clerks International Association. The United Packinghouse Workers of America merged into the Amalgamated Meat Cutters in 1968. The Journeymen Barbers International Union merged with the United Food and Commercial Workers in 1980 and the Insurance Workers International Union merged with the UFCW in 1983.

1890-2001
15 boxes

This series consists of items from more than 40 labor coalitions, organizations, and federations at the state, national and international levels. Items include calendars, convention materials, and periodicals. This series represents a timeline of major and minor organizations in US labor history over a span of 111 years, including the Noble Order of the Knights of Labor (KofL), the American Federation of Labor (AFL), the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). Artifacts from German, Swedish and Polish labor organizations can also be found in this series.

Series 4 includes educators, musicians, office workers, air traffic controllers, and graphic artists from just under 30 unions. The bulk of the material represents public sector workers, with media industries accounting for most of the private sector workers found in this series. Of note are the collective bargaining agreements for the Massachusetts Community College Council covering 1983 - 1998. The Massachusetts Community College Council is an affiliate of the National Education Association and the agreements cover professional staff and faculty at the various Massachusetts community colleges.

1890-2001
20 boxes

With a focus on unions within the transportation industries, this series contains realia from approximately 30 unions including the Amalgamated Transit Union (as well as its predecessor, the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electrical Railway Employee), the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the Order of Railway Conductors. Items related to non-transit members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are also in this series.

1898-2001
17 boxes

John Bennett believed that the ways in which unions adapted to social change are represented in the symbols and wording which appear on union memorabilia. This series includes items from the causes that unions fought for including political causes and endorsements, solidarity, unity, and union elections. Health-related topics, such as insurance and on-the job safety, arise in both the documents and memorabilia as an important labor issue. Parties and candidates supported by labor are a recurring theme in the badges. Imprisonment was not an uncommon problem for labor organizers, and several pieces in this series represent statements of support or appeals for funds for members of the labor movement who were either on trial or already sentenced. Also included are policy documents from the 1910's through 1930's related to issues such as minimum wages and public pensions, primarily in the form of pamphlets and newspaper articles.

1958-2005
2 boxes

This series documents John Bennett's career from his time as a high school teacher in Springfield through his retirement. It contains material produced by John Bennett or otherwise personally tied to John Bennett. Much of the material, such as school papers, report, and course materials, reflects his long career as a student and teacher. Also included are documents related to Bennett's efforts in labor education, several interviews with Bennett and documents regarding Bennett's activism after his retirement and return to Massachusetts.

Collection inventory
Series 1. Construction and Manufacturing Unions
1910-1952
45 boxes
Aluminum Workers International Union (AWIU)

Box C1
Aluminum Workers of America

Box C1
Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers (AA)

Box C1
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union

Box C1
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA)

Box C1, C2
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA): flyer
undated

Box 1
Amalgamated Lithographers
ca. 1919

Box C1
Amalgamated Lithographers: Lithopinion
1966

Box 1
Amalgamated man: sketch
undated

Box 1
Amalgamated Textile Workers of America

Box C1
American Bosch Industrial Union

Box C1
American Federation of Technical Engineers

Box C1
American Flint Glass Workers Union

Box C1, C2
American order of Steam Engineers

Box C1
Bakery & Confectionery Workers International Union of America

Box C26
Boot and Shoe Workers Union (BSWU)

Box C1, C3
Bricklayers, Masons and Plasters' International Union of America (BMPIUA)

Box C3
Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Iron Shipbuilders

Box C3
Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers (BPD&PA)
ca. 1921, undated

Box C2, C3
Brotherhood of Utility Workers of New England (BUWNE)

Box C16
Brush Workers Union (BWU): pin, Local 20468


Box C43
Building Trades Councils
1915-1974

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Pittsburgh
1915

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Springfield, Mass.
1918

Box C4
Building Trades Council

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Everett, AFL
1937

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Chehalis, AFL
1938

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Peoria
1938

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Detroit
1938
10 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Detroit
1939
4 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Portland, AFL
1939

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Detroit
1940

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Washtenaw County
1940

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Indianapolis Marion County, AFL
1941

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Detroit
1941

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1942
2 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Marion County
1942

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Mass State
1944

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Logansport
1946

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1947

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Detroit
1948

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1948

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Marion County
1948

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Marion County
1949

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Haverhill
1949

Box C4
Building Trades Council
1949

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Knox County
1949

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Southwestern West Virginia
1950

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Gallatin
1951

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Terre Haute
1952

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1952

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Birmingham
1953

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Evansville
1953

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Floyd and Clark Counties
1953

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Gallatin
1953

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1953

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Gallatin
1954

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Scranton
1954

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1954
2 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Dearborn Ripley
1955

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Southwestern West Virginia
1955

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1955
2 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Gallatin
1956
2 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1956

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Gallatin
1958

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Rockford
1958

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Gallatin
1959
2 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County,. AFL
1959
2 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1960

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Marion County
1961

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Member
1961

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Member
1962

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1962

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Member
1963

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Stanislaus
1963

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Cincinnati
1964

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Bloomington
1966

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Boston
1966

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Pasco
1967

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Louisville
1970

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Greater Detroit
1972

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Greater Detroit
1973

Box C4
Building Trades Council, Detroit
1974
2 items
Box C4
Carpenter's Executive Council
1909-1912

Box C6
Chicago Paper & Box Workers Union

Box C13
Cigar Makers International Union (CIU)

Box C5, C6
Cigar Makers Union, Springfield: photograph (copy)
ca. 1915

Box 1
Communications Workers of America (CWA)
1976, undated

Box C5
Communications Workers of America (CWA)
ca. 1970, 1994

Box 1
Connecticut Union of Telephone Workers (CUTW)

Box C16
Corrugated Workers of Greater New York
1937

Box C5
Diesel Workers Union (DWU): button


Box C43
Federation of Flat Glass Workers of America

Box C16
Glass Bottle Blowers Association (GBBA)

Box C14
Glass Bottle Blowers Association (GBBA): advertisement
undated

Box 1
Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America (IUMSWA)
1940-1962

Box C5
International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers

Box C6, C44
International Association of Car Workers (I.A. of C.W.)

Box C6
International Association of Machinists (IAM)
1920-ca. 1990

Box C6, C33-C34, C40
International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
ca. 1990

Box 1
International Brick Tile & Terra Cotta Workers Alliance

Box C13
International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths

Box C45
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers

Box C6, C7
International Brotherhood of Bookbinders (IBB)

Box C7
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

Box C8-C10
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
1988-1989

Box 1
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: IBEW Journal
1989-2004

Box 1
International Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators, and Paperhangers of America

Box C11
International Brotherhood of Paper Makers (IBPM)
1947

Box C6
International Brotherhood of Papermakers

Box C11
International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers (IBPSPWM)

Box C12, C16
International Brotherhood of Steam, Shovel & Dredgement

Box C6
International Chemical Workers Union (ICWU)

Box C16
International Copper and Brass Workers' Union

Box C13
International Federation of Technical Engineers', Architects' and Draftsmen's Union

Box C6
International Freight handlers' Union

Box C14
International Hod Carriers', Building and Common Laborers' Union of Amercia (IHCB&CLU of A)

Box C13, C35
International Jewelry Workers' Union (IJWU)

Box C13
International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU)

Box C13
International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU): flyers
ca. 1985

Box 1
International Molders and Allied Workers Union (IMU)
undated

Box C13
International Photo Engravers Union (IPEU)

Box C13
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE)

Box C14, C32, C42
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE)
1972-1994

Box 1
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE): conferences
1994-1996

Box 1
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE): manual
ca. 1980

Box 1
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE), Local 220
1962-1989

Box 1
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE), Local 220: photographs
ca. 1980

Box 1
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE): Package Machinery Company
1946-1972

Box 1
International Union of Elevator Constructors

Box C13
International Union of Elevator Constructors: history
2000

Box 1
International Union of Marine & Shipbuilding Workers of America

Box C16
International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (IUMMSW)

Box C15
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)

Box C14, C18
International Union of Steam Engineers (I.U. of S. E.)

Box C6, C18
International Union United Automobile, Aircraft & Agricultural Implement Workers of America

Box C22
International Woodworkers of America (IWA)

Box C16
Iron Moulders (IM)


Box C44
Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, JALTeam Almanac
1976

Box 1
Journeymen Stonecutters Association of North America (S.C.U.N.A.)

Box C16
Laborers' International Union (LIU)

Box C17
Laborers' International Union of North Ameridca (LIUNA)

Box C17
Metal Polishers, Buffers, Platers, Brass & Silver Workers Union
1913

Box C44
Metal Processors (MP)


Box C44
Metal Trades (MT): buttons
1916-1936

Box C44
Miner's Report
1973

Box 1
National Association of Letter Carriers

Box C17
National Association of Stationary Engineers (NASE)

Box C17, C18
National Brotherhood of Operative Potters (N.B.O.P.)

Box C17
Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union (OCAW)

Box C19
Oil Workers International Union (OWIU)

Box C19
Operative Plasterers' and Cement Finishers' International Association (OP&CFIA)

Box C17
Pattern makers League of North America

Box C26
Pile Drivers


Box C45
Pittsburgh Building & Construction Trades Council
1991

Box 1
Plumbers & Steamfitters

Box C19
Quarrymens Protective Union

Box C45
Sheet Metal Workers (SMW)

Box C44
SMW, Button: Local Union No. 445A
undated

Box C44
SMW, Clip: State Council of Illinois Sheet Metal Workers
undated

Box C44
SMW, Badge: Delegate, Sheet Metal Workers International Alliance
1918

Box C44
SMW, Pin: Sheet Metal Workers International Association
undated

Box C44
SMW, Pin: American Sheetmetal Worker International Alliance
undated

Box C44
SMW, Watch fob: Sheet Metal Workers International Association Chicago
1938

Box C44
Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC)
1937-1964

Box C20

The Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO) and the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers (AA) reached an agreement in 1936 leading to the creation of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC). The AA had failed to unionize a substantial proportion of the Steelworlkers, and by organizing basic steel, John L. Lewis, who headed both the CIO and the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), hoped to strengthen his bargaining position with the managers of the captive mines owned by the steel industry.

SWOC's main target was the U.S. Steel Corporation, which since 1909 had refused to deal with organized labor. SWOC's strategy was to capture or disrupt the company unions fostered by U.S. Steel, however, the group actually won its recognition through secret meetings of Lewis and the board chairman of U.S. Steel. As a result, in March 1937 the corporation's subsidiaries signed a contract recognizing SWOC as representative for its members. The union claimed a total of 200,000 members.

The items that represent SWOC in the Bennett Collection illustrate the union's transformation, which occured in 1942 following the first constitutional convention. The convention dissolved the AA and transformed SWOC into the United Steelworkers of America.

SWOC, Button
1937
8 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1938
3 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1939
2 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1940
3 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1941
8 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1942
10 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1943
2 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1944
2 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1945

Box C20
SWOC, Button
1946
2 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1947

Box C20
SWOC, Button
1948

Box C20
SWOC, Button
1949

Box C20
SWOC, Button
1950

Box C20
SWOC, Button
1951

Box C20
SWOC, Button
1952

Box C20
SWOC, Button
1953

Box C20
SWOC, Button
1954
3 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1955
2 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1956
5 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1957

Box C20
SWOC, Button
1958
3 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1959
3 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1960
2 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1961

Box C20
SWOC, Button
1962

Box C20
SWOC, Button
undated
9 items
Box C20
SWOC, Watch Fob
1946

Box C20
SWOC, Watch Fob
1950

Box C20
SWOC, Watch Fob
1964

Box C20
Steering Wheel Makers Federal Labor Union
1939-1942

Box C21
SWMFLU, Button
1939
9 items
Box C21
SWMFLU, Button
1940
11 items
Box C21
SWMFLU, Button
1941
9 items
Box C21
SWMFLU, Button
1942
11 items
Box C21
SWMFLU, Button
undated
3 items
Box C21
Stove Mounters International Union

Box C26
Street Pavers: button
1947

Box C45
Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA)

Box C17, C36
United Aircraft Engine Workers

Box C17, C43
United Association of Plumbers, Steam Fitters and Gasfitters(UA)

Box C37
United Automobile Workers (UAW)
1935-1997

Box C22-C24, C41

In Detroit on August 26, 1935, a group of auto workers started their own charter of the United Automobile Workers of America. From its inception, the union dealt with governance issues, and was directed and administered by the American Federation of Labor. In 1936, the union alienated the AFL and joined the Congress for Industrial Organization (CIO), a more militant organization. By this time more automobile workers joined the labor organization and in 1937 the UAW had between 20,000 and 30,000 members.

The Buttons within this collection illustrate an organizational split within the union. Some union members sought to be affiliated with the AFL, while a larger group remained faithful to the CIO. Buttons from both UAW-CIO and UAW-AFL are represented.

In December 1936 UAW local officials felt the union was numerically strong enough to demand recognition by the big three automobile companies: General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford. General Motors was picked as the test case because it had defied federal law by refusing to discuss collective bargaining or even recognition of the UAW. "Quickie" strikes occurred at the Atlanta, Cleveland, Toledo, and Flint, Michigan plants. In January 1937, UAW declared a nationwide strike against General Motors.

In 1937, General Motors recognized the UAW. Subsequently, a short sit-down strike forced Chrysler Motors to accept the UAW. In 1955 the AFL and the CIO merged to form the AFL-CIO. UAW president Walter Reuther, who was also the president of the CIO played a significant role.

UAW, Brief History of UAW/District 65
ca. 1988

Box 1
UAW, Button
1935

Box C22
UAW, Button
1937
13 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1938
18 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1939
8 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1940
7 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1941
13 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1942
6 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1944
3 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1945
7 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1946
4 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1947
4 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1948
11 items
Box C22
UAW, Button: Organizing Drive
undated
2 items
Box C22
UAW, Button: UAW CIO
undated

Box C22
UAW, Button: Voye UAW
undated
2 items
Box C22
UAW, Button: Vote Yes Union Shop
undated

Box C22
UAW, Button
1949
5 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1950

Box C23
UAW, Button
1951
6 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1952
6 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1953
5 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1954
5 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1955
5 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1956
5 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1958
2 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1964

Box C23
UAW, Button
1967

Box C23
UAW, Button, Local 422
1968

Box C23
UAW, Button
1969
2 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1970
4 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1973
2 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1978

Box C23
UAW, Button
1979
2 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1980

Box C23
UAW, Button: Alternative Committeeman
undated

Box C23
UAW, Button: Chief Steward
unkown

Box C23
UAW, Button: Construction Workers Council
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: Join UAW
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: Organizing Committee
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: Paid Dues August
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: Paid Dues October
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: Paid Dues September
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: Steward
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 174
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 201
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 550
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: 571
1997

Box C23
UAW, Button: 594
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 600
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 652
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 662
unknown
2 items
Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 719
unknown

Box C23
UAW, Button: UAW CIO
1939-1956
7 items
Box C24
UAW, Button: UAW AFL
1947, 1950
2 items
Box C24
UAW, Button: Vote UAWA A.F.L., the American Way
unknown

Box C24
UAW, Button: Vote U.A.W.-C.I.O., Industrial Unionism
ca. 1950

Box C24
UAW, Button
1967
2 items
Box C24
UAW, Button
1975

Box C24
UAW, Button: Local 12 (Toledo, Ohio)
ca. 1955

Box C24
UAW, Button: Executive Board Member, 365
unknown

Box C24
UAW, Button: WPA Auxiliary

Box C24
UAW, Flyers: strike
1981

Box 1
UAW, Key Chain: Local 600, 22nd Anniversary Ford Rouge Strike
1963

Box C24
UAW, Key Chain
unknown

Box C24
UAW, Lighter: Dallas Sells Region 3
unknown

Box C24
UAW, Periodicals
1978-1985

Box 1
UAW, Pin: Local 933
unknown

Box C24
UAW, Watch Fob
unknown

Box C24
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC)

Box C27-C29
United Builders Service Workers (UBSW): button
1940

Box C45
United Construction Workers (UCW)


Box C45
United Construction Workers Organizing Committee (UCWOC)


Box C45
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)

Box C14, C38
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE): Local 220
1944-1947

Box 1
United Farm Equipment and Metal Workers of America (FE)

Box C26
United Furniture Workers of America (UFWA)

Box C17
United Garment Workers of America (UGWA)

Box C17
United Hatters, Cap & Millinery Workers

Box C17
United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)
undated

Box C30, C39
United Mine Workers of America (UMWA): printed material
1990

Box 1
United Papermakers and Paperworkers (UPP)

Box C25
United Paperworkers International Union: bumper stickers
undated

Box 1
United Rubber Workers of America (URWA)

Box C17
United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers (URW)

Box C17
United Slate, Tile & Workers Association (USTWA)

Box C45
United Steel Workers of America (USWA)

Box C20, C31
United Steel Workers of America (USWA)
1977-1980

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 arbitration
1947-1982

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 arbitration newsletter
1981-1985

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 contract materials
1955-1989

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 conventions
1987

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 correspondence
1965-1989

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 daily notes and agendas
1976 Jan-Mar

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 daily notes and agendas
1976 Apr-June

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 daily notes and agendas
1976 July-Sept

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 daily notes and agendas
1976 Oct-Dec

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 educational materials
ca. 1990

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 grievance exchange
1958

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 grievance forms (blank)
undated

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 grievance register
1950-1989

Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 grievances
1950-1989

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 job description
1978-1984

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654, Kennedy, John F.
1951

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 manuals
1953-1976

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 membership cards
1987-1989

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 memos of understanding
1988

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 minutes
1958-1973

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 notes and clippings
1962-1988

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 Occupational Health Service Labor Advisory Council
1982

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 officer list
1982

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 pensions
1987

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 photographs
ca. 1950-1960, 1985

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 promotions
1989

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 seniority list
1956

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 seniority list
1957

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 survey
undated

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 Union Labor Report, no. 1796-1806
1982

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 Union Labor Report, no. 1808-1814
1982

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 White Consolidated Industries Analysis
1980

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 White Consolidated Industries Analysis
1980

Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 White Consolidated Pension and Insurance Analysis
1980

Box 2
United Textile Workers of America (UTWA)

Box C17, C25
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers

Box C45
Utility Workers Union of America

Box C26
Utility Workers Union of America
1982

Box 2
Wood, Wire and Metal Lathers International Union
1964

Box C45
Wool Scourers


Box C45
Series 2. Food and Service Unions
1900-1990
13 boxes
Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America
1913-1970

Box F1, F13
American Federation of Grain Millers (AFGM)
1940

Box F1
American Federation of Grain Processors
1940-1942

Box F1
American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
1980

Box F1
American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
ca. 1985

Box 2
Bakery & Confectionery International Union of America

Box F1
Bartenders and Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union
1958

Box F2
Bartenders Union
1914

Box F2
Brewery Workers Union
1915-1941

Box F3-F4
Building Service Employees' International Union (BSEIU)
1935-1973

Box F1
Chicago Flat Janitors Union
1948-1952

Box F1
Distributive, Processing & Office Workers of America

Box F9
Federation of Telephone Workers of Pennsylvania
1959

Box F2
Hotel and Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International
1907-1978

Box F2, F13
Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union

Box F2
Hotel Front Service Employees Union

Box F2
Insurance Workers International Union
1970

Box F2
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
1940

Box F2
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
undated

Box 1
International Brotherhood of Stationary Firemen (IBSF)
1900

Box F2
International Union of United Brewery, Flour, Cereal, Soft Drink and Distillery Workers
ca. 1900-1947

Box F3, F4
Journeymen Barbers International Union (JBIU)
ca. 1910-1934

Box F5, F13
Ladies Auxiliary of the National Association of Letter Carriers

Box F6
Laundry and Dry Cleaning International Union: Local 3017
1977

Box 2
Municipal Electric Utilities Association of New York

Box F6
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
1911-1990

Box F6-F8
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC): The Postal Record
1937 Oct

Box 3
National Federation of Post Office Clerks (NFPOC)

Box F9
National Postal Transit Association (NPTA)
1950

Box F9
National Rural Letter Carriers Association (NRLCA)

Box F9
News Carriers Union
ca. 1915

Box F9
Packing-House Workers Industrial Union
1920-1942

Box F9
Police Patrolmen's Associations (PPA)
1986-1989

Box F10
Retail Cigar Store Employees' Union

Box F9
Retail Clerks International Association (RCIA)
1937-1978

Box F9
Retail Shoe Salesmens Union
1945

Box F9
Retail Wholesale Department Store Union (RWDSU)

Box F9
Service Employees International Union

Box F11
Service Employees International Union
1990

Box 3
Texas Farm Workers Union (TFWU)

Box F11
United Dairy Workers of America
1940

Box F11
United Farm Workers of America (UFW)
1970-1990

Box F11
United Farm Workers Organizing Committee
ca. 1970

Box F11
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
1980, undated

Box F12
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
1984

Box 3
United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA)
1937-1949

Box F12
United Retail Employees of America
ca. 1935

Box F12
United Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Employees
ca. 1935

Box F9
Wholesale and Warehouse Employees Union
1940

Box F9
Series 3. Labor Organizations
1890-2001
15 boxes
American Federation of Labor (AFL)
1907-1954

Box O1
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial (AFL-CIO)
1935-1958

Box O2
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial (AFL-CIO)
1976-1995

Box 3
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial (AFL-CIO): American Federationist
1906, 1981

Box 3
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial (AFL-CIO): printed material
1976-2001

Box 3
California State Federation of Labor
1958

Box O3
Central Labor Union
1900

Box O3
Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)
1935-1955

Box O3
Connecticut A.F.L.-C.I.O.
1957

Box O4
Connecticut Federation of Labor
1931-1946

Box O4
Connecticut State C.I.O.
1955

Box O4
Connecticut State Industrial Union Council
1957

Box O4
Illinois State Federation of Labor
1916-1949

Box O4-O5
Indiana State A.F.L.-C.I.O.
1958-1962

Box O5
Indiana State American Federation of Labor
1977

Box O17
Indiana State Employees Association

Box O17
Indiana State Federation of Labor
1917-1977

Box O5
Indianapolis Central Labor Union
undated

Box 3
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
1920-2001

Box O6
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
1986

Box 3
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW): Industrial Worker
1974-1977

Box 3
International Labor Unions
1916-1983

Box C12
International Union

Box O17
Iowa State Federation of Labor
1956

Box O6
Labor Workers Union

Box O17
Maine State Federation of Labor
1917

Box O6
Massachusetts State A.F.L.
1916-1941

Box O7-O8, O10
Massachusetts State AFL-CIO
1999

Box O8
Massachusetts State C.I.O.
1951-1957

Box O9
Massachusetts State Federation of Labor
1933-1956

Box O10, O11
Massachusetts State Labor Council
1933-1956

Box O11
Metal Trades Department of the American Federation of Labor
1952

Box O17
Michigan State Industrial Council
1941, 1943

Box O12
Missouri State A.F.L.-C.I.O.
1960-1970

Box O12
Missouri State Federation of Labor
1941

Box O12
New England Labor Congress
1929

Box O12
New York State AFL-CIO
1961-1988

Box O13-O14
Noble Order of the Knights of Labor (KofL)
1890

Box O6
Ohio State Federation of Labor
1910

Box O15
Oregon AFL-CIO

Box O15
Pennsylvania State A.F.L.-C.I.O.
1962-1999

Box O15
Pennsylvania State A.F.L.-C.I.O.
1976

Box 3
Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council
1968-1986

Box O15
Utah State C.I.O

Box O15
Vermont State C.I.O.
1949

Box O15
Series 4. Professional Labor Unions
1897-1985
6 boxes
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
1974-1982

Box P1
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
ca. 1910-1985

Box P1
American Federation of Musicians (AFM): Local 802
undated

Box 3
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
1924-1985

Box P2

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) was the result of a constitutional convention of state, county, and municipal unions of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) on December 9, 1935. Growth did not come easily at first. The union's primary tactic was lobbying to pass or strengthen civil service laws. By the end of 1936, AFSCME had 10,000 members. Ten years later membership was up to 73,000.

The post-World War II era was marked on the one hand by inflation in the private sector resulting in new jobs and higher pay, and on the other hand by unrest among public employees. Reaction to the discontent was swift and by the end of 1947, eight states passed laws which would penalize striking public workers. That same year, the U.S. Congress passed the Taft-Hartley Act which restricted labor unions in private industry. Despite this opposition, AFSCME continued to grow. By 1955, the year of the AFL and CIO merger, membership passed the 100,000 mark. The attitudes of AFSCME members were changing as well during this time. Many of the union's new members came from big cities which had strong trade union roots and traditions. At conventions in the mid and late 1950s, AFSCME members began stressing public workers' rights and collective bargaining as a means to improve their working conditions. In 1958, responding to pressure from AFSCME, New York City Mayor Robert Wagner signed an executive order which granted collective bargaining rights to unions representing city employees. A turning point had been reached.

In 1961, President John Kennedy issued Executive Order 10988, which legitimized collective bargaining for federal employees and helped create a favorable atmosphere for similar demands from all public employees.

AFSCME Button
1924

Box P2
AFSCME Button
1944
4 items
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1945
7 items
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1946
13 items
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1947
7 items
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1948
2 items
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1949

Box P2
AFSCME Button
1953

Box P2
AFSCME Button
1969

Box P2
AFSCME Button
1970

Box P2
AFSCME Button
1971

Box P2
AFSCME Button
undated
12 items
Box P2
AFSCME Lapel Pin
ca. 1985
5 items
Box P2
AFSCME Lapel Pin
undated
7 items
Box P2
AFSCME Lighter
undated

Box P2
AFSCME: publications
ca. 1975-1992

Box 3
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
1965-1971

Box P3
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
1972-1997

Box 3
American Newspaper Guild

Box P3
Chicago Newspaper Guild
1938

Box P3
Chicago Teachers Union

Box P3
Federation of University Employees

Box P4
Graphic Arts International Union (GAIU)
1981

Box P4
Graphic Arts International Union (GAIU)
ca. 1978

Box 3
Indiana Conference of Typographical and Mailer Unions
1976

Box 3
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Operators of the United States and Canada
undated

Box 3
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Operators of the United States and Canada
1916-1960

Box P4
International Brotherhood of Telephone Workers

Box P5
International Federation of Professional and Technical
1944

Box P5
International Typographical Union (ITU)
1897, undated

Box P5
International Typographical Union (ITU)
1975-1979

Box 3
Massachusetts Community College Council: bargaining agreements
1983-1993

Box 3
Massachusetts Community College Council: bargaining agreements
1995-1998

Box 3
Massachusetts Community College Council: printed material
1983-1987

Box 3
National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE)

Box P6
National Treasury Employee Union

Box P6
Office and Professional Employees International Union

Box P6
Office Employees International Union (OEIU)
ca. 1950

Box P6
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO)
1950-1982

Box P6
Professional Employees Federation (PEF)

Box P6
United Federation of Teachers (UFT)
1968-1970

Box P6
United Office and Professional Workers of America

Box P6
United University Professions (UUP

Box P6
Series 5. Transportation Unions
1910-1952
20 boxes
Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway
1909-1942

Box T1-T2
Amalgamated Association of Street and Electrical Railway
1945-1950

Box T3
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
1967-1971

Box T3
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU): Local 1512
2000

Box 3
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
1910-1950

Box T4

Angered over changes in wages and working hours, thirteen engineers at the Michigan Central Railroad issued a call to all engineers to meet in Detroit on March 17, 1863, to discuss grievances. As a result of this meeting came the establishment of Division Number One, Brotherhood of Footboard (BOF). In 1964, the organization became the Grand International Division of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers with membership specifically limited to locomotive engineers.

The buttons in this collection help resurrect an interesting history of the American railroads during the early 1900s. BLE followed an independent, conservative policy, but also cooperated with other railway unions in making influential changes within the industry. In 1911, BLE helped secure passage of the Locomotive Inspection Act and the Adamson Act, which established an eight-hour day for rail-operating employees.

After the 1920s increased competition from other forms of transportation, changes brought by technological advances, and deterioration of the railroads during the depression years of the 1930s reduced demand for engineers, but that demand revived dramatically during World War II. Since World War II, the railway industry has experienced significant changes and so have railway labor organizations. By 1960 BLE's membership had fallen from 86,000 in 1920 to 68,000.

BLE Button
1938

Box T4
BLE Button
1948
2 items
Box T4
BLE Button
1949

Box T4
BLE Lapel Pin
ca. 1910
7 items
Box T4
BLE Lapel Pin
undated

Box T4
BLE Lapel Pin: Continuous Membership
ca. 1910
2 items
Box T4
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen (BLF)
1890-1947

Box T4-T5
Biographical note:

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen (BLF) was organized in 1873 by eleven railway firemen in Port Jervis, New York. Two years later the organization had 900 members in twenty-nine lodges. In 1902, the union amended its constitution to permit the enrollment of locomotive engineers and in 1906 the name of the union was changed to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen.

BLF Badge: Photo of Joshua Leach
ca. 1890

Box T4
BLF Lapel Pin
ca. 1890
4 items
Box T4
BLF Ribbon: Membership
ca. 1900

Box T4
BLF Badge: Convention
1947

Box T5
BLF Button
1929

Box T5
BLF Button
1930
3 items
Box T5
BLF Button
1931

Box T5
BLF Button
ca. 1920

Box T5
BLF Button
ca. 1930

Box T5
BLF Lapel Pin: Membership, Past President
ca. 1912

Box T5
BLF Lapel Pin
ca. 1910
7 items
Box T5
BLF Pendant
ca. 1900

Box T5
BLF Pendant
ca. 1910
4 items
Box T5
BLF Pendant
ca. 1920

Box T5
BLF Ribbon: Membership
ca. 1900

Box T5
BLF Ribbon
ca. 1900

Box T5
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen (BLFE)
ca. 1910-1947

Box T5
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWE)
1920-1959

Box T6
Brotherhood of Railroad Brakemen
1890

Box T7
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
1920-1979

Box T8
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (BRT)
1900-1950

Box T9-T10
Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handles, Express and Station Employers
1935-1948

Box T11
Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America (BRCA)
1900-1954

Box T7
Brotherhood of Railway Clerks
1935-1948

Box T11
Carriage and Wagon Workers Union
ca. 1890

Box T11
Independent Federation of Flight Attendants
1986

Box 3
Inland Boatmen's Union
1937

Box T11
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America
1905-2001

Box T12-T15
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
undated

Box 3
International Brotherhood of Teamsters: Cleaning up the Teamsters Union: A Three-Year Progress Report
1995

Box 3
International Brotherhood of Teamsters: Periodicals
1981-1984

Box 3
International Brotherhood of Teamsters: The Gap
2000

Box 3
International Longshoreman's Association (ILA)
1918-1964

Box T16
International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union
1945

Box T16
International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots of America
1948

Box T16
Ladies Auxiliary to Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen

Box T11
Ladies Auxiliary to Order of Railway Conductors of America

Box T11
Ladies Society to Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen

Box T11
Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen
1870-1920

Box T17-T18
Order of Railway Telegraphers
1917-1920

Box T18
Railway Organizations
1902

Box T18
Railway Shop Laborers
1920

Box T19
Seafarers International Union of North America (SIU)

Box T19
Switchmen's Union of North America
ca. 1910-1966

Box T19
Team Drivers International Union (T.D.I.U.)

Box T19
Transport Workers Union of America (TWUA)
1938-1984

Box T20
Transport Workers Union of America (TWUA): calendars
1981-1995

Box 3
United Railroad Workers
1930

Box T20
United Railway Operating Crafts

Box T20
United Transport Service Employees of America
1944

Box T20
Series 6. Union Causes
1910-1952
17 boxes
Labor Day


Labor Day Badge
1927

Box LD1
Labor Day Button
1898

Box LD1
Labor Day Button
undated

Box LD1
Labor Day Button
undated

Box LD1
Labor Day Button
undated

Box LD1
Labor Day Flag
undated

Box LD1
Labor Day Ribbon
1913

Box LD1
Labor Day Ribbon
1946

Box LD1
Labor Day Ribbon
1916

Box LD1
Labor Day Ribbon
1915

Box LD1
Labor Day Ribbon
undated

Box LD1
Labor Day Ribbon
1915

Box LD1
Labor Day Badge
1900

Box LD2
Labor Day Banner
undated

Box LD2
Labor Day Button
undated

Box LD2
Labor Day Button
1920

Box LD2
Labor Day Button
1976

Box LD2
Labor Day Button
1983

Box LD2
Labor Day Flyer
1981

Box LD2
Labor Day Ribbon
1906

Box LD2
Labor Day Ribbon
undated

Box LD2
Labor Day Ribbon
undated

Box LD2
Union Cause


Button: I'm Against the Right to Work

Box UC1
Button: I am Opposed to a Right to Work Law

Box UC1
Button: No on the Phoney "Right to Work"

Box UC1
Button: OSHA for Public Workers

Box UC1
United Steelworkers of America, Button: Safety &Health Representative

Box UC1
CUPW, Button: Safety Before Profits

Box UC1
White Lung Association, Button: Asbestos Kills!

Box UC1
Central Labor Rehab Council, Button: Safety/Health Concern

Box UC1
Workers Memorial Day, Button: Fight for the Living

Box UC1
Button: No CETA Layoffs

Box UC1
IUE, Button: Defeat NAFTA

Box UC1
Alliance for Retired Americans, Button: Medicare Drug Benefit Now

Box UC1
New York University, Button: The Challenge to Labor & Labor Education
1986

Box UC1
UFCW, Button: Make Education a Top Budget Priority

Box UC1
United University Professions, Button: Save SUNY

Box UC1
Button: New York State Committee on Pay Equity

Box UC1
Button: Full Pension 30 Years

Box UC1
UAW, Button: Equal Justice

Box UC1
Button: March for Justice
1989

Box UC1
UAW, Button: Justice Now

Box UC1
CWA, Button: Justice

Box UC1
Button: PHEW on TWU

Box UC2
CSEA, Button: Behind Every Successful Woman is Herself

Box UC2
SEIU, Button: No Take Aways

Box UC2
UFWA, Button: No Grapes

Box UC2
Button: No SCABS

Box UC2
Button: Rhode Island Labor History Society

Box UC2
CLUW, Button: Give Her the ERA for Mother's Day

Box UC2
SEIU, Button: SOS Local 211

Box UC2
CLUW, Button: Pro-Union, Pro-Choice

Box UC2
UFT, Button: One Million Good Reasons

Box UC2
AFSCME, Button: Getting Ready for Hi-Tech

Box UC2
USWA, Button: Volunteer Organizer

Box UC2
USWA, Button: District 31 Women's Caucus

Box UC2
Hotel, Restaurant, & Bartenders Union, Button: Baseball Booster

Box UC2
NYNEX, Button: Health Care for All not Health Cuts

Box UC2
CWA, Button: Every Worker a Member

Box UC2
AFL, Button: Stop the Assault on the Workers

Box UC2
ACTWU, Button: Bildisco is a Bankrupt Decision

Box UC2
Local 1199, Button: Bread and Roses

Box UC2
Button: Stop SCABS

Box UC2
Massachusetts Nurses Association, Button: Nurse

Box UC2
Massachusetts Nurses Association, Button: I Support the Nurses of Brockton Hospital

Box UC2
Local 102, Patch: Millwork

Box UC2
Button: No Co-pay, No Givebacks on Medical Benefits

Box UC2
AFSCME, Button: AFSCME Retiree Power

Box UC2
Local 1199, Button: Youth for Progress
1999

Box UC2
TWU, Name Tag

Box UC6
CWA, Sticker: A National Union in the National Interest

Box UC6
ILGWU, Mending Kit: To Feel Right, To be Right in Style

Box UC6
ILGWU, Mending Kit: Look for this Union Label When You Shop

Box UC6
ILGWU, Pog: Look for this Union Label When You Shop

Box UC6
ILGWU, Ruler: Symbol of Progress Made and More to Come

Box UC6
ILGWU, Key Chain: Look for this Union Label When You Shop

Box UC6
ILGWU, Rain Cap: Buy Union Made American Fashions

Box UC6
UAW, Key Chain: Key To Victory

Box UC6
IAM, Sticker: International Association of Machinists

Box UC6
Sticker: Don't Buy Russell Stover Candies

Box UC6
Labor causes: AT&T
1986

Box 4
Labor causes: Bell Atlantic
2000

Box 4
Labor causes: Coors
1987

Box 4
Labor causes: Daily News
ca. 1991

Box 4
Labor causes: Bell Atlantic
2000

Box 4
Labor causes: FutureWorks
undated

Box 4
Labor causes: Greyhound
1990

Box 4
Labor causes: Harper & Row
1984

Box 4
Labor causes: Hook's Drugs
1984

Box 4
Labor causes: Hormel
ca. 1981

Box 4
Labor causes: imprisoned Pittsburgh workers
1917

Box 4
Labor causes: J. P. Stevens
ca. 1980

Box 4
Labor causes: MCI
1984

Box 4
Labor causes: Mount Holyoke College housekeepers
2001

Box 4
Labor causes: New York Metropolitan Transit Authority
1986

Box 4
Labor causes: Overnight Transportation Company
2000

Box 4
Labor causes: Pierce Governor
ca. 1976

Box 4
Labor causes: Pittston Coal Company
1989

Box 4
Labor causes: Sanderson Farms
1979

Box 4
Labor causes: Street Heat
1999-2000

Box 4
Labor causes: student employees union
undated

Box 4
Labor causes: sweatshop abuse in Nicaragua
2000

Box 4
Labor causes: Wingate strike
1999-2001

Box 4
Labor causes: Yale University
1984

Box 4
Labor causes: yellow school bus cuts
undated

Box 4
General


American Labor Studies class syllabus (Lewiston-Porter Senior High School)
undated

Box 4
Bumper stickers
undated

Box 4
Conferences
1973, 1991-1993

Box 4
Flyers and posters
undated

Box 4
Health Insurance for Wage Earners
ca. 1914

Box 4
"Indiana's Historic Eugene V. Debs Foundation"
ca. 1980

Box 4
Labor history month posters
1988-1995

Box 4
Labor Party
ca. 1995

Box 4
Life and Labor Bulletin
1929

Box 4
Pamphlets
1980-1993

Box 4
Periodicals
1996-2004

Box 4
Reports
1980, 1994

Box 4
Short History of American Labor
ca. 1980

Box 4
U.S. Department of Labor
1980-1986

Box 4
Solidarity


AFL-CIO, Button: Solidarity Day
1981

Box UC3
SEIU, Button: Solidarity Day
1991

Box UC3
AFL-CIO, Button: Solidarity Day
1991

Box UC3
IUE, Button: Solidarity Day
1981

Box UC3
Button: Solidarity Day
1981

Box UC3
Button: Solidarity Day
1983

Box UC3
IUE, Lapel Pin: Solidarity Day
1991

Box UC3
Button: Solidarity Day

Box UC3
AFL-CIO, Button: Together For Your Security

Box UC3
ILGWU, Button: Local 23-25

Box UC3
Support


ATU, Button: Boycott Greyhound

Box UC4
HERE, Button: Eat Union

Box UC4
New York State AFL-CIO, Button: I Love NY Products

Box UC4
New York State AFL-CIO, Button: Please Don't Fly New York Air

Box UC4
Union Label Is Soul

Box UC4
AFSCME, Button: No Pink Slips!

Box UC4
UAW, Button: Buy American

Box UC4
I Support PATCO

Box UC4
I'm S.C.U.M.

Box UC4
Allied Printing Trades Council

Box UC4
AFL-CIO, Button: Buy American Union

Box UC4
Boycott J.P. Steven's Bank

Box UC4
Support Striking Miners!

Box UC4
Don't Buy Farah Slacks

Box UC4
AFSCME, Button: Fed Up with 59ยข

Box UC4
Support The Steelworkers!

Box UC4
CLUW, Button: A Woman's Place is in Her Union

Box UC4
ICU, Button: Save Our Union

Box UC4
Dignity Button

Box UC4
Civic Service Employees Association, Button: Stop Employee Abuse

Box UC4
I Support Steelworkers

Box UC4
AFL-CIO Fight Apartheid, Support Black Trade Unions in South Africa

Box UC4
Unity


Button: Unity

Box UC5
Button: I'm Proud to Be Union

Box UC5
International Molders Union, Button: I'm Proud to Be Union

Box UC5
Button: I am Union and Proud of It

Box UC5
AFL-CIO, Button: Union Yes

Box UC5
APWU, Button: We Try to Be Letter Perfect For You

Box UC5
UAW, IAM, and USWA, Button: Unification Stand Up for America

Box UC5
Wingate Organizing Committee, Button: United Because We Care

Box UC5
Button: Ohio Union Patrolmen Association

Box UC5
USWA, : Button: Vote

Box UC5
USWA, Button: Vote Yes

Box UC5
Button: Keep New York a Union Town

Box UC5
Button: Ohio Union Patrolmen Association

Box UC5
ILGWU, Button: Unite & Fight

Box UC5
Union Officer Elections


Union Officer Elections, Button: Pa. AFL-CIO Mahoney in 76

Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Tell 'Em Again, Ed Sadlowski

Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Support Philip Casey

Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: URW Reform Committee

Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Vote McDonald President

Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Elect Joe Bumps

Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Vote for the Abel

Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Vote Hormell AFL-CIO

Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Elect Ed Fire and Tom Rebman

Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Vote for Don McQuillan

Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Schick

Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Vote for George Kourpias

Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Vote Ruben Burks

Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Kilbride for Chief Steward

Box UE1
Political Action


Vote Socialist Zeidler Brisben
1992

Box POL1
Labor for McGovern 1972
1972

Box POL1
UAW, Button: Jimmy Carter
1977

Box POL1
ILGWU, Button: Carter, Mondale
1977

Box POL1
Machinist Non-Partrisan Political League, Button: Registered to Vote

Box POL1
R.C.I.A.-A.B.C., Button: I Am Registered to Vote
1980

Box POL1
Committee on Federal Employees Political Education, Button: COFEPE
1980

Box POL1
International Chemical Workers Union, Button: I Gave to Live

Box POL1
Button, No Reaganomics: Support Project 2000
2000

Box POL1
Button: Dump Reagan, Out the Door in '84
1984

Box POL1
CWA, Button: Are you Better Off Today
1984

Box POL1
IUE, Button: IUE For Mondale
1977

Box POL1
United Paperworkers International, Button: Mondale Ferraro
1977

Box POL1
Union Women, Button: Union Women United for LGB & HHH
1968

Box POL1
SEIU, Button: SEIU Stands with Clinton
1996

Box POL1
Transport Workers Union, Button: Support Clinton Gore
2001

Box POL1
AFL-CIO, Button: Working Labor for Gore
2001

Box POL1
Pioneer Valley CLC, AFL-CIO, Button: Labor Vores Gore 2000
2000

Box POL1
IUE, Button: Bill Clinton in '96
1996

Box POL1
ILGWU, Button: Clinton Gore It's time for Change
1996

Box POL1
Button: Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee
1966

Box POL1
International Association of Machinist, Lapel Pin: M 1978
1978

Box POL1
AFL-CIO, Button: I Gave to COPE

Box POL2
Plumb Plan League, Button: These Three Shall Control : Labor Public Management

Box POL2
Farmer Laborer Nonpartisan League, Button: We'll Stick

Box POL2
Farmer's Holiday Association, Button: We'll Stick for Production Cost

Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: PAC Paid 1946
1946

Box POL2
Labor's Non-Partisan League of Illinois, Button: Roosevelt
1932

Box POL2
Labor's Choice, Button: Roosevelt
1932

Box POL2
Button: Labor is For Roosevelt
1932

Box POL2
CIO, Button: Vote Harriman, Roosevelt
1932

Box POL2
ALP:, Button: Corcoran Labor's Choice

Box POL2
Button: American Labor Party

Box POL2
Button: Willkie Labor Workers

Box POL2
Button: Union Cermak Labor

Box POL2
Button: Dick Frankensteen Mayor

Box POL2
CIO, Button: PAC 1947
1947

Box POL2
CIO, Button: PAC 1948
1948

Box POL2
CIO, Button: PAC 1949
1949

Box POL2
Labor's Political Action Committee, Button: Registered Voter

Box POL2
Labor League Political Education, Button: LLPE

Box POL2
Labor League Political Education, Button: Member of Greater Cincinnati

Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: I Gave to COPE
1962

Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: COPE for LBJ & HHH
1968

Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: I Gave to COPE I Will Vote
1964

Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: Give to COPE, I Did
1965

Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: I Gave a Buck to COPE
1966

Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: COPE
1968

Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: $2 for COPE in '76
1976

Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: $2 for COPE in '77
1977

Box POL2
Minimum wage
1913-1929

Box 4
Public pensions
1913

Box 4
Socialism
1919

Box 4
Unemployment
1920

Box 4
Series 7. John Bennett
1958-2005
2 boxes
Articles
1958-2001

Box 4
Badges
2003-2005

Box 4
Burns, Matthew, History of the Papermakers, Part 1
1922

Box 4
Burns, Matthew, History of the Papermakers, Part 2
1922

Box 4
Burns, Matthew, History of the Papermakers, Part 3
1922

Box 4
Burns, Matthew, History of the Papermakers, Part 4
1922

Box 4
Burns, Matthew, History of the Papermakers, Part 5
1922

Box 4
Catalogs
1978-1994

Box 5
Certificates
1967-2003

Box 5
Correspondence
1971-2002

Box 5
Correspondence: American Labor History Series
1978

Box 5
Correspondence: California State College History Conference
1975

Box 5
Correspondence: graduate programs in labor education
1987

Box 5
Correspondence: Labor Studies Journal
1984-1994

Box 5
Correspondence: Massachusetts labor history article
2001

Box 5
Correspondence: Lepsi, Anne
1991

Box 5
Correspondence: Metropolitan State University
1984

Box 5
Correspondence: National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) Training Conference
1985

Box 5
Course materials: Theories Reader
undated

Box 5
Course materials: U.S. Labor History
1996

Box 5
Education: American Federation of Teachers Eastern Workshop
1969

Box 5
Education: "Education of University Labor Educators"
1987

Box 5
Education: Hard Times for Labor, 1919-1933
1984

Box 5
Education: Indiana University Union Leadership School photographs
ca. 1982

Box 5
Education: Springfield Labor History, 1926-1927
2005

Box 5
Education: "Steel City"
1976

Box 5
Higher Education and Workforce Development participants
1993

Box 5
Invitations
1991-1999

Box 5
Labor Day
2002

Box 5
Labor memorabilia: labor history class display
ca. 1975

Box 5
Labor memorabilia: labor history month exhibit
1989

Box 5
Labor memorabilia: miscellaneous documents
1978

Box 5
Labor memorabilia: miscellaneous photographs
ca. 1978

Box 5
Massachusetts Senior Action Council
2002-2004

Box 5
Minutes: Allegheny County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
1975

Box 5
Newsletters
1979-1995

Box 5
Newsletters: University of Massachusetts Amherst history
2002

Box 5
Periodicals: miscellaneous
1972-2001

Box 5
Periodicals: miscellaneous articles
1932-1990

Box 5
Periodicals: Springfield Journal
1986-1995

Box 5
Periodicals: universities
1982-1997

Box 5
Photographs
1966-1992

Box 5
Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO Scholarship Adbook
2004

Box 5
Programs
1958-2005

Box 5
Reports
2003-2005

Box 6
Reports: Empire State College faculty and staff accomplishments
1993

Box 6
Steeltown: poster

Box 6
Student paper: "German Labor Movement (1848-1918)"
1973

Box 6
Student paper: "Iron Workers of Woods Run (1870-1880)"
1973

Box 6
Student paper: "Knights of Labor"
1979

Box 6
Student paper: "New England Textiles"
undated

Box 6
Student paper: "Organized Chaos: The French Industrial Relations System"
1972

Box 6
Student paper: "Organizing the Paper Makers"
1971

Box 6
Student paper: "Plant Closings and Disinvestment in the Textile Industry"
1986

Box 6
Student paper: "Union-Community Activity and Organizing the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council"
1998

Box 6
Sylvis Society: correspondence

Box 6
Administrative information
Provenance

Donated by John W. Bennett in 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Harream Purdie, Clare Hammonds, David Wemhoener.

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Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: John W. Bennett Labor Collection (MS 443). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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