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United Food & Commercial Workers International Union. Local 1459

United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, Local 1459 Records, 1977-1985
1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 046

Established in Springfield, Mass., in 1938, Local 1459 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union represents the interests of its members in the workplace and the community in western Massachusetts and Vermont. The UCFW was formed in June 1979 from the merger of the Retail Clerks International Union and Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, creating the largest affiliated union in the AFL-CIO. Mergers with the Barbers, Beauticians and Allied Industries International Association and United Retail Workers Union followed in 1980 and 1981.

The records of UFCW Local 1459 include the 1979 constitution and merger agreement with UFCW, contracts with local businesses, and several issues of the newsletter, The Union Leader, both before and after chartering with UFCW.

Background on UFCW Local 1459

Established in Springfield, Mass., in 1938, Local 1459 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union represents the interests of its members in the workplace and the community in western Massachusetts and Vermont. The UCFW was formed in June 1979 from the merger of the Retail Clerks International Union and Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, creating the largest affiliated union in the AFL-CIO. Mergers with the Barbers, Beauticians and Allied Industries International Association and United Retail Workers Union followed in 1980 and 1981. The union negotiates for health insurance, pensions, strong wages, and job security for its members and represents the voice of its workers in the community.

Contents of Collection

The records of UFCW Local 1459 include the 1979 constitution and merger agreement with UFCW, contracts with local businesses, and several issues of the newsletter, The Union Leader, both before and after chartering with UFCW.

Collection inventory
By-laws, Local 1459
1978, 1980
Box 1: 1
Retail Clerks Union, Local 1459
1978
UCFW, Local 1459
1980
Constitution and merger agreement
1979
Box 1: 2

Merger of Amalgamated Meat Cutters and UCFW.

Constitution and merger agreement
1983
Box 1: 3
Contracts
1982-1985
Box 1: 3
Blackwood, Inc.
1982
Box 1: 4
Caldor, Inc.
1984
Box 1: 5
Child World
1982
Box 1: 6
Geriatric Authority of Holyoke
1983
Box 1: 7
Harlow and Tick
1984
Box 1: 8
Ludlow Savings Bank
1982
Box 1: 9
Massachusetts Wholesale Drug Co.
1984
Box 1: 10
Paysaver
1982
Box 1: 11
Providence Hospital
1983
Box 1: 12
Stop and Shop
1982
Box 1: 13
Membership information, Local 1459
1985
Box 1: 14
Union Leader (newsletter)
1977
Box 1: 15
Union Leader (newsletter)
1978
Box 1: 16
Union Leader (newsletter)
1979
Box 1: 17
Union Leader (newsletter)
1980
Box 1: 18
Union Leader (newsletter)
1981
Box 1: 19
Union Leader (newsletter)
1982-1983
Box 1: 20
Union Leader (newsletter)
1984
Box 1: 21
Union Leader (newsletter)
1985
Box 1: 22
Your Rights on the Job, by Robert M. Schwartz. Boston, Mass. : Labor Guild of Boston
1983
Box 1: 23
Administrative information
Provenance

Gift of 1985.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Oct. 2015.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 1459 Records (MS 046). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Subjects
  • Food industry and trade--Labor unions--Massachusetts
  • Labor unions--Massachusetts
Contributors
  • Retail Clerks International Union. Local 1459 (Springfield, Mass.)
Types of material
  • Contracts

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