The International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), Local 13 Records, Part III, documents the establishment, development, goals, and achievements of unionism on the Pacific Coast through agreements, arbitration awards, bulletins, convention proceedings, committee records, contracts, correspondence, legal documents, working papers and audio-tapes. The records describe in detail labor/management relations, labor conditions on the waterfront, the sudden effects of mechanization on the longshore labor force, and the day-to-day administration of this longshore union. The collection is organized in three parts, of which this is Part III. Part III has been divided into ten major series: Executive Board and Regular Meetings, Local 13 (1935-1991), Committee and Council Records (1936-1993), Arbitration Awards (1960-1991), Longshore, Ship Clerks, and Walking Bosses Caucus (1969-1993), Subject Files (1934-1998), General Correspondence Files (1946-1991), ILWU Contract Agreements (1936-1991), ILWU Legal Case Files (1946-1991), ILWU Bulletins and Newsletters (1960-1989), and Financial Records (1967-1993).
Series I, Executive Board and Regular Meetings, Local 13, continues the series of the same name in Parts I and II, and as such consists predominately of minutes for meetings of the Executive Board and Regular meetings of the membership. The files also contain minutes of Stop Work Meetings of Local 13's membership. The minutes are arranged chronologically.
Series II, Committee and Council Records, contains attendance records, correspondence, membership lists, minutes, notes, reports and working papers for the many committees created to administratively run ILWU activities. Continuations of committee records found in Parts I & II are included in this series. The files for the three Labor Relations committees (Area, Coast and Joint) are filed alphabetically, rather than together as seen in Part I. Labor relations files for the period 1970-1978 were included in the papers of Rudy Rubio. Trial Committee records were donated by Tony Salcido. Materials are arranged alphabetically by committee.
Series III, Arbitration Awards, consists of documents regarding union and employer complaints, conflicts and labor issues on the waterfront. Materials are arranged alphabetically by arbitration area.
Series IV, Longshore, Ship Clerks, and Walking Bosses Caucus, continues to document the caucus proceedings for the bi-annual meetings of the LSCWBC. Part I ended in 1965, Part II adds an additional two years of proceeding typescripts to the collection (April 1965-April 1967), and Part III adds further summarized minutes and committee reports (1971-1973; 1991). There are volumes missing as was the case in Parts I and II. Materials are arranged alphabetically.
Series V, Subject Files, consist of booklets, brochures, constitutional amendments, convention packets, correspondence, newspaper clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, policy statements, proposals, union reports, working papers and related documents covering a wide variety of topics. Of particular significance are convention packets and working papers of Lou Loveridge for the biennial convention of the ILWU for the period of 1965-1971, the meeting minutes of the International Executive Board for the period of 1974-1980, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) Bulletin 1983-1985 and the correspondence files of striking union locals. The series also contains a twenty-five percent (25%) sampling of conditional penalty reports, employer complaints, jurisdictional dispute report, union complaints and visitor registration slips. Files are arranged in alphabetical order and chronological within each subject area.
Series VI, General Correspondence Files, is a small series of ten (10) file folders contains those correspondence files saved by ILWU, Local 13. The files are arranged chronologically.
Series VII, ILWU Contract Agreements, contains agreements, correspondence, notes and working papers which document contract negotiations between the ILWU and the many waterfront employers hiring longshoremen and warehousemen. Of particular significance are the agreements with Crescent Warehouse Company, Ltd.; Koppel Bulk Terminal; M.G.R.S. Corporation, Catalina and the National Lines Bureau, Inc. The series also contains the basic West Coast agreements with the Pacific Maritime Association (formerly the Waterfront Employers Association) and the general commercial warehouse, gearmen and sweepers agreements. The files are arranged alphabetically.
Series VIII, ILWU Legal Case Files, contains cases brought before the District Court, Superior Court and Court of Appeals, the National Labor Relations Board, and the District Court for the District of Hawaii. The series includes incomplete legal files of correspondence, documents filed in court, and court notices, including petitions and notification correspondence. Other unions represented among the legal papers include the, International Association of Machinists, the Marine Clerks Association, and the Office and Professional Employees, Local 30. Cases are arranged alphabetically.
Series IX, ILWU Bulletins and Newsletters, contains the ILWU, Local 13 Bulletin for the period 1960-1972. Of particular importance are the Strike Bulletins put out during the 1971-1972 strike. Other ILWU publications represented in this small series include the Warehouse News, published by the ILWU Warehousemen’s Local 26 (1986-1990) and the Washington Report, published by the ILWU, Washington office (1962-1979). Materials are arranged alphabetically by publication title.
Series X, Financial Records, consists of financial statements from the Coast Pro-Rata Committee regarding Local 13 accounts as well as statements from the International and from Local 13. Materials are arranged alphabetically.