Retail Clerks Union Local 770 Scrapbook Collection, 1942-1959

Title: Retail Clerks Union Local 770 Scrapbook Collection, 1942-1959
ID: URB/RCU
Extent: 12.18 Linear Feet
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The Retail Clerks International Union (RCIU) Local 770 works to secure rights, negotiate wages, and resolve contract disputes for California-based retail employees. Joseph T. DeSilva helped form the RCIU and led Local 770 as executive secretary for over 35 years. DeSilva realized the RCIU’s political potential, leveraging strikes and shrewd negotiation tactics for local union members. Local 770 supported women’s rights, fair pay for African Americans and other minorities, labor legislation, and worked to address concerns of the surrounding community. The Retail Clerks Union, Local 770 Scrapbook Collection documents the union’s organizational activities, including union strikes, labor disputes, and worker-oriented political activity. The collection consists of scrapbooks containing national and local newspaper clippings, correspondence, pamphlets, magazines, photographs, campaign flyers, conference documentation, and other materials. Scrapbooks roughly cover the years 1942 to 1959.
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