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International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), Local 13 Records, Part III

Overview

Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Executive Board and Regular Meetings, Local 13

Committee and Council Records

Arbitration Awards

Longshore, Ship Clerks, and Walking Bosses Caucus

Subject Files

General Correspondence Files

ILWU Contract Agreements

ILWU Legal Case Files

ILWU Bulletins and Newsletters

Financial Records



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International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), Local 13 Records, Part III, 1934-1998 | Special Collections & Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), Local 13 Records, Part III, 1934-1998Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1970-1989

ID: URB/ILWU-III

Primary Creator: International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, Local 13 (Wilmington, Los Angeles, Calif.)

Extent: 30.31 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Executive Board and Regular Meetings, Local 13, 1935-1991

Series II: Committee and Council Records, 1936-1993

Series III: Arbitration Awards, 1960-1991

Series IV: Longshore, Ship Clerks, and Walking Bosses Caucus, 1969-1993

Series V: Subject Files, 1934-1998

Series VI: General Correspondence Files, 1946-1991

Series VII: ILWU Contract Agreements, 1936-1991

Series VIII: ILWU Legal Case Files, 1946-1991

Series IX: ILWU Bulletins and Newsletters, 1960-1989

Series X: Financial Records, 1967-1993

Date Acquired: 00/00/1998

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Abstract

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is a labor union which primarily represents dock workers on the West Coast of the United States, and was established in 1937. The Los Angeles Chapter, Local 13, was established shortly thereafter. The collection documents the establishment, development, goals, and achievements of unionism on the Pacific Coast, including 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.

Biographical Note

In 1892, members of the longshore union met in Detroit, Michigan to christen their organization as the National Longshoremen's Association of the United States. The new union quickly became an official arm of the trade unionist movement by joining with the American Federation of Labor (AFL). With successful expansion into ports on the east and west coasts, including several Canadian ports by 1895, the union changed its name to the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA).

By the end of 1933, West Coast longshoremen voted to suspend local ILA president Lee Holman rather than accept a conservative contract largely supported by the East Coast membership. This was a major setback for ILA president Joe Ryan. Thus, the 1934 West Coast Longshore Strike began.

Union solidarity and commitment to coast-wide bargaining gained during the early days of the 1934 West Coast Strike and the support shown through the San Francisco General Strike gave longshoremen the confidence they needed to turn down the settlement agreed to by Joe Ryan, President of the ILA, and continue the strike. Except for San Pedro longshoremen, whose conservative leadership convinced its membership to abide by the agreement, the rest of the West Coast locals voted in favor of continuing their violent struggle for recognition and a coast wide agreement more favorable to dockworkers.

The 1934, West Coast Strike was the first truly successful attempt by the ILA to gain control of the waterfront. It was also the beginning of the end for the conservative faction within the International to maintain control of the West Coast longshoremen. On October 12, 1934 a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) arbitration ruling awarded the longshoremen increases in base rates of pay, provisions for penalty cargo rates, the establishment of the thirty-hour work week, and, most important, joint operation of the hiring hall whereby dispatchers would be selected by the ILA.

In the coming years, numerous setbacks coupled with the lack of International support for the 1936 West Coast 98-day maritime strike led many of the West Coast locals to form an independent "Waterfront Federation." The final break from the ILA came in May during the 1937 Annual Convention of the ILA's Pacific Coast District, when three resolutions were passed by the membership to leave the AFL to join the newly established Committee of Industrial Organizations (later known as the CIO).

In August 1937, the CIO issued a new charter to the "International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union" (ILWU). Then, in June 1938, the National Labor Relations Board voted in favor of the ILWU as the recognized bargaining agent for the entire Pacific Coast. The ILWU has remained separate from the ILA since these early jurisdictional, political and organizational disputes. In 1950, the ILWU would again face political turmoil with a growing conservatism within the CIO. The longshoremen of the West Coast, along with ten other "left-wing" unions were expelled from the CIO during the early years of the Cold War. The fact that the ILWU was the only union to survive this drastic measure by the national organization attests to the solidarity of its leadership and membership and their continued commitment to union activism.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, Local 13

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Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Robert G. Marshall, Tony Salcido, April Feldman, 2007

Finding Aid Revision History: April Feldman, 2014


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Executive Board and Regular Meetings, Local 13, 1935-1991]
[Series II: Committee and Council Records, 1936-1993]
[Series III: Arbitration Awards, 1960-1991]
[Series IV: Longshore, Ship Clerks, and Walking Bosses Caucus, 1969-1993]
[Series V: Subject Files, 1934-1998]
[Series VI: General Correspondence Files, 1946-1991]
[Series VII: ILWU Contract Agreements, 1936-1991]
[Series VIII: ILWU Legal Case Files, 1946-1991]
[Series IX: ILWU Bulletins and Newsletters, 1960-1989]
[Series X: Financial Records, 1967-1993],
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Series VII: ILWU Contract Agreements, 1936-1991Save to your list.
Box 57Save to your list.
Folder 4: Agrex, Inc., Agreement, 1981 December 9, 1985 January 7Save to your list.
Folder 5: Agrex, Inc./Koppel Bulk Terminal, Agreement, Correspondence, Notes, 1976-1984Save to your list.
Folder 6: Agrex, Inc./Koppel Bulk Terminal, Agreement, Attachment, Correspondence, 1978-1985Save to your list.
Folder 7: Agrex, Inc./Koppel Bulk Terminal, Annotated Agreement Drafts, 1979, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 8: Agrex, Inc./Koppel Bulk Terminal, Attachments, Correspondence, Labor Relations Committee Minutes, 1978-1984Save to your list.
Folder 9: Agrex, Inc./Koppel Bulk Terminal, Correspondence, 1977-1979Save to your list.
Folder 10: Agrex, Inc./Koppel Bulk Terminal, Correspondence, 1980-1985Save to your list.
Folder 11: Agrex, Inc./Koppel Bulk Terminal, Benefits, Correspondence, 1977-1979Save to your list.
Folder 12: Agrex, Inc./Koppel Bulk Terminal, Benefits, Attachments, Correspondence, Lists, 1980-1981Save to your list.
Folder 13: Agrex, Inc./Koppel Bulk Terminal, Manning and Jurisdiction, Attachments, Correspondence; Joint Longshore Labor Relations Committee Minutes, 1978-1980Save to your list.
Folder 14: Agrex, Inc./Koppel Bulk Terminal, Negotiations, Attachments, Correspondence, Proposal, 1979-1981Save to your list.
Folder 15: Agrex, Inc./Koppel Bulk Terminal, Safety Standards, Attachments, Correspondence, Information Sheets, Survey, 1978-1984Save to your list.
Folder 16: Al Pierce Co., Correspondence, Lumber Agreement, 1966, 1969Save to your list.
Folder 17: American Bulk Loading Enterprise, Inc., Arbitrations, Attachments, Contracts, Correspondence, Letters of Understanding, National Labor Relations Board Charges, 1968-1979Save to your list.
Box 58Save to your list.
Folder 1: American Bulk Loading Enterprise, Inc., Arbitrations, Attachments, Coast Labor Relations Committee Minutes; Correspondence, 1980-1987Save to your list.
Folder 2: American Bulk Loading Enterprise, Inc., Agreements, Notes, Proposals, 1979-1981Save to your list.
Folder 3: American Bulk Loading Enterprise, Inc.-Hugo Neu-Proller Co., Arbitration, Correspondence, 1962-1984Save to your list.
Folder 4: American Bulk Loading Enterprise, Inc.-Hugo Neu-Proller Co., Arbitration, Correspondence, 1962-1963, 1971-1984Save to your list.
Folder 5: American Bulk Loading Enterprise, Inc.-Hugo Neu-Proller Co., Contract Negotiations, Attachments, Correspondence, Notes, 1985-1987Save to your list.
Folder 6: American Bulk Loading Enterprise, Inc.-Hugo Neu-Proller Co., Contract Negotiations, Arbitration, Attachments, Correspondence, Notes, 1988-1989Save to your list.
Folder 7: American President Lines, Ltd., Attachments, Collective Bargaining Agreement, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 8: Carloaders, Sweepers and Warehouse, Supplemental Agreements, 1954-1956, 1978, 1987-1991Save to your list.
Folder 9: Catalina Boat (M.G.R.S.), Agreement, Arbitration, Correspondence, 1973-1980Save to your list.
Folder 10: Catalina Steamship, Minutes of Negotiation, 1958 November 2Save to your list.
Folder 11: Commercial Warehouse, Agreement, Memorandum of Understanding, July 1981, March 1982Save to your list.
Folder 12: Commercial Warehouse, Draft Agreements, ca. 1982Save to your list.
Folder 13: Consolidated Cargo Service, Inc., Agreement, Letter of Recognition, November 1970, February 1971Save to your list.
Folder 14: Consolidated Dock and Storage Company, Agreement, Correspondence, November 1967-November 1968Save to your list.
Folder 15: Consolidated Freight Station, Coast Labor Relations Committee Minutes, Draft Agreement, 1970-1971Save to your list.
Folder 16: Crescent Warehouse Company, Ltd., Draft Agreement, 1970Save to your list.
Folder 17: Crescent Warehouse Company, Ltd., Letter of Understanding, 1984 November 1Save to your list.
Folder 18: Crescent Warehouse Company, Ltd., Correspondence, List, Memorandum of Understanding, Notes, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 19: C-Trader Beef-Steam Schooner Beef Agreement, Arbitration, Correspondence, District Court Decision, Labor Relations Committee Minutes, National Labor Relations Board Decision; Newspaper Clipping, Resolution, 1936, 1950-1951Save to your list.
Folder 20: Foremen’s Agreement, Agreements, 1951-1959Save to your list.
Folder 21: Foremen’s Agreement, Agreement, Attachment, Correspondence, 1978, 1987Save to your list.
Folder 22: Foremen’s Agreement, Attachments, Correspondence, 1980, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 23: Foremen’s Agreement, Correspondence, Proposed Agreement, 1953, 1954Save to your list.
Folder 24: Foremen’s Agreement, Correspondence, 1965-1969Save to your list.
Folder 25: Foremen’s Agreement, Correspondence, 1970-1979Save to your list.
Folder 26: Foremen’s Agreement, Port Supplement, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 27: In-Terminal Service Corporation, Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, LA, Agreements, 1988, 1991Save to your list.
Box 59Save to your list.
Folder 1: Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, Application, Bargaining Procedure, Correspondence, 1987, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 2: International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodges 94 (Los Angeles, CA) and 1484 (Willington, CA), Agreement, 1973 January 24Save to your list.
Folder 3: ILWU-International Longshore Association Mutual Aid Agreement, Correspondence, 1977Save to your list.
Folder 4: Jore Marine Services, Inc., Agreement, 1985 November 18Save to your list.
Folder 5: Kaiser International Corporation Agreement, 1985 June 29-1987 July 1Save to your list.
Folder 6: Kaiser International Corporation Agreement, 1985 June 29-1987 July 1Save to your list.
Folder 7: K.C.G.M. Transport, Interim Agreement, 1982 March 22Save to your list.
Folder 8: Marine Terminals Corporation, Agreement, July 1989Save to your list.
Folder 9: Martin Ship Service Co., Agreement regarding Shifting Guarantees, 1959 August 17Save to your list.
Folder 10: National Lines Bureau, Agreement, Correspondence, Index, Notes, Procedures, Proposal, 1972-1977Save to your list.
Folder 11: National Lines Bureau, Correspondence, Notes, Proposal, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 12: National Lines Bureau, Attachments, Notes, 1979Save to your list.
Folder 13: National Lines Bureau, Agreement, 1990 July 1Save to your list.
Folder 14: National Metal & Steel Corp, Arbitration Notes, Correspondence, Labor Relations Committee Minutes, 1959-1967Save to your list.
Folder 15: National Metal & Steel Corp, Attachments, Correspondence, Labor Relations Committee Minutes, 1965-1985Save to your list.
Folder 16: Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 30 (Long Beach, CA), Contract Proposals, 1989, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 17: Pacific Coast Cement Company, Proposed Agreement, 1981 September 15Save to your list.
Folder 18: Pacific Coast Cement Company, Correspondence, Labor Relations Committee Minutes, Proposed Agreement, 1981, 1982Save to your list.
Folder 19: Pacific Maintenance Co., Agreement, January 1991Save to your list.
Folder 20: Pacific Maritime Association, Agreement, June 1988Save to your list.
Folder 21: Pacific Maritime Association, Agreement, Labor Relations Committee Minutes, 1986 July 18, 1990 October 16Save to your list.
Folder 22: Pacific Maritime Association, Agreement, Memorandum of Understanding, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 23: Pacific Maritime Association, Supplementary Agreement, March, July 1984Save to your list.
Folder 24: Pacific Maritime Association, Wage Scales, 1958-1972Save to your list.
Folder 25: Pacific Maritime Association (Oregon Area), Agreement, 1953 September 17Save to your list.
Folder 26: Pacific Northwest Grain Elevator Operators, Memorandum of Understanding, Supplemental Letter of Agreement, 1984Save to your list.
Folder 27: Sause Bros. Barge, Agreement, Attachments, Correspondence, Labor Relations Committee Minutes, Letter of Understanding, Supplemental Memorandum of Understanding, 1963-1979Save to your list.
Folder 28: Sause Bros. Barge, Arbitrations, Attachments, 1971, 1979Save to your list.
Box 60Save to your list.
Folder 1: Sause Bros. Ocean Towing Co., Inc., Supplement to Agreement, 1978, 1979Save to your list.
Folder 2: Seatrain Pacific Services, Inc., Contract, 1978 December 20Save to your list.
Folder 3: Sweepers Agreement, Amendment, 1955 January 5Save to your list.
Folder 4: Sweepers Agreement, Negotiations, Committee Minutes, 1960 June 22Save to your list.
Folder 5: Terminal Warehouse, Agreements, 1967-1970Save to your list.
Folder 6: Vegetable Oil Products Company, Inc., Agreement Proposal, Correspondence, National Labor Relations Board Order (Case No. 21-RC-7374), Newsletter, Pension Pamphlet, 1961, 1962Save to your list.

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[Series I: Executive Board and Regular Meetings, Local 13, 1935-1991]
[Series II: Committee and Council Records, 1936-1993]
[Series III: Arbitration Awards, 1960-1991]
[Series IV: Longshore, Ship Clerks, and Walking Bosses Caucus, 1969-1993]
[Series V: Subject Files, 1934-1998]
[Series VI: General Correspondence Files, 1946-1991]
[Series VII: ILWU Contract Agreements, 1936-1991]
[Series VIII: ILWU Legal Case Files, 1946-1991]
[Series IX: ILWU Bulletins and Newsletters, 1960-1989]
[Series X: Financial Records, 1967-1993],
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