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X. General Executive Board. Minutes (restricted). [series]:
 
A. Minutes (restricted). [subseries]:
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October 16-17, 1914 - President Hillman and Clarence Darrow to Chicago on union business; "New Era" is not official organ of UGWA
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January 17-18, 1915 - Amalgamation of Journeymen Tailors' Union with Amalgamated Clothing Workers; Constitution adopted
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August 27-29, 1915 - re Amalgamation of Clothing Workers - "Gompers & his fellow workers - expelled Journeymen Tailors from the AFL..." because of their Amalgamation thus forcing them (Journeymen) to withdraw; growth of org. in various cities; resignation of Samuel Zorn from GEB; formation of NY Jt. Bd.; electing a woman, Bessie Abramowitz, to the Board to assist in organizing women in the clothing industry; local organizers; started a "fighting fund" by levying $l.00 tax on each member to aid in improvement of working conditions for members
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February 18-21, 1916 - Strike in Chicago and against independent firms; agreement in Baltimore with Henry Sonneborn & Company; union label; organizing situation in Philadelphia, "worst in the country"; Immigration
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October 9-14, 1916 - organizers' reports; Boston strike of 300 custom tailors; members urged to obtain citizenship; a women's department established; additional strike fund levy; publish union paper in all languages spoken by membership; Wholesale Clothing Clerks Union request for affiliation; Local 85 (NY) Pant Makers, requests separate treasury from NY Jt. Bd.; Fitters request separate local; movement for a 48 hr. week; clothing salesmen request affiliation; Minnesota Iron Range - IWW strikers request and granted support; Local 220, New Haven rejoins ACWA
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February 15-20, 1917 - 48 hour work week in NYC; agreements signed; Philadelphia general strike; Montreal strike - for right of workers to organize; local established in Syracuse; "IWW organization in Baltimore... is now out of existence"; St. Louis strike; Samuel Zorn of Boston requested to rejoin ACWA; arrangements complete for publication of union paper, "Advance"; Children's Clothing locals complaints re "being ignored & neglected by present officials"; Italian members in Chicago request own local
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August 16-19, 1917 - Discuss activities of organizers & locals in various cities; strikes; protests re work on military uniforms - "brutal methods of exploitation by union manufacturers"; representatives from Workmen's Council ask for cooperation of ACWU re "maintenance of Labor's rights & standards..." because of the war situation; cooperate with San Francisco Defense Conference; financial reports from the locals; United Radical Knitting Wkrs. of NY request affiliation
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February 19-23, 1918 - Conferences with American Clothing Manufacturers Association re wages; improvement of conditions of uniform workers; relief work for Jewish War Sufferers; members education; Knitters Union of NY request charter
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May 19, 1918 - Financial assistance for New York Call, Chicago Daily World, Naye Welt, Public Ownership, Brooklyn Labor Lyceum, Liberty Defense Union; and reports on locals from various cities
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September 2-6, 1919 - contracts settled in many cities with shorter hours and higher wages; organizing campaigns satisfactory; contributed financially to Amalgamated Textile Workers strikers in Paterson, NJ; dues raised to fifty cents per month; Shirtmakers (N.Y.) ask for strike help; machine installers of Chicago request affiliation; membership of GEB enlarged from 11 to 15; constitutional amendment providing for officially chartered Joint Boards instead of District Councils.
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January 26-29, 1920 - Journeymen Tailors' Union proposed affiliation; a Nat'l. Reserve Fund established; American Farmer - Labor Cooperative Commission discussed; investigation into graft charges of the Children's Clothing Organization; establishment of only one Jt. Bd. in NY rather than two; local union affiliating with Jt. Bds.; the office of treasurer abolished
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May 4-19, 1920 - discussion re cooperative bank established; a Research Bureau for the promotion of the Cooperative Movement organized; unemployment fund; an educational dept. established; Machinists on Pacific Coast financial appeal from NY Longshoremen and Pacific Coast Machinists members; appeal cases striking loom pickers of New Bedford, Mass. ask for assistance; protesting legislation re educational bills - NYS Legislature; discussion re amalgamation with Amalgamated Textile Workers; list of donations to various organizations
  164  
July 7-8, 1920 - Furriers Strike - Assisting them financially; bonding shop chairmen; Executive Committee of Cutters' Union complain re method of electing General Officers; organizing; depression in entire needle trades; strikes; ACWU Office building purchase; charters granted to Spongers & Examiners of Boston, Clothing Workers of Washington, D.C., women members of Chicago & possibility of granting a charter to the colored workers of Baltimore; Education Department director selected; ILGWU requests Amalgamated to participate in conference to form an alliance of the needle trade unions; draft constitution; Italian Chamber of Labor requests financial assistance for immigrants; Furriers ask for strike support; a credit union suggested; Buffalo strike situation; leadership training proposal from Rand School
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December 18-19, 1920 - Collective bargaining negotiations in NY; unemployment situation is serious; reports on Needle Trades Alliance Conference & International Congress; million dollar fund
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December 20-23, 1921 - Situation in NYC Children's Clothing industry; charges against Harry Cohen; dispute between locals 11 & 30 re auditing their books; establishment of a state bank in Chicago; Cloakmakers (NY) & Mine Workers, District 14 request financial assistance; charters requested from Clothing Workers of Troy, NY and Italian Clothing Workers of St. Louis; local mergers; plans for major organization drive; appeals for financial assistance; Hillman report on Hillman's trip to Russia
  164  
June 11-13, 1921 - New York fight a victory; Report on Canadian situation; standards of production; preparation for the next year's negotiations; organizing workers in Utica, NY and elsewhere; Italian Chamber of Labor requests money to place statue of Dante in Public Library
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October 6-8, 1921 - Meeting called due to situation in New York - power struggle between NY Joint Boards; approved appropriation of $150,000 for Russian Relief
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January 5, 24 & February 3, 1922 - Children's Clothing Industry in NY; union staffing in Boston - Hollander appointed; Rochester & Chicago collective bargaining negotiations
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May 3-6, 27, 1922 - Los Angeles - organizer being sent; re investments in Russia (Russian-American Industrial Corp.); Zorn, Boston Jt. Bd. re hearing - found guilty & prohibited from activity in the organization; organizing campaign in Philadelphia; reports on activities from various cities
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August 10-12, 1922 - Workers Party member asks for statement re whether member Verblin is a spy; still much dissatisfaction in N.Y. - causes of division among membership (substantial amount of documentation); dispute with the Forward; internal politics; success of the Chicago Bank
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January 4-6, 1923 - Outline by city of activities of locals & Jt. Bds; situation in NY still serious; appeals; requests for financial assistance; organization of a bank in NY; organization campaigns; discussion on industrial situation in different markets
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June 14-20, 1923 - Chicago agreement provides for unemployment insurance; negotiations in Rochester and Chicago; Buffalo, NY strike; charter applications; financial appeals to union; outside factions in NY still causing problems (extensive discussion); the Call requests financial aid - Amalgamated will donate if editorial policy is changed - it is to be a labor paper only and not to side with either the Socialists or Communists; industrial situation in NY is grave
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December 27-30, 1923 - organization campaigns; competition of non-union houses against union houses becoming very serious; unemployment; charter granted to San Francisco local - clothing industry developing on Pacific Coast; German Clothing Workers Union (German) request financial assistance; unemployment insurance being made an issue in NYC; general organization situation in Chicago; re working on a plan for generalinsurance; Amalgamated real estate
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May 6-20, 1924 - extension of the Unemployment Insurance Plan to all clothing centers; organization campaigns; reaffirm position with regard to the Labor Party; extension of banking activities to other cities; establishment of Sick and Death Benefit Fund; discussion re organization in Philadelphia; re investigation of Jack Pollard's actions during lockout, 1920-21; continued problems between men's clothing and children's clothing in NYC
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July 31, August 1-2, 1924 - NYC situation - Cutters & Clothing Workers oppose one Jt. Bd. idea - still problems in NY; requests for financial assistance; very little loyalty in Rochester - need for immediate action by GEB; protests re election in Rochester (several pages of hearings before GEB); creation of an editorial board and a women's dept.; Hillman's reports on Conference for Progressive Political Action
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November 10-13, 1924 - Discuss various work stoppages around the country; Rochester situation very satisfactory; financial situation is bad; NYC situation still not satisfactory; political situation re Labor Party
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February 9-14, 1925 - NY situation - attacks by "Freiheit", continued problems re the Jt. Bd. in NY; reports of various cities re negotiations and general conditions; resolution to make publication "Advance" a weekly paper; J.B.S. Hardman appeared before the Bd. suggesting the union get involved in recreational & educational activities among members' children; financial assistance for HIAS; RAIC (?)
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August 8-9, 1925 - Reports on strikes in many cities; Philadelphia employers seek to evade union working conditions; New York - in addition to Right-Left situation there is internal disturbance in Cutters' Union; Amalgamated strong in St. Louis; Cincinnati re firm of "Golden Rule" Nash; report on the progress of banks; Hillman authorized to go to Russia to look after interests of the RAIC
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December 18-23, 1925 - Strike of the Int'l. Tailoring Co. in NY cost $319,000; Report on Chicago situation re strikes, employment situation & organizing; Philadelphia situation re separate Italian local, method of election of officers; report on settlement with A. Nash Co. of Cincinnati; David Wolf resigns from Executive Bd.; Dorothy Bellanca resigns as head of Women's Bureau; requests for financial assistance; Hillman addresses members re NY situation, "This Board is ready to meet day & night with you to work out a program which will have to be subscribed to by all;" (lengthy discussion re NY situation); Amalgamated Investors Corporation; Report on RAIC; general financial situation of the organization
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May 6-8, 1926 - Montreal suffering wage cuts and French membership being exploited; British Labor Party asks for financial assistance; plans for upcoming convention; Reserve Fund; organization campaigns; out-of-town problem in shirt industry; building loan; general discussion re the Advance
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August 25-28, 1926 - New York - Fruhauf Settlement, Finkelstein Strike & Passaic situation; reports on Western District and Montreal; industrial situation in Philadelphia "is not good at all"; organization of shirtmakers in Philadelphia; various organizations ask for financial assistance; extensive discussion re problems in Rochester organization and proportional representation
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December 18-23, 1926 - Hillman reports that industry is very healthy with exception of Henry Sonneborn in Baltimore; Rochester is beginning to straighten itself out; organization campaign; discussion re whether or not to continue "language locals" in Boston; ILGWU asks for assistance because of the difficulty with the right-left situation within the union; organizing on the Pacific Coast; RAIC; negotiations being held with AFL for affiliation; (this folder includes outlines of organization activities, 1924-26, 14pp; union organization dues, etc., 1924-26, 9 pp; elections 1924-26, 4pp; official statements and outside activities, 1924-26, 2 pp; negotiations and agreements, 1924-26, 4 pp.; and miscellaneous other lists, as part of the 1926 GEB Report)
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May 3-5, 1927 - Discussion re stoppages in Rochester; piece work an issue; industrial situation in most areas very poor; Baltimore-Sonneborn many problems - "will probably go out of business"; reports on banks and Investors Corporation; discussion re possibility of merging the Amalgamated's Italian newspaper with Il Nuovo Mondo because of Nuovo Mondo's financial situation; Los Angeles - Mexican women being taught all operations in the shops - need for organizing
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October 13-15, 1927 - lengthy discussion re the industrial situation in N.Y.; re left wing situation in the organization, Hillman states, "we have made it a reality that no outsider representing an outside organization can hold office in our organization"; Toronto - re arbitrator's decision on Jewish holidays; re dividing locals in NY Children's Clothing into separate sections; questioning (appeal of) "Blugerman" by Hillman (several pages) re TUEL Communist Party and past evasion of payments to employers and whether or not he should be running for office in Toronto; requests for financial assistance
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February 15-17, 1928 - discussion re upcoming negotiations; reports from various cities - problems with unemployment; unemployment insurance; group life insurance; need for organizing in Philadelphia
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May 10-12, 1928 - plans for convention; appeals
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September 20-22, 1928 - strikes and organization drives; Cooperative Houses; requests for financial assistance
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January 31 - February 4, 1929 - persistent organization work in Philadelphia; some discussion of Nash agreement negotiated in Cincinnati; unemployment very bad in Rochester and organizing in Syracuse; political problems in NY organization; Housing Project
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September 26-28, 1929 - reports on activities from various cities; Syracuse fully organized by the Amalgamated - ILG now out of the city; Philadelphia problems stem from the "stupidity and irresponsibility of our local officers" according to Hillman (several pages discussing Philadelphia problems during major organizing campaign); Housing Project and other routine
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May 8-10, 1930 - Reports of activities in various cities - organizing, strikes, unemployment; Hillman says, "we are not on a sound basis financially...facing a grave problem of raising funds."
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November 27-29, 1930 - discussion of the industrial depression; upcoming negotiations; activities within Sonneborn Co.; discussion re negotiations for the 40 hour week; requests for financial assistance
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August 25-28, 1931 - New York situation; several pages re Appeals hearings in matter of Local 4 officers misappropriation of funds; and Beckerman resigning from G.E.B.
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February 1-3, 1932 - general industrial situation very bad-effects of the depression (wage reductions, shops closing, etc.); discussion of postponing convention due to lack of funds; GEB takes over management of NY Jt. Bd. because Board is bankrupt and failure industrially
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August 30 - September 1, 1932 - reports on activities from various cities; requests for financial assistance; Penn. organization drive; work stoppages in NY because of wage cuts; re financial status, Potofsky reports, "our obligations are numerous and our income is very slight."
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June 5-8, 1933 - Hillman discusses legislative activities and contacts (Roosevelt, Perkins, etc.) re "Black Bill" and "Industrial Bill"; minimum wage; discusses minimum wages for men and women (men $17.00 and women $14.00 per week) and the sex discrimination issue that would evolve; unemployment insurance; Hillman recommends a strong organization drive; Shirtmakers organizing drive successful
  165  
November 6-7, 1933 - discussion re Clothing Code authority; reports from various cities; Amalgamated re-affiliates with AFL; question of maintaining own label; request for funds from Paterson Silk strikers
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April 16-18, 1936 - (incomplete, several pages missing) Reports from cities; discussion re CIO Committee for Industrial Organizations); re difficulties in organizing in the South; organizing with shops making leather goods
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August 11, 1936 - Reports from cities; organizing in the south; includes address of Philip Murray; split in the AFL; Steel Organization Campaign contributions; union label; re the adoption of a pension plan for the Amalgamated.
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November 10-11, 1936 - re the re-election of Roosevelt and the need to work out a program for minimum wages and maximum hours; establishment of a legislative bureau; discussion re notice to employers for a general increase; discussion re union label; discussion re the AFL and CIO - the Amalgamated stating its position in support of the CIO
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April 19-22, 1939 - discussed problem of standardization of labor costs; report of price committee on recommended minimum standards; jurisdictional problems re ILGWU and Amalgamated; extensive discussion re problems concerning laundry workers
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August 9-12, 1939 - reports on stabilization program; report from Union Label Dept.; and other routine
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June 20-21, 1940 - discussion re life and health insurance for members; Hillman requests leave of absence to spend more time in Washington
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August 6, 1940 - Hillman reelected President; Potofsky installed as Gen. Sec.-Treas.; problems re manufacture of Army uniforms - bulk of business going to non-union shops; support of Roosevelt in upcoming campaigns; appropriated sum of $50,000.
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November 14-16, 1940 - Continued support of CIO; enforcement of stabilization program; educational activities to be broadened so as to include opposition to subversive influences
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February 28, 1941 - general wage increase
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May 1-3, 1941 - proposal for life and health insurance; consideration of plans for purchase of radio station; aid for British labor movement
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July 7-9, 1941 - report on organizing activities in the South; the need for a national department of laundry and cleaning workers to organize that group; participation in NYS CIO convention
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October 3-4, 1941 - possibility of postponing the convention because of national situation; and routine
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December 4-6, 1941 - draft agreement with ILGWU re jurisdiction; and routine
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January 14, 1942 - routine
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April 16-17, 1942 routine
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August 6, 1942 - routine
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October 12, 1942 - Denial of Army contracts to M. Wile and Sons of Buffalo; and general discussion of problems relating to government work
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November 4-7, 1942 - Discussion re the establishment of the life and health insurance plan; discussion concerning the work of the Amal. Service Org. - benefits to servicemen; proper distribution of war work
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December 10, 1942 - War relief contributions
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March 11, 1943 - routine
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May 3-8, 1943 - routine
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November 1, 1943 - Contribution of $100,000 made to CIO Political Action Committee
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December 2, 1943 - Discussion of paid vacations for the men's clothing industry; proposed statement on wage policy
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March 20-21, 1944 - Local 413, Pulp, Sulphite & Paper Mill Wrks. ask for affiliation
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May 8, 1944 - pre-convention business
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August 14, 1944 - work of the Political Action Committee
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November 18, 1944 - routine
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March 13, 1945 - routine
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July 19, 1945 - discussion re giving assistance to people of war-devastated lands and routine
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November 22-24, 1945 - organizing workers in the South; negotiations for wage increases
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April 29-30, 1946 - establishment of a retirement fund for clothing workers; enforcement of prohibition of homework; southern organization drive; discussion of proposed amendments to Fair Labor Standards Act re minimum wage; contributed $100,000 to United Auto Workers
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July 13, 1946 (special meeting) called because of death of Hillman; discussed memorials, etc., Potofsky elected President
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August 22, 1946 - nominations and election of officers; authorized contribution to Cornell University for a Hillman Memorial Scholarship
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November 15, 1946 - discussion re a Sidney Hillman Foundation; pledge of continued support to CIO Political Action Committee
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February 5-7, 1947 - discussion of the project for the establishment of a clothing factory in Italy; re position in answer to William Green's letter concerning organic unity of the AFL & CIO
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May 9, 1947 - discussion re the ILGWU invading jurisdiction of Amalgamated in Rochester, NY; plans for the establishment of a Health Center in Philadelphia
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August 6, 1947 - Taft-Hartley Law and campaign for enactment of amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act
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October 12, 1947 - routine
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October 23, 1947 - need to re-open collective bargaining agreements for wage increases
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December 11, 1947 - re Amalgamated Staff Retirement Plan
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February 3, 1948 - discussions re insurance funds; necessity to expand activities of the Education Department due to increased membership; political resolution re 3rd party movement; support of CIO Political Action Program
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May 3, 1948 - re proposed amendments to the constitution and resolutions and other pre-convention issues
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September 21, 1948 - routine
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January 28, 1949 - campaign to organize department store employees with support of CIO
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July 11, 1949 - re legislation for minimum wage
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October 31, 1949 - pledge of $250,000 to Steelworkers to aid them in their strike
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December 8, 1949 - discussion re political issues and candidates; union label campaign; summer schools
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May 8-14, 1950 - convention plans; routine
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September 15, 1950 - routine
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March 28, 1951 - routine
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May 24, 1951 - routine
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January 23, 1952 - routine
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May 6, 1952 - routine
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June 2, 1952 - routine
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July 28, 1952 - routine
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September 23, 1952 - re negotiations with Clothing Manufacturers Assn. & routine
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October 8, 1952 - routine
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November 30, 1952 - routine
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December 10, 1952 - routine
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January 29, 1953 - routine
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June 11, 1953 - routine
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October 7, 1953 - routine
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March 31, 1954 - routine
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May 4, 1954 - routine
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September 22, 1954 - routine
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February 22, 1955 - routine
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July 11, 1955 - routine
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October 20, 1955 - routine
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December 3, 1955 - routine
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January 24, 1956 - aid for IUE-Westinghouse strikers; affiliate with AFL-CIO Industrial Union Dept.
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May 16, 1956 - routine
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August 13, 1956 - routine
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January 21, 1957 - includes list of resolutions and actions of GEB on same and routine
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April 25, 1957 - routine
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May 13, 1957 - discussions re negotiation demands & counter proposals
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August 20, 1957 - routine
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November 13, 1957 - routine
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February 13, 1958 - difficulties in organizing in the southwest and the south; jurisdictional problems with the ILG; and routine
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May 5, 1958 - routine
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May 20, 1958 - report re union label campaign and routine
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July 7, 1958 - routine
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November 10, 1958 - routine
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March 24, 1959 - Vice-Pres. Charles Weinstein died March 19; due to industrial problems in clothing industry decided not to ask for general wage increase; and routine
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July 6, 1959 - problems re increasing amount of clothing being imported from Japan and Hong Kong; and routine
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September 17, 1959 - routine
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December 14, 1959 - economic problem of imports to the U.S.; and routine
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February 17, 1960 - routine
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May 23, 1960 - discussion of contract settlement; and routine
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February 14, 1961 - routine
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July 5, 1961 - routine
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November 29, 1961 - discussion re merger negotiations with International Glove Workers Union; and routine
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March 6, 1962 - routine
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May 7, 1962 - routine
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November 14, 1962 - re legislation on a 35 hour week for clothing workers; and routine
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February 11, 1963 - discussion of demands for forthcoming negotiations; organizing of Mexican workers going well; and routine
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May 20, 1963 - routine
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October 31, 1963 - routine
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February 26, 1964 - routine
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May 4, 1964 - routine
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September 10, 1964 - routine
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November 16, 1964 - routine
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March 1, 1965 - routine
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September 8, 1965 - routine
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December 16, 1965 - routine
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February 14, 1966 - reports of organizing accomplishments across the country very encouraging;
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report of legislative representative on defeat of repeal Sect. 14(B) Taft-Hartley Act and other legislative activities; includes GEB statement on Vietnam and routine
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May 16, 1966 includes proposed amendments to the constitution and routine
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October 17, 1966 - routine
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March 6, 1967 - routine
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June 5, 1967 - voted to assist Israel during the Mid-East crisis; and routine
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October 17, 1967 - re legislative representative discussed hearings re National Labor Relations Act and bill introduced to amend Section 302, Taft-Hartley which would establish funds for scholarships for members' children as well as establish day care centers February 27, 1968 - routine
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October 14, 1968 - routine
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March 4, 1969 - routine
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July 21, 1969 - routine
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August 28, 1969 (special meeting re cotton garment industry negotiations)
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November 17, 1969 - routine
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February 26, 1970 - routine
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May 18, 1970 - routine
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November 10, 1970 - routine
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December 2, 1970 - financial problems facing the General Office due to economy and industrial conditions
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February 25, 1971 - announced recent deaths of both Bessie Hillman & Joseph Schlossberg; and routine
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August 16, 1971 - routine
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November 19, 1971 - routine
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February 23, 1972 - routine
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May 22, 1972 - discussion re the Farah Strike in El Paso, San Antonio and Victoria, Texas; and routine
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August 7, 1972 - more discussion re Farah Strike and routine
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August 30, 1972 - Special meeting re status of cotton garment negotiations
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September 6, 1972 - special meeting re same as above
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September 13, 1972 - report on negotiations in outerwear and single pants industry
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September 16, 1972 - special meeting re issue of imports in current cotton negotiations; and routine
 
B. General Executive Board Resolutions [subseries]:
  167  
1914
  167  
1915
  167  
1916
  167  
1917
  167  
1918
  167  
1919
  167  
1920
  167  
1923
  167  
1924
  167  
1925
  167  
1926
  167  
1936
  167  
1939
  168  
1944
 
C. Jacob Potofsky's Notes on General Executive Board meetings [subseries]:
  168  
1947-49
  168  
1950-57
  168  
1958-59
  168  
1960-64
  168  
1965-68
  168  
1971-73