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Collection Scope and Content Note


The collection includes incoming letters, minute books, financial records, copies of agreements, and various documents relating to the operation of the Geneva Federation of Labor and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 840 (Geneva, N.Y.).



Specifically, the collection includes incoming letters to the Geneva Federation of Labor from officers of the affiliated locals dealing with employment of non-union workers by contracted employers (1925); jurisdictional disputes between IBEW and the Switchmen's Union (1919); disability benefits for members of affiliated unions (1925); expulsion of members from the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners for membership in the Trade Union Educational League (1925); the resignation of the Journeymen Barbers, Local 7 (1973); the "Buy American" campaign (1971); and the Labor Committee on Justice in Northern Ireland (n.d.)



Includes, as well, a Geneva Federation of Labor account book covering the years 1951-1959, detailing revenues and expenses of the Federation.



Also various documents relating to Geneva Federation of Labor operations, including applications for membership; questionnaires concerning working conditions in the area; and receipts and statements relating to Federation financial transactions (n.d.)



The IBEW, Local 840 file contains incoming letters relating to the origins of Local 840 (1918, 1966); entrance examination results (n.d.); jurisdictional disputes (1918, 1919, 1922, 1925); constitutional changes (1921); alleged mistreatment of a fair employer by Local 840 (1924); National Joint Apprenticeship Program (1945); wage scales of various IBEW locals since 1900 (1924); finances of the local (1945); and personnel matters (1946). Other documents include rituals of IBEW (n.d.); by-laws of the Geneva Federation of Labor (n.d.); agreements with local employers (1919-1938); a graph showing union wage movements from 1937-1969; and applications for membership (n.d.).

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