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United Packinghouse Workers of America, Local 11 : Records, 1937-1976


3 cartons, 2 file boxes, 2 oversize boxes


Local 11 of the United Packinghouse Workers of America began as a local union in 1935 and became part of the Packinghouse Worker Organizing Committee of the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1937. In 1943 the UPWA-CIO was established and Local 11 became the official Boston local. After the Colonial Strike of 1954-1955, Local 11 was decertified by the National Labor Relations Board as a result of a vote by non-strikers. The union was recertified as Local 616 in 1956 after the strike settlement

Scope and Content

The collection includes minutes from the PWOC Local 11 meetings and some papers from the Sausage Strike of 1949. The records relating to the Colonial Strike in 1954-1955 include correspondence, clippings, and press releases.

Three additional boxes, including grievance files (1940s-1980s) and Shop Talk files (1957-1986), have not been processed.