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American Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union Local No. 147, AFL-CIO records

 Collection
Identifier: MS-BC17

Scope and Contents

The American Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union Local No. 147, AFL-CIO records consist of 5.4 cubic feet and 51 oversize bound volumes of minutes, bank statements, bills and receipts, dues records, contract negotiations, convention notes, reports, orders and remittances, tax returns, cash books, union cards, financial daybooks, group insurance policies and welfare and pension records. The collection documents the operations of the local union, primarily during the 1950s and 1960s.

The collection is arranged in 4 files: Minutes, 1915-1966; Subject File, 1915-1968 [1947-1968]; Daybooks, 1944-1969; and Welfare and Pension Funds File, 1950-1963. The Minutes File, 1915-1966 (Box 1) is arranged chronologically and includes 6 bound volumes and loose-leaf pages of minutes from union meetings from March 13, 1915 to December 10, 1966. Minutes are missing between 1919 and 1924; and 1943 and 1955. The minutes tell of actions and resolutions as well as changes in membership of the local union.

The Subject File, 1915-1968 [1947-1968] (Boxes 1-8) is arranged alphabetically by file name, and includes financial records, bank statements, bills and receipts, dues records, convention notes, orders and remittances and tax returns. Material relating to the expulsion of the Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union of America from the AFL-CIO and the chartering of Local #147 with the American Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union in 1957 is included within this file.

The Daybooks, 1944-1969 (Oversize Bound Volumes 1-51) are arranged chronologically and contain financial records such as dues payments and union expenditures.

The Welfare and Pension Funds File, 1950-1963 (Boxes 8-12) is arranged by date spans. The file contains information and records of group insurance, welfare payments and claims and pension payments. The welfare and pension payment records are arranged by participating establishment name.

Dates

  • 1915 - 1969

Historical Sketch

The Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union of America was first organized as a national labor union in 1886 under the name Journeymen Bakers National Union of the United States. The union became affiliated with the American Federation of Labor in 1887. In 1903 the name was changed to the Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union. In 1904 Local #147 was organized in Springfield, Illinois with membership made of local bakery workers. At that time the chapter was chartered by the national union. The union’s purpose was to serve workers of the baking, confectionery and related occupations, providing the following: organizational action; education and enlightenment; standards for labor hours and wages; establishment of employment offices and assistance to its members.

In 1957 the AFL-CIO expelled the Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union from its organization of affiliated trade unions because of charges of “unethical” practices levied at the president and vice-president of the union. (Primarily, the complaint involved misuse of funds.) A new union, the American Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union was immediately formed and chartered by the AFL-CIO. Local #147 became affiliated with the new national union late in 1957.

Eventually, due to shrinking numbers, Local #147 merged with other chapters in Central Illinois to form Local #316. In 1978 The American Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union merged with the Tobacco Workers’ International Union to form the Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers’ International Union.

Extent

5 Linear Feet (12 manuscript boxes, 51 oversize bound volumes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Organized in 1904, Local #147 served Springfield, Illinois bakery and related industries workers with union power; pension, insurance and welfare programs; set wage and hour standards; and employment assistance. First aligned with the Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union of America, the local chapter became affiliated with the American Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union in 1957.

Minutes, financial records, convention notes, financial daybooks, insurance, pension and welfare records. The collection documents the official operations of the local chapter. Includes material relating to the expulsion of the Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union of America from the AFL-CIO in 1957.
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

Contact:
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Springfield IL 62701 US
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