MS 79 - Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers International Union, Local 7-624
|Title||MS 79 - Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers International Union, Local 7-624|
This collection contains the correspondence and printed materials of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union, Local 7-624, which serves the employees of the Standard Oil Company Refinery located in Lima, Allen County, Ohio. This Local was organized in 1956 from the Refinery Workers' Federal Labor Union No. 23927. Included in the collection are the Constitutions, Bylaws, and Amendments which governed the activities of the Local as part of the International Union, as well as the contracts and agreements which were negotiated with the Standard Oil Company.
The internal organization of the Local is reflected in the correspondence and meeting minutes of the Stewards Council and Safety Committee. The process of arbitration between Union and Management over perceived contract violations is well-represented within the grievance files.
Other Locals of the O.C.A.W. are evident in the collection, including Local 7-626 representing the employees of the Chemical Nitrogen Plant Complex in Lima, Ohio. Many general labor issues relevant to all organized workers, including the Taft-Hartley "Right to Work" Bill, are contained within this collection.
The records were donated and transferred to the Center for Archival Collections in March 1979 by James R. Rose, Recording Secretary of Local 7-624. No restrictions exist on the use of this collection and duplication is permitted for the purpose of preservation and research. The collection was processed and the register prepared in June 1988, by Stephen C. Young, manuscript processor employed through a grant provided by the Ohio Historical Society.
The Refinery workers of the Standard Oil Company at Lima, Ohio were organized into Local 11-624 of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers, AFL-CIO, and received their charter in March 1956. Prior to this time the employees had been members of the Refinery Workers' Federal Labor Union No. 23927. Dissatisfaction with this organization was evident on 28 February 1956 when a majority vote was made to affiliate with the O.C.A.W. In 1961 the Local was redesignated as Local 7-624 in accordance with the redistribution of the O.C.A.W. regional districts; Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan comprising the new district 7.
The O.C.A.W. has been successful in organizing Local 11-626 at the Chemical Nitrogen Plant of Standard Oil in Lima. This Local had been Refinery Workers, Federal Labor Union No. 23422. The employees of the Ohio Window Cleaning Company who worked at the Standard Oil plant also were absorbed into O.C.A.W. Local 7-624 in 1960.
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The bulk of the records included in this manuscript collection defines the organization and activities of O.C.A.W. Local 7-624, 1956 to 1975, although some records dating from this Local's earlier affiliation as Refinery Workers' Federal Labor Union No. 23927 are included. Best represented are the negotiations and meetings conducted between the Union and the Management of the Sohio Oil Refinery in Lima, Ohio. In particular are the series of contract negotiations which took place almost annually between 1958 and 1973. Each series of deliberations are very well-represented by a sequence of Minutes and Bulletins which were printed and distributed by the Union to its members. Personal notes and memos by Union officers provide an even more intimate view of the negotiations process. Most of the Agreements signed at the termination of bargaining are included. The contract negotiations are arranged by record type (e.g. minutes, proposals, agreements) and by each new contract negotiation process (usually over a two year period).
Another major element of the collection are the files containing official grievances charged by the Union against management activities in the work place. Each contain the original or facsimile "Report on Complaint and Settlement" issued to company officials which describe perceived contract violations. Subsequent correspondence reveal the selection of a legal arbitrator as well as the arbitration hearing and the final decision.
Incoming and outgoing correspondence of Local 7-624 provide an exposure to the wide array of social and legislative issues which the Union dealt with between 1961 and 1970. More specialized correspondence and minutes generated by the Safety Committee and Stewards Council reveal more of the internal organization and government of this particular Local. Some files deal exclusively with the employees of the Ohio Window Cleaning Company who were organized and absorbed within Local 7-624 in 1960.
The papers and correspondence of the Petroleum Safety Code Committee record the early efforts of Ohio legislators, in combination with the O.C.A.W. to create and define a set of regulations for the oil industry within this state. The efforts and proposals of this committee were overturned.
Predictably the collection contains much about general labor issues on the local, state and national levels. Communications and printed materials from other O.C.A.W. Locals in the state of Ohio are included. Industry and company reports provide information which also might serve as a backdrop to the many activities of the O.C.A.W. Local 7-624.
AGREEMENTS, BYLAWS, AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENTS OF REFINERY WORKERS' FEDERAL LABOR UNION NO. 23927.
NEGOTIATIONS AND AGREEMENTS.
LOCAL 7-624 CORRESPONDENCE.
LIMA BULK PLANT.
O.C.A.W. OIL COUNCIL.
OHIO WINDOW CLEANING COMPANY.
PETROLEUM SAFETY CODE COMMITTEE.
SAFETY COMMITTEE, LOCAL 7-624.
STANDARD OIL COMPANY.
TAFT-HARTLEY "RIGHT TO WORK" BILL.
UNITED ACTION COMMITTEE.
STANDARD OIL COMPANY.