MS 146 - Cannery Workers, Local 146 (Napoleon, Ohio)
|MS 146 - Cannery Workers, Local 146 (Napoleon, Ohio)
The records of the Cannery Workers Local 146 of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butchers Workmen of North America, AFL-CIO date from 1944-1974. The history of this labor organization is reflected in a single linear foot of minutes (regular and executive board), dues, accounts, correspondence, and grievance reports.
The records of the Cannery Workers Local 146 were donated to the Center for Archival Collections in the summer of 1980 through the cooperation of David Gray of the Ohio Historical Society and Paul Yon, Director of Center for Archival Collections. Literary and property rights have been dedicated to the public and duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and scholarly research. The register was prepared by Jill Morse and modified by Jennifer Barner, graduate students at the university.
The Cannery and Allied Workers, Local 146, in Napoleon, Ohio, existed and was a member of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workman of North America, American Federation of Labor, as early as June 1948. In 1968, they were involved in a strike against the Campbell Soup Company, also of Napoleon. Materials documenting the further history of Local 146 are not available at this time.
Workers at the Lutz Canning Company in Defiance, Ohio, had organized Federal Labor Union #23229 by January 1942. A new agreement with Lutz Company in 1950 showed that the Union had become Local 626 of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters. On April l5, 1953, the decision was made to admit the Defiance Union into Local 146 of Napoleon.
|Scope and Content
A series of regular minutes spans from June, 1948 to April, 1960. These contain brief descriptions of all of the Local's activities as well as decisions made during the meetings and a recording of the voting. Minutes from the Executive Board and Stewards Meetings exist between 1959 and 1960.
Limited correspondence between the Union and the Lutz Canning Company introduces negotiations including price limitations and wage increases. Also in this folder are lists of rules for female workers.
The incoming and outgoing correspondence of Mr. Arthur Homer, secretary of the Local Union 146 for the year 1957 concerns official union business such as taxation, official forms, dues, contracts and regulations.
Financial reports cover only two years but list all of the Local's expenses.
Agreements between Local 146 and both the Lutz Canning Company and Campbell Soup detail considerations of wages, hours and conditions for limited years.
Two folders of grievance forms are predominately from workers seeking back pay or who have been laid off, but also contain a wide range of complaints.
Miscellaneous printed material includes a 1968 strike bulletin against Campbell Soup, a folder of press releases and memos from the Executive Board and a blank affidavit of nonaffiliation with the Communist Party.
MINUTES - REGULAR - LOCAL 146
MINUTES - EXECUTIVE BOARD
MINUTES - STEWARDS
CORRESPONDENCE - Lutz Canning Company - Defiance, Ohio
CORRESPONDENCE - Secretary Homer
DUES REGISTER - BOUND VOLUMES
NEWS RELEASES - Executive Board 146