MS 153 - United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices - Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Union - Local 42
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The records of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Union, Local 42, Norwalk, Ohio, date from 1909 to 1972. The history of this labor union is reflected in four linear feet of minutes, correspondence, agreements, financial reports and printed material.
The records of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters, Local 42, were donated to the Center for Archival Collections in 1980, through the cooperation of Mr. Ray Beckler, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 42. Literary and property rights have been dedicated to the public and duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. The register was prepared by Jill Morse, graduate assistant at Bowling Green State University, in March 1981, and revised in July 1988 by Susan Hughes, manuscript processor employed through a grant provided by the Ohio Historical Society.
The purpose of Local 42, as stated in its constitution, is: "To join in efforts to secure through the power of organization, both for ourselves and our children, a steady demand and a fair compensation for our toil, and a position in society to which, as wealth producers and citizens, we are justly entitled." The establishment of Local 42 was a result of a merger in November 1973 of four local plumbers unions: Local 637, Mansfield; Local 736, Galion; Local 224, Sandusky; and, Local 830, Lorain (itself a result of a merger of Local 290, Lorain; Local 423, Elyria; and, Local 650, Toledo). Norwalk was chosen as a convenient base for the nine county area. These same separate Locals, in order to further mutual concerns, belonged to the North Central Ohio Pipe Trades Council during the late 1940s and early 1950s, rotating monthly meetings among the cities.
The present offices (1997) of Local 42 are located at 187 Woodlawn Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio. Mr. Dave Mitchell serves as Business Manager.
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The records of Local 42 span the years, 1909-1972, and include the records of the various Locals which merged to form Local 42 in 1973. The bulk of the collection consists of the minutes, correspondence, agreements and financial records of Local 637, Mansfield, Ohio. Less fully represented are Local 290 and Local 830, Lorain; Local 650, Toledo; and, Local 423, Elyria.
The regular minutes of Local 637, which date from 1927 to 1963, are handwritten and often extremely difficult to read. These minutes do describe, however, the growth of the Local and the concerns of its members. Concerns of a wider nature are reflected in the minutes of the Ohio Pipe Trades Council, 1948-1952, and the Ohio State Association of Plumbers. The Ohio State Association had strong political objectives and the minutes and convention proceedings reflect the plumbers extreme dislike of Senator Taft and the anti organized labor legislation he supported.
Again the correspondence is largely that of Local 637. This correspondence includes that of the Business Agent Cole or Financial Secretary Dials, and concerns general office procedures, agreement negotiations and dues payments. The correspondence dates from the late 1940s to the very early 1970s. Another good source of information is the Business Agent Reports, which date from 1949-1953, and 1967-1969.
The dues registers reflect membership for such Locals as 830, Lorain (1959-1963); 290, Lorain (1909-1948); and 423, Elyria (1950-1954). Cash books and financial statements also are included in this record group.
Some printed materials on apprenticeship programs as well as newsclippings on contract negotiations are included in this collection.
MINUTES-CENTRAL OHIO PIPE TRADES COUNCIL
MINUTES (GRIEVANCE)-LOCAL 650.
MINUTES-OHIO STATE ASSOCIATION OF PLUMBERS
MINUTES-CONVENTION PROCEEDINGS OF THE OHIO STATE ASSOCIATION OF PLUMBERS
CORRESPONDENCE-AMERICAN SHIPBUILDING COMPANY
AGREEMENTS-AMERICAN SHIPBUILDING COMPANY
AGREEMENTS-OTHER OHIO PLUMBERS LOCALS
BUSINESS AGENT REPORTS-LOCAL 637
DUES PAYMENT REGISTERS