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Guide to the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers, Local 25 Records
1933-1971



Manuscript Collection No.: 1608
Accession No.: 1608-001
Creator: International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers. Local 25 (Tacoma, Wash.) , creator
Title: International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, Local 25 records
Date Span: 1933-1971
Quantity: 3.61 cubic feet (4 boxes and one oversize vertical folder)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Seal of the Internation Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers. Special Collections, UW Libraries

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Historical Note

The International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (formerly the Western Federation of Miners) was formed in 1916, and weathered repeated accusations of Communism against its leadership during the 1940s and 1950s; in 1967 it merged with the United Steelworkers of America. Local 25 of the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers was organized in 1933 by workers at the Tacoma Smelter of the American Smelting and Refining Company. It continued as Local 25 of the United Steelworkers of America when the International merged with the United Steelworkers. The Tacoma Smelter, located on Commencement Bay in the company town of Ruston, Washington, had been in existence since1889. It was founded by William R. Rust as the Tacoma Smelting and Refining Company, and began operating in 1890. In 1905 the smelter was purchased by the American Smelting and Refining Company. The facility was originally used to smelt and refine lead, but in 1912 it was converted to a copper smelter and refinery.

Arrangement

The materials are arranged in five subgroups:

  • Administrative Records of Local 25, 1933-1971
  • International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, Local 25, Ladies' Auxiliary, 1949-1952, undated
  • International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, Local 25, Workmen's Safety Committee of the Tacoma Smelter, 1944-1968
  • Workmen's Hospital and Benefit Committee of the Tacoma Smelter
  • International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, 1948-1965

Scope and Content

The papers consist primarily of Local 25's administrative records, including materials relating to grievances and negotiations, arbitration of several grievances, agreements with the Tacoma Smelter, and Local 25's newsletter The Straight of It. There is minimal documentation of a strike in 1946 and a lockout in 1950, and a more significant amount of material relating to a lockout and extended work stoppage in 1959. Most material dates from before the merger of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers with the United Steelworkers of America, but some ephemera from after the merger are present in Administrative Records.

The Ladies' Auxiliary material consists primarily of minutes and a ritual book. The Workmen's Safety Committee material includes minutes, correspondence, accident reports and newsletters. The Hospital and Benefit Committee material includes correspondence, minutes and summaries of health and welfare plans. The material from the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers consists primarily of board meeting minutes, reports, fact sheets, newsletters and bulletins, and subject files concerning bargaining with the American Smelting and Refining Company, and a union representation campaign in Idaho.

Major correspondents include John Caughlan, Local 25's attorney and several executive officers of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, Local 25, 19 early 1960's: William E. Lee, Business Agent/Financial Secretary; Elmer Olson, Secretary/Secretary-Treasurer/Financial Secretary; Irving Dichter, Secretary-Treasurer; Arthur W. Stuart, Research Director; John Clarke, President; and Al Skinner, President.

Digital Content/Other Formats

The papers are also available on microfilm.

Physical/Technical Access

Records are stored off site; advance notice required for use.

Restrictions on Access

Access restricted: For terms of access, contact repository.

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info

Gift of the United Steelworkers Union, Local 25, via Rodger Vandegrift in 1971.

Separated Material

Eight state and federal government publications were offered to the Government Publications Collection in the Libraries.

Related Material

The records of the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers Union are presently in the Archives, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries.


Inventory

  
Box/FolderDate
Administrative Records1933-1971, undated
Scope and Content: Some documentation from the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers is also present.
1/1Organizational Features1941, undated
1/2-5General Correspondence1941-1969, undated
1/6-17Interorganizational Correspondence1954-1967
Scope and Content: Correspondence between Local 25 and the International Union, including its American Smelting and Refining Company Council
1/18Minutes1951, undated
Scope and Content: Primarily contains minutes of shop stewards' meetings but also union committee meetings, a meeting of the Seattle-Tacoma "LE Committee" (apparently concerned with environmental and safety issues, but the actual name is unknown), publicity committee meetings and some which are completely unidentified.
1/19-24Agreements1945-1968
Scope and Content: Folder 1/24 contains an undated summary of agreements from 1937-1954
1/25Agreements - Other Unions and Locals1948, 1950, 1953, 1955
1/26Wage Scales1941, 1954, undated
1/27Manual of Smelter Workers' Dutiesundated
Scope and Content: Manual includes wage scales; folder also contains one page of operating instructions for selenium scrubbing equipment.
1/28-33Grievances and Negotiations1948-1963, undated
1/34-38Arbitration1943-1944, 1948, 1958, 1960
1/39Hearings; Hearings on Unemployment Compensation 19591959
1/40Appeals; Appeals - Washington State Department of Employment Security1960
Subject Files
2/11946 Strike1946, undated
2/21950 Lockout1950, undated
2/31959 Health and Welfare Contracts1959, 1960
2/4-71959 Lockout1955, 1959, undated
Scope and Content: Includes correspondence, negotiations, clippings and other related materials.
2/81959 Negotiations
2/9Building and Playground1950-1955
2/10Coeur d'Alene Strike1960
2/11Japanese Competition for Copper Smelting1961, 1962
Scope and Content: Includes one letter from Representative Thor Tollefson to William Lee, then Local 25's business agent.
2/12Lead Quotas1963, undated
2/13Pension Plan1941, 1956-1968
2/14Slavonian Hall Building1958
2/15-21United Steelworkers of America1968, undated
Scope and Content: Includes two letters from members withdrawing from the union, and flyers regarding union issues, both local and national. Also present are materials produced by the United Steelworkers of America, including copies of its constitution, adopted resolutions, reports and ephemera.
2/22William Lee Executive Board Campaign
2/23-3/2Membership Records1931-1970
Scope and Content: Includes yearly member lists, meeting attendance records, withdrawals claimed, reclassification requests and other materials.
3/3-7Election Materials1941-1959, undated
Scope and Content: Includes ballots, tallies, resolution drafts, campaign ephemera and other materials.
3/8-14Financial Records1955-1967, undated
Scope and Content: Includes monthly and quarterly reports to the international union.
3/15-17Newsletter; The Straight Of It 1945-1964, 1971, undated
3/18Newsletters; Other Organizations1964
3/19Press Releases1963
3/20Lists; Tacoma Smelter Staffundated
3/21-23Ephemera of Local 25 and others1947, 1961, undated
3/24Legislation1962, 1965, 1969
3/25-26Clippings1961, 1965, 1969, undated
Scope and Content: One folder contains the contents of an envelope labeled "News Clippings News Tribune (Copper Situation) 1961"

  
Box/FolderDate
International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, Local 25, Ladies' Auxiliary1949-1952, undated
3/27Ritual Bookundated
3/28-29Minutes1949-1952, undated

  
Box/FolderDate
International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, Local 25, Workmen's Safety Committee of the Tacoma Smelter1944-1968, undated
3/30General Correspondence1956-1968
3/31-39Minutes1957-1968
3/40Minutes; Washington State Metal Workers' Safety Committee1961, 1966-1967, 1970
3/41Subject File; Safety Tours1956
3/42-43Accident Reports1952, 1956-1968
3/44Accident Reports; Other American Smelting and Refining Company Plants1962, 1964
3/45Newsletters1957
3/46Newsletters; Other Organizations1959-1960
3/47-48Reports; Other Organizations1960, 1962
3/49-50Safety and Health Standards1956, 1958, 1960, 1970, undated
Safety Rules and Regulations; American Smelting and Refining Company1944, 1949-1950, 1959
3/51Conference and Convention Files; Governor's Eleventh Annual Industrial Safety Committee1960
3/52Ephemera1961, undated
3/53Press Releases1959, 1962

  
Box/FolderDate
Workmen's Hospital and Benefit Committee of the Tacoma Smelter1941-1967, undated
4/1Organizational Featuresundated
4/2General Correspondence1957-1967
4/3Minutes1955, 1958-1959
4/4Agreements1952, 1956, 1962, undated
4/5Resolutions1952
4/6Appeals1962
4/7Health and Welfare Plan Summaries1941-1964, undated
4/8Ephemera1953, undated
4/9Clippingsundated

  
Box/FolderDate
International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers1948-1965, undated
4/10Minutes1961-1963
Scope and Content: Minutes of the Executive Board and Canvassing Committee.
4/11Statements1961, 1963
4/12Arbitration1961
4/13Fact Sheets1950, 1961-1963, undated
Scope and Content: Includes material from the Education and Research Departments.
4/14Reports of the Canvassing Committee and Research Department1963, undated
4/15Newsletter; Mine-Mill Legislative Letter 1948-1965
Bulletins
Mine Mill Research Department1950
4/16Mine Mill Strike Bulletin1959
4/16Mine-Mill's Bargaining Bulletin1964
4/17Officers & Stewards Bulletin1964
4/17Mine Mill Staff Bulletin1965
4/18-19Conference and Convention Files1959, 1962-1965
Scope and Content: Includes material from annual national conventions.
Subject Files
4/201959 Demands1959
4/21-221964 Bargaining1964, undated
4/23Bunker Hill Mine Union Representation Vote 1964, undated
Scope and Content: Ephemera produced by the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers as well as the United Steelworkers of America and Northwest Metal Workers, who were competing to represent workers at Idaho's Bunker Hill mine.
4/24Press Releases1960-1965
4/25Health and Welfare Manualundated
4/26Ephemera1964, undated
Oversize V.F. 84Ephemera    OVERSIZE1964, undated

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Caughlan, John, 1909-
Clark, John.
Dichter, Irving.
Lee, William E.
Olsen, Elmer W.
Skinner, A. C., (Al C.)
Organizations:
International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers. Local 25 (Tacoma, Wash.)--Archives.
United Steelworkers of America. Local 25 (Tacoma, Wash.)
Geographic Names:
Tacoma (Wash.)--Economic conditions.
Subjects:
Collective bargaining--Metal-workers--Washington (State)--Tacoma.
Labor movement--Washington (State)--Tacoma.
Metal-workers--Employees--Labor unions--Washington (State)--Tacoma.
Metal-workers--Labor unions--Washington (State)--Tacoma--Archives.
Mineral industries--Employees--Labor unions--Washington (State)--Tacoma.
Strikes and lockouts--Washington (State)--Tacoma.
Genre Headings:
Administrative records.
Agreements.
Newsletters.
Last modified: February 16, 2013
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