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Standard Coil Organizing Campaign Collection (UE vs. IUE-CIO), 1949-1954, n.d.
MSS 058  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content
  • Separated Materials
  • Related Material at the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Standard Coil Organizing Campaign Collection (UE vs. IUE-CIO),
    Date (inclusive): 1949-1954, n.d.
    Collection number: MSS 058
    Creator: Unknown
    Extent: 1 half-box

    1/6 linear foot
    Repository: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
    Los Angeles, CA 90044
    Abstract: Flyers and other materials pertaining to the fight between three unions, the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE), the International Union of Electrical, Radio, & Machine Workers, Congress of Industrial Organizations (IUE-CIO), and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), over the right to represent Standard Coil workers in 1951-1953. Also a few pamphlets published by the UE and flyers on other concerns of the day.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Donated to the Library by Alan Bomser on February 22, 1994.

    Access

    The collection is available for research only at the Library's facility in Los Angeles. The Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Researchers are encouraged to call or email the Library indicating the nature of their research query prior to making a visit.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. Researchers may make single copies of any portion of the collection, but publication from the collection will be allowed only with the express written permission of the Library's director. It is not necessary to obtain written permission to quote from a collection. When the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research gives permission for publication, it is as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Standard Coil Organizing Campaign Collection (UE vs. IUE-CIO), Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles, California.

    Organizational History

    In the early 1950s three unions vied for the right to represent the workers at the Standard Coil plant in Los Angeles. The unions were the independent United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE), the International Union of Electrical, Radio, & Machine Workers, Congress of Industrial Organizations (IUE-CIO), and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which was affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. The UE, which had been representing Standard Coil, was replaced by the IUE-CIO in 1952. IUE-CIO tactics included calling the UE leadership communist. Shirley Davis, whose name appears on a few of the documents, including pay records from Standard Coil and Louis Brothers, may have originally collected these materials.

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes flyers, pamphlets, some handwritten notes, a holographic manuscript "The History of the Jensen Strike" (5pp), and other miscellany. The pamphlets file includes a 1953 calendar, a children's story, two issues of the UE Steward (April and November 1952), the Employment Benefit Plan for the Hoffman Radio Corp. Laboratories, and other materials. The miscellaneous file includes information on other concerns of the day including a poem comparing the Japanese internment with the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, anti-Korean War flyers, information on the Wesley Robert Wells case, and the like.

    Separated Materials

    Non-UE (United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America) pamphlets have been moved to the Library's Pamphlet files.

    Related Material at the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research

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    Date: 1937-1980
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    Physical Description: 65 linear feet