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CRA115 -- USWA Local 1010 Records
  
Calumet Regional Archives

Inventory

11.25 Linear Feet
November 1986
Revised March 1995
Revised March 2000
Revised June 2001

Introduction

William Andrews, President, USWA Local 1010, donated the USWA Local 1010 Records to the Calumet Regional Archives on July 28, 1983.

Property rights in the collection are held by the Calumet Regional Archives; literary rights are dedicated to the public. There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Linear feet of shelf space: 8.75 linear feet, expanded to 11.25 linear feet
No. of containers: 17 boxes
No. of volumes: 20 volumes expanded to 43 volumes
Calumet Regional Archives Collection 115
Arranged and Described by: Stephen McShane
Date: November 1986

Scope and Content

The collection of records of United Steel Workers of America, Local 1010, traces the history of this Inland Steel Company local union from 1938 to 1986. Most of the records, however, concentrate on the period 1938 through 1960.

A major strength of the collection focuses upon a series of general meeting minutes, 1942-1959. These volumes contain minutes from various "groups" within the local (e.g., Group #1, Blast Furnace, or Group #2, Open Hearth). Minutes detail the issues of concern to most unions, including working conditions, safety, job classification, seniority, and apprenticeships. Some specific grievances are described, along with elections of various grievers. Earlier volumes provide more descriptive information as the young steelworkers union determined its direction and policies in dealing with management. Minutes of the Political Action Committee (1950-1955) reveal discussions of workers' legal rights as well as statements of local candidates seeking endorsement by Local 1010. While the PAC volume contains a few references to non-union causes, such as rents in East Chicago, these minutes center upon organized labor and its political concerns.

Grievance Committee records (1938-1960) supply data on types of grievances and specific cases. Committee minutes also comprise general views of safety, vacations, seniority, and discrimination (health or religious reasons). Similar to the group minutes, earlier grievance minutes furnish more details, particularly the records of meetings with management.

A large series of strike records (1949-1959) provides the highlight of this collection. From the 1949 strike to the 116 day stoppage in 1959, the records yield information on negotiations, strike strategy, picket line housekeeping, and union and company communications to the workers. Of particular interest are files of picket line newsletters, The Strike Sentinel (1956) and 1010 Steelworker News - On the Picket Lines (1959). These newsletters furnished picketers with updates on contract talks, proposals, government intervention, and progress of the strike; they also served to boost morale and rally members to continue to hold out for union demands. Transcripts of negotiations and correspondence from the USWA, Inland Steel, and Local 1010 offer insight into the concerns about causes of the strike, usually differences over wages, benefits, and companies' concerns about inflation. The series vividly portrays the era when organized labor exhibited a powerful and unified voice in determining the direction of the nation's industrial economy.

For researchers interested in steel production and division of labor, series of job and wage classifications define duties and salaries of many types of jobs in the mills. Wage incentive plans furnish a useful picture of the speed-up system in the steel industry.

Finally, a run of the local's newspaper, The 1010 Steelworker, (1957-1986) constitutes another significant series in the collection. While earlier issues concentrate on contracts, safety, and other working conditions, later issues illustrate 1010's activities in broader social and political concerns. The local has gained a reputation for activism,and the newspaper offers examples of 1010's involvement in local politics, pollution crusades, and anti-nuclear campaigns.

Although the USWA Local 1010 Records lack much information on workers' lives and attitudes outside of the union structure, they supply significant information on one of the oldest and most active locals in the nation. The collection serves as a valuable resource for the study of the "old labor history", that is, the activities of unions, in the largest steel making region in the United States. Researchers should note that an early history of steelworker organizing in East Chicago is located in Box 1, File Folder 1. Other labor history collections held by the Calumet Regional Archives include the United Steelworkers of America Collection (CRA 013), the U.S. Steel Photograph Collection (CRA 042), the Hammond Teachers Federation Records (CRA 077), the Oil,Chemical, and Atomic Workers, Local 210 Records (CRA 081), the Orval Kincaid Papers (CRA 091), the George Kimbley Papers (CRA 092), the John Oglesby Papers (CRA 119), the USWA Local 1011 Records (CRA 121), the Samuel Evett Papers (CRA 137), the Peter Calacci Papers (CRA 138), the John Howard Papers (CRA 141), the USWA Local 1066 Records (CRA 144), the Gary Newspaper Guild Records (CRA 148), the USWA Local 3008 Records (CRA 159), the John Mayerik Papers (CRA 168), the USWA Local 6787 Records (CRA 228), the Calumet Hot Mill Old Timers Records (CRA 233), the Bert Hindmarch Papers (CRA 236), and the Raymond Mohl Papers (CRA 242).


Volume Description
1-2 Minute Books, Group #1, 1943-1955
3-5 Minute Books, Group #2, 1942-1959
6-7 Minute Books, Group #3, 1944-1958
8-9 Minute Books, Group #4, 1942-1956
10 Minute Books, Group #5, 1943-1956
11 Minute Book, Group #7, 1943-1954
12 Minute Book, Group # 8, 1942-1954
13-15 Minute Books, Group #9, 1944-1955
16 Minute Book, Group #10, 1944-1954
17 Minute Book, Group #11, 1946-1954
18 Minute Book, Political Action Committee,1950-55
19 Minute Book, Grievance Committee, 1942-1945
20 Attendance Ledger, Grievance Committee, 1945-52
21-39 Minute Books, Regular Meetings, 1939-1959, 1964-1981
40-42 Minute Books, Executive Board, (1943-1956)
43 Minute Book, Executive Council, 1950-1952

Box File Description
1 1 Thesis, "Fighting Union: the CIO at Inland Steel, 1936-1942", 1972
2 Booklets, United Steelworkers of America, Local 1010: A Historical Overview, 1989
3 Manuscript, University of Chicago Study of Local 1010, 1957

Series: Minutes
Box File Description
1 4 Minute Book, Group 1, 1940-42
5 Minute Book, Group 9, 1940-44
6 Minute Book, Inequity Committee, 1950-51
7 Minute Book, Pre-Arbitration Committee, 1945-50
8 Minute Book, Pre-Arbitration Committee, 1950-51
9 Minutes, Safety Committee, 1948-52
10 Minute Book, Seniority Committee, 1950-52
11 Minutes, Manning New Facilities - 80" Hot Strip Mill, 1964-65
12 Minutes, Trades/Crafts Meetings, 1965-66
13 By-laws/Changes, (1951-1984)

Series: Correspondence
Box File Description
1 14 Correspondence, Appointment of Officers, 1956
15 Memoranda, Automation Overhead Cranes at Inland Steel, 1960
16 Correspondence, C.C. Crawford Trial (Racial Issue), 1961
17 Correspondence, Cold Strip Mills, 1958
18 Correspondence, C.W.S. Job Descriptions and Wage Rates, 1958
19 Correspondence, Election Protests, 1956
20 Correspondence, Election Protests, 1962
21 Correspondence, Stanley Rygas - Accused of Communism, 1955
22 Correspondence, Safety Committee, 1957-58
23 Correspondence, Temporary Assignments, 1966
24 Correspondence, General, 1949-55
25 Correspondence, General, 1956-59
26 Correspondence, General, 1960-62
27 Resolutions, Local 1010, 1960-68
28 Memoranda, Agreements, 1968

Series: Agreements
Box File Description
1 29-30 Agreements, Inland Steel Company and USWA Local 1010, (1942-48)
2 1-12 Agreements, Inland Steel Company and USWA Local 1010, (1949-94)
13 Agreement, Pensions, 1956, 1960, 1980
14 Agreements, New Contract Language, 1986-87
15 Agreement, Shape Productions Organization, 1988
3 1 Agreements, Craft Jobs, 1965-66
2 Agreements, Disputed Jobs, 1966-67
2a Agreement, Wage Rate Inequity, 1947
3 Temporary Injunction, Communist Organizations v. Mayor Clayton and Gary police, 1935
4 Complaint, James Balanoff v. Stephen Lisowski, Alleged Communism, 1947

Series: Grievance Committee
Box File Description
3 5 Agendas, Grievance Committee and Inland Management, 1944-52
6 Minutes, Grievance Committee and Inland Management, 1938-41, 1951
7 Minute Book, Grievance Committee, 1939-41
8 Minute Book, Grievance Committee, 1945-48
9 Minute Book, Grievance Committee, 1948-54
10 Minute Book, Grievance Committee, 1954-58
11 Minutes, Grievance Committee, 1958-60
12 Correspondence, Grievance Committee Appointments, 1955-56
13 Correspondence, Grievances, 1940-54
14 Grievances, 1944-54, 1959
15 Summaries of Grievances, 1950-52
16 Attendance Ledgers, Grievance Committee, 1951-54
17 Attendance Ledger, Grievance Committee, 1954-58
18 Attendance List, Grievance Committee, 1958-60
19 Time Book, Grievance Committee, 1948
20 Transcript, Negotiations, Inland Steel and Locals 1010 and 64, June 1949
21 Transcript, Negotiations, Inland Steel and Locals 1010 and 64, June 1949
4 1 Transcript, Negotiations, Inland Steel and Locals 1010 and 64, July 1949
2 Transcript, Negotiations, Inland Steel and USWA, September 1949
3 Transcript, Negotiations, Inland Steel and USWA, September 1949
4 Transcript, Negotiations, Inland Steel and Locals 1010 and 64, November 1949

Series: Strike Files
Box File Description
4 5 Wage Policies and Disputes, 1950-52, 1956
6 Memorandum, Strike Settlement, October 1951
7 Correspondence, 1952, strike
8 Picket Records, 1952, 1954, 1955
9 Time Books, Picket Lines, 1952
10 Transcript, Contract Negotiations, Inland Steel and Local 1010, 1953
11 Time Book, Picket Line, 1953 (Strike for Social Activity file), 1953
12 Correspondence, 1956 (strike)
13 Minutes, Strike Committee, 1956
14 Newsletter, "The Strike Sentinel", 1956
15 Picket Records, 1956
16-22 Time Books, Picket Lines, 1956
23 Contract Proposals, Inland Steel and USWA, 1956
24 Agreements, Inland Steel and USWA, 1956
25 Correspondence, Union and Company Positions Contract Article V, Section 5, 1957-58
26 Correspondence, Local 1010, 1959 Strike 1958-59
5 1 Communications to Members from Local 1010, June 1959 - January 1960
2 Minutes, Strike Strategy Committee, July- December, 1959
3 Resolutions During Strike, 1959
4 Newsletters, 1010 Steelworker Views -"On the Picket Lines", 1959
5-10 Picket Records, July-November 1959
11 Attendance Books, Pickets, 1959
12 Attendance Books, Officers, 1959 Strike, 1959
13 Polling Places, Indiana Harbor Works December, 1959
14 Communications to Employers, from Inland Steel Company, June 1959-January 1960
15 Communications to Locals, from USWA, 1959
16 Communications to Locals, from USWA, 1959-1960
17 Negotiations and Agreements, Steel Companies and USWA, 1959
18 Negotiations and Agreements, Steel Companies and USWA, 1959
19 Complaint, United States v. U.S. Steelmakers, Violation of Sherman Act, November 1959
20 News and Views, Indiana AFL-CIO, 1959
21 Address, "Get Us Extend Our Democratic Philosophy", District 31, 1959
22 Printed Material, Steel Industry, 1959
23 Complaint for Temporary Restraining Order and Injunction, Standard Oil v. Independent Petroleum Works of America, 1959
24 Newsclippings, 1959 strike
25 Booklet, Strike Vote, USWA Local 1010, 1977

Series: Job Descriptions / Classifications
Box File Description
5 26 Job Classification, Blast Furnace, 1945-47
27 Job Descriptions, Blooming Mill, 36", 1945
28 Job Descriptions, Blooming Mill, 36", 1947-49
29 Job Descriptions, 40" Blooming Mill, 1945-47
30 Job Descriptions, Blooming Mill, 46", 1947
31 Job Descriptions, Basic Oxygen Furnace Shop #4, 1967
32 Job Descriptions, Coke Plant, 1945-47
6 1 Job Descriptions, Cold Strip Mill, 1945-48
2 Job Classifications, Combustion, 1945
3 Job Classifications, Galvanizing Dept, 1945-47
4 Job Descriptions, Hot Strip Mill, 44", 1945-50
5 Job Descriptions and Classifications, Hot Strip Mill, 76", 1945-49
6 Job Classifications, Merchant Mills, 10", 1945
7 Job Descriptions, Merchant Mills, 14", 1945-48
8 Job Descriptions, 10"and 14" Merchant Mills, 1945-47
9 Job Descriptions, Metallurgical and Laboratory 1945-48
10 Job Descriptions, New Construction Dept, 1946-47
11 Job Descriptions, #1 Open Hearth, 1945-48
12 Job Descriptions, #2 Open Hearth, 1947-48
13 Job Descriptions, Plant #1 Mills, 1945-48
14 Job Descriptions, Plant #2 Structural, Rail, Billet, Tie Plate, Splice Bar, 1945-48
15 Job Descriptions, Plant #2 Structural Mills, 1945-46
16 Job Descriptions, 100" Plate Mill, 1946-48
17 Job Descriptions, Steam Dept., 1945-47
18 Job Descriptions, Stores, 1945-50
19 Job Descriptions, Sheet Mill, 1946, 1951
20 Job Descriptions, Tin Mill, 1947-51
21 Job Descriptions, Track Accessories, Bolt and Spike, 1945-46
7 1 Job Descriptions, Track Accessories, Bolt and Spike, 1945-46
2 Job Descriptions, Transportation, 1945-48
3 Job Descriptions, Yard, 1945
4 Recapitulations, Job Classifications, Mechanical Shops, 1946
5 Recapitulations, Job Classifications, New Construction, 1946
6 Recapitulations, Job Classifications, Open Hearth #1, #2, #3, n.d.
7 Recapitulations, Job Classifications, Sheet Mill, Galvanizing, 1946
8 Recapitulations, Job Classifications, Stores, 1946
9 Pilot Descriptions and Descriptions, Cold Strip Mill, 1957
10 Pilot Descriptions and Classifications, Field Forces and Mechanical, 1957
11 Pilot Descriptions and Classifications, Hot Strip Mill, 44", 1957
12 Pilot Job Description, Hot Strip Mill, 76", 1957
13 Pilot Descriptions and Classifications, Merchant Mills, 10"and 14", 1957
14 Pilot Descriptions and Classifications, Plant #1 Mill, 1957
15 Pilot Descriptions and Classifications, Plant #2 Mills, 1957
16 Pilot Descriptions and Classifications, Power and Steam, 1957
17 Pilot Descriptions and Classifications, Quality Control, 1957
18 Pilot Descriptions and Classifications, Tin Mill, 1957
19 Pilot Descriptions and Classifications, Truck Drivers, 1957
20 Plan, Job Classifications, Inland Steel Company, n.d.
21 Job Classifications, Chicago Heights Plant, 1946
22 Manual, Job Descriptions and Classifications, Inland Steel, 1963, 1974

Series: Wage Incentive Plans
Box File Description
7 23 Wage Incentive Plans, Blast Furnace Depts., Plants 2 and 3, June 1958
24 Wage Incentive Plans, Merchant Mills, 10" and 14", 1947, 1952-53
25 Wage Incentive Plans, Open Hearth #1, 2, and 3, 1952
26 Wage Incentive Plans, Plant 1 Mills, 1952
27 Wage Incentive Plans, Plant 2 Mills, 1951-53
28 Wage Incentive Plans, Plant 2 Mills/Rail Accessories, 1951-52
29 Wage Incentive Plans, Rail Accessories, 1952-53
30 Base Wage Rates, 1944-53
31 Wage Rates, 1948
32 Wage Rates, 1968-69, 1971-73
33 Wage Rates, n.d.

Series: Service Lists
Box File Description
7 34 Continuous Service Lists, Flat Products, 1955
35 Continuous Service Lists, Flat Products, 1955
36 Continuous Service Lists, Operating Services, 1955
37 Continuous Service Lists, Primary Products, 1955-56
38 Continuous Service Lists, Primary Products, 1955-56

Series: AFL-CIO Central Labor Union
Box File Description
8 1 Pamphlet, "History- Central Labor Bodies, Lake and Porter Counties, Indiana", 1918-68
2 Minutes, Lake County AFL-CIO Central Labor Union, 1962
3 Minutes, Lake County AFL-CIO Central Labor Union, 1963
4 Minutes, Lake County AFL-CIO Central Labor Union, 1964
5 Minutes, Lake County AFL-CIO Central Labor Union, 1965
6 Minutes, Lake County AFL-CIO Central Labor Union, 1966
7 Minutes, Lake County AFL-CIO Central Labor Union, 1967
8 Minutes, Lake and Porter Counties AFL-CIO Central Labor Union, 1968
9 Minutes, Lake and Porter Counties AFL-CIO Central Labor Union, 1969
10 Minutes, Lake and Porter Counties AFL-CIO Central Labor Union, 1970
9 1 Minutes, Lake and Porter Counties Central Labor Union, 1970-71
2 Minutes, Lake and Porter Counties Central Labor Union, 1972-73
10 1 Correspondence, Lake and Porter Counties, AFL-CIO Central Labor Union, 1957-69

Series: Printed Material
Box File Description
10 2 Invitation, Dedication of Germano Hall, Local 1010, 1958
3 Pamphlet, Inequity Papers, Local Union 1010, 1949
4 Address, "No Third Party in '48", Philip Murray, 1948
5 Address, "Our Business is People", I.W. Abel, 1966
6 Address, "The Public's Stake in Steel Wages", Clarence B. Randall, Inland Steel, c. 1944
7 Address, "Working Together to Secure These Rights", I.W. Abel, 1966
8 Agreement, Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corp. and Steel Workers' Organizing Committee, (SWOC), 1937
9 Agreements, Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation and USWA, 1945
10 Articles, Cline Ave. Expressway, Inland Steelmaker, 1969
11 Constitution, United Steelworkers of America, 1968
12 Manuals, Indiana Workmen's Compensation Law, "What Every Steel Worker Should Know", 1945-1953
13 Manuals, Indiana Workmen's Compensation Law, "What Every Steel Worker Should Know", 1955-65
14 Manual, Job Descriptions and Classifications, 1953
15 Pamphlet, "A Message to High School Students", USWA, n.d.
16 Pamphlet, "A New Era", USWA, 1965 (Installation of Officers)
17 Pamphlet, Equal Rights for All... the AFL-CIO Program, 1970
18 Pamphlet, Retirement Income Plan, Inland Steel Company, 1949
19 Pamphlet, "Unite to Preserve Democracy and to Defeat Fascism", c. 1939
20 Pamphlet, "Your New Medicare and Social Security Fact Sheet, USWA", 1965
21 Proceedings, Conference on Some Key Issues in Collective Bargaining, Notre Dame, 1969
22 Program, Annual Banquet, Alliance for Progressive Organization, 1966
23 Report, International Election, 1969
24 Resolutions, Sixth Constitutional Convention, Indiana State AFL-CIO, 1968
25 Syllabus, Union Leadership Training, Roosevelt University, 1956
26 Placards, Local 1010, n.d.
11 1 Newsletters, Rank and File Caucus, 1981-82, 1988-89
2 Newsletters, United Concerned Steel Laborers, 1981-82
3 Newsletter, The Force, February 1982
4 Newsletters, Central Mechanical Maintenance "Build the Union", USWA Local 1010, 1982,1985
5 Newsletter, Steel Workers Caucus, 1983
6-10 Calendars, Labor History, USWA Local 1010, (1979-1994)
11 Newsletter and Agreement, Inland Employees Federal Credit Union, USWA Local 9207, 1988
12 Leaflet, APEX Steel Employees, 1988
13 Brochures / Articles, I/N Tek, 1988-90
14 Newsclipping, "Retiring Union Official Will Find Little Time to Loaf,"1988
15 Manual, Crew Sizes as Protected Practices - Material for Union Representatives, c. 1991
16 Manual, Job Combinations and Eliminations - Materials for Union Representatives, c. 1991
16a Program, John Sargent Testimonial Dinner, Rank and File Caucus, 1967

Series: Elections
Box File Description
11 17 Petition, To hold a Local Election, 1956
18 Report, Election Committee, 1956
19 Candidates' List, Elections, 1970
20 Election Notices, 1968-73
21 Election Tally, Tellers for International Officers Election, 1969
22 Election Tally, Griever, 1970
23 Teller's List, Delegates to Sixteenth Constitutional Convention Election, c. 1972
24 Campaign Materials, Various, (1942-1960),1964?
25 Campaign Materials, Local 1010 Elections, 1982-88, 1991
26 Campaign Materials, Local 1010 Elections, 1994
27 Campaign Materials, Delegates to USWA Convention, 1984-88
28 Election Returns, 1988, 1991, 1994, n.d.
29 Newsarticles, General, USWA Local 1010 and Inland Steel Co., 1989-

Series: Contracting Out Committee
Box File Description
11 30 Notices, Contracting Out, August 1986
31 Notices, Contracting Out, September 1986
32 Notices, Contracting Out, September-October, 1986
33 Notices, Contracting Out, October-November, 1986
34 Notices, Contracting Out, February-May 1988
35 Minutes, Contracting Out Committee, January-February, 1988
36 Minutes, Contracting Out Committee, February-March 1988
37 Statements, Negotiations, 1989-1993

Box File Description
12-14 1010 Steelworker, 1957-

Box File Description
15 Wage Rate Reviews, Gary Works, 1947

Series: Field Forces
Box File Description
16 1 Job Descriptions, Field Forces, 1946-68
2 Seniority Lists, Field Forces, 1969, 1971
3 Agreements, Field Forces, 1965-76
4 Proposal, Carpenters Merger with Field Forces (No Agreement), 1973
5 Wage Incentive Plans, Field Forces, 1969-74
6 Reports, Incentive, 1970-76
7 Grievances, Field Forces, 1952-58
8 Grievances, Field Forces, 1959-60
17 1 Grievances, Field Forces, 1961-62
2 Grievances, Field Forces, 1962-63
3 Grievances, Field Forces, 1968-70
4 Arbitration Awards, Field Forces, 1949-76

Subject Tracings

  • AFL-CIO
  • Civil Rights
  • Cline Avenue Projects
  • Communism
  • East Chicago (Ind.)
  • Employment
  • Fascism
  • Industry
  • Inland Steel Company
  • Labor
  • Lake County Central Labor Union
  • Oil Workers
  • Steel
  • Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC)
  • Strikes
  • Unemployment
  • Unions
  • United States Steel Corporation
  • United Steelworkers of America