Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America records, 1882-1941

1865

Collection Overview

Title:
Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America records
Dates (Inclusive):
1882-1941
Creator:
Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America
Abstract:
The Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America formed in 1876 and was an early steel workers labor organization representing primarily English-speaking, white skilled workers. In 1935, the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America joined the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).
Abstract:
The collection consists of newspaper clippings, telegrams and correspondence regarding a strike at Weirton Steel Company (Weirton, West Virginia) in 1933. It includes Weirton Steel Company employee statements attesting to unfair labor practices of company foremen.
Collection Number:
1865
Size:
0.63 Linear Feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

The Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America was an early steelworkers labor organization representing primarily English-speaking, white skilled workers. It formed in 1876, lost membership during strikes in the 1880s, and regained strength after joining the newly formed American Federation of Labor in 1887. By the early 1890s it had about 24,000 workers and it played a central role in coordinated strike efforts during the Homestead steel strike (1892), one of the most prolonged and bitter clashes in American labor history. This strike eviscerated the union and afterward it represented workers only at a handful of steel mills, mostly in the West. By the 1910s, low pay and six twelve-hour work days remained standard in most steel mills. In 1935, when the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America had only 8,600 members, its efforts to organize steelworkers were largely taken over by Phillip Murray and the Steel Workers' Organizing Committee (SWOC). At that time, the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America joined the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) and ceased to exist as an independent entity. Amalgamated Association of Iron, Tin, and Steel Workers formed in 1876; the Rank and File Movement pushed it toward industrial unionism in 1934 and 1935. It joined other unions to form the United Steel Workers of America in 1942.

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Scope and Contents

The Minute book for Fulton Lodge no. 46 of the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1882-1883 (9 p.), reused from 1882 until 1914 to keep records of the organization and reorganization of lodges in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Delaware, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Canada, New York, Wisconsin, Alabama, Missouri, Georgia, Colorado, Texas, California, Oregon, and Washington. It records officers of the various lodges, as well as founding, disbanding, and reorganization dates. The bound minute book provided to McKee Lodge, no. 161 by the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers (AAISTW) is signed as the property of Mary Alice Yuhouse Macosko, apparently the wife of the McKee Lodge recording secretary, Michael Macosko. The first 49 pages contain handwritten minutes of lodge meetings documenting local unionism in a turbulent period of AAISTW and labor union history. Pages 50 to 57 contain records of an unidentified household budget (1939-1943) and the remaining pages, 58-215, include notes for a word game and baseball scores scattered among otherwise blank pages. The dates for this item reflect the contents for which the volume was originally intended, not the later jottings. The Ritual used by the Iron, Steel and Tin Workers to initiate new members into their lodge.Includes opening and closing odes, and an explanation of officers' duties and obligations. Includes photocopy of the amended version for 1914. The Ledger books of dues paid to Tri-boro Lodge no. 186 of the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers, Braddock, Pa. Volume 1 contains records for 1934-1941; Volume 2 contains 1936-1937.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America records (1865), Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

In February 2018, the following collections were added to the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America records (1865): Ritual of the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers (1862); Tri-boro Lodge no. 186 ledgers (1863); Tri-boro Lodge no. 186 minute book (1864); Fulton Lodge no. 46 minutes and record book (5176); and Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America. McKee Lodge no. 161 (6498).

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Collection Inventory

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Harry Wines, John Chorey, Bud Entinger, and the United Steel Workers of America.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Harry Wines, John Chorey, Bud Entinger, and the United Steel Workers of America.

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