Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers Records, 1933-1934

HCLA 1865

Collection Overview

Title:
Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers records
Dates (Inclusive):
1933-1934
Creator:
Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America
Abstract:
The Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers (AAISTW), formed in 1876, was an early steelworkers labor organization, which represented primarily English-speaking, white skilled workers. In 1935, the AAISTW 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 3 signed statements of employees of Weirton attesting to unfair labor practices of company foremen.
Collection Number:
HCLA 1865
Size:
17 items
Location:
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Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

The Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers (AAISTW) was an early steelworkers labor organization, which represented 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 AAISTW 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 AAISTW 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 AAISTW joined the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) and ceased to exist as an independent entity.

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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 Records (1865), Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

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General note

Newspaper clippings, telegrams and correspondence regarding a strike at Weirton Steel Company (Weirton, West Virginia) in 1933. Includes 3 signed statements of employees of Weirton attesting to unfair labor practices of company foremen.

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