Pacific Coast Marine Fireman, Oilers, Watertenders, and Wipers Association, Seattle Branch records, 1934-1955  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Pacific Coast Marine Fireman, Oilers, Watertenders, and Wipers Association, Seattle Branch
Title
Pacific Coast Marine Fireman, Oilers, Watertenders, and Wipers Association, Seattle Branch records
Dates
1934-1955 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
Bx 044
Summary
Pacific Coast Marine Fireman, Oilers, Watertenders, and Wipers Association (union) was founded October 1883, in San Francisco, California. The collection (1934-1955) contains meeting minutes, reports of the Auditing Committee, financial reports, shipping reports, and agent's reports.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Pacific Coast Marine Fireman, Oilers, Watertenders, and Wipers Association (union) was founded October 1883, in San Francisco, California, and "reorganized in 1907 by amalgamation with an independent firemen's union. The founding members were firemen on coal-burning steamers."

The union went on strike in 1886-1887, 1901, 1906-1921, and 1934. In 1934, after eighty-four days of striking, "a tentative settlement was reached through the auspices of a board appointed by the government--the National Longshoremen's Board. This board was to arbitrate the longshoremen's case, and to supervise balloting among the seamen to determine the organization they desired to represent them in collective bargaining and arbitration. In this election, the Marine Firemen's Union won the right to represent unlicensed engine room personnel; the Sailors' Union of the Pacific, deck department; and the Marine Cooks and Stewards Association, the steward department."

After the 1934 strike, union members took on Standard Oil. "A joint strike committee was formed and Standard Oil retaliated by assisting an independent tanker union. As the strike dragged on, the California Federation of labor issued a circular that "war has been declared on organized labor by Standard Oil Company", and called upon organized labor to boycott all Standard Oil products."

There were more strikes in 1936, 1948, and in 1962. During WWII, "union leaders and members knew that merchant seamen would be subject to war action at sea, without the benefits accorded by the government to the military. Much time was spent laying the groundwork for war bonuses."

[Source: Marine Firemen's Union. The Official Web Site of the Pacific Coast Marine Firemen, Oilers, Watertenders and Wipers Association. mfoww.org]

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pacific Coast Marine Fireman, Oilers, Watertenders, and Wipers Association, Seattle Branch records, Bx 044, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Labor disputes--Washington (State)
  • Labor laws and legislation--Washington (State)
  • Labor unions--Washington (State)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Pacific Coast Marine Fireman, Oilers, Watertenders, and Wipers Association, Seattle Branch
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Financial records
  • Minutes
  • Reports