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International Longshoremen's Association, Local Pacific Coast District records , 1934-1945
- International Longshoremen's Association. Pacific Coast District
- International Longshoremen's Association, Local Pacific Coast District records
- 1934-1945 (inclusive)19341945
15.75 linear feet, (12 containers)
- Collection Number
- Coll 412
- The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA), AFL-CIO, organized in 1892, is a union of maritime workers in North America, and the Pacific Coast District was formed after a coast-wide dockworkers' strike in 1934. The collection (1934-1945) contains records from the Pacific Coast District including material regarding the strike of 1934.
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1299 University of Oregon
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- 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
According to the official International Longshoremen's website, "The International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO is the largest union of maritime workers in North America, representing upwards of 65,000 longshoremen on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Great Lakes, major U.S. rivers, Puerto Rico and Eastern Canada."
"Organized in 1892 along the U.S. Great Lakes, the ILA is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations; the Canadian Labour Congress and the world-wide International Transport Workers' Federation."
"Additionally, the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots; the United Marine Division Tugboat Workers and the New York State Supreme Court Officers are affiliated with the ILA."
The Labor Press Project describes the origin of the Pacific Coast district thusly: "The ILA's Pacific Coast District was formed after a coast-wide dockworkers' strike in 1934. Protesting poor wages, dangerous working conditions, and unscrupulous hiring practices, waterfront workers in West Coast port cities went out on strike on May 9th. After eighty-five days of violence, arrests, and attempted strikebreaking, the Pacific Coast's dockworkers won the strike and coast wide union recognition. The West Coast dockworkers became part of the International Longshoremen's Association, under the umbrella of the American Federation of Labor (AFL)"
[Sources: Labor Press Project website: depts.washington.edu/labhist/laborpress/Pacific_Longshoreman.htm
The International Longshoremen's Association website: ilaunion.org]
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection (1934-1945) contains records from the Pacific Coast District including constitutions, bylaws, and working rules, material regarding the strike of 1934, correspondence and minutes, convention material, financial records, photographs, articles and clippings, ILA publications, and other material.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|Guide to the International Longshoremen's Association, Local Pacific Coast District Records|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Labor disputes--Oregon
- Labor disputes--Pacific Coast (U.S.)
- Stevedores--Labor unions--Oregon
- Stevedores--Labor unions--Pacific Coast (U.S.)
- Strikes and lockouts--Stevedores--Oregon
- Strikes and lockouts--Stevedores--Pacific Coast (U.S.)
Form or Genre Terms
- Bylaws (administrative records)
- Financial records