Upholsterers' International Union of North America

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The Upholsterers International Union (UIU) was formed in 1882, reorganized in 1892, and was chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in 1900. The UIU represents workers in the furniture, mattress and bedding and casket industries, as well as window trimmers, and display installers. In 1937, due to internal disputes, several UIU locals and an estimated 7500 members split from the union to form the rival United Furniture workers of America. Despite the split the union continued to thrive. The union increased from 20,000 members in 1937 to 30,000 members in 120 locals by June 1940. By the mid 1970s the UIU had approximately 60,000 members organized in 176 locals nationwide.

From the description of Photographs, 1882-1973 (Inclusive Dates). (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122543405

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