United Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Employees of America

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The United Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Employees had its beginnings as an aggressive union which evolved out of the venerable but conservative Retail Clerks International Association and the Congress of Industrial Organizations' Department Store Organizing Committee in the 1930's.

In the period 1937-1940, the union, then known as the United Retail Employes of America, made major gains in New York City which included not only organizing the large department stores there, but also establishing a forty hour week for retail clerks in the city. A right-left struggle over the leadership of the union was dormant during World War II, only to arise with new violence in 1948. This internecine rivalry resulted in a decline in the union, to the benefit of its old rival, the Retail Clerks International Association. In 1954, the union's name changed to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

From the description of Department store arbitration cases : transcripts and exhibits, 1948. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64091510

The United Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Employees had its beginnings as an aggressive union which evolved out of the venerable but conservative Retail Clerks International Association and the Congress of Industrial Organizations' Department Store Organizing Committee in the 1930's.

In the period 1937-1940, the union, then known as the United Retail Employes of America, made major gains in New York City which included not only organizing the large department stores there, but also establishing a forty hour week for retail clerks in the city. A right-left struggle over the leadership of the union was dormant during World War II, only to arise with new violence in 1948. This internecine rivalry resulted in a decline in the union, to the benefit of its old rival, the Retail Clerks International Association. In 1954, the union's name changed to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

From the guide to the United Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Employees of America. Department store arbitration cases, 1948., (Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library)

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creatorOf United Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Employees of America. Department store arbitration cases : transcripts and exhibits, 1948. Cornell University Library
creatorOf United Retail and Wholesale Employees of America. [Constitutions, agreements, etc.] Wisconsin Historical Society
referencedIn Cole, David Lawrence, 1902-1977. David Lawrence Cole series 4, subseries 1. General case files, 1946-1977. Cornell University Library
creatorOf United Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Employees of America. [Constitutions, agreements, etc.] Wisconsin Historical Society
creatorOf United Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Employees of America. Department store arbitration cases, 1948. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
referencedIn Copelof, Maxwell, 1897-. Arbitration files, ca. 1940-ca. 1970. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Maxwell Copelof arbitration files, ca. 1940-ca. 1970. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
referencedIn Peurala, Alice, 1928-. Oral history interview with Alice Peurala, 1977. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn Black, John, 1921-2006,. Oral history interviews with John Black, 1987. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
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associatedWith Black, John, 1921-2006, person
associatedWith Carter, Edward W. person
associatedWith Carter, Edward W. person
associatedWith Cole, David Lawrence, 1902-1977. person
associatedWith Copelof, Maxwell. person
associatedWith Copelof, Maxwell, 1897- person
associatedWith Gimbel Brothers, inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Hays, Paul R. 1903-1980. person
associatedWith Peurala, Alice, 1928- person
associatedWith Stern Brothers Department Store. corporateBody
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Arbitration, Industrial--Cases
Arbitration, Industrial--United States--Cases
Clerks (Retail trade)
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