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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referencedIn Gore, Albert. Albert Gore papers, 1955-1975 (bulk 1960-1969). Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Burrows, Joyce, 1941-. Oral history interview with Joyce Burrows in Dubuque, Iowa, 1991 May 21 [microform] / conducted by Dan Holub. Iowa State Historical Society
referencedIn American Seating Company. American Seating Company. Jurisdictional dispute May 1946-June 1947 - United Furniture Workers, CIO vs. Upholsterers International Union, AFL , 1946-1949. Cornell University Library
referencedIn United Furniture Workers of America. United Furniture Workers of America records, 1943-1973. Georgia State University
referencedIn Robley Cramer and family papers., 1687-1973. Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn Cramer, Robley D., 1884-1966. Robley Cramer and family papers, 1687-1973. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Upholsterers Frame and Bedding Workers Union. Local No. 61 (Minneapolis, Minn.). Local No. 61 records, 1959-1964. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn AFL-CIO. Internal Disputes Plan. Decisions of the Impartial Umpire, 1964-1976. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
creatorOf Von Ah, Albert, 1920-. Oral history interview with Albert Von Ah in Dubuque, Iowa, 1982 May 06 [microform] / conducted by Merle O. Davis. Iowa State Historical Society
referencedIn Jacobs, Joe, 1907-1995. Joe Jacobs papers, 1915-1991 (bulk 1933-1991) Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Giesler, Duane, 1941-. Oral history interview with Duane Giesler in Dubuque, Iowa, 1987 July 27 [microform] / conducted by Merle O. Davis. Iowa State Historical Society
referencedIn AFL-CIO Internal Disputes Plan Decisions of the Impartial Umpire, 1964-1976. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Wolf, Benjamin H., b. 1909. Benjamin H. Wolf series 1, subseries 3. Employers Q-Z, 1952-1975. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Haley, Mary, 1906-. Oral history interview with Mary Haley in Dubuque, Iowa, 1980 Aug. 07 [microform] / conducted by Gregory R. Zieren. Iowa State Historical Society
referencedIn Schick, David S., 1906-1970. David S. Schick papers, 1934-1969. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn Tamiment Library Newspapers, Bulk, 1960-1990, 1873-, (Bulk 1960-1990) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf United Steelworkers of America. Upholstery and Allied Industries Division. United Steelworkers of America, Upholstery and Allied Industries Division records, 1908-1996. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Burnham, Louis E. Louis E. Burnham collection, 1941-1960. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
creatorOf Noel, Louis, 1916-. Oral history interview with Noel Louis in Dubuque, Iowa, 1980 Aug. 12 [microform] / conducted by Gregory R. Zieren. Iowa State Historical Society
creatorOf Dolter, Melvin,. Oral history interview with Melvin "Ike" Dolter in Dubuque, Iowa, 1977 Sept. 30 [microform] / conducted by Paul Kelso. Iowa State Historical Society
creatorOf Upholsterers International Union of North America. Photographs, 1882-1973 (Inclusive Dates). Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn United States. Dept. of Labor. United States. Dept. of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Collective Bargaining Agreements, 1942-1980. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Hammel, Clem,. Oral history interview with Clem Hammel in Dubuque, Iowa, 1977 Oct. 20 [microform] / conducted by Paul Kelso. Iowa State Historical Society
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associatedWith American Seating Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Burnham, Louis E. person
associatedWith Burrows, Joyce, 1941- person
associatedWith Cramer, Robley D., 1884-1966. person
associatedWith Dolter, Melvin, person
associatedWith Giesler, Duane, 1941- person
associatedWith Gore, Albert. person
associatedWith Haley, Mary, 1906- person
associatedWith Hammel, Clem, person
associatedWith Hoffmann, Salvatore B., 1937-1981. person
associatedWith Jacobs, Joe, 1907-1995 person
associatedWith Kohn, William. person
associatedWith Noel, Louis, 1916- person
associatedWith Rota, Al. person
associatedWith Salhaven (Retirement Village; Florida) corporateBody
associatedWith Schick, David S., 1906-1970. person
associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
associatedWith United Furniture Workers of America. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of Labor. corporateBody
associatedWith United Steelworkers of America. Upholstery and Allied Industries Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Upholsterers Frame and Bedding Workers Union. Local No. 61 (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Von Ah, Albert, 1920- person
associatedWith Wolf, Benjamin H., b. 1909. person
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