Guide to the New Yorkers at Work Oral History Collection, 1979-2000


Guide to the New Yorkers at Work Oral History Collection, 1979-2000


New Yorkers at Work is an ongoing oral history project of New York University's Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives that seeks to document the history of labor and the working experiences of New Yorkers.

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Local 3's origins date back to 1887 when electricians in New York City building trades organized the Electrical Mechanical Wiremen's Union of the Knights of Labor, Local Assembly 5468. This local affiliated with the AFL in the next decade but would not join the IBEW, which established three other locals. A conciliation was reached, however, and an IBEW charter was granted in February 1900. During a time when workers risked being blackballed for union affiliation, Local 3...

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Begun in 1979, The New Yorkers at Work Oral History Collection is an ongoing series of interviews, conducted primarily by the staff of New York University's Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, that document the history of labor in the metropolitan area. The largest group of interviews were collected for the New Yorkers at Work: Oral Histories of Life, Labor, and Industry Curriculum Project. In 1980, with a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, about 150 interviews were conducted with ...

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International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (corporateBody)

In 1937 a group known as the Players of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union wrote, produced and starred in Pins and Needles, a "witty and tuneful" musical revue satirizing organized labor in general and the ILGWU in particular. Numbers include "Sing us a song with social significance," Doin' the reactionary," and "One big union for two." The play was so successful that it was given a regular run at the Labor Stage in New York, with new skits and songs added periodically to keep the ...

Bakery and Confectionery Workers' International Union of America. (corporateBody)

Fasanella, Ralph (person)

Ralph Fasanella, born September 7, 1914, was a self-taught painter whose large, detailed works depict urban working life. The child of Italian immigrants, Fasanella was born and raised in the Bronx and later became a member of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) Local 1227 while working as a machinist in Brooklyn. Fasanella also fought in the Spanish Civil War with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and after returning from the war began to work as a union organizer for the UE....

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Social Service Employees Union Local 371 is part of District Council 37 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFL-CIO). The union primarily represents New York City workers in the social service professions. Although the origins of the union can be traced back to the 1930s, their modern story begins in the bitter cold of January 1965 when more than 8,000 welfare workers spent 28 days on union picket lines and leaders from what were then two separate entities, the S...

Roberts, Lillian (person)

Labor leader. From the description of Reminiscences of Lillian Roberts : oral history, [198-?]. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122480947 ...

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Brennan, Peter J., 1918-1996 (person)

Peter Joseph Brennan was born May 24, 1918 in New York, New York, the son of John J. and Agnes (Moore) Brennan. His father was an ironworker who died when he was three. After attending the College of the City of New York, he became an apprentice painter and joined Local 1456 of the Painter's Union. He married Josephine Brickley. During World War II, he served in the Naval Reserve. His career as a union official started when he was elected as Business Manager of Local 1456 in 1947. In 1951, he be...

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Formed 1974. From the description of Records, 1972-1980. (Wayne State University). WorldCat record id: 28419768 ...

Kheel, Theodore Woodrow (person)

Lawyer, mediator. From the description of Reminiscences of Theodore Woodrow Kheel : oral history, 1969. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122513675 Lawyer, arbitrator, and industrial consultant. The awards and opinions were rendered for the New York City transportation system for which Kheel served as an impartial chairman and arbitrator. From the description of Theodore Woodrow Kheel arbitration papers, 1...

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The Newspaper Guild of New York (Newspaper Guild, Local 3) was chartered in 1933 and led in its early years by Heywood Broun, a successful columnist for the World Telegram. Three major New York daily newspapers were organized by 1941, and in 1937 Time Magazine became the first magazine organized by the local. At first the Guild represented only the newsroom workers, but jurisdiction was expanded to include non-editorial newspaper staff and commercial workers, as well as some employees of news se...

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Flaxer, Abram, 1904- (person)

Abram Flaxer was born in Vilna, Lithuania, September 12, 1904. At the age of six, he immigrated to the United States with his family, settling in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He was exposed to socialist ideas early on, first at the Rand School of Social Science in Manhattan and later at City College, where he was involved in a Marxist study group while earning his B.S. degree. After graduation he joined the radical "Pen and Hammer" club, where he further developed the ideological orienta...

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Dolgoff, Sam, 1902-.... (person)

Member of the Socialist Party and using the pen name Sam Weiner, wrote many radical and anarchist periodicals. From the description of Sam Dolgoff papers, 1907-1969, (bulk 1922-1935). (Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban). WorldCat record id: 32321019 Sam Weiner (pen name of Sam Dolgoff): born in Russia, 1902, resident of New York City. Was a writer, editor, house painter, and founder and activist for several anarchist organizations, including a role as spo...

Fleischman, Harry (person)

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Krupat, Kitty (person)

The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union was founded in New York City in 1900 by mostly Socialist immigrant workers who sought to unite the various crafts in the growing women’s garment industry. The union soon reflected changes in the sector and rapidly organized thousands of unskilled and semi-skilled women, mostly Jewish and Italian young immigrants. Exemplifying the “new unionism,” the ILGWU led two of the most widespread and best-known industrial strikes of the early Tw...

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Bernhardt, Debra E. (person)

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Robinson, Cleveland L. (Cleveland Lowellyn), 1914-1995 (person)

Cleveland Robinson was born in 1914 in Swabys Hope, a rural parish of Jamaica. After serving as a local constable and an elementary school teacher, he emigrated to the United States in 1944. On arrival he took a job in a Manhattan dry goods store and very soon became active in District 65, Distributive Workers. After organizing his own shop in 1947, he went on to become a steward, and then a full-time organizer for the union. He was elected vice-president in 1950 and secretary-treasurer in 1952,...

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Miller, Joyce, 1959-.... (person)

Stack, Joey (person)

Avrutin, Harry. (person)

Carey, Philip A. (person)

Catholic priest, Director of Xavier Institute of Industrial Relations, labor mediator, union election supervisor. From the description of Papers, [ca. 1940-1984] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155488979 ...

Fried, Philoine. (person)

Krupat, Kitty (person)