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Collection Number: 05026

Collection Title: International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, Local 182 (Hickory, N.C.) Records (#5026) 1961-1997

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Size 13.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 7,800 items)
Abstract In 1958, a group of workers at the General Electric Company plant in Hickory, N.C., proposed forming a labor union to improve working conditions and rates of pay. Although met by strong opposition, the workers won an election to organize. In 1961, the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE), CIO, chartered Local 182, an affiliate of IUE District 1, to serve the plant. In 1997, General Electric determined that the Hickory factory was no longer profitable, shut it down, and moved the work to Monterrey, Mexico. Records, 1961-1997, of the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, Local 182 (Hickory, N.C.), document the labor union's political, business, and social services to electric industry workers at the Hickory, N.C., General Electric Company plant. Records are sorted into rough series: organization; business; minutes; plans, projects, and programs; reports; correspondence; bulletins and newsletters; elections; membership; and photographs with the bulk of the materials in correspondence, bulletins and newsletters, and minutes.
Creator International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, Local 182 (Hickory, N.C.).
Curatorial Unit Southern Historical Collection
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
RESTRICTED: box 10 is closed until 2076.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, Local 182 (Hickory, N.C.) Records #05026, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Transferred from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., June 2000 (Acc. 98672), and received from A. C. Crotts of Hickory, N.C., December 2000 (Acc. 98799).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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In 1958, a group of workers at the General Electric Company plant in Hickory, N.C., proposed forming a labor union to improve working conditions and rates of pay. Although met by strong opposition, the workers won an election to organize. In 1961, the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE), CIO, chartered Local 182, an affiliate of IUE District 1, to serve the General Electric plant. By 1963, the members had purchased land for a union hall near the plant. Members of Local 182 dedicated the new union hall in 1966.

The union organized strikes, including a 101-day strike, 1969-1970; filed grievances with the National Labor Relations Board; and sponsored social activities, including organizing Christmas parties, packing fruit baskets for striking members, and participating in Labor Day parades, beauty pageants in Asheville, N.C., and other social events.

For 40 years, members of Local 182 made electric transformers at the Hickory plant. In 1997, General Electric determined that the Hickory factory was no longer profitable, shut it down, and moved the work to Monterrey, Mexico. Members of Local 182 closed the union hall in 1997.

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Records, 1961-1997, of the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, Local 182 (Hickory, N.C.), (IUE) document the labor union's political, business, and social services to electric industry workers at the General Electric Company plant in Hickory, N.C. Materials include correspondence, bulletins, newsletters, minutes, constitutions, agreements, inventories, job descriptions and evaluations, plans, projects, programs, property, audit reports, financial statements, ledgers, committee reports, newspaper clippings, election materials, and membership information.

The records are sorted into rough series: organization; business; minutes; plans, projects, and programs; reports; correspondence; bulletins and newsletters; elections; membership; and photographs with the bulk of the materials in correspondence, bulletins and newsletters, and minutes.

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About 7,800 items (13.5 linear feet).

Records, 1961-1997, of the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, Local 182 (Hickory, N.C.), (IUE) document the labor union's political, business, and social services to electric industry workers at the General Electric Company plant in Hickory, N.C. Materials include correspondence, bulletins, newsletters, minutes, constitutions, agreements, inventories, job descriptions and evaluations, plans, projects, programs, property, audit reports, financial statements, ledgers, committee reports, newspaper clippings, election materials, and membership information.

The records are sorted into rough series: organization; business; minutes; plans, projects, and programs; reports; correspondence; bulletins and newsletters; elections; membership; and photographs with the bulk of the materials in correspondence, bulletins and newsletters, and minutes.

Box 1

Organization

Local 182 constitution #05026, Box 1
Proposed amendments to Local 182 constitution, 1977-1993 #05026, Box 1
Other local constitutions #05026, Box 1
District 1 constitution #05026, Box 1

Business

Agreements, 1963-1994 #05026, Box 1
Inventories, 1967-1994 #05026, Box 1
Job analysis, 1971-1983 and undated #05026, Box 1
Job descriptions and evaluations, 1976-1985 and undated #05026, Box 1
Rental property and trailer, 1985-1995 #05026, Box 1
Union hall building expansion, 1966-1978 #05026, Box 1

Minutes

Executive Board meetings, 1968-1980 #05026, Box 1
Box 2

Minutes

Executive Board meetings, 1981-1997 #05026, Box 2
Entertainment Committee meetings, 1976-1978 #05026, Box 2
Finance Committee meetings, 1972-1996 #05026, Box 2
Monthly membership and special meetings, 1961-1997 #05026, Box 2
Plant closing meeting minutes, February-June 1996 #05026, Box 2
Box 3

Plans, Projects, and Programs

Employee benefit plan, 1975-1979 #05026, Box 3
General Electric practices and policies #05026, Box 3
Pension plan, 1976-1977 #05026, Box 3
3: Wage management plan, 1973-1985 #05026, Box 3
Attendance control program, 1986 #05026, Box 3
Demerit program #05026, Box 3
Employee disability income program #05026, Box 3
Labor/management teaming initiatives, 1994 #05026, Box 3
Maintenance program, 1993 #05026, Box 3
PLU$ program, 1982 #05026, Box 3
Progressive Maintenance System, 1977 and undated #05026, Box 3

Reports

Quarterly audits, 1974-1996 #05026, Box 3
Trustee audits, 1991-1994 #05026, Box 3
Financial statements, 1966-1996 #05026, Box 3
Monthly financial reports, 1967-1996 #05026, Box 3
General ledgers, 1961-1997 #05026, Box 3
Joint problem-solving committee, 1981-1985 #05026, Box 3
Box 4

Pay progression rates, 1968-1989

Per capita payment reports, 1984-1997 #05026, Box 4
Research department, 1972-1983 #05026, Box 4

Correspondence

AFL-CIO, 1969-1975 #05026, Box 4
Central Labor Union, 1967-1975 #05026, Box 4
District I, 1968-1981 #05026, Box 4
Executive Board, 1975-1994 #05026, Box 4
General Electric Conference Board, 1964-1975 #05026, Box 4
Box 5

Correspondence

General Electric Conference Board, 1976-1996 #05026, Box 5
General Electric, Hickory, 1966-1977 #05026, Box 5
IUE National, 1966-1996 #05026, Box 5
IUE Local 182, 1977-1982 #05026, Box 5
Other locals, 1969-1982 #05026, Box 5
Box 6

Correspondence

Lockheed Martin, 1995-1997 #05026, Box 6
National Labor Relations Board, 1964-1984 #05026, Box 6
North Carolina State AFL-CIO, 1970-1985 #05026, Box 6
OSHA, 1973-1995 #05026, Box 6
Plant closing correspondence, 1996 #05026, Box 6
Thank-you letters, 1969-1989 #05026, Box 6
Miscellaneous business correspondence, 1969-1975 #05026, Box 6

Bulletins and Newsletters

Informative bulletins: "Whitepapers," 1963-1982 #05026, Box 6
Box 7

Bulletins and Newsletters

Informative bulletins: "Whitepapers," 1983-1996 #05026, Box 7
Narratives #05026, Box 7
General Electric newsletter, 1964-1981 #05026, Box 7
Box 8

Bulletins and Newsletters

General Electric newsletter, 1982-1991 #05026, Box 8
"Negotiations Report," 1982-1985 #05026, Box 8
Newspaper clippings, 1965-1977 #05026, Box 8

Elections

Election materials, 1962 #05026, Box 8
Election results #05026, Box 8
Nomination letters, 1971-1995 and undated #05026, Box 8
Objection to election, 1991-1992 #05026, Box 8
Sample ballots #05026, Box 8
Vote on sending delegate to negotiations, 1994 #05026, Box 8

Membership

Dues materials #05026, Box 8
Monthly meeting attendance lists, 1971-1997 #05026, Box 8
Meeting notices, 1966-1997 #05026, Box 8
Box 9

Membership withdrawals, 1966-1984

Membership mailing lists, 1969-1985 #05026, Box 9
Non-member job positions, 1975 #05026, Box 9
Organizing letters, 1961-1969 #05026, Box 9
Scholarship fund, 1992-1995 #05026, Box 9
Strike materials #05026, Box 9
Strike notices, 1971-1978 #05026, Box 9
Petition to strike, 1970-1976 and undated #05026, Box 9
Box 10

Membership withdrawals, 1966-1984

Closed materials #05026, Box 10
Image Folder PF-5026/1

Meetings

Image Folder PF-5026/2

Officers

Image Folder PF-5026/3

Parade

Image Folder PF-5026/4

Social functions

Image Folder PF-5026/5

Strike

Oversize Image Folder OP-PF-5026/1

Oversize photographs

Photograph Album PA-5026/1-2

PA-5026/1

PA-5026/2

Photograph albums

Oversize Volume SV-5026/1-2

SV-5026/1

SV-5026/2

Volumes

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Items separated include photographs (P-5026), oversize photographs (OP-P-5026), photograph albums (PA-5026/1-2), and oversize volumes (V-5026/S-1-2).

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