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Millwrights & Piledrivers Local Union 1393 (Toledo, Ohio) - MS 751

Introduction | Agency History | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

Introduction

The records of Millwrights and Piledrivers Local Union 1393 of Toledo, Ohio were donated to the Center for Archival Collections in November 1997 through the cooperation of Mr. Dwight Smith, Business Manager of Local 1393, and Kristin Dusseau, graduate archives assistant, in 1997. Literary and property rights have been dedicated to the public and duplication is permitted for the purpose of preservation and scholarly research.

The records of Millwrights and Piledrivers 1393 includes one half linear feet of By- laws, District Council minutes, strike photographs, printed histories of the union, correspondence, and newspaper clippings, dating from the union's inception in 1944 to 1994. These records are scattered.

Agency History

The Millwrights and Piledrivers began with a group of men, and their desire to form a new local union in Toledo. After petitioning the General President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, they received a charter on December 13, 1944. In the early years of its development, the union struggled to maintain stability. By 1964, Harold Hauter was elected the Business Agent for Local 1393 and the union was thriving.

Millwrights and Piledrivers has grown into a fine and productive union since 1944. According to the history printed for their twenty-fifth anniversary: "In the ensuing years we have become apprentice oriented and have continually strove to upgrade our journeymen in the new methods of the trade because our trade changes with the times, and we cannot stand still."

Currently, Millwrights and Piledrivers Local Union 1393 is located at 1217 Prouty Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43609. Further inquiry about Local 1393 made be made to Dwight Smith, Business Manager.

Scope and Content

The collection of the Millwrights and Piledrivers Local Union 1393, while limited, is important for its documentation of the rise of a local union in northwest Ohio. The records are scattered from 1944 to 1994, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Most important to the researcher, are the revision drafts of the by-laws, dating from 1960 with the original draft, to 1978 and the final draft. Through these subsequent drafts, the interplay between a local union and the National Executive Board of Carpenters becomes evident. Similarly, the job referral procedures are important in documenting the way in which a local Building and Trades Union handles on the job concerns,and the system of checks the union implements in order to divide up jobs equally among its members.

While the strength of the collection lies in its documentation of union procedures and laws, the researcher might find the original charter application, correspondence concerning the chartering of the Millwrights, and the printed histories that supplement these records helpful in documenting the rise of a prominent labor organization in Toledo, Ohio. Completing the collection are interesting photographs of the local's strike of the Sohio company, and printed programs of their anniversary celebration.

Series Description

PROCEEDINGS

MINUTES - MAUMEE VALLEY DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS
1945
Record contains list of founding members of Local 1393, those members elected to sit as delegates on the District Council, and a list of those sections of the by-laws of Carpenter Local 1138 adopted into the Millwright by-laws.

MEMBERSHIP ROSTER
1944
Record contains list of initial members of the Millwrights, and their dues paid.

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE - NATIONAL U. B. C. and J. of AMERICA
1944; 1972
Arranged chronologically
Record contains a letter of approval for the charter of Millwrights Local 1393, and a letter indicating additional revisions to the by-laws of Local 1393.

LITERARY PRODUCTIONS

PRINTED HISTORIES
1969
Record contains the history of the founding of Millwrights Local 1393 written by members. Included is an autobiography of a distinguished member and Business Agent of the Millwrights, Harold Hauter

LEGAL DOCUMENTS

CHARTER APPLICATION
1944
Record consists of charter application for the granting of a charter to the Millwrights and Piledrivers Local 1393.

BY-LAWS (DRAFTS)
1960-1978
Arranged chronologically
Records consists of drafts and revisions to the by-laws of Millwrights Local 1393. Includes the original draft (1960), revisions submitted to the National for approval, and the final draft (1978).

UNION REFERRAL PROCEDURES
1971
Record contains drafts of revisions to the job referral system of Local 1393 by Executive Board. These changes were to be made in order to remedy the inequities of the original system.

PRINTED MATERIAL

NEWSPAPER CLIPPING
1988

PHOTOGRAPHS
[1960]
Record contains photographs from the SOHIO strike.

PRINTED PROGRAMS
1992; 1994
Arranged chronologically
Includes programs from the fiftieth Anniversary celebration of the founding of the Millwrights, a local apprenticeship ceremony ; and an award certificate.

Inventory

Box 1

Folder

  1. Minutes--Maumee Valley District Carpenter Council, 1945
  2. Membership Roster--1944
  3. Correspondence--National United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, 1944
  4. Correspondence--National United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, 1972
  5. Printed histories--1969
  6. Autobiography of Harold Hauter--n.d
  7. Charter Application--1944
  8. By-laws--1960
  9. By-laws (drafts)--1972, 1978
  10. Union Job referral procedures--1971
  11. Newspaper clipping--1988
  12. Photographs--[ 1960 ]
  13. Printed Programs--1992;1994

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