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Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 408 Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America. Local 408 (Houston, Tex.)
Title: Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 408 Records
Dates: 1952-1971
Abstract: Records contain materials documenting the activities of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 408 of Houston, Texas from 1952-1971. Materials include correspondence, clippings, minutes, reports, printed materials, and photographs.
Identification: AR23
Extent: 2 boxes (0.8 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 408, was a labor union of packinghouse workers located in Houston, Texas. Between 1968 and 1971, Local 408 participated or acted as intermediary in several strike activities directed toward local factories or businesses. In 1970, the Allied Food Workers District Union, Local 103, and the Coffee Workers Union, Local 602, both part of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, merged into Local 408.


Scope and Contents

Records consist of correspondence, clippings, minutes, reports, printed materials, and a photograph. The bulk of the records is correspondence. Incoming correspondence consists mostly of letters from other Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen locals, union members, and other unions. Outgoing correspondence pertains to multiple aspects of union business including responses to requests for information, labor contracts and negotiations, other locals and unions, individual union members, and dues, balances and other financial matters. Minutes record and describe the proceedings of meetings held by Local 408 between 1953 and 1956. Printed materials include Local 408 newsletters from 1967-1971. Flyers and brochures regarding strikes, meetings, union contracts, and labor unions are present. Clippings pertain to strikes that occurred between 1968 and 1971 in which Local 408 participated or acted as intermediary. Two photographs of a supervisory committee of the Retail Food Merchants of Houston and Local 408 are present.

Also included are correspondence, petitions, and election materials of the National Labor Relations Board, Region 23 from 1961-1965.


Organization

Records are arranged by document type in 20 folders. Within each document type, records are arranged in chronological order.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Organizations
Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America. Local 408 (Houston, Tex.)--Records and Correspondence.
Subjects
Labor unions--Texas--Houston--History--Sources.
Places
Houston (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Administrative Information

Citation

Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 408 Records, AR23, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, Incoming, 1951 - 1952
2 Correspondence, Incoming, Jananuary, 1953 - June, 1953
3 Correspondence, Incoming, July, 1953 - December, 1953
4 Correspondence, Incoming, 1954
5 Correspondence, Incoming, 1956, 1959 - 1960
6 Correspondence, Incoming, 1961
7 Correspondence, Incoming, Jananuary, 1962 - June, 1962
8 Correspondence, Incoming, July, 1962 - December, 1962
9 Correspondence, Incoming-Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence, Outgoing, 1952
2 Correspondence, Outgoing, 1953
3 Correspondence, Outgoing, January, 1954 - June, 1954
4 Correspondence, Outgoing, July, 1954 - December, 1954
5 Minutes, Regular and Special Meetings, Aug. 11, 1953 - December 11, 1956
6 Election Materials, National Labor Relations Board, Region 23, 1962 - 1965
7 Case Records, National Labor Relations Board, Region 23, 1961 - 1962
8 Newsletter, AMC BMNA, Local 408: Advance, 1967 - 1971
9 Newspaper Articles 1968-1970
10 Miscellaneous 1968-1970, undated
11 Photographs 1951