Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 408 Records:
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.
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.
Open for research.
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.
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.