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Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 198 (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

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URB 51

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Collection Summary

Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 198 (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records


Collection ID
URB 51

Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America. Local 198 (Philadelphia, Pa.)

7 linear feet (14 boxes)          

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English.        

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America came into existence in January 1897. Unlike many unions, it contained both craft locals (in retail butchering) and industrial locals (in packing houses). Philadelphia meat cutters formed local unions in 1936 amid a major organizing drive by the national union. In 1939-1940, locals 195, 198, and 199 established themselves in the city and began securing collective bargaining rights.

Local 198 maintained an active interest in labor's political action, legislation and progressive policies. The local, both in its own activities and as part of the area-wide Joint Council, pursued its goals through a variety of measures and methods, including cooperation with other unions, economic pressure, and influence with employers.

Description of Collection

This collection contains minutes, contracts, pamphlets, financial records, correspondence, publications, and other materials. The minutes of both executive board and general membership meetings document day-to-day problems of labor relations and union administration. International, Pennsylvania State and Philadelphia area joint council materials provide information on relationships with the higher levels of the union.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 5 series as follows:

Series 1: Minutes, 1944-1977
Series 2: Agreements and Printed Matter, 1947-1983
Series 3: Financial Records, 1940-1981
Series 4: International and Joint Council Material, 1947-1982
Series 5: Elections, 1963-1978

Series 1, Minutes, contains the minutes of the Local 198 Executive Board, general membership and special meetings.

Series 2, Agreements and Printed Matter, includes contracts, union constitutions, and various other union pamphlets.

Series 3, Financial Records, contains financial statements, receipt books, stewards' receipts, and office receipts.

Series 4, International and Joint Council Material, contains correspondence, minutes, memos, and published material from the Joint Council and International Union of the AMC & BW.

Series 5, Elections, contains correspondence, ballots, memos, returns and hearings concerning elections and election irregularities.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1610612~S30

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 198 (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Acquired in approximately 1981.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015.    

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Corporate Names:
Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America. Local 198 (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Butchers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Labor -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Labor Unions -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Administrative records
Financial records
Legal documents


Series 1: Minutes, 1944-1977

1          1-7          Executive Board          1944-1963
2          8-10          Executive Board          1963-1977
2          11          General and District Meetings and Junior Council          October 26, 1970-
October 15, 1975

12-13          Special Meetings          1960-1972
3          14-20          General Membership and Meetings          1942-1970

Series 2: Agreements and Printed Matter, 1947-1983

4          1-10          Union, Organization Pamphlets          1950-1983
4          11          Constitutions          1960-1972
4          12          Contract Changes          1973
4          13          Acme Increases          1976
5          14-32          Agreements          1947-1983

Series 3: Financial Records, 1940-1981

6          1          Financial Statements          1961-1981
6          2          Miscellaneous Receipts          February 1, 1940-December 31, 1943
6          3-4          Stewards Receipts          October 1940-December 1957
6          5-6          Office Receipts          January 1944-December 1956
7          7-15          Office Receipts          January 1957-December 1976
8          16-20          International Finance Reports          1965-1969
9          21-25          International Finance Reports          1970-1976

Series 4: International and Joint Council Material, 1947-1982

10          1-6          Meat Cutters Union Papers          1971-1975
11          7-12          International Correspondence          1965-1972
11          13-14          International Instructions and Literature          1969 and 1972
11          15          Pennsylvania State, Federal B.W. Minutes          1972- 1976
11          16          Joint Council Strike Fund          1947-1958
11          17-19          Joint Council Correspondence          1964-1968
12          20-22          Joint Council Correspondence          1970-1972
12          23          Joint Council Bulletins          1975-1980
12          24-25          Joint Council Minutes          1971-1973
12          26-27          Executive Board          1970-1971
12          28          Executive Board Minutes          1982
12          29-30          AMC BW Local 198          1971-1972
12          31          Local 198 Notices          1971-1972
12          32-33          Local 198 Meeting          April 9, 1978
12          34          Philadelphia Council Minutes          1971-1979
13          35-37          Negotiations          1971-1980
13          38          Strike Instructions and Organization Problems          undated
13          39          Listing of Members to Receive Pension booklets          1972
13          40          AMC BW Statement to United States Senate          1959
13          41          Merger between AMC BW and UPWA          1968-1972
13          42-43          Problems (BC/BS) Miscellaneous Benefits          undated

Series 5: Elections, 1963-1978

14          1-9          Elections          1963, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1978
14          10          Hearings Concerning Election Irregularities          1964