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CRA121 -- USWA Local 1011 Records


2.25 Linear Feet
August 1993


Mr. Loren Hansen, President of USWA Local 1011, donated the USWA Local 1011 records to the Calumet Regional Archives on June 28, 1983.

Property rights in the collection are held by the Calumet Regional Archives; literary rights are dedicated to the public. There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Linear feet of shelf space: 2.25 linear feet.
Number of boxes: 2 boxes.
Number of volumes: 12 volumes
Calumet Regional Archives 121

Arranged and described by: Stephen McShane
Date: November 1986

Scope and Content

These records document the history of USWA Local 1011 (1942-1970), representing steelworkers at LTV Corporation's East Chicago Works. The collection covers a period when LTV's predecessor, Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, owned the plant. Minute books (1947-1970) comprise the major portion of the collection and contain information from local meetings, local officers' meetings, and stewards. The general meeting volumes provide the most description of local activities and issues; naturally, the earlier minutes furnish better detail, focusing on not only wages and hours but also safety and discrimination. The volumes of local officers' records yield housekeeping data and communications to the local, although some discussions revolve around the 1956 and 1959 strikes. In contrast to the general meeting minutes, the Representative Council minutes supply more information in later volumes. The Council meetings consisted of reports on wildcat strikes, layoffs, and behavior in the mill as well as other events. Finally, Shop Stewards meetings deal with membership reports and recruitment.

The other important series in the 1011 records is a run of The Record (1957-1970), which provides useful stories on union issues and activities. Unfortunately, the run is incomplete, with issues missing from virtually every year.

Considering the importance of USWA Local 1011 in local labor history, the collection lacks many significant records of the local's actions. While the USWA Local 1011 records are incomplete, they do offer valuable documentation of organized steelworkers in the Calumet Region, and, in conjunction with the USWA Local 1010 records, serve as an important source of labor history in northwest Indiana.

For additional collections of data on local labor history, researchers should consult the Archives' collections list and subject index.

Volume Description
1-4 Minute Books, Local Union Meetings, 1946-1959
5-6 Minute Books, Grand Lodge, 1963-1970
7-9 Minute Books, Local Union Officers, 1947-1970
10-11 Minute Books, Shop Stewards/Representative Council, 1946-1972
12 Minute Book, Steelworker Building Corporation, 1957-1966

Box File Description
1 1 Pay Statements, Grievance Committeemen, 1942-1945
1 2 Ledger, Dues Deduction, 1946, 1948
1 3 Constitution and By-Laws, Building Corporation, United Steelworkers of East Chicago, 1946, 1960-1962, 1966
1 4-8 Agreements, Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company and USWA,(1949-71)
Youngstown/Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation and USWA, 1977-1980
LTV Steel and USWA, 1987-1992
1 10 Leaflet, USWA Local 1011, n.d.
1 11 Articles, Charles Fizer, 1942, ca. 1950
1 12 Letter and Telegram, 1956, 1959
1 13 Newsarticles, LTV Profit Sharing and Local 1011, 1988-89
1 14 Newsarticles, General, 1982, 1989--
1 15 Summaries, Arbitration Awards, 1979-1981
1 16 Briefing Papers, Preparation for War Meeting, June 23, 1992 (LTV Bankruptcy and Union Contract)
2 1 The Record, (1959-1970)

Subject Tracings

  • Business/Industry
  • Civil Rights
  • Collective Bargaining
  • East Chicago
  • Fizer, Charles
  • Labor
  • LTV Corporation
  • Steel
  • Strikes
  • United Steelworkers of America
  • Unions
  • Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company