Fonds F0438 - United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America fonds

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United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America fonds

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19.0 m of textual records
0.05 m of photographs : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm or smaller

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The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America was established in 1936, with the first Canadian local in Toronto created the following year. The union, long considered on the left-wing of Canadian labour unions, was dismissed from the Canadian Congress of Labour in 1949 for suspected Communist ties and it was not until 1973 that the union was re-admitted to the Canadian Labour Congress. The UE had forty-seven locals in Canada (1993) including locals in Toronto, Guelph, Peterborough and Montreal. In that year decreasing membership lead to an affiliation with the Canadian Auto Workers.

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The fonds documents the activities of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America and some of its locals for the period, 1941-1978.

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Files have been left in the order received when they were transferred to the archives. Due to the quantity of files and items, the archivist determined that arrangement into a series structure would further delay the processing of these records, which had remained unprocessed for over 20 years after acquisition.

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Access is restricted. Written permission to view the material must be obtained from the Secretary-Treasurer of the UE and directed to the University Archivist.

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Library and Archives Canada holds its own United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America fonds (R1268-0-6-E, MG28-I190):

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The fonds comprises the following accession: 1984-018. Further accruals may be expected.

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002/04/08 Jizi Chen:. Word Perfect (Creation)
2002/04/08 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/05/07 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid. Updated wording in extent, accruals, scope and content.
2014/07/22 Last updated.
2018/04/03 KCP. Added GMD, finding aid and arrangement notes, and published.
2020/03/26 KCP. Added subject access points.
2023/07/11 J. Grant, X. Rodriguez, B. Sun., M. Alexander. Creation of file list, update of fonds-level description.

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