Kansas City Typographical Union # 80 Records (KC0208)
The Typographical Union # 80, representing the printing industry worker, originally received its charter from the National Typographical Union on August 10, 1865. During the mid-1870's, they lost members and suffered other organizational problems primarily because of a dispute with the Kansas City Journal and the generally anti-union atmosphere in Kansas City. This resulted in the loss of its charter around 1878. Two years later, after reorganizing, the Local was issued a new charter by the International Typographical Union on December 15, 1880, and began to grow stronger. However, problems with the Journal continued until 1885 when the Union called a boycott of companies advertising in that newspaper. It was a long time coming, but the union could finally claim victory when on September 20, 1892, the Journal signed a contract allowing union workers to be employed at the paper. By 1888, the local boasted a membership of 161 and was strong enough to entertain the 36th Annual Session of the International Typographical Union in Kansas City June 11-16.
The collection contains the original International Typographical Union – Kansas City Local 80 charter signed in 1880, a dozen photographs of I.T.U. chapel groups at the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times (1899, 1936, 1946 and 1980s), the “slip board” from the Kansas City Star Composing Room, and the Kansas City Times chapel roster (1901-1957). Also included are minutes for regular and executive board meetings (1883-1927; 1969-1975, including financial statements), a copy of the 1892 contract signed by the Kansas City Journal, and a program and delegate ribbon for the 1980 International Typographical Union convention held in Kansas City. The records of the Kansas City Mailers Union #7 and the Communication Workers of America local 6325, which merged with the I.T.U., are also included. Also in the collection are records of several contract and union merger negotiations, chapel dues-earnings ledgers (1954-1956), printer assignments (1971-1974), charges, appeals, and arbitration, and a dozen books published by the I.T.U. Bureau of Education about the typographical profession. 1880-1994.
44 cubic feet plus three oversized items.
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Monday, March 23, 2009
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