Except for the minutebook, Pension Trust records, printed price lists and
misc. papers, the physical bulk of the material included in this collection
concerns the technical training, methods, materials and styles studied and
used by the members of Local 510. The formal training received by union
members was regarded as being of high quality and gave Union membership an
increased value as it also implied card carriers were skilled, thoroughly
Organization of this union began in the winter of 1899-1900 when tradesman
Peter J. Doyle became "greatly perturbed" over issues such as non-standard
hours, shops working 9 or 10 hours days without formal overtime, and low wages
which averaged $3.00 per day for sign painters, and $2.00 for helpers on a six
day week basis. Doyle gathered "a dozen or so men who were willing to form a
union and applied for a charter" which was granted March 10, 1900 by the
Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives & Research Center. All requests for
permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing
to the Director of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf
of the Labor Archives & Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be
obtained by the reader.
Collection is open for research.