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Inventory of the Food, Tobacco, Agricultural and Allied Workers of America (Fta) and Related Agricultural Unions Records. The Norman Leonard Collection, 1936 - 1950
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The files in this collection have been divided into series following, as closely as possible, the numbering system used by the law offices. Generally speaking, this system assigns a four-digit number (e.g. 2015) to each client. Ascending numbers then are added after a decimal point (2015.00; 2015.01; 2015.02, etc.) Successive folders pertaining to the same case or litigant are indicated in different ways. For example, three folders on Stockton AWU Local 20211 are number 2015.09, 2015.091, and 2015.092. A series of folders on the NLRB cases arising from the Salinas strike and blacklist, however, are numbered 2015.152, 2015.152 B, 2015.152 C, and so on. Furthermore, when UCAPAWA changed to FTA in 1944 it received the number 2013. The several series pertaining to FTA Local 7 between 1948 and 1952 are numbered with the following system: 2013.02, 2013.02-1, 2013.02-2. In this case, the two digits to the right of the decimal indicate a case or group of cases pertaining to one client, or litigant, and the number to the right of the cash represents that folder's place in a consecutive series. For instance, in the example used above, "2013" indicates FTA, ".02" indicates Eviction Cases, and "-1," being the second folder (after 2013.02) happens to be a General File. Original folder numbers are listed with folder titles in the box listing, as well as on the folders themselves.
The United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing and Allied Workers of America (UCAPAWA) and its successor union, the Food, Tobacco, Agricultural and Allied Workers of America (FTA) although only in existence between 1937 and 1951, attracted much attention first as one of the most quickly growing of the new CIO unions, and latter as one of several unions expelled from the CIO during the 1950 anti-communist "trials." A focus of FTA's organizing drive was the canneries, packing sheds and in the fields of California.1. For the policies, tactics and membership and funding of grower/processor organizations see, U. S. Senate Committee on Education and Labor: Report on Violations of Free Speech and the Rights of Labor. 7 7th Congress, 2nd Session, Report #1150. Printed 1948. See also, McWilliams, Carey Factories in the Field, The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California. Peregrine Publishers, Inc., 1971.
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Collection is open for research.