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Guide to the Sacramento Mailers Union No. 31 records
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Description
The Sacramento Mailers Union No. 31 records consists of 7 linear feet of documents, the bulk of the material document the union's labor strike with the Sacramento Bee newspaper in the 1970s. The Sacramento Mailers Union is organized into eight series: Series 1. Administrative records, Series 2. Contracts and negotiations, Series 3. Arbitration and Grievances, Series 4. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Series 5. Labor strike , Series 6. Financial Materials, Series 7. Other Organizations, and Series 8. Publications.
Background
The Sacramento Mailers Guild was established to represent certain employees at The Sacramento Bee newspaper, including those working on the production line. The Sacramento Mailers Chapel affiliated with the International Typographical Union in 1971, becoming Sacramento Mailers Union No. 31. Members voted to merge the International Typographical Union with the International Mailers Union in 1978. Contract and labor disputes became severe in the early 1970s, and the membership voted to strike in April 1978. The strike lasted over two years, with union members experiencing financial distress, break-ins at their headquarters, and picket-line violence.
Extent
7 linear feet (14 boxes)
Restrictions
All requests to publish or quote from private collections held by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) must be submitted in writing to csh@cityofsacramento.org. Permission for publication is given on behalf of CSH 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 patron. No permission is necessary to publish or quote from public records.
Availability
Collection is open for research use.