Records of the California State Council of Lumber and Sawmill Workers, AFL-CIO, dating from approximately 1945-1981.
The California State Council of Lumber and Sawmill Workers was founded at a statewide convention held in San Francisco on
January 16-18, 1947, and attended by representatives of lumber and sawmill unions affiliated with the United Brotherhood of
Carpenters and Joiners of America, AFL, which issued a charter for this new organization on July 22. Some of the functions
of the council had previously been performed by a state coordinating committee of lumber and sawmill workers. Historical files
relating to the council's founding can be found in the Subject Files. The council held jurisdiction over all voluntary affiliated
local unions and district councils chartered by the Brotherhood within California. There represented workers in production
and maintenance of logging operations and mills and factories of the logging industry. Delegates to state council conventions
were elected from each affiliated local union and district council. Members of the executive committee of the council were
selected from five districts, representing the area within the jurisdiction of each of the Redwood, Northern California, and
Central California District Councils, and the areas of Los Angeles and vicinity and San Diego and vicinity. Officers of the
state council were nominated from the convention floor and elected by vote of the delegates. The state council provided services
and assistance requested by affiliated units, including economic information; coordination of contract proposals; professional
representation in negotiations, arbitrations, National Labor Relations Board cases, industrial accident cases, and Wage Stabilization
Board cases; and other matters affecting the welfare of the members. The state council did not determine policy for or interfere
with the autonomy and functions of local unions or district councils.
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