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Finding Aid to the California State Council of Lumber and Sawmill Workers, AFL-CIO records
BANC MSS 84/120 c  
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  • Scope and Content
  • Administrative History
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: California State Council of Lumber and Sawmill Workers, AFL-CIO records
    Creator: California State Council of Lumber and Sawmill Workers, AFL-CIO
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 84/120 c
    Physical Description: 98.75 linear feet (79 cartons)
    Date (bulk): approximately 1945-1981
    Abstract: Records of the California State Council of Lumber and Sawmill Workers, AFL-CIO, dating from approximately 1945-1981.
    Location of Materials: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language of Materials: English

    Scope and Content

    Fifteen series of records dating from approximately 1945 to 1981, including convention proceedings, correspondence, economic data, information bulletins, subject files, some records relating to district councils and local unions, materials relating to pension and health and welfare funds, and records relating to National Labor Relations Board cases, California Department of Employment cases, arbitration cases, and California Industrial Accident Commission cases.

    Administrative History

    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.
    The economic representative was a professional labor relations specialist employed to perform most of the administrative and advisory work of the council. He provided information on federal and state procedures and regulations and other information on contracts and collective bargaining and economic conditions in the lumber industry and served as administrator of the health and welfare fund and the pension fund. During the period represented by these records, the economic representative was Daniel Johnston, who maintained offices in Los Angeles and performed his duties on a consulting basis.

    Restrictions on Access

    Cartons 1-21 are open to researchers. Cartons 22-79 include medical and other restricted personal information and are closed to researchers until 2056.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], California State Council of Lumber and Sawmill Workers, AFL-CIO records, BANC MSS 84/120 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of the Forest History Society, 1984.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Lara Michels. Much of the finding aid descriptive text has been taken from Richard C. Davis' 1976 inventory of the Records of the California State Council of Lumber and Sawmill Workers at the Forest History Society (the previous owner of this collection).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California State Council of Lumber and Sawmill Workers, AFL-CIO
    Labor unions--California
    Lumber trade--California
    Lumber trade -- accidents
    Industrial accidents--California