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United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Local 1240 (Chico, Calif.) Records
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  • Title: United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Local 1240 (Chico, Calif.) records
    Date (bulk): 1923-2009
    Date (inclusive): 1911-2009
    Creator: United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Local 1240 (Chico, Calif.).
    Collection number: larc.ms.0383
    Accession number: 2010/034
    Extent: 15.25 cubic ft. (11 cartons, 6 boxes)
    Repository: Labor Archives and Research Center
    J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
    San Francisco State University
    1630 Holloway Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94132-1722
    (415) 405-5571
    larc@sfsu.edu
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English.
    Abstract: Consists of records from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 1240 (Chico, Calif.) and other predecessor locals, including Local 2043 and Local 156. Materials from locals 1254, 1495, 1599, 1970, and 1051 are also included. The bulk of the records consist of correspondence, minutes, membership records, financial records, administrative materials, and various publications, with a small amount of convention and training materials also included. Also included are materials from the Wood, Wire and Metal Lathers' International Union.
    Location: Collection stored offsite: advance notice required for use.

    Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives and 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 and 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.

    Availability

    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 1240 (Chico, Calif.) Records, larc.ms.0383, Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Labor Archives and Research Center staff.

    Arrangement

    The records are arranged in four series, all of which have been further arranged in subseries as follows:
    Series 1: Local 1240, 1923-2009, further subdivided into Subseries 1.1: Correspondence, 1986-1987; Subseries 1.2: Minutes, 1923-1995; Subseries 1.3: Convention Proceedings, 1990-1995; Subseries 1.4: Membership, 1949-2009; Subseries 1.5: Financial, 1966-1994; Subseries 1.6: Administrative Materials, 1930-1991; and Subseries 1.7: Publications and Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1983.
    Series 2: Local 2043, 1937-1982 further subdivided into Subseries 2.1: Minutes, 1948-1982; and Subseries 2.2: Membership, 1937-1980.
    Series 3: Lathers Local 156, 1911-1979 further subdivided into Subseries 3.1: Minutes, 1963-1979; Subseries 3.2: Membership, 1951-1969; Subseries 3.3: Financial, 1957-1969; and Subseries 3.4: Publications, 1911-1979.
    Series 4: Other Unions, 1938-1986 further subdivided into Subseries 4.1: Membership, 1938-1980; and Subseries 4.2: Administrative Documents, 1970-1986.

    Administrative History

    The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) was created in 1881 when representatives from 11 cities met with Peter J. McGuire, first General Secretary of UBC, in Chicago and mapped out a constitution, structure, and membership for a new union. The UBC played a major role in establishing an eight-hour workday and minimum hourly wages for workers in the building trades. Today, UBC is one of North America's largest trade unions and represents many workers in the construction industry, including general carpenters, scaffolders, drywallers, pile drivers, cabinetmakers, roofers, and lathers. There are 36 regional and district councils, with each council overseeing individual local unions. Carpenters Local 1240 is located in Chico, California, and includes predecessor Locals 2043 and 156.

    Scope and Contents

    Consists of records from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 1240 (Chico, Calif.) and other predecessor locals, including Local 2043 and Local 156. Materials from locals 1254, 1495, 1599, 1970, and 1051 are also included. The bulk of the records consist of correspondence, minutes, membership records, financial records, administrative materials, and various publications, with a small amount of convention and training materials also included. Also included are materials from the Wood, Wire and Metal Lathers' International Union.
    Many of the records document the day-to-day operations of the locals. Membership logbooks, authorization cards, and contact/transfer cards were created in order to keep track of members, record their monthly dues and receipts, and document their standing in the union. Individual dues books, dating from 1923 to 2009, list payments from hundreds of union members. For each local, minute books contain detailed reports of local meetings, including discussions of grievances, costs, disbursements, motions, and appointments. Account books and ledgers contain descriptions of the locals' assets, liabilities, income and expenses, as well as monies received from membership dues. Other records comprise forms and manuals used for administrative purposes, and descriptions of various agreements and acts that impact workers in the construction industry.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Local 1240 (Chico, Calif.)
    Wood, Wire, and Metal Lathers' International Union.
    Carpenters--Labor unions--California.