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M-272: UNITE! Union of Needletrades, Industial, and Textile Employees

HISTORY: The UNITE (Union of Needle trades, Industrial, and Textile Employees) was organized in 1995 through the merger of the ILGWU (International Ladies Garment Workers Union) and the ACTWU (Amalgamnated Clothing and Textile Workers Union). Further information about the union is available at

This collection was donated to the St. Louis Mercantile Library in 2005 by Joan Suarez, who worked in the field of labor relations since 1962, and was the Regional Director and International Vice-President of UNITE from 1987-2001.

An interview with Joan Suarez, recorded in 2006 by KWMU public radio for the "Her Story" feature, is available in streaming audio (.mp3 8:00).

SCOPE: Papers, records, video recordings, ephemera, and other related documents regarding the UNITE labor union and the Levis-Strauss textile company. Documents range from 1984-2001, although most documents are from the 1990s. The majority of items in this collection are directly related to the Partnership Agreement reached by UNITE and Levi Strauss and Co.

For related UNITE documents and archive collections researchers should consult the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin O. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.

HOLDINGS: 45 boxes of material, grouped by year.

ACCESS: Some of the material in Special Collection M-272 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition. A finding aid to this collection is available for download:

M-272 UNITE Finding Aid (.rtf)

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