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Guide to the Retail Clerks Union Local 770 Scrapbook Collection, 1942-1959
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Description
The Retail Clerks International Union (RCIU) Local 770 works to secure rights, negotiate wages, and resolve contract disputes for California-based retail employees. Joseph T. DeSilva helped form the RCIU and led Local 770 as executive secretary for over 35 years. DeSilva realized the RCIU’s political potential, leveraging strikes and shrewd negotiation tactics for local union members. Local 770 supported women’s rights, fair pay for African Americans and other minorities, labor legislation, and worked to address concerns of the surrounding community. The Retail Clerks Union, Local 770 Scrapbook Collection documents the union’s organizational activities, including union strikes, labor disputes, and worker-oriented political activity. The collection consists of scrapbooks containing national and local newspaper clippings, correspondence, pamphlets, magazines, photographs, campaign flyers, conference documentation, and other materials. Scrapbooks roughly cover the years 1942 to 1959.
Background
The Retail Clerks International Union (RCIU) Local 770 worked to secure rights, negotiate wages, and resolve contract disputes for California-based retail employees. The union was initially conceived as the Retail Clerks National Protective Union in the late 1890s, but eventually rebranded itself as the Retail Clerks International Association, and later, the RCIU. Joseph T. DeSilva helped form the RCIU and led Local 770 as executive secretary for over 35 years. DeSilva realized the RCIU’s political potential, leveraging strikes and shrewd negotiation tactics for local union members. Local 770 supported women’s rights, fair pay for African Americans and other minorities, labor legislation, and worked to address concerns of the surrounding community.
Extent
12.18 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
The collection is open for research use.