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BOISE CITY TYPOGRAPHICAL UNION NO. 271

 

Records, 1890-1991

 

MSS 78

 

            Boise City was scarcely a year old, and not yet the territorial capital, when, in July 1864, James S. Reynolds established the city’s first newspaper, the Idaho Tri-weekly Statesman.   Reynolds was a job printer as well as a newspaper publisher.  In the Statesman’s first issue he advertised  “job printing of every description,” offering cards and bill heads, checks, drafts, receipts, posters and programmes for theater, concerts, exhibitions, way-bills, bills of fare, letter heads, receipt books, bills of lading, briefs and pamphlets, visiting, wedding, and “at home” cards, druggist labels, “in short, everything that can be done in a book and job printing office, from the smallest and most delicate card and circular to the largest size and most showy Posting Bill—and which will be turned out in a style that cannot fail to insure entire satisfaction.”  Reynolds, who came from Maine, reportedly had been en route to Idaho City with two printers and a printing press when the Boise City fathers convinced him to stop and stay in Boise.  Reynolds thus became the first printer in the soon-to-be territorial capital.

 

       By the time Idaho achieved statehood twenty-six years later, there were three daily newspapers in Boise, at least two other printing shops, and enough individual members of the International Typographical Union working in the city to form the nucleus of a union local. They applied to the ITU for a charter, which was granted in November 1890.  There were eleven charter members.  “Some were residents, but the majority probably were members of that race of ‘Vanished Americans’ now kindly remembered as ‘Tramp Printers,” recalled James Lewis in the local’s 70th anniversary booklet.  Indeed, Lewis could only find that only three of the eleven charter members stayed in Boise for very long.  The eleven charter members were soon joined by seven initiates at its first meeting in December.  The union’s first known contract, dated February 1892, is recorded in its first minute book. Its signatories (the proprietors of the Idaho Statesman, Idaho State Journal, and job printers) bound themselves “to the employment only of persons eligible to membership in said Boise City Typographical Union No. 271.” According to Lewis’s 70th anniversary history, the 1892 contract was “the first agreement between a chartered labor union and an employer in the State of Idaho.”

 

       The International Typographical Union had a long history even before its local was chartered in Boise.  Founded in 1852 as the National Typographical Union (it changed its name to International when Canadian locals were chartered), it was formally organized only after decades of communication and cooperation between printers’ associations in Eastern and Midwestern cities.  Individual members were drawn from large printing establishments, one-man shops, and itinerants (“tramp printers”) who moved around the country working for newspapers and print shops for short periods of time before moving on. Originally the union included members from all areas of the printing industry, but gradually during the 19th century, members from specialized crafts such as pressmen, bookbinders, and photo engravers withdrew and formed their own international unions, often with the assistance of the ITU.

 

       The early minutes of the Boise City Typographical Union reveal its concerns and customs.  Members used white and black balls to vote on applications for membership.  It was not unheard of for Calvin Cobb, the publisher of the Statesman, to appear personally at union meetings to make wage scale proposals.  Union members were not immune to the anti-Chinese sentiments that were so prevalent in the West at that time; a resolution was adopted in February 1893 levying a fine of five dollars on any member “who shall have washing done at a Chinese wash house, or any member who shall be caught eating…at a Chinese restaurant or other place where Chinese are employed….”  In May of 1899 the union voted to forgive the dues for two members serving in the U.S. Army; at the same meeting it agreed to a request from the Central Labor Union of the District of Columbia to petition President McKinley to remove the director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

 

       The union contributed to local charitable causes and, according to Lewis' history, had already negotiated a nine-hour day, six-day week before the international union made it the standard in 1899.  The Boise union then became one of the first locals to negotiate an 8-hour day in 1904.  In 1900 the membership agreed to a special assessment for the aid of striking workers in Pittsburgh, but only “under protest” did it remove Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg (a printer and publisher whose younger brother Charles had been a charter member of No. 271) from its honorary membership.  The International Typographical Union had asked the Boise local to revoke his membership because of his role in suppressing the miners’ strikes in the Coeur d’Alene district of north Idaho. The local union complied but reaffirmed “its belief that the said Hon. Frank Steunenberg is a friend of organized labor.”  Steunenberg was assassinated five years later at his home in Caldwell, Idaho.  The sensational trial of Western Federation of Miners leader Big Bill Haywood for instigating the murder brought Clarence Darrow to Boise for the defense and propelled prosecutor William E. Borah to national prominence.  The Boise City Typographical Union adopted resolutions deploring Steunenberg’s assassination at its meeting in February 1906. 
        
       Printers, who set type, formed the core of the original union membership in Boise, but they were soon joined by mailers, i.e. newspaper employees who worked in the “mailroom” at tasks such as assembling papers, inserting supplements, bundling, and otherwise preparing them for distribution.  In larger cities, mailers often formed locals of their own, but in Boise the two crafts were always part of No. 271.  For much of the 20th century, the Boise City Typographical Union drew most of its membership from printers and mailers at Boise’s morning newspaper, the Idaho Statesman, its evening competitor, the Boise Capital News, and the Syms-York Company, though members were drawn from smaller printing establishments as well.

 

       Within its first decade, the No. 271’s members were confronted by new technology and the necessity of job retraining. The linotype machine, invented to replace the setting of type by hand, revolutionized the printing process.  Idaho Statesman publisher Calvin Cobb had asked the union to formulate a “machine scale” wage proposal as early as 1895, though there is no evidence a linotype was actually introduced at the newspaper until 1898.  In December of that year, the union recommended to the publisher “that learners on the machines might practice on setting ‘bogus’ matter” in order to familiarize themselves with the new process.

 

       Years later, the international union and the Boise local addressed the technological changes brought on by the introduction of computers, automation, and photocomposition to the printing process, but during the 1980s both local and international membership declined as the new processes required fewer employees trained and skilled in the craft.  During the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s, the number of working members of No. 271 (excluding retirees) hovered near or slightly above 100.  In November 1977 the number of working members in Boise (not counting members added from the recently defunct locals in Nampa and Twin Falls) was 69; in November 1986 there were 43.  That same month the voters of Idaho passed a right-to-work initiative, making union membership voluntary in all places of employment, further weakening the union.  On the national level, officers of the ITU explored merger opportunities with other unions, including the Teamsters. In 1987 the venerable old ITU was absorbed into the Communication Workers of America.  At its June 1987 meeting No. 271 ceremonially took its 97-year old charter down from the wall and replaced it with a new charter from the CWA. The Boise City Typographical Union retained its identity as a separate local within the CWA for several years until its remaining members became part of Boise’s CWA local in the early 1990s. 

 

                                                                                                -- Alan Virta, September 2010

 

Sources

 

     


 

The Collection

      
       The records in this collection document in great detail the 100-year history of the Boise City Typographical Union.  At the heart of the collection are the minutes, which are nearly complete up through 1969, then somewhat sporadic after that.  Also included are contracts the union negotiated with Boise area publishers and printing companies, correspondence of the local officers, records of arbitration and National Labor Relations Board cases in which the union was a party, and detailed financial records.  Also included are two boxes of records of the Nampa Typographical Union No. 988, whose membership was absorbed into No. 271 in 1974 (Boxes 21 and 22), as well as two folders of miscellaneous papers of the Twin Falls Typographical Union, which also was absorbed into No. 271 (Box 23).  There are also several folders of records from the Idaho-Utah Typographical Conference, a federation of ITU locals in the two states (also Box 23).

 

       The International Typographical Union was proud of its reputation as one of the most democratic of trade unions, and its form of organization and procedural checks and balances are documented in the records of No. 271.  The basic level of organization was the “chapel,” consisting of the workers in one particular shop.  (There were two chapels at the Idaho Statesman, one for printers and the other for mailers.)   Workers turned first to chapel officers with complaints or grievances against their employers or other union members.  All of the union members in Boise were part of the local as a whole, and members who were dissatisfied with a chapel decision could appeal to the local.  In turn, members dissatisfied with decisions of the local union could appeal to the executive council of the international union.  Records of a number of such appeals are preserved in the collection (Box 11).  Local unions negotiated directly with local employers over wage scale and other contract issues, but all negotiated contracts had to be submitted to the international for approval before taking effect.

 

       During the 1980s the Boise City Typographical Union took several grievances against the Idaho Statesman (then published by the Gannett chain) to the National Labor Relations Board.  Extensive documentation of those cases is found in Boxes 13 and 14.  Records of arbitrations by the American Arbitration Association in the 1970s and 80s, and earlier cases arbitrated by local arbitration panels, are found in Box 12.
      
       Portions of the collection that contain wage and pension information for individual members from the 20th century are closed to researchers, however arrangements can be made to extract statistical data from them.  Aggregate statistics on membership and the finances can also be found in the Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits for the Boise (Box 20) and Nampa (Box 22) unions.

 

       The collection also contains various publications of the International Typographical Union including its organizational manual, brochures on various topics, and a long run of the international newsletter, The Bulletin  (Boxes 27-31).

 

                                                                        Collection number:  MSS 78
                                                                        Inclusive dates:  1890-1991
                                                                        Size of collection: ca. 15 ft.
                                                                              (exclusive of international newsletters)

                                                                        Preliminary processing: Thomas E. Gill, 1986
                                                                        Further processing: Mary Carter and Kathy Peterson, 2001
                                                                        Processing completed: Alan Virta, 2010

 


 

Series Arrangement

 

Series I: General Records and Correspondence

 

Series II: Minutes

 

Series III: Contracts

 

Series IV: Labor Issues, Grievances, Arbitration

 

Series V: Financial Records

 

Series VI: Nampa Typographical Union No. 988

 

Series VII: Other Idaho Labor Organizations

 

Series VIII: Memorabilia and Photos

 

Series IX: International Typographical Union

 

 


 

Series I:  General Records and Correspondence

 

       The General Records of the Boise City Typographical Union include the local’s 70th anniversary historical booklet (1960), constitutions from various dates, membership registers, and other miscellaneous records.  (Statistical information about union membership is most easily found in Series V, Financial Records). The presidents’ diaries of Ken Campbell and Gordon Robins (Box 2, Folders 16 and 17) record their actions during a time of considerable turmoil within the local union in the mid-1980s and include references to the decision to donate the union’s 100-year archive to Boise State University.  The officers’ general correspondence in Box 3 includes letters to and from individual members as well as correspondence with officials at the ITU’s headquarters on a variety of matters, including contracts, arbitrations, and NLRB cases.  The closed correspondence in Box 4 involves the details of pensions of individual members. 

 

Box 1:  General Records

Folder 1      Constitution and By-Laws, 1952-1955, 1960-1966
Folder 2      70th anniversary historical booklet, 1960
Folder 3      Anniversary brochures, 1965, 1970, 1980
Folder 4      Historical clippings, studies, etc.
Folder 5      Membership register book, 1909-1919
Folder 6      Membership register book, 1919-1924
Folder 7      Membership record book, 1937-1957
Folder 8      Membership applications, 1937-1966
Folder 9      Membership applications, 1976-1982
Folder 10    Membership applications (Apprentice), 1954-1966
Folder 11    Membership records, Individual, 1964
Folder 12    Membership register numbers, 1967-1985
Folder 13    Membership reclassification forms, 1976

 

Box 2:  General Records

Folder 1      Amnesty petition, 1974
Folder 2      Apprenticeship agreements, 1953-1976
Folder 3      Apprenticeship standards, 1973-1974
Folder 4      Attendance registers, 1940-1960
Folder 5      Attendance registers, 1952-1977
Folder 6      Benefits brochures, 1953, 1961
Folder 7      Bond certificates, 1958-1979
Folder 8      Delegates’ reports: ITU conventions, 1954, 1983
Folder 9      Delegates’ reports: Idaho-Utah Typographical Conference, 1963-1975
Folder 10    Delegates’ reports: Northwest Conference, 1975-1984
Folder 11    Delegates’ reports: Miscellaneous conferences, 1954-1988
Folder 12    Gannett personnel policies, 1973-1974
Folder 13    Gannett Typographical Association, 1974-1987
Folder 14    Insurance: Little League teams, 1967-1968
Folder 15    Legal fee statements, 1976, 1983-1987
Folder 16    President’s diary, Ken Campbell, 1985
Folder 17    President’s diary, Gordon Robins, 1985-1986
Folder 18    President’s notes, Fred Liebenau, 1982-1985
Folder 19    Proposed merger with Teamsters (Liebenau notes), 1983-1985
Folder 20    Proposed mergers: Issues, 1984
Folder 21    State printing sites in Boise, 1970
Folder 22    Taft-Hartley Act: Congressman George V. Hansen, 1965
Folder 23    Traveling card stub book, 1965-1966
Folder 24    Tuition bills, Links School of Business, 1970
Folder 25    Voting returns (local), ITU elections, 1968-1983
Folder 26    Voting returns, Local elections, 1978-1985
Folder 27    Wage scale agreements, 1935-1936
Folder 28    Miscellaneous; Unidentified

 

Box 3:  Correspondence

Folder 1      Correspondence, 1937-1949
Folder 2      Correspondence, 1950-1959
Folder 3      Correspondence, 1960-1963
Folder 4      Correspondence, 1963-1969
Folder 5      Correspondence, 1970-1974
Folder 6      Correspondence, 1975-1976
Folder 7      Correspondence, 1977
Folder 8      Correspondence, 1978—1981
Folder 9      Correspondence, 1979-1986
Folder 10    Correspondence, undated           

 

Box 4: Pension Correspondence: CLOSED FILES

Folder 1      Correspondence, Pensions, 1956-1969  CLOSED FILES
Folder 2      Correspondence, Pensions, 1970-1975  CLOSED FILES
Folder 3      Correspondence, Pensions, 1976-1991  CLOSED FILES

 


 

Series II:  Minutes

 

      The minutes of the Boise City Typographical Union comprise the monthly chronicle of union activities.  The local’s first constitution and bylaws can be found in Book 1, as well as its first contract (beginning on page133).  The years 1915-1918 are missing from the early minutes.  After 1969, the minutes become sporadic and incomplete, with several sizeable gaps.

 

Box 5: Minute books

       Book 1:   Minute book, 1890-1895
       Book 2:   Minute book, 1895-1906
       Book 3:   Minute book, 1907-1914
       Book 4:   Minute book, 1919-1921

       Envelope: Loose papers from Books 2 and 3

 

Box 6:  Minute books

       Book 5:  Minute book, 1921-1930
       Book 6:  Minute book, 1930-1940
       Book 7:  Minute book, 1941-1950

       Envelope 1:  Loose papers from Book 6
       Envelope 2:  Loose papers from back of Book 6
       Envelope 3:  Loose papers from Book 7
       Envelope 4:  Loose papers from Book 7

 

Box 7:  Minute books

       Book 8: Minute book, 1951-1969
       Envelope:  Loose papers from Book 8

 

Box 8:  Minutes

Folder 1      Minutes, etc., 1974-1977
Folder 2      Minutes, etc., 1981-1988
Folder 3      Minutes, etc., 1983-1984
Folder 4      Minutes, etc., 1985-1987
Folder 5      Minutes, etc., 1988-1990

 


 

Series III:  Contracts

 

      This series consists chiefly of printed copies of contracts negotiated by No. 271 with various employers going back to the 1950s.  A number of them bear the original signatures of the principals involved, including Walter York (of Syms-York), James Brown (publisher of the Statesman), and union officials.  Beginning in the 1970s, some files include notes about the bargaining, including minutes of negotiating meetings, memos, background documentation, and consultations with the international union. In some of the files from the 1980s, the actual contracts are not present.  The first extant contract negotiated by No. 271, in February 1892, is found in its first minute book, beginning on page 132 (Box 5). 

 

Box 9: Contracts

Folder 1      Capitol Lithograph and Printing Company, 1950-1975
Folder 2      Boise Employing Printers’ Association, 1956, 1967
Folder 3      Craftsman Press, 1950-1951
Folder 4      Idaho Free Press and News Tribume, 1975-1980
Folder 5      Idaho Press Tribune, 1981-1987
Folder 6      Idaho Printcrafters, 1950-1951
Folder 7      Job printers, 1953-1954
Folder 8      Job printers, 1964-1972
Folder 9      Job printers, 1972-1975
Folder 10    Job printers, 1975-1978
Folder 11    Journal Publishing Company, 1954-1958
Folder 12    Mountain States Press, 1950-1967
Folder 13    Mountain States Press, 197l2-1975
Folder 14    Pioneer Publishing, 1950-1951
Folder 15    Pronto Press, 1985-1986
Folder 16    Syms-York Company, 1950-1951
Folder 17    Syms-York Company, 1952-1953
Folder 18    Syms-York Company, 1956-1958
Folder 19    Syms-York Company, 1960-1962
Folder 20    Syms-York Company, 1967-1969

Folder 21    Idaho Statesman: Mailers agreement, 1950-1951
Folder 22    Idaho Statesman: Typographical agreement, 1950-1951
Folder 23    Idaho Statesman: Printers contract, 1952
Folder 24    Idaho Statesman: Printers: Negotiations, 1952
Folder 25    Idaho Statesman: Mailers contract, 1952-1953
Folder 26    Idaho Statesman: Printers contract, 1953-1954
Folder 27    Idaho Statesman: Printers and mailers contracts, 1955-1957
Folder 28    Idaho Statesman: Mailers contract, 1957-1959
Folder 29    Idaho Statesman: Printers contract, 1957-1959
Folder 30    Idaho Statesman: Newspaper contract, 1959-1961
Folder 31    Idaho Statesman: Newspaper contract, 1962-1963
Folder 32    Idaho Statesman: Newspaper contract, 1963-1964
Folder 33    Idaho Statesman: Negotiations, 1964-1966
Folder 34    Idaho Statesman: Newspaper contract, 1966-1968
Folder 35    Idaho Statesman: Newspaper contract, 1968-1971
Folder 36    Idaho Statesman: Stereotypers contract, 1968-1971
Folder 37    Idaho Statesman: Newspaper contract, 1971-1974
Folder 38    Idaho Statesman: Newspaper contract, 1974-1977
Folder 39    Idaho Statesman: Negotiations, meeting notes, 1974-1975
Folder 40    Idaho Statesman: Newspaper contract, 1977-1980
Folder 41    Idaho Statesman: Letter on mailroom inserting, 1978

 

Box 10: Contracts

Folder 1      Idaho Statesman: Mailroom supplemental agreement, 1980
Folder 2      Idaho Statesman: Contract papers, 1981-1984
Folder 3      Idaho Statesman: Negotiations, 1981-1984
Folder 4      Idaho Statesman: Negotiations, Composing room, 1982-1983
Folder 5      Idaho Statesman: Negotiations, Composing room, 1982-1983
Folder 6      Idaho Statesman: Contract papers, 1984-1987
Folder 7      Idaho Statesman: Negotiations, 1984-1985
Folder 8      Idaho Statesman: Negotiations, 1984-1985
Folder 9      Idaho Statesman: Negotiating minutes, 1984-1985
Folder 10    Idaho Statesman: Negotiating minutes, 1985
Folder 11    Idaho Statesman: Pressmens contract, 1986-1989
Folder 12    Idaho Statesman: Letter on composing room, 1988
Folder 13    Idaho Statesman: Negotiations, Proposals, 1988
Folder 14    Idaho Statesman: Negotiations, 1988-1989
Folder 15    Idaho Statesman: Negotiations, 1988-1989

 


 

Series IV:  Labor Issues, Grievances, Arbitration

 

       This series consists of files that document a variety of labor-management issues involving No. 271, as well as internal disagreements within the Boise City Typographical Union itself. The records cover labor-management disputes that were resolved by regional arbiters or by the American Arbitration Association; charges of unfair labor practices filed with the National Labor Relations Board; disagreements with the Idaho Statesman that were negotiated at the local level; and appeals of decisions of No. 271 filed by individual members with the international union’s executive council regarding internal union issues.  Many of the files contain copious amounts of paperwork, including notes regarding the cases by local union officials. 

 

       Many of the issues involving the Idaho Statesman mailroom in the mid-1980s (Box 11) carry over into the three consolidated NLRB cases documented in Box 12, Folders 7-14, and revolve around the status and work conditions of mailroom employees (journeymen, apprentices, and non-union workers).  The earliest NLRB case represented (1934-1935) involves Caxton Printers, of Caldwell, Idaho, when eight fired employees from the mechanical department complained to the National Labor Board (predecessor of the NLRB)  that they were discharged for joining No. 271 and trying to initiate collective bargaining (Box 13, Folders 1-3).   The most heavily documented NLRB case (Box 14) involves the firing of former BCTU president Harold F. “Fred” Liebenau by the Idaho Statesman.  That case also went to federal court, and court papers are included in those files.  The union’s general correspondence files (Box 3), its minutes (Box 8), and President’s diaries (Box 1) also contain information about these NLRB cases.

 

       A research paper on the 1920 wage arbitration for the Boise City Typographical Union and Boise printing firms, written by Thomas Gill, a Boise State University graduate student, in 1986, is found in the collection in Box 1, Folder 4 (Historical clippings, studies, etc.)

 

Box 11: Labor Issues

Folder 1      Idaho Statesman, 1968-1977
Folder 2      Idaho Statesman composing room, 1987-1988
Folder 3      Idaho Statesman mail room, 1981-1983
Folder 4      Idaho Statesman mail room, 1981-1984
Folder 5      Idaho Statesman mail room, 1982-1987
Folder 6      Idaho Statesman mail room, 1983-1985
Folder 7      Idaho Statesman mail room, 1983-1985
Folder 8      Idaho Statesman mail room, 1986
Folder 9      Idaho Statesman mail room, 1984-1988
Folder 10    Idaho Statesman mail room: Chapel laws, 1992
Folder 11    Idaho Statesman: Joint Standing Committee, 1974-1977
Folder 12    Idaho Statesman: Joint Standing Committee, 1980-1981
Folder 13    Idaho Statesman: Safety Committee, 1986
Folder 14    Idaho Statesman: Wackenhut security reports, 1983

Folder 15    Darwin H. Peterson overtime, 1977
Folder 16    Darwin H. Peterson membership, 1983-1985
Folder 17    Withdrawal requests, 1985-1987
Folder 18    Personnel issues: Ken Campbell, 1983  CLOSED FILE
Folder 19    Personnel issues: Ken Campbell, 1983-1984  CLOSED FILE  
Folder 20    Personnel issues: Various, 1983-1988 CLOSED FILE

 

Box 11: Appeals to the ITU Executive Council

Folder 21    H.O. Johnson vs. BCTU, 1937
Folder 22    Ray N. Castle vs. BCTU, 1938-1939
Folder 23    George E. Tompkins vs.BCTU, 1944
Folder 24    Hawley et al vs. BCTU, 1955
Folder 25    Various appeals, 1956-1962
Folder 26    Terence L. Thompson vs. BCTU1964
Folder 27    Helen M. Rich vs. BCTU, 1966
Folder 28    Stephen E. Pryor vs. BCTU, 1972
Folder 29    David Akers vs. BCTU, 1974
Folder 30    Michael J. Sattler vs. BCTU, 1975
Folder 31    BCTU vs. Dean R. Montgomery, 1978
Folder 32    Dean R. Montgomery vs. BCTU, 1978-1979
Folder 33    Gerald Copeland vs. BCTU, 1981-1982

 

Box 12:  Arbitration

Folder 1      Idaho Statesman, 1919
Folder 2      Capital News, Syms-York, Al Kennard Press, Strawn & Company, 1920
Folder 3      Idaho Statesman, 1920
Folder 4      Arbitration cases, 1969
Folder 5      Arbitration cases, 1973

Folder 6      American Arbitration Association, Case 75 30 0162 77 (1977-1978)
Folder 7      American Arbitration Association, Case 75 30 0175 80 (1980)
Folder 8      American Arbitration Association, Case 75 30 0069 82 (1982)
Folder 9      American Arbitration Association, Case 74 30 0122 83 (1983)
Folder 10    American Arbitration Association, Case 75 30 0152 83 (1980-1984)
Folder 11    American Arbitration Association, Case 75 30 0152 83 (1983-1984)
Folder 12    American Arbitration Association, Case 75 30 0152 83 (1984-1985)
Folder 13    American Arbitration Association, Case 75 30 0152 83 (1984)
Folder 14    American Arbitration Association, Case 75 30 0164 83 (1983-1986)
Folder 15    American Arbitration Association, Case 75 300 0162 84 (1984)
Folder 16    American Arbitration Association, Case 75 300 0042 85 (1985)
Folder 17    American Arbitration Association, Case 75 300 0042 85 (1985)
Folder 18    American Arbitration Association, Case 75 300 0068 85 (1985)

 

Box 13: NLRB Cases

Folder 1      Caxton Printers, 1934-1935
Folder 2      Caxton Printers, 1934-1935
Folder 3      Caxton Printers, 1934-1935

Folder 4      NLRB Case 19-CA-5636:  Paris and Van Fossen vs. Syms-York, 1972
Folder 5      NLRB Case 19-CA-10091: BCTU vs. Syms-York, 1977-1979
Folder 6      NLRB Case 19-CA-13745: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1980-1981

Folder 7      NLRB Cases 19-CA-17281, 17300, 17942: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1985           
Folder 8      NLRB Cases 19-CA-17281, 17300, 17942: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1985
Folder 9      NLRB Cases 19-CA-17281, 17300, 17942: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1985-1987
Folder 10    NLRB Cases 19-CA-17281, 17300, 17942: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1986
Folder 11    NLRB Cases 19-CA-17281, 17300, 17942: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1986
Folder 12    NLRB Cases 19-CA-17281, 17300, 17942: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1987
Folder 13    NLRB Cases 19-CA-17281, 17300, 17942: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1988
Folder 14    NLRB Cases 19-CA-17281, 17300, 17942: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1988

 

Box 14: NLRB Cases (Fred Liebenau discharge)

Folder 1      NLRB Case 19-CA-18150: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1985
Folder 2      NLRB Case 19-CA-18150: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1986
Folder 3      NLRB Case 19-CA-18150: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1987
Folder 4      NLRB Case 19-CA-18150: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1986-1987
Folder 5      NLRB Case 19-CA-18150: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1986-1988
Folder 6      NLRB Case 19-CA-18150: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1987-1988
Folder 7      NLRB Case 19-CA-18150: BCTU vs. Idaho Statesman, 1987-1988

 


 

Series V:  Financial Records

      

       With the exception of the Labor Organization Financial Reports in Box 20 (submitted annually to the U.S. Department of Labor), most of the financial records in this series are retained copies of financial reports submitted by No. 271 to the International Typographical Union headquarters.  They generally include membership figures as well as financial statistics.  The Secretary’s Monthly Itemized Reports in Boxes 17-19 are essentially individual payroll reports for all the members of the local, so they are not open for research at the present; however researchers may arrange to extract statistical data from them.  The Monthly Financial Reports and Quarterly Audits in Box 20, sent to the ITU, summarize the general financial and membership situation of No. 271, and they are open for research.  However, the Quarterly Audit membership figures lump members and retirees together; only the Secretary’s Monthly Itemized Reports reveal the figures in each category.

 

Box 15 (Oversize box): Financial records

       Book    Monthly reports of receipts and expenditures, 1908-1913 (including wages)

 

Box 16: Financial records

Book           Account book (1907-1912)
Book           Account book (1907-1908)
Book           Monthly reports of the financial secretary (1910-1913)
Book           Monthly reports of the financial secretary (1914-1915)
Book           Monthly reports of the financial secretary (1916-1919)
Book           Monthly reports of the financial secretary (1920-1923)
Book           Monthly stamp reports of the financial secretary (1923-1927)
Book           Monthly stamp reports of the financial secretary (1927-1931)
Book           Monthly stamp reports of the financial secretary (1934-1936)

 

Box 17: Financial records: CLOSED FILES

Folder 1      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1951-1952
Folder 2      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1953
Folder 3      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1954
Folder 4      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1955
Folder 5      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1956
Folder 6      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1957
Folder 7      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1958
Folder 8      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1959
Folder 9      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1960
Folder 10    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1961
Folder 11    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1962
Folder 12    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1963
Folder 13    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1964
Folder 14    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1965
Folder 15    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1966
Folder 16    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1967
Folder 17    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1968
Folder 18    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1969
Folder 19    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1970
Folder 20    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1971
Folder 21    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1972
Folder 22    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1973
Folder 23    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1974
Folder 24    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1975
Folder 25    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1976
Folder 26    Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1977

 

Box 18: Financial Records CLOSED FILES

Folder 1      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1978
Folder 2      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1979
Folder 3      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1980
Folder 4      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1981
Folder 5      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1982
Folder 6      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1983
Folder 7      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1984
Folder 8      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1985

 

Box 19: Financial Records CLOSED FILES

Folder 1      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1986
Folder 2      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1987
Folder 3      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1988
Folder 4      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1990 Sept-Dec
Folder 5      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1991 Jan-Aug

 

Box 20: Financial Records

Folder 1      Labor organization financial reports (LM-2), 1960
Folder 2      Labor organization financial reports (LM-2), 1961
Folder 3      Labor organization financial reports (LM-2), 1962-1973
Folder 4      Labor organization financial reports (LM-2), 1974-1984

Folder 5      Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1952-1955
Folder 6      Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1956-1960
Folder 7      Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1961-1965
Folder 8      Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1966-1969
Folder 9      Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1970-1973
Folder 10    Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1974-1976
Folder 11    Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1977-1980
Folder 12    Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1981-1982
Folder 13    Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1983-1985
Folder 14    Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1986-1991

 


 

Series VI:  Nampa Typographical Union No. 988

 

       The Nampa Typographical Union in Nampa, Idaho, was a separate local of the International Typographical Union until 1974, when its membership voted to become part of the Boise City Typographical Union.  These records were transferred to the Boise City Typographical Union when the two locals consolidated and were part of the original donation from the Boise local.  All the records are open for research, with the exception of the Secretary’s Monthly Itemized Reports in Box 22, which are essentially payroll reports for the individual members.

 

Box 21: Nampa Typographical Union, Local No. 988

Folder 1      Constitution and bylaws, no dates
Folder 2      Conference book and meeting minutes, 1952-1972

Folder 3      Minutes, 1945
Folder 4      Minutes, 1946
Folder 5      Minutes, 1947
Folder 6      Minutes, 1948
Folder 7      Minutes, 1949
Folder 8      Minutes, 1950
Folder 9      Minutes, 1951
Folder 10    Minutes, 1952
Folder 11    Minutes, 1953
Folder 12    Minutes, 1954
Folder 13    Minutes, 1955
Folder 14    Minutes, 1956
Folder 15    Minutes, 1957
Folder 16    Minutes, 1958
Folder 17    Minutes, 1959
Folder 18    Minutes, 1960
Folder 19    Minutes, 1961
Folder 20    Minutes, 1962
Folder 21    Minutes, 1963
Folder 22    Minutes, 1964
Folder 23    Minutes, 1965
Folder 24    Minutes, 1966
Folder 25    Minutes, 1967
Folder 26    Minutes, 1968
Folder 27    Minutes, 1969
Folder 28    Minutes, 1970
Folder 29    Minutes, 1971
Folder 30    Minutes, 1972
Folder 31    Minutes, 1973
Folder 32    Minutes, 1974

Folder 33    Apprenticeship papers, 1963, 1973
Folder 34    Bank deposit book, 1942-1964
Folder 35    Contracts: Free Press and News Tribune, 1969
Folder 36    Correspondence, 1955-1974
Folder 37    ITU Apprenticeship regulations, 1969-1969
Folder 38    ITU Bureau of Education examinations, 1952-1954
Folder 39    ITU Executive Council appeals, 1956, 1970-1971
Folder 40    Labor organization annual reports (LM-3), 1963-1976
Folder 41    Membership applications, 1941-1974
Folder 42    Pension plan papers, 1974
Folder 43    Voting returns, 1946-1974

 

Box 22: Nampa Typographical Union Local No. 988

Folder 1      Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1958-1963
Folder 2      Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1964-1967
Folder 3      Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1968-1970
Folder 4      Monthly financial statements and quarterly audits, 1971-1974

Folder 5      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1960-1964  CLOSED FILE
Folder 6      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1965-1970  CLOSED FILE
Folder 7      Secretary’s monthly itemized reports, 1971-1974  CLOSED FILE

 


 

Series VII:  Other Idaho Labor Organizations

 

       This series contains records of other labor organizations with which the Boise City Typographical Union was affiliated or associated in some way.  All are Idaho organizations except the Coors Boycott Coalition (Folder 9).  The Twin Falls Typographical Union No. 241, was, like the Nampa local, a separate local of the ITU until it merged with Boise.  Its surviving records are few; mainly correspondence of Robert A. Johnson, its president in the 1970s.  Johnson’s letters, located here and in No. 271’s correspondence files, reveal the plight of a small local working in an environment hostile to the union.

 

       The Allied Printing Trades Council regulated the right to apply the union label by printers in Boise and southwestern Idaho. 

 

       The largest body of records in this series is that of the Idaho-Utah Typographical Conference, a federation of the ITU locals in the two states founded in 1951. Members of the Boise City and Nampa Typographical Unions held leadership roles in the organization.  The minutes of its meetings (Folder 14) are detailed and extensive, and contain much information about the activities of ITU locals in the two states. 

 

Box 23: Other Idaho Labor Organizations

Folder 1      Twin Falls Typographical Union: Constitutions, 1958, 1963-1964
Folder 2      Twin Falls Typographical Union: Correspondence, etc., 1968-1982

Folder 3      Allied Printing Trades Council: Constitutions
Folder 4      Allied Printing Trades Council: Registration of union label, 1940
Folder 5      Allied Printing Trades Council: Correspondence, 1962-1976
Folder 6      Allied Printing Trades Council: Licenses, 19551-981
Folder 7      Allied Printing Trades Council: Miscellaneous

Folder 8      Boise Commercial Printers, Joint Apprenticeship Committee: Certificates, 1953, 1982
Folder 9      Coors Boycott Coalition (2 items), 1977

Folder 10    Idaho State AFL-CIO: Merger agreement and merger constitution, 1957
Folder 11    Idaho State AFL-CIO: Constitution, etc., 1971

Folder 12    Intermountain Conference of Typographical Unions: Charter meeting minutes, 1951
Folder 13    Idaho-Utah Typographical Conference: Constitutions, 1957, 1965
Folder 14    Idaho-Utah Typographical Conference: Minutes, 1951-1976
Folder 15    Idaho-Utah Typographical Conference: Sec-Treasurer’s correspondence, 1952-1964
Folder 16    Idaho-Utah Typographical Conference: Sec-Treasurer’s correspondence, 1965-1977
Folder 17    Idaho-Utah Typographical Conference: Miscellaneous

Folder 18    Pocatello Typographical Union: Contract with Idaho State Journal, 1962
Folder 19    Other Idaho unions: Contracts, 1951-1957, 1974

Folder 20         Spokane Falls Typographical Union No. 193: Contract, 1929-1931

 


 

Series VIII:  Memorabilia and Photos

 

This series contains three photos and other miscellaneous memorabilia from the Boise City Typographical Union No. 271 and Nampa Typographical Union No. 988.
      

Box 24: Memorabilia

Folder 1      Photos:    001     Frank Lakin at Intertype machine, 1965?
                                       002     Conference officials, no date
                                       003    BCTU cemetery headstone
Folder 2      Print: Tramp printer, by Steele
Folder 3      Bumper sticker, “I’m Proud to be a Union Member” from ITU
Folder 4      ITU diploma, Lessons in Printing, for Carol J. Aldrich, 1981
Folder 5      Letterman patches (2), Nampa Typographical Union
Folder 6      ITU membership certificate, 50 years, for William O. Lemon, 1973
Folder 7      Ribbons and badges, Idaho-Utah Typographical Conference
Folder 8      Ribbon and ticket, BCTU 70th anniversary, 1960
Folder 9      Union label stickers, ITU Women’s Auxiliary
Folder 10    Working card, R.L. Michaelson, 1965

 

Box 25: Memorabilia

Button, Idahoans Against Deception / Vote No on Referendum One [Right-to-work], 1986

Button, COPE-82, Idaho State AFL-CIO

Metal type pieces

Rubber stamps:    Nampa Typographical Union No. 988
                                  Twin Falls Typographical Union No. 241 (2)
                                  Idaho-Utah Typographical Conference

Metal plate with image of Printers Home, Colorado Springs, 1940

 


 

Series IX:  International Typographical Union

 

       This series contains publications of the International Typographical Union and a few from the Communications Workers of America.  Included are copies of the national ITU newsletter, The Bulletin from 1915-1979.  Not all years are complete. 

 

Box 26: International Typographical Union / Communications Workers of America

Folder 1      ITU: Historical booklet, 114 Years Plus of Democratic Trade Unionism, 1966
Folder 2      ITU: Brochures, Miscellaneous
Folder 3      ITU: Taft-Hartley Act publications, 1947-1949
Folder 4      ITU: Test questions
Folder 5      ITU: Campaign issue notebook (ITU presidency), 1965

Folder 6      ITU: Organizational Manual, 1978: Sections 1-3
Folder 7      ITU: Organizational Manual, 1978, Sections 4-6

Folder 8      ITU: Organizational catalog, 1980
Folder 9      ITU: Organizational materials, 1984

Folder 10    CWA: Merger guidelines for locals, 1987-1988
Folder 11    CWA: 50th Anniversary Action Program, 1988
Folder 12    CWA: Mobilization Manual, 1989

Folder 13    CWA: Uniform Operating Procedures Manual, 1988: Parts 1-10
Folder 14    CWA: Uniform Operating Procedures Manual, 1988: Parts 11-31

 

Boxes 27-31: International Typographical Union

       The Bulletin, 1915-1979

 

Box 31: International Typographical Union

       Miscellaneous publications and brochures

 

Box 32: International Typographical Union

       Miscellaneous publications

       Video (VHS): Communitcations Workers of America, “Don’t Bug Me” (1987)
       Video (VHS): Labor Looks at the 1988 Presidential Candidates / Democracy at Work

 


 

 

 

 

   

 

 


 

 

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