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United Steelworkers of America. District 6 (Toronto, Ont.) fonds
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150 m of textual records and graphic material.
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The Steelworkers' Organizing Committee, which had already organized many workers, met in Cleveland in 1942 to found the United Steelworkers of America (USWA). Canada was divided into two districts: District 5 which included Quebec and the Maritime provinces and District 6 which included the rest of Canada, from Ontario to British Columbia. Around 1960 District 6 was reduced to cover only Ontario. In 1996 Atlantic Canada rejoined District 6. John Mitchell was the first director of District 6. Other directors include: Larry Sefton who was elected director in 1953, Lynn Williams in 1973, F. Stewart Cooke in 1977, Dave Patterson in 1981 and Leo Gerard in 1988. The current director is Harry Hynd. In the early days of the USWA, members were employed in either the steel or mining industries. Nowadays they are employed in many additional sectors of the economy, including hospitals, universities, hotels, warehouses, bakeries, banks, and transportation.
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The first accrual was probably acquired in 1984; the second accrual in 1986; the third accrual in 1987; the fourth accrual in 1995; the fifth accrual in May 1999, all from USWA, District 6.
There have been five accruals. The first accrual measures 131.2 m and consists of correspondence, charter applications, conventions and conferences, circulars, arbitration boards, payroll records, financial statements, and other records. The arrangement is roughly chronological. The second accrual (old acc. 11) measures 4.1 m and has been arranged into the following series: area offices correspondence and cancelled unions correspondence. The third accrual (old acc. 8) measures 64 cm and consists of District Representative (Don Taylor) correspondence. The fourth accrual (33-1995) measures 7.5 m and has been arranged into the following series: area offices correspondence, certification applications (unsuccessful), financial records, staff representative (John Morgan) correspondence and notes, elections, director (Leo Gerard) correspondence, printed materials. The fifth accrual (11-1999) measures 6.5 m and has been arranged into the following series: local unions correspondence; organizing new locals; staff representatives correspondence; area supervisor (F. Stewart Cooke) correspondence; bylaws, minutes, and constitution; cases, conferences, education, health, manuals and workshops; causes, clubs, election results, job descriptions, leaders, maps and news clippings; collective bargaining agreements; photographs.
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There are also 39 microfilms from the National Archives of Canada containing the National Office fonds.
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Further accruals are expected.
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