History: Formed in 1959 from a merger of the American Federation of Labor-affiliated Central Trades and Labor Council and the New York City Congress of Industrial Organizations, The New York City Central Labor Council is an organization comprised of nearly 400 local union affiliates. According to its constitution, its purpose is to further the rights of workers to organize in unions and bargain collectively; to advocate legislation which is beneficial to workers and oppose that which is not; to correct abuses and to insure the workers their just rights. It also has the broader purposes of helping all workers to improve their working conditions and raise their standard of living; to preserve workers’ rights to act together for mutual aid and advancement; to further the cause of trade unions; and to strengthen civil rights. It acts as the central body of the City’s labor movement, providing assistance and education through its various committees and councils. The regular activities of the New York City Central Labor Council are directed by its executive officers, Executive Board, and Delegates’ Council meetings. The planning and execution of programs and conferences is the province of a number of standing and special committees. These committees are composed of members from affiliated local unions, and each has its own officers and advisory staff and is responsible for conducting specific programs and conferences.
Sources: The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. “Guide to the New York City Central Labor Council Records.” Last modified August 2017. http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/tamwag/wag_049/bioghist.html.
Summary: The collection contains reference material, reports, correspondence, flyers and copies of proposed legislation on a wide range of topics of concern to the labor movement: housing, health care, safety issues in the workplace, immigrant rights, political campaigns and matters relating to collective bargaining rights. Also included are files on negotiations, strikes and disputes involving individual unions affiliated with the Council. Of particular significance are materials documenting the Council’s Asian Labor Committee (founded in 1989) and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American Workers.
Total Size: 291 linear feet, 291 boxes
APA-related Size: 1 linear foot, 1 box
Languages of materials: English
Location: Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University
Bibliographic Control: finding aid
Finding Aid Link: http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/tamwag/wag_049/
Conditions Governing Access: Open for research without restrictions.