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Charles Lang Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000807
The Charles Lang collection deals primarily with the efforts of the Federation of Union Representatives (FOUR) to obtain recognition from the ILGWU as a legal representative of its bargaining agents, educators and organizers. In December of 1960, these employees of the ILGWU attempted to unionize and filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board. FOUR was opposed by David Dubinsky, President of the ILGWU on the grounds that these agents, educators and organizers were not employees in an ordinary sense but ILGWU representatives on a "social mission" and thus not entitled to the protection of a union. After numerous appeals and accusations of unfair labor practices on both sides, FOUR was granted approval as a legal bargaining agent for ILGWU staff employees in September of 1962. This collection also contains materials relating to Charles Lang's involvement with Church World Service, a charitable organization of Protestant churches as well as a grievance filed by Mr. Lang against the Penn Ventilator Company in 1958 challenging his discharge by the company. The papers of Charles Lang primarily reflect the efforts of FOUR to gain ILGWU recognition and to a lesser extent, Mr. Lang's participation in civic and community affairs.

Series Description: Series I, Clippings and Articles, 1947-1971, Box 1: Clippings and articles relating to FOUR. Also materials on Church World Service and the Penn Ventilator Company.

Dates

  • 1947 - 1971
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1967

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet (1 MB)

Abstract

Charles Lang was involved with the efforts of the Federation of Union Representatives (FOUR) to become a legal bargaining agent for International Ladies Garment Workers Union staff employees. His papers primarily reflect the efforts of FOUR to gain ILGWU recognition and to a lesser extent, Mr. Lang's participation in civic and community affairs.

Arrangement

Arranged in 1 series – Series 1 (Box 1). Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

The papers of Charles Lang were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in December of 1976 by Mr. Lang, an organizer with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and they were opened for research in January of 1984.

Transfers

One copy of New America and two copies of the Industrial Worker concerning FOUR and the ILGWU received with this collection are available in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August, 1984.
Title
Guide to the Charles Lang Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1984-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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