Buildup to a Strike on Neville Island
The Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers
of America (I.U.M.S.W.A.) was another of the important C.I.O. Unions formed
in the 1930's. An organizing campaign at the Dravo Corporation's Neville
Island Boat Building Works, during World War II, as the Yards were turning
out LST's for the U.S. Navy, resulted in an election in September 1943 which
brought into being I.U.M.S.W.A. Local 61. These union dues cards date from
the period 1943-45 and also reflect the significant participation of women,
albeit in these cases only temporarily, in war production.
The first contract between Dravo and Local 61 was entered into on September
18, 1943. Several additional contracts and supplements ensued. Prior to the
expiration of the 1947/48 contract, the union exercised its option to seek
the termination of the contract unless negotiations with the company could
be secured and satisfactory changes obtained. As the Affidavit of the union's
International Representative Charles T. Gilman and the other documents indicate,
the company and the union could not reach agreement.
Minutes of Negotiations between Shipbuilders Local 61 and Dravo:
Statement of Charles T. Gilman, union representative, page
one, page two.
United Railroad Workers of America Statement of Activities page