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United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU), Local 209, Local 110, and Local 21 records

Identifier: MSS-094

Scope and Contents Note

This collection provides extensive documentation on the management of an active labor union in the southern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The collection consists of correspondence, contract records, meeting minutes, reports, financial records, and publications dated from 1916 to 2009. Of particular note are the verbatim minutes for contract negotiations in 1986 and 1989. The collection also contains a complete set of regular monthly meetings of the membership, 1977-1982. Also included in this collection are Trades and Labor Council Constitution and By-Laws from 1916 and 1963. The collection also contains copies of Labor Agreements for Locals 21, 110, and 209. Correspondence tends to focus on internal memoranda related to work procedures and policies. Included in this collection are four dvds. The lack of any financial information and incomplete record of meeting minutes are the collection's primary weaknesses.


  • 1916 - 2009


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU), MSS-094, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Historical Note

The United Paper Workers International Union (UPIU) represents over 250,000 men and women in the wood products industry in the United States and Canada. Prior to 1937, the International Brotherhood of Papermakers and the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite, and Paper Mill Workers represented labor in the paper industry. In 1937, the Congress of Industrial Organizations established United Paper Workers of America. The union of the American Federation of Labor and the CIO in 1957 resulted in the formation of the United Pulp and Paper workers (UPP). In 1972, the UPP merged with sulphite workers to form the UPIU.

UPIU locals 21, 110 and 209 are located in Escanaba, Michigan, at the Mead, Inc., paper plant.


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Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged into twelve series: bylaws, contracts, meeting minutes, correspondence, legal files, elections, reports, publications, newsletters, programs, audio-visual, and membership. All series are arranged alphabetically except for the correspondence and membership records, which are arranged chronologically.

Separated Materials

The four DVDs have been separted from the collection and are in location 3-2-1.
United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU), Local 209, Local 110, and Local 21 records
Diana Menhennick
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


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