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The John Chorey papers consist of scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, booklets and newsletters pertaining to the career of Pennsylvania labor organizer John Chorey. Chorey served as the first president of the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Tim Workers, Tri-Boro Lodge 186 in Braddock, Pennsylvania in 1933. Appointed as a staff representative based in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, he led organizing campaigns in many major plants in and out of District 15 (the Pittsburgh area) for the United Steelworkers of America (USWA). Late in his career, Chorey organized and directed the affairs of Plant 72 as well as the salary group at Continental Can Company.
The collection documents a wide range of labor-management activities and issues: steel industry strikes and lockouts, unfair labor practices, collective bargaining, and union representation elections dating from 1942 to 1965. Documents include by-laws, minutes, and contracts and labor agreements generated by United Steel Workers of America, Local 4337, as well as photographs pertaining to Local 1219.
This digital collection forms a part of the "Beneath the Surface and Cast in Steel: Forging the American Industrial Union Movement Digital Project" funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources.
- Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America records
- John Chorey papers
- Howard Truman Curtiss Papers
- Philip Murry papers
- United Mine Workers of America photographic, graphic, and artifacts collection
- United Mine Workers of America, President's Office Correspondence