John Chorey papers, 1942-1965


Collection Overview

John Chorey papers
Dates (Inclusive):
Chorey, John
John Chorey (1905-1978) was a pivotal leader and union organizer in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area steel industry during the formative years of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) and Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).
This collection contains: scrapbooks, meeting minutes, union newsletters, and black-and-white photographs for the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.
Collection Number:
0.25 Linear Feet
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Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.

Biographical or Historical Note

John Chorey (1905 November 15-1978 January) became president of the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Tin Workers, Tri-Boro Lodge 186 (Braddock, Pennsylvania) in 1933. He encouraged John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers, and William Green to form the Congress of Industrial Organization and was a delegate to its first convention in 1935. In 1936 June, the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) and the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers of America (AAISTW) signed an agreement creating the Steelworkers Organizing Committee (SWOC). While working in the Braddock mills, Chorey assisted SWOC and served as chairman of the SWOC grievance committee and treasurer of Local Union 1219. In 1942, the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) formed from SWOC and Chorey became a staff representative based in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and also organized many major plants in and out of District 15 (the Pittsburgh area) for the USWA. USWA President Philip Murray assigned Chorey to organizing work in Columbus, Ohio in 1943. Chorey returned to District 15 in 1945. He then organized and directed the affairs of Plant 72 and organized the salary group at Continental Can Company.

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Collection Overview

The collection includes: a Pittsburgh Post-gazette article on the Steel Workers Institute at Penn State (1947); issues of The Uniter, the newsletter of United Steel Workers of America, Local 1219 (Braddock, Pennsylvania)(1947-1949); steel industry booklets (1947-1953); a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings of steel industry strikes and lockouts, unfair labor practices, collective bargaining elections; black-and-white photographs of Steel Workers Organizing Committee Local 1219 (Braddock, Pennsylvania), as well as a typewritten letter to the editor, "A letter to the boss"; bylaws, minutes, and collective labor agreements pertaining to United Steel Workers of America, Local 4337 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)(1951-1953), and commercial correspondence requesting non-Communist affidavits (1952). Black-and-white photographs capture groups at a safety instructional class and at conventions and meetings involving Local 1219, Local 4337, and state and national labor organizations (1942-1958, undated).

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Chorey papers (1484), Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Scrapbooks
  • Photographic

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Personal Name(s)

  • Murray, Philip
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