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United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 135 Records

Identifier: MS-0023

Scope and Contents

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135 Records consist of membership records, minutes of meetings, financial records, Local 135 publications, and miscellany. The collection is divided into series. The collection is organized with oldest material at the back of the box, newest in the front.


  • Creation: 1918-1988


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Historical Note

Local 135 dates back to the early part of the 20th century in San Diego. The Butchers Union was in existence and affiliated with the San Diego Federated Trades and Labor Council in 1903, and the Retail Clerks were organized and joined the Council in 1917.

Meat Cutters Local 229 emerged as one of the strongest and most respected unions in the nation under the leadership of the late Max Osslo, who remained a powerful figure on the San Diego labor scene from 1936 until his retirement in 1981. The modern era of the Retail Clerks Union began in 1943, when Samuel Meyers, an international representative, launched a campaign to organize clerks in food stores. Local 1222 received a charter from the Retail Clerks International Association in 1944.

In 1979, the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America merged with the Retail Clerks, and the United Food & Commercial Workers Union was born. The Barbers and Beauticians Union also joined with the UFCW.

Combining the memberships of the Retail Clerks Local 1222, and Meat Cutters Local 229 into UFCW Local 135 in January of 1986, marked the beginning of a new era of cooperation, progress and innovation.


15.00 Linear Feet

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I. Member Dues, 1918-1942
II. Meeting Minutes
    1. Local 229, Regular and Special, 1918-1984
    2. Local 229 Executive Board, 1955-1984
    3. Fish Butchers, 1955-60
    4. Imperial Valley Local 520, 1937-1984
    5. North County, 1977-1983
    6. Packers Minutes, 1956-1963
    7. Salesmen, 1956-1974
    8. Vista, 1956-1976
III. Day Books and Financial Ledgers, 1918-1986
IV. Union Forms, Local 228, 1925-1940
V. Publications, 1937-1994
VI. UFCW Newsletters, 1995-2008
VII. Miscellaneous

Source of Acquisition

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135



United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 135 Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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San Diego CA 92182-8050 US