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Finding Aid to the Peter Comacho International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 85 Collection, 1904-1959
larc.ms.0024  
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Description
Consists of records from International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 85 of San Francisco, donated by Peter Comacho. Materials include canceled checks from 1904 to 1906; general meeting minutes from 1907 to 1910; executive board minutes from 1908 to 1910; contract rules and regulations with the Draymen's Association from 1902 and 1906; and contract rules and regulations with San Francisco House Movers, Inc., and the Draymen's Association from the late 1950s. Also included in the collection is a program from Teamsters Local 85's 50th Anniversary Celebration, held at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium on November 25, 1950.
Background
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 85 of San Francisco was founded in August 1900, with an initial membership of thirty-five men. The teamsters organized in response to the appearance of the Draymen's Association, an alliance of San Francisco team-owners, which had been founded in January of that year.1 Prior to the formation of the union, San Francisco teamsters toiled under conditions the Labor Clarion described as "among the most slavish in the west." The average work day was from 5 a.m. to after 8 p.m., and "there was no such thing as regulation of hours, or working men in shifts. The problem of the employer was to get as much work as he could out of the flesh and blood of his hired men; the problem of the teamsters was to keep alive."2
Extent
0.25 cubic ft. (1 box)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives & Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Labor Archives & Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.