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International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge 707 Records

Identifier: 1984-0014

Scope and Content

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 707 records are arranged in twelve series. The overall arrangement is chronological, reflecting the different affiliations and name changes the local has undergone. Access to grievance, arbitration, and compensation files is restricted.


  • undated, 1952-2002


The collection is open and available for research with the exception of grievance, arbitration and compensation files.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.


The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 707 was chartered on 11 September 1974. The local represents machinists at United Aircraft's Pratt and Whitney North Haven Plant. The workers, about 1685 men and 615 women, as of 1984, make blades, forms and jet engine parts.

Lodge 707 was originally organized on 10 November 1952 as United Automobile Workers Local 1234. Local 1234 was decertified on 5 May 1972. The machinists then formed the Independent Aircraft Machinists Union, but about 500 workers continued paying UAW dues. Pratt and Whitney recognized only the Independent and not the UAW Local 1234 after decertification.

At the same time, during the late 1960s and early 1970s, there were several machinists, including Ed Joseph, Harry Miller and Pete LaRosa, who were actively working to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. In addition, other Pratt and Whitney plants were already affiliated with IAMAW.

In 1974, the Independent and UAW formed a “No Raid Agreement”, and agreed to go into IAMAW.

On 30 September 2002, Lodge 707 merged with IAMAW Lodge 1746, when the Pratt & Whitney plant in North Haven closed and the workers transferred to the East Hartford plant.


1952 November 10 - 1972 May 5
UAW Local 1234
1972 May 5 - 1974 September 11
IAMU (“Independent”)
1974 September 11 -2002 September 30
IAMAW Lodge 707


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Chartered in 1974, representing machinists at United Aircraft’s Pratt and Whitney plant in North Haven, Connecticut. Originally organized as the United Automobile Workers Local 1234 in 1952.


Series I: United Auto Workers Local 1234: Administrative Files (undated, 1952-1972) is arranged in two subseries. Agreements includes contract and contract negotiation materials from 1953 to 1969. Subject Files includes the original 1952 charter for Local 1234, minutes of the Executive Board, incoming and outgoing correspondence, correspondence with Pratt and Whitney, and material concerning the independent union controversy in the late 1960s.

Series II: United Auto Workers Local 1234: Scrapbooks (1960-1966) contains two scrapbooks of newsclippings and photographs documenting the 1960 machinists strike at United Aircraft, and general activities of Lodge 707 and other machinist unions activities.

Series III: United Auto Workers Local 1234: Arbitrations (1954-1971) contains general correspondence and lists concerning arbitrations and individual cases arranged alphabetically by last name. This series also contains two National Labor Relations Board cases. Access to arbitration files is restricted.

Series IV: United Auto Workers Local 1234: Grievance Material (1954-1972) is arranged in three subseries. Grievance Administration includes correspondence, lists and reports. General Grievance includes forms, notes, correspondence, and other material documenting union grievance of a general nature, arranged alphabetically by type of grievance. Grievance 1954-1971 [RESTRICTED] contains grievance forms, notes and correspondence relating to individual grievances. Material is arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by name.

Series V: United Auto Workers Local 1234: Workmen's Compensation Cases (1960-1972) contains correspondence, forms and notes. These cases are arranged alphabetically by name of individual and type of case, or chronologically by year. Access to compensation files is restricted.

Series VI: Job Descriptions (undated, 1965-1978) contains standard forms describing machinist job qualifications and responsibilities at the Pratt and Whitney plant.

Series VII: Independent Aircraft Machinists Union: Administrative Files (1969-1974) includes minutes, correspondence, newsletters and memorabilia. This material is arranged by type.

Series VIII: Independent Aircraft Machinists Union: Grievances (1972-1974) includes grievance forms, correspondence and notes documenting individual grievances. Grievances for 1972-1973 are arranged alphabetically by name. Year and shift organize grievances for 1973-1974. Access to grievance files is restricted.

Series IX: International Association Of Machinists And Aerospace Workers Lodge 707, Administrative Files (>undated, 1972-2002) is arranged in four subseries. Minutes contains minutes of the Executive Board, Membership, and Delegates meetings for 1973-1977. Subject Files (1972-1977) includes contract negotiations, correspondence, membership lists, reports, and financial material arranged alphabetically by subject. General Correspondence (1974-1977) contains incoming and outgoing correspondence arranged chronologically. Employee Service Records (1972-1981) [RESTRICTED], are computer-printed listings of active employees, provided monthly by the company to the union as stipulated by the union contract. They are listed alphabetically by name of employee, by clock number, or by department number. The records provide important data on the production workforce, including race, sex, employment and promotion dates, pay grades, etc. The more recent years also note union membership. Archives Staff took a one month (December) sample per year. This subseries is arranged chonologically.

Series X: International Association Of Machinists And Aerospace Workers Lodge 707: Grievance Material (1974-1978) [RESTRICTED] includes individual merit grievances, forms, correspondence, and notes arranged alphabetically by name. Access to grievance files is restricted.

Series XI: Printed Material (undated, 1960-1983) includes publications of the AFL-CIO, IAMAW, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, local newsletters, and union songs. Material is arranged alphabetically by creating body.

Series XII: 2002 additions to collection (1993-2002) Includes framed charters and supplements, the April 2001 report “Grow Good Jobs in Connecticut”, and extensive U.S. Court of Appeals rulings and other documents relating to the 2000 efforts by the IAMAW to prevent United Technologies Pratt & Whitney from breaking a collective bargaining agreement.

Custodial History

The United Auto Workers Local 1234 and Independent Aircraft Machinists Union records were transferred to IAMAW Local 707 in 1974. When the local was chartered, these records became working “historical files” of Local 707.

Acquisition Information

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 707 records were deposited in the Connecticut Labor Archives on February 13, 1984, by Gary Nielsen, President of the Local. An addition to the collection was made in September 2002. The deposit was changed to a donation in February 2003 with the execution of a Deed of Gift between Local 707 and Archvies & Special Collections.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge 707 Records
Archives & Special Collections staff
1984 April
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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