Fonds 31 - Men's Clothing Manufacturers' Association of Ontario fonds

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Men's Clothing Manufacturers' Association of Ontario fonds

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CA ON00210 31

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  • 1919-[ca. 1989] (Creation)
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    Men's Clothing Manufacturers' Association of Ontario

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3.15 m of textual records
459 photographs
1 audiocassette

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(1919-[ca. 1989])

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The Men's Clothing Manufacturers' Association of Ontario (MCMAO) was formed and incorporated in 1919 under the name of the Associated Clothing Manufacturers. The Association's primary mandate was the representation of its membership in negotiations with the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and later, the Toronto Joint Board of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. The MCMAO membership was comprised of the manufacturing firms of men's clothing in Toronto and Hamilton and inlcuded companies such as Tip Top Tailors, Empire Clothing and Shiffer-Hillman among others. The Association was also involved in furthering the interests of the clothing industry in Ontario and with all matters pertaining to the clothing business in which the Association's membership was interested. The MCMAO was a represented member of the Apparel Manufacturers' Associatoin of Ontario and the Apparel Manufacturers' Council of Canada. The MCMAO ceased operation around 1989.

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Fonds includes records related to the Association's role in negotiations with the employee's union on behalf of their membership, as well as their work in lobbying senior levels of government on such matters as labour relations, tariffs and taxes, and other issues related to the production of men's and boys' garments. The records include legal documents; executive and committee meeting minutes; financial records; arbitration, mediation and negotiation reports and correspondence; collective agreements; labour statistics; general correspondence files; parliamnetary briefs; submissions and reports; and seminar photographs. There are also files related to specific bodies that the Association collaborated or correspondend with, such as the Toronto Club of Clothing Designers. Of particulalr interest are the files of the Overseas Garment Workers Commission, which document the Association's role in helping with the Canadian immigration of Jewish refugees and other Displaced Persons as tailors and garment workers.

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  • English

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Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.

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The fonds has been described to the file level in the Ontario Jewish Archives internal database.

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Queen's University Archives holods records of the MCMAO dating from 1920 to 1969.
Library and Archives Canada holds the records of the Amalgamated clothing Workers of America fonds.

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