Amalgamated Weavers' Association
The union was founded in 1884 as the Northern Counties Amalgamated Association of Weavers, with the participation of thirty-four local trade unions. Initially, it operated in competition with the North East Lancashire Amalgamated Weavers' Association in part of its area, and it was therefore nicknamed the Second Amalgamation.
The majority of the union's members were female: in 1894, 45,000 of its 80,000 total membership were women. This was unusual; outside the cotton industry, very few women were members of trade unions. By 1937, membership had risen to 94,000, and the proportion of women had grown further, to a total of 75,000 of its members.
- 1884: Thomas Birtwistle
- 1906: Joseph Cross
- 1925: J. C. Parker
- 1928: Andrew Naesmith
- 1953: Lewis Wright
- 1968: Harry Kershaw
- 1971: Fred Hague
- 1884: David Holmes
- 1906: David Shackleton
- 1911: John William Ogden
- 1937: James Bell
- 1940s: Carey Hargreaves
- 1950?: Lewis Wright
- 1960: Ernest Thornton
- "Amalgamated Weavers' Association", Archives Hub
- Mary Agnes Hamilton, Women at Work: A Brief Introduction to Trade Unionism for Women, p.117
- Ross M. Martin, The Lancashire Giant: David Shackleton, Labour Leader and Civil Servant, p.22
- Ross M. Martin, The Lancashire Giant: David Shackleton, Labour Leader and Civil Servant, p.20
- Fowler, Alan (2003). Lancashire Cotton Operatives and Work,1900-1950: A social history of Lancashire cotton operatives in the twentieth century. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0 7546 01161.
- Hopwood, Edwin (1969). A History of the Lancashire Cotton Industry and the Amalgamated Weavers' Association. Manchester: The Amalgamated Weavers' Association.