Retail Clerks International Union
The Retail Clerks International Union (RCIU) was a labor union that represented retail employees. The RCIU was chartered as the "Retail Clerks National Protective Union" in 1890 by the American Federation of Labor. It later adopted the name Retail Clerks International Association, and subsequently became the Retail Clerks International Union. In 1979, the Retail Clerks merged with the Amalgamated Meat Cutters to form the United Food and Commercial Workers.
In late 1957 and most of 1958, there was a 13-month-long strike against three department stores in Toledo, Ohio, Lasalle & Koch, Lamson's, and Lion Store, by the Retail Clerks International Association. The strike was settled by a "Statement of Understanding" under which the striking workers were reinstated to their jobs but the union was not recognized.
- "413 F.2d 345: The Lasalle & Koch Company, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Michael J. Doyle, Robert Bressler, Charles Ballard, and Retail Store Employees Union, Local 954,defendants-appellees". United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit. - 413 F.2d 345. July 31, 1969. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- "Retail Clerks Ratify Plan To End Strike". Toledo Blade. December 30, 1958. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- "Timeline". United Food and Commercial Workers. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- "History of the Retail Clerks". United Food and Commercial Workers. Archived from the original on March 7, 2009. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- Retail Clerks International Protective Association minutes. 1941-1955. 0.03 cubic ft. (1 folder). Bound volume includes roll calls and minutes for regular and special meetings of the Enumclaw chapter of the RCIPA. At the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.
- Michael Harrington, The Retail Clerks (New York: Wiley, 1962)
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