North of England Trimmers' and Teemers' Association

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The North of England Trimmers' and Teemers Association was a trade union in the United Kingdom. The union was formed in 1871 and merged with the Tyne and Blyth association in 1902.[1] It had 1,500 members in 1908, increasing to 1,913 in 1915.[2]

Trimmers and teemers were employed in loading coal onto ships from staithes.[3] Teemers would open the trapdoors on rail waggons which had been positioned above the ships' hoppers.[3] The trimmers would then distribute the coal evenly around the hopper using shovels.[3]

The Trimmers and Teemers Association merged with the Transport and General Workers' Union in 1922.

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  1. ^ University of Warwick Library (2011). "Administrative/Biographical History". A Summary of the Papers of the Transport and General Workers' Union and its predecessors. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Smethurst, John B.; Carter, Peter (2009). Historical Directory of Trade Unions. 6. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-7546-6683-7. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Makepeace, M. (2011). "Swalwell: Today and Yesterday". Industry. Retrieved January 18, 2012.