Following the reorganization of local District 14 of the United Mine Workers in 1898, locals sprang up across the area.  At Chicopee, two locals were established; Local 501 for English-speaking miners and Local 127 for Italians.

Following the reorganization of local District 14 of the United Mine Workers in 1898, locals sprang up across the area.  At Chicopee, two locals were established; Local 501 for English-speaking miners and Local 127 for Italians.

“Local Union 127 is the official title of the Italian local at Chicopee, one of the strongest and most enthusiastic locals in the fourteenth district.  Local 127 was organized specifically for Italian speaking miners who naturally would find it unpleasant to attend meetings of a local which spoke a language they could not understand.  The local was organized on June 15, 1899, with fifty charter members.”

“….  Local 127 has a membership of about 200 [in 1901].  Most of the men are employed at Mount Carmel shaft No. 5 in Chicopee, although many work at Central Coal & Coke Co. No. 15 [located about 1? miles south of Chicopee], and the neighboring camps preferring to come to Chicopee and attend the local where the Mother tongue is spoken.  The local meets every Wednesday night at the Chicopee school house.”

Source:  The Pittsburg Daily Headlight, Monday, 2 September 1901, Vol. XIV, No. 119.