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Guide to the Communications Workers of America, Local 1172 Records WAG.093

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Collection processed by Frank Caputo, 1994; Adam Schafenberg, 2005

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 06, 2018
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Communications Workers of America. Local 1172
Source - dnr: Champlin, Richard
Title: Communications Workers of America, Local 1172 Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1953-1993
Dates [bulk]: 1960-1993
Abstract: Breakaway members of the American Communications Association organized Communications Workers of America, Local 1172 in 1954. Local 1172 initially represented employees of the American Cable and Radio Corporation east of the Mississippi. Later Local 1172 became part of CWA District 1, and expanded to represent employees of International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) Worldwide Communications and Western Union, as well as radio operators employed by Air-India. In 1993, Local 1172 merged with CWA Local 1177. The Communications Workers of America, Local 1172 Records includes the Local's charter, bylaws and minutes of the executive board and membership meetings, bargaining files, agreements, correspondence, photographs, grievance reports and arbitration cases filed on behalf of the Local's members.
Quantity: 4.25 Linear Feet in 4 record cartons and 1 folder.
Location: Materials stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to research visit.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: WAG.093

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Historical/Biographical Note

Communications Workers of America (CWA), Local 1172 had its origins in the American Communications Association (ACA), a CIO union that organized radio and telegraph operators. After the ACA was expelled from the CIO in 1950 on charges of Communist domination the CWA conducted an organizing campaign, which resulted in some ACA members breaking away to form CWA Local 1172. The Local was chartered in 1954, with Morton Bahr as its first president. From 1954 to 1967 the jurisdiction of the Local covered employees of the American Cable and Radio Corporation (AC&R) east of the Mississippi. In 1967 AC&R was taken over by ITT World Communications, despite CWA protests to the Federal Communications Commission, and the Local's jurisdiction was adjusted accordingly. In the 1970s the Local expanded to include radio operators employed by Air India. The takeover of ITT World Communications by Western Union in 1987 involved the Local in protracted struggles over layoffs, restructuring, outsourcing and the transfer of benefits. Having suffered a decline in membership, Local 1172 was merged with CWA, Local 1177 in 1993.

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Scope and Content Note

The Communications Workers of America, Local 1172 Records includes the Local's charter, bylaws and minutes of the executive board and membership meetings, bargaining files, agreements, correspondence, photographs, grievance reports and arbitration cases filed on behalf of the Local's members.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically within each series.

Organized into 3 series:

Missing Title

  1. I, Minutes
  2. II, General Files
  3. III, Grievances and Arbitration Cases

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Champlin, Richard

Document Type

  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Financial records
  • Correspondence.
  • Legal documents.
  • Reports.
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Clippings (information artifacts)

Subject Organizations

  • ITT Corporation
  • United States. National Labor Relations Board
  • Air-India
  • Communications Workers of America
  • Western Union Telegraph Company

Subject Topics

  • Labor unions -- Organizing -- United States.
  • Arbitration, Industrial.
  • Company unions -- Telecommunication.
  • Labor unions -- Officials and employees.
  • Discrimination in employment.
  • Collective labor agreements -- Telecommunication.
  • Labor unions -- Political activity -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- Contract administration.
  • Strikes and lockouts -- Telecommunication.
  • Labor unions -- Telecommunication -- United States.
  • Telecommunication -- Employees -- United States.
  • Telecommunication -- United States -- History.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the Communications Workers of America, Local 1172 were transferred to New York University in 1993 by Richard Champlin. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu, (212) 998-2630.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Communications Workers of America, Local 1172 Records; WAG 093; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Communications Workers of America Records (WAG 124)

Communications Workers of America Records: Addendum (WAG 124.1)

Communications Workers of America, District 1 Records (WAG 117)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Richard Champlin, former president of the Communications Workers of America, Local 1172, in 1993. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 1993.014 and 1993.015.

Processing Information

Photographs were separated from this collection during initial processing and were established as a separate collection, the Communications Workers of America, Local 1172 Photographs (PHOTOS 207). In 2014, the photograph collection was reincorporated into the Communications Workers of America, Local 1172 Records.

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Container List

Series I: Charters, Bylaws and Minutes, 1953-1992

Scope and Content Note

Series I: Charters, Bylaws and Minutes, includes the Local's Charter, Bylaws and Minutes of the Executive Board and Membership Meetings. These are organized chronologically within each type.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Charters and Jurisdiction
1953-1983
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Bylaws
1968-1988
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Minutes: Executive Board
1985-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Minutes: Executive Board
1988-1992
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Minutes: Membership Meetings
1983-1989

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Series II: General Files, 1952-1993

Scope and Content Note

Series II: General Files, includes bargaining files of Air-India, ITT Worldwide Communication and Western Union; as well as agreements, photographs, and correspondence. These are organized alphabetically by topic.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Air India
1980-1989
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Air India Bargaining
1983-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 8 American Cable and Radio Agreement (Photocopy-original in box 4)
1954
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Attendance and Lateness
1988-1991
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Bargaining
1961-1962
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Bargaining
Apr 1963
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Bargaining
May 1, 1963-May 15, 1963
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Bargaining
May 16, 1963-May 31, 1963
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Bargaining
Jun 1963-Jul 1963
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Bargaining
1965-1975
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Bargaining
1979
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Budgets
1978-1979
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Correspondence: Local President
1969-1990
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Correspondence: Local Secretary-Treasurer
1985-1989
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
1964-1970
Box: 1 Folder : 21 FCC
1971-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 22 FCC
1973-1979
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Health and Safety
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 24 International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) Worldwide Communications
1953-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 25 ITT/ACR
1964
Box: 1 Folder : 26 ITT Agreements
1980-1981
Box: 1 Folder : 27 ITT Bargaining
May 1965
Box: 2 Folder : 1 ITT Bargaining
Jun 1965-Jul 1965
Box: 2 Folder : 2 ITT Bargaining
1975
Box: 2 Folder : 3 ITT Bargaining
1983-1984
Box: 2 Folder : 4 ITT Bargaining
1986
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Layoffs
1986-1987
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Layoffs
1990-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Local Officers
1976-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Membership
1979-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 9 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Cases
1952-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Newsletters (Local 1172 News)
1985-1988
Box: 2 Folder : 11 New York Downstate CWA Council
1965
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Outsourcing
1991
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Outsourcing
1992
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Pensions-General
1982-1991
Box: A006 Folder : 1 Photographs
1988, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Strike
1968
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Strike Manual (CWA)
1953
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Suspensions
1982-1986
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Terminations
1979-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Warning Letters
1982-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Western Union
1985-1990
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Western Union
1991-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Western Union Bargaining
1990-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Whippany
1982-1986
Box: 2 Folder : 24 World Communications
1980
Box: 2 Folder : 25 World Communications
1986-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 26 World Communications
1990-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 27 World Communications Agreements
1972-1978
Box: 2 Folder : 28 World Communications Agreements
1983-1989

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Series III: Grievances and Arbitration Cases, 1956-1992

Scope and Content Note

Series III: Grievances and Arbitration Cases, includes grievance reports and arbitration cases filed on behalf of the Local's members. The grievances are organized alphabetically by the member's last name, and the arbitration cases are organized by the case number.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Grievances: Miscellaneous
1982-1986
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Barnes, Audruban
1982-1987
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Bennett, Nellie
1986
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Contessa, Douglas
1990-1991
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Corvino, William
1986-1992
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Dawson, Calvin
1992
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Downing, William Jr.
1989
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Estrema, Louis
1983-1986
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Filleccia, Thomas
1986
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Innes, Michael
1989-1990
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Jacobs, Lou
1982-1992
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Marin, William
1989
Box: 3 Folder : 13 McHugh, Jim
1991-1992
Box: 3 Folder : 14 McKeough, Thomas
1988-1989
Box: 3 Folder : 15 O'Brien, Lorraine
1989
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Pavlu, Ed
1992
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Perez, Nelson
1989
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Sheekey, Thomas
1987-1988
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Scordato, Robert
1991-1992
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Simon, Leslie
1988
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Sonego, Vincent
1988
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Swann, Geraldine
1989
Box: 3 Folder : 23 Tonnesen, Leiv
1991-1992
Box: 3 Folder : 24-115 Grievance Reports NYO 23-NYO 2198
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 1-37 Grievance Reports NYO 2202-NYO 2354
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 38-42 Grievance Reports NYC 1-NYC 142
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 43 Arbitration Case 1330-0026-78
1979
Box: 4 Folder : 44 Arbitration Case 1330-0035-84
1958 , 1985-1987
Box: 4 Folder : 45 Arbitration Case 1330-0137-78
1978-1979
Box: 4 Folder : 46 Arbitration Case 1330-0399-82
1983
Box: 4 Folder : 47 Arbitration Case 1330-0412-87
1988
Box: 4 Folder : 48 Arbitration Case 1330-0692-82
1983
Box: 4 Folder : 49 Arbitration Case 1330-0849-86
1987
Box: 4 Folder : 50 Arbitration Case 1330-1035-77
1978
Box: 4 Folder : 51 Arbitration Case 1330-1354-83
1985
Box: 4 Folder : 52 American Cable and Radio (original)
1956

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