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Collection processed by Maria Concepcion, Jane Latour and Gail Malmgreen

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 14, 2018
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Megan O'Shea to incorporate items treated by Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department staff  , December 2017

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Utility Workers Union of America. Local 1-2
Source: Utility Workers Union of America. Local 1-2
Title: Utility Workers Union of America, Local 1-2 Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1927, 1935-2006
Dates [bulk]: 1960-2000
Abstract: The Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 represents members working in the electric, gas, water, and nuclear industries in the New York area, with the bulk of their members employed by ConEd. Local 1-2 evolved out of the Utility Workers Organizing Committee (UWOC) established by the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in 1938. The collection documents the origins of the Local and its expansion to include employees at companies other than ConEd; elections of officers and of changes to bylaws; various political parties within the Local, including the Justice Party, Members 1st Party, New Directions Caucus, Administration, and the Unity Party; and the planning of strikes and positions taken by different political parties within the Local on the strike or possibility of the strike, as well as picket duty lists, schedules, and photographs of demonstrations and rallies. These materials date from 1927 to 2004, with the bulk of the materials dating from the 1960s to late 1990s.
Quantity: 11.5 Linear Feet in 7 record cartons, 6 manuscript boxes, 3 half manuscript boxes, 2 flat boxes, and 5 folders in 1 shared oversize box
Quantity: 19 videocassettes
Location: Materials stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials primarily in English, with one item in Spanish and one item in Polish.
Call Phrase: WAG.131

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Historical Note

The Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 represents members working in the electric, gas, water, and nuclear industries in the New York area, with the bulk of their members employed by ConEd. Local 1-2 evolved out of the Utility Workers Organizing Committee (UWOC) established by the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in 1938.

From the mid-1930s, the employees in the New York utility industry had company unions, which were easily controlled by management. In 1937, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), an American Federation of Labor (AFL) affiliate, obtained the right to represent the Consolidated Edison (ConEd) employees through a consent recognition, rather than through an election of the employees. The IBEW issued charters to the seven company unions: two charters were issued to ConEd employees; the third went to the New York Steam employees; the fourth to Consolidated Telegraph & Electrical Subway employees; the fifth to New York and Queens Electric Light and Power employees; the sixth to Brooklyn Edison Company employees; and the seventh to the employees of two Westchester affiliates. The members of Locals 1 and 2 were not happy with their new union as the IBEW chartered them as "B" locals, meaning the members could not perform work that the IBEW reserved for its "A" members, who were not ConEd employees.

In 1940, the ConEd employees withdrew from the IBEW and the seven chartered locals formed the Brotherhood of Consolidated Edison Employees (BCEE), which was independent from the AFL and the CIO. After winning an election ordered and conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, the BCEE took the name Local 1-2, representing the separate identities of two major categories within ConEd, plant and clerical workers, and eventually came to represent all unionized workers at ConEd.

In 1945, Local 1-2 accepted an invitation to become part of the UWOC. A year later the UWOC became the Utility Workers Union of America, CIO with more than 225 locals organized nationwide. Throughout its history, the Local has had a contentious relationship with ConEd, particularly over contract negotiations. Negotiations would often result in strikes. One nine-week strike in 1983 resulted in losses for the Local and widespread dissatisfaction with the Local leadership among members.

There have been a number of power struggles within the Local, between a number of officers and political parties. One of the major points of contention was the trusteeship instituted by the National in 1998 due to alleged mismanagement of funds by the president of the Local, Joseph Flaherty. The Members 1st party backed the trustee, James Keller, while the Justice Party wanted to gain control of the Local back from the National.

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Scope and Content Note

The Utility Workers Union of America, Local 1-2 Records document the history of the Local from its beginnings as an employee representation plan for Consolidated Edison employees to a modern Local representing workers at ConEd and other companies in the electric, gas, water, and nuclear industries across the New York area. The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, and minutes documenting the origins of the Local and its expansion to include employees at companies other than ConEd. These materials date from 1927 to 2004, with the bulk of the materials dating from the 1960s to late 1990s.

Elections of officers and of changes to the Local's bylaws are documented through correspondence, notices, posters, polling lists, and election results. These include materials documenting the 1940 election which resulted in the creation of Local 1-2 as a separate local representing ConEd workers.

Contract negotiations from the origins of Local 1-2 through the 2000s are well documented. Negotiations surrounding the creation of Local 1-2 in 1940 include correspondence and memoranda between the Brotherhood of Consolidated Edison Employees, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, and the National Labor Relations Board. Contract negotiations from the late 1950s through the early 2000s are documented through minutes of the negotiations; issues of Bargaining Bulletin,  The Record, and  Utility Workers' Light; handbooks on mobilizing members; and surveys of union members regarding where they work and what issues in the contract are important to them.

Materials related to strikes include correspondence, newsletters, notices, and posters regarding planning of strikes and positions taken by different political parties within the Local on the strike or possibility of the strike, as well as picket duty lists, schedules, and photographs of demonstrations and rallies. The strikes that took place in the early 1990s are well documented through picket duty lists, schedules, and newsletters.

Struggles between various political parties within the Local are documented through notices, posters, and newsletters, with a large portion documenting the clash between the Members 1st Party and the Justice Party over the trusteeship of the Local. Other political parties represented include the New Directions Caucus, Administration, and the Unity Party.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into eight series, one of which is divided into subseries: Series I: Bylaws and Constitutions; Series II: Minutes; Series III: Correspondence; Series IV: Election Records; Series V: Bargaining and Negotiation Records: Subseries V.A: 1997 accession; Subseries V.B: Contracts; Subseries V.C: Grievance Files; Subseries V.D: Mergers; Subseries V.E: Strikes; Series VI: General Files; Series VII: Archived Website; and Series VIII: Conferences and Conventions Files. Material from the original processing in 1997 is listed first in each series with material from an accession received in 2003 listed after, with the exception of Series V which has been divided into subseries, with subseries V.A. containing bargaining records from the 1997 accession and subseries V.B. through V.E. containing bargaining records from the 2003 accession. Series I is arranged chronologically through the 1997 accession and then alphabetically by organization and chronologically within each organization; II-IV are arranged chronologically; within Series V, subseries V.A., V.B., V.E. are arranged chronologically and subseries V.C. and V.D. are arranged alphabetically; and series VI and VIII are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Financial records
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Bylaws (administrative records).
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Newsletters.
  • Audiovisual materials.
  • Videocassettes.
  • Audiocassettes.
  • Photographs.
  • Constitutions.
  • Ballots.
  • Posters.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Election returns.
  • Correspondence.

Subject Organizations

  • American Federation of Labor
  • Consolidated Edison Company of New York, inc.
  • Brotherhood of Consolidated Edison Employees
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Utility Workers Organizing Committee
  • United States. National Labor Relations Board
  • Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)
  • Utility Workers Union of America. Local 1-2

Subject Topics

  • Collective labor agreements -- Public utilities.
  • Strikes and lockouts -- Public utilities -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Arbitration, Industrial.
  • Labor unions -- Elections -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Electric industry workers -- Labor unions.
  • Labor unions -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
  • Labor unions -- Organizing -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Labor unions -- Officials and employees.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The archived website was migrated from the California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service to the Internet Archive's Archive-It Service in November 2015. The link to California Digital Library was removed in October 2017.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by the Utility Workers Union of America, Local 1-2 was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Utility Workers Union of America, Local 1-2; WAG 131; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

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

The Record, the newspaper of Local 1-2. Call number HD6350.P88 R43.

Separated Material

Six linear feet of photographs were separated from this collection and are now in the Utility Workers Union of America, Local 1-2 Photographs collection, collection number PHOTOS.118.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu, (212) 998-2630 with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Utility Workers Union of America, Local 1-2 sent a gift of four linear feet of materials in 1997-1998. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 1997.063 and 1997.064.

Additional materials were donated by the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), Local 1-2 in 2003. The accession number associated with this accretion is 2016.001.

UWUA, Local 1-2 President James Slevin sent an additional donation of UWUA videos in 2014. The union also sent a donation of a scrapbook, and a small amount of organizing records around this time. The accession number associated with these gifts is 2017.042.

The accession number NPA 2001.026 is also associated with this collection.

Processing Information

Boxes 1-3 of this collection are from a 1997 accession and were processed separately from boxes 4-10, which contain material from a 2003 accretion. The material in the 2003 accretion was similar to the 1997 accession and was organized into the existing series, with the exception of Series V and VIII. Material in the 2003 accretion that fell under Series V: Bargaining and Negotiation Records was further subdivided into different activities undertaken by Local 1-2: negotiating contracts, settling grievance issues, negotiating mergers with other locals, and strikes. Series VIII was created to incorporate materials documenting the attendance of Local 1-2 officers at national and regional conferences and conventions. Materials in boxes 11-14 were added to the collection in 2017. These materials have been incorporated into the intellectual arrangement of the collection.

Material that was intellectually arranged into the existing series was physically arranged after the 1997 accession and listed after it in the box list.

In 2014 the archived website was added as Series VII.

Appraisal

The 2003 accretion included a large number of duplicates of notices of elections, strikes, and positions taken by different political parties within Local 1-2; newspaper clippings; and publications by the Local, the national union, and conventions, which were weeded. These materials constituted five linear feet of material.

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Container List

Series I: Bylaws, 1942-2001. 0.2 Linear Feet in 8 file folders and 1 oversize folder

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically through the 1997 accession and then alphabetically by organization and chronologically within each organization.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains originals and photocopies of bylaws and proposed bylaws of Local 1-2, the Joint Council of Locals 1-2 and 4, and the Joint Council of the Brotherhood of Consolidated Edison Employees; a small amount of correspondence between Joseph A. Fisher, National President, and Edward M. O'Keefe, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 1-2, concerning changes to the Local's bylaws; correspondence and notices reflecting the use of bylaw changes by dissident groups within Local 1-2 to effect alterations in structure and leadership; and copies of the constitution of the Utility Workers Union of America.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Bylaws: Proposed Amendments
1962-1966
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Bylaws: Proposed Amendments
1984-1989
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Bylaws: Proposed Amendments
1990
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Bylaws: Proposed Amendments
1990
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials) Local 1-2 bylaws
1942-1961
Box: 4 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142051726837])
Box: 4 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142051726837]) Local 1-2 bylaws
1987-2001
Box: 11
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Joint Councils bylaws
1952, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Utility Workers Union of America constitution
1946-1999

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Series II: Minutes, 1963-1989. 0.7 Linear Feet in 1 record carton

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by type of meeting and chronologically by year within that arrangement.

Scope and Content Note

This series and is divided into two parts: minutes of Executive Board meetings and minutes of General Membership meetings, each of which reflects the varied political concerns (both internal and external), industrial issues, and bargaining points confronting the Local over the past three decades.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Minutes - Executive Board
1964 January 1-May 31
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Minutes - Executive Board
1964 June 1-December 31
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Minutes - Executive Board
1965 January 1-May 31
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Minutes - Executive Board
1965 June 1-December 31
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Minutes - Executive Board
1966 January 1-June 30
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Minutes - Executive Board
1966 July 1-December 31
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Minutes - Executive Board
1967 January 1-May 31
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Minutes - Executive Board
1967 June 1-December 31
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Minutes - Executive Board
1968 January 1-August 31
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Minutes - Executive Board
1968 September 1-December 31
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Minutes - Executive Board
1969
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Minutes - Executive Board
1970
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Minutes - Executive Board
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Minutes - Executive Board
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Minutes - Executive Board
1974 January 1-June 30
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Minutes - Executive Board
1974 July 1-December 31
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Minutes - Executive Board
1975
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Minutes - Executive Board
1976
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Minutes - Executive Board
1977
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Minutes - Executive Board
1978
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Minutes - Executive Board
1979
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Minutes - Executive Board
1980
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Minutes - Executive Board
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Minutes - Executive Board
1982
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Minutes - Executive Board
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Minutes - Executive Board
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Minutes - Executive Board
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Minutes - Executive Board
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Minutes - Executive Board
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Minutes - Executive Board
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Minutes - Executive Board
1989 January 1-June 30
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Minutes - Executive Board
1989 July 1-December 31
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Minutes - Executive Board
1990
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Minutes -Membership Meetings
1963
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Minutes -Membership Meetings
1966
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Minutes -Membership Meetings
1967
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Minutes -Membership Meetings
1968
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Minutes -Membership Meetings
1970-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 43 Minutes -Membership Meetings
1972-1974
Box: 1 Folder : 44 Minutes -Membership Meetings
1975-1979
Box: 1 Folder : 45 Minutes -Membership Meetings
1980-1981
Box: 1 Folder : 46 Minutes -Membership Meetings
1982-1983
Box: 1 Folder : 47 Minutes -Membership Meetings
1984-1985

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Series III: Correspondence, 1939-2002. 0.1 Linear Feet in 7 folders

Arrangement

Material from the 1997 accession is arranged alphabetically by type of correspondence and chronologically within that arrangement. Material from the 2003 accretion is arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

Most of the officers' correspondence has not been preserved. This series includes routine memoranda and publicity communications between the National Union, regional offices, and the Local; a very small amount of correspondence between Marshall M. Hicks, National Secretary-Treasurer, and different officers of the Local regarding financial transactions and creation of working papers; correspondence between members of the National, including Joseph A. Fisher, President, and Harold J. Straub, Vice President, and Oliver J. Harper, an attorney contracted to represent the National.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 48 Correspondence: Officers
1960-1987, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 49 Correspondence: UWUA
1958-1964
Box: 1 Folder : 50 Correspondence: UWUA
1966
Box: 1 Folder : 51 Correspondence: UWUA
1967-1968
Box: 1 Folder : 52 Correspondence: UWUA, Region 1
1959-1961
Box: 1 Folder : 53 Correspondence: UWUA, Region 1
1962-1968
Box: 4 Folder : 5 General correspondence
1939-2002

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Series IV: Election Records, 1940-2002. 0.7 Linear Feet in 22 file folders and 2 oversize folders

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

This series documents the contentious election history of the Local. Elections are well represented through leaflets, memos, clippings, ballot tallies, and official reports of arbitrators and court-appointed monitors. This series contains correspondence and memoranda between the locals, the companies, and the National Labor Relations Board regarding the planning of elections; notices of elections and election results; decisions of the National Labor Relations Board; notices with platforms and election slates for political parties within Local 1-2, including the Justice Party, the Unity Party, Members 1st Party, and Administration; lists of election observers; notices and posters for elections; polling lists; and election results. Correspondents include the Brotherhood of Consolidated Edison Employees; the Joint Council of Locals 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7; Consolidated Edison System Companies; Harold J. Straub; Elinore M. Herrick; Patrick McGrath; Augustus Low; Andrew McMahon; John C. Arnell; Edward L. Marsine; and Bernard E. Gallagher. Early elections are well represented, especially the 1940 election in which the Brotherhood of Consolidated Edison Employees became Local 1-2.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 54 Election
1960
Box: 1 Folder : 55 Election
1962
Box: 1 Folder : 56 Election
1968
Box: 1 Folder : 57 Election
1970-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 59 Election
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 58 Election
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 60 Election
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 61 Election
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Election (I)
1990
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Election (II)
1990
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Election
1995
Box: 4 Folder : 6-16 Elections
1940-2002
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 1-2 Elections
1940-1949, 1974, 1986-1992, 2002

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Series V: Bargaining Records, 1935-2002, undated. 3.4 Linear Feet in 3 and a half record cartons, 2 oversize folders, 1 D-2 cassette, 1 VHS cassette, and 3 buttons

Arrangement

This series is divided into the following subseries: Subseries V.A: 1997 accession; Subseries V.B: Contracts; Subseries V.C: Grievance Files; Subseries V.D: Mergers; and Subseries V.E: Strikes.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes, booklets, pamphlets, notices, posters, VHS cassettes, and photographs documenting aspects of the Local's role in bargaining and negotiating on behalf of its members.

Subseries V.A: 1997 accession, 1958-1993. 1.3 Linear Feet in 1 record carton and 10 folders

Arrangement

This subseries is arranged by document type and then chronologically by year within that arrangement.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries documents the major points of contention between ConEd and Local 1-2 through bargaining files, agreements and arbitration awards and reflect the continuing pressure from dissident groups against the leadership of the Local. Documents include leaflets, typescript memoranda, and reports calling on members to reject various packages proposed by the Local leadership.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Bargaining
1958
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Bargaining (I)
1959
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Bargaining (II)
1959
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Bargaining (III)
1959
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Bargaining (IV)
1959
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Bargaining (Settlement)
1959
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Bargaining (I)
1961
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Bargaining (II)
1961
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Bargaining (III)
1961
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Bargaining (IV)
1961
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Bargaining (V)
1961
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Bargaining (I)
1962
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Bargaining (II)
1962
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Bargaining (III)
1962
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Bargaining
1963
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Bargaining
1964
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Bargaining
1965-1966
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Bargaining
1971
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Bargaining
1973
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Bargaining
1983
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Bargaining
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Bargaining
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Agreement
1983
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Agreement
1986
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Arbitrations (I)
1975
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Arbitrations (II)
1975
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Arbitrations
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Arbitrations
1977
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Arbitrations (I)
1978
Box: 2 Folder : 33 Arbitrations (II)
1978
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Arbitrations (I)
1979
Box: 2 Folder : 35 Arbitrations (II)
1979
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Arbitrations
1980
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Arbitrations
1981
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Arbitrations
1982
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Arbitrations
1983
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Arbitrations
1984
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Arbitrations
1986
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Arbitrations
1987
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Arbitrations
1988
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Arbitrations
1990
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Arbitrations
1992-1993

Subseries V.B: Contracts, 1935-2002, undated. 1.5 Linear Feet in 1 record carton, 13 folders, 1 oversize folder, 1 VHS cassette, and 2 buttons

Arrangement

This subseries is arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains drafts and printed agreements between Local 1-2 and ConEd; the Employees Representation Plans of Bronx Gas and Electric Company and Consolidated Edison Employees and the Consolidated Edison Company of New York; the Brotherhood of Consolidated Edison Employees and Consolidated Edison Company of New York; Joint Council of Locals 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 and Consolidated Edison System Companies; and other locals and ConEd. Also included is a 1978 agreement between the Jamaica Water Supply Company and Local 1-2. The negotiations are documented through correspondence and memoranda between the locals, the companies, and the National Labor Relations Board regarding the creation of and deliberation around contracts and minutes of their negotiation meetings. Other items include payroll classifications and job titles booklets; lists of employees denied wage progression increases; issues of Bargaining Bulletin,  The Record, and  Utility Workers' Light; handbooks on mobilizing members; surveys of union members regarding where they work and what issues in the contract are important to them; notices to members regarding the contract process; newspaper clippings regarding contract negotiations; and buttons supporting ratification of different contracts. There are approximately 50 photographs of a rally held in Union Square, Manhattan in support of the 1992 contract.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 17-27 Contracts, 1935-1953
1935-1953
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 3, 5 (Mixed Materials) Contracts, 1954-2000
1954-2000
Box: 5 Folder : 1-19 (Mixed Materials [31142051726845])
Box: 9 Cassette : 2 (Videos [31142051726977])
Box: 11 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142063503273])
Box: 6 Folder : 1-2 Contracts, 2000-2002, undated
2000-2002, undated
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Contracts--Buttons
2000-2002

Subseries V.C: Grievances, 1969-1975. 0.1 Linear Feet in 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains correspondence, memoranda, and reports regarding grievance trials and appeals of two members of Local 1-2 and is arranged alphabetically by last name.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 3-4 Mazzola, Frank T.
1975
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Weidman, Frank J.
1969-1970

Subseries V.D: Mergers, 1945-2002. 0.1 Linear Feet in 4 file folders and 1 oversize folder

Arrangement

This subseries is arranged in numerical order by name of local.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains correspondence, constitutions, and agreements of mergers between Local 1-2 and Local 4; Local 1-2 and Local 8; and Local 1-2 and Local 381.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Local 4
1945-1949, 1959-1961
Box: 6 Folder : 7-8 (Mixed Materials [31142051726936]) Local 8
1946
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials)
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Local 381
2001-2002

Subseries V.E: Strikes, 1989-2002. 0.4 Linear Feet in 12 folders, 1 D-2 cassette, and 1 button

Arrangement

This subseries is arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains material from all stages of the strikes, from proposal to planning to strike to resolution. Most of the strikes were in response to failed contract negotiations between Local 1-2 and ConEd, but some of the material documents Local 1-2 striking in solidarity with other unions, including the Communications Workers of America in 1989 and the Utility Workers Union of America, Locals 375 and 381 in 1998. This material includes Local 1-2 Bargaining Bulletins, notices, and posters communicating the position of the Local. Material regarding the planning of strikes includes picket duty lists, schedules, and other planning documents, as well as correspondence between officials from the Local and the National, ConEd officials, and politicians. Other materials include newspaper clippings and VHS cassettes with news reports on the strikes; photographs of demonstrations and rallies; and buttons documenting political parties and positions in regards to the strikes. There are three photographs from a strike in the 1990s which could not be positively dated and are filed at the end of the material.

Materials added to the collection in 2017 include additional photos, flyers, and a scrapbook related to the 1998 Local 381 Strike. They also contain videos of press coverage of demonstrations demonstration against Con-Edison and in support of the Indian Point Utility Workers Union (UAUW, Local 1-2), and a small assortment of bargaining agreements and bylaws.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 10-11 1989 Strike
1986-1990
Box: 9 Cassette : 1 (Videos [31142051726977]) 1992 Strike
1990-1992
Box: 6 Folder : 12-13 (Mixed Materials [31142051726936])
Box: 6 Folder : 14-16 1996 Strike
1996
Box: 6 Folder : 17-18 (Mixed Materials [31142051726936]) 1998 Strike
1997-1998
Box: 11 Folder : 3-4 (Mixed Materials [31142063503273])
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 5 (Mixed Materials)
Box: 8 Folder : 13 1998 Strike--Buttons
1998
Box: MSOS007 Folder : 1 1998 Strike--Photograph
1998
Box: 12 1998 Strike--Scrapbook
1998
Box: 6 Folder : 19-20 2000-2002 Strikes
2000-2002
Box: 6 Folder : 21 Photographs
1990s

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Series VI: General Files, 1927, 1941-2006. 1.9 Linear Feet in 2 record cartons, 1 oversize folder, 3 VHS cassettes, 3 CDs, 2 audio cassettes, 1 audio reel, and 10 buttons

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject, with material from the 1997 accession filed separately from the 2003 accretion.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, newsletters, photographs, programs, and VHS cassettes regarding a number of topics, including different political parties within the Local, including Administration, New Directions Caucus, Members 1st Party, and the Justice Party; the trusteeship instituted by the National in 1998 due to alleged mismanagement of funds by the president of the Local, Joseph Flaherty; histories of the Local, ConEd, and other organizations; the 50th anniversary of the local; social events held by the Local; efforts by the Progressive Labor Party to influence Local members; Local financial records; legislative files; the Local's dealings with individual employers other than ConEd (small numbers of Local members were employed by private companies); and the 1940s detail organizing efforts within ConEd which resulted in the replacement of older company unions by the Brotherhood of Consolidated Edison Employees.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 22 Administration Party sticker
circa 1980s
Box: 6 Folder : 23 Around the System
1973
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Asplundh Tree Expert Company
1986
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Black Solidarity Alliance
1970
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Brotherhood of Consolidated Edison Employees: Newsletters; Local 3 and Local 5
1941-1942
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Buttons
1989, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 24 Campaign against Con Edison
1993-1994
Box: 6 Folder : 25 Clancy, John
1965, 1973, 1987, 1990, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Coalition Committee (Local 369, Boston)
1959-1963
Box: 6 Folder : 26 Coalition for Union Democracy: Rank-and-File Newsletter
1991
Box: 14 Cassette : 7 Con Ed Contract Campaign
1996 December 13
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Con Ed Employees Mutual Aid Society
1948, 1981
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Con Ed Environmental Policy
1994
Box: 14 Cassette : 5-6 "Con Ed Investigation" Eyewitness News ABC TV
2006 May 9
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Con Ed Organizing
1941, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 27 Con Edison pension and retirement plans
1944, 1953
Box: 13 Cassette : 19 ConEdison Special Report: Selected TV News Reports from World Trade Center Coverage
2001 September
Box: 6 Folder : 28 Con Edison special telephone directories
1980, 1990
Box: 6 Folder : 29 Con Edison's Drug Awareness Program pamphlet
1985
Box: 6 Folder : 30 Congress of Industrial Organizations (C.I.O.) affiliation
1943-1945
Box: 6 Folder : 31 Consolidated Edison System Companies Data Book 1930-1951
1952
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Convention (UWUA)
1963
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Cuban Workers Party of Con Ed
circa 1970s
Box: 6 Folder : 32 Deregulation
1996-1999, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Dickey-Lincoln Bill
1967-1968
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 4 East River Station newsletter
1964
Box: 6 Folder : 33 Employee committees policy
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 34 The Energizer: New Directions Caucus Newsletter
1992
Box: 6 Folder : 35 Equal Employment Opportunity Local Union Reports EEO-3
1967-1971
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Expenditures
1984
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Expenditures
1985
Box: 9 Cassette : 12 Facts on the origins of Local 1-2 presented by M. Sampson
1964
Box: 3 Folder : 23 Federation of Utility Employees
1942-1968
Box: 6 Folder : 36 Federation Party newsletter
1992
Box: 6 Folder : 37 (Mixed Materials [31142051726936]) Fiftieth Anniversary of Local 1-2
1990
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 4 (Mixed Materials)
Box: 3 Folder : 24 Fiftieth Anniversary: Souvenir Program
1990
Box: 3 Folder : 25 Financial Statements
1983-1985
Box: 3 Folder : 26 Financial Statements
1986
Box: 3 Folder : 27 Financial Statements
1987
Box: 3 Folder : 28 Financial Statements
1988
Box: 6 Folder : 38 George Meany: The Making of a Freedom Fighter
1979
Box: 7 Folder : 1-2 History of Local 1-2: Interview with James Beamish
1996-1997
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Indian Point nuclear power plant
1976, 1983
Box: 3 Folder : 29 Job Bulletins
circa 1980s
Box: 7 Folder : 4-7 Job evaluation manuals
1979-1981, undated
Box: 14 Cassette : 8 Kerry, John and UAUW "Building a Stronger America"
2004 August 20
Box: 13 Cassette : 9-10 Labor Clips #3 NLRB Demonstration
1993 May 27
Box: 3 Folder : 30 Legal Fees
1990
Box: 3 Folder : 31 Legislative and Cope Committee
circa 1970s
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Local 1-2 Bulletin
1998
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 4 Local 1-2 bumper sticker
Undated
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 2 Local 1-2 charter
1945
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Local 1-2 News Bulletin
2001-2003
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 2 Local 1-2 and the Salvation Army advertisement
1986
Box: 13 Cassette : 11 Local 1-2 Utility Workers
1995
Box: 3 Folder : 32 Mc Mahon, J.: Irish Materials
1949-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 33 Manual Underground Cable System
1927
Box: 7 Folder : 10-12 Members 1st Party notices and fliers
1999-2002
Box: 13 Cassette : 12 National Press Club John Sweeney
2001 February 5
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Newsletter of the Unity Party: The Fightback Challenger
1986
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Notices
1997-1999
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Officers and executive board lists
2002, undated
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Photographs
1948, 1964, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 16-18 Photographs: General
1980-2001
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Photographs: Philip Varrichio
1990s
Box: 7 Folder : 20 Photographs: Willie Ryan retirement party
1990s
Box: 7 Folder : 21 Power Line: UWUA Local 1-2 Shop Stewards Bulletin
1998
Box: 7 Folder : 22-23 Programs
1963, 1971, 1975, 1983, 1990, 1994-1997
Box: 3 Folder : 34 Progressive Labor Party
1970, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Rate Hearings
1967
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 4 (Mixed Materials) The Record
1987, 1994, 1997-2004
Box: 7 Folder : 24 (Mixed Materials [31142051726944])
Box: 3 Folder : 36 Regional Conference
1966 December 9-December 10
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Report on Health Impact on Low Level Radiation
1979
Box: 3 Folder : 38 Retirement Plan
1944
Box: 3 Folder : 39 Safety Grants
1987
Box: 3 Folder : 40 Security Party Highlights
1969-1970
Box: 3 Folder : 41 S.G. Blakly Tree Company
1986
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Sixty-Fifth Anniversary: Souvenir Program
2003
Box: 7 Folder : 25 Some Lessons Learned: Recollections of 15 Years as Chairman of Consolidated Edison 1967-1982, by Charles F. Luce
1990
Box: 13 Cassette : 13 Stand Up to Con Edison
1992 June 15
Box: 7 Folder : 26 The Story of Electricity
1980
Box: 3 Folder : 42 Tree Preservation Company
1985-1986
Box: 7 Folder : 27-29 (Mixed Materials [31142051726944]) Trusteeship
1997-2003
Box: 9 Cassette : 4 (Videos [31142051726977])
Box: 3 Folder : 43 Truth-in-Lending
1967-1968
Box: 7 Folder : 30 Utility Workers Union Health and Safety Manual
1979
Box: 7 Folder : 31 Utility Workers Union of America membership totals
2002
Box: 14 Cassette : 14-16 UWUA A.F.L.-C.I.O. "Indian Point Utility Workers Rally" New York Coverage
2002 February 7
Box: 9 Cassette : 5 UWUA A.F.L.-C.I.O. Local 1-2 Utility Workers Spring 1995
1995
Box: 13 Cassette : 17 UWUA "Deregulation Bill"
2000 October 8
Box: 3 Folder : 44 UWUA Region 1
1959, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 32 (Mixed Materials [31142051726944]) Waters, Gerald (Jerry)
1998, 2002, undated
Box: 9 Cassette : 3 (Videos [31142051726977])
Box: 7 Folder : 33-38 Waters, Gerald (Jerry): Cornell University New York State School of Indutrial and Labor Relations
1991, 1996-1997, 2001, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 39 Waterside Station 1901-2001: One Hundred Years of Power at Waterside
2001
Box: 14 Cassette : 18 "Workers Exposed at Indian Point Unit 3" Eyewitness News ABC TV
2000 March 13
Box: 9 Reel : 1 (Audio [31142051726977]) World Assembly of Youth
1964 July 28
Box: 10 Cd : 1-3 (Audio [31142051726985])
Box: 9 Cassette : 6-7 (Audio [31142051726977])

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Series VII: Archived Website, 2009 February 19-ongoing

Utility Workers Union of America, Local 1-2

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6349/*/http://uwua1-2.org/]

Scope and Content Note

The website of Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers Union of America includes information on their political action committee, their publication, The Record, images and other audiovisual materials, news listings, and event listings.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to technical or privacy issues, archived websites may not be exact copies of the original website at the time of the web crawl. Certain file types will not be captured dependent on how they are embedded in the site. Other parts of websites that the crawler has difficulty capturing includes Javascript, streaming content, database-driven content, and highly interactive content. Full-Text searches of archived websites are available at https://archive-it.org/organizations/567.

Series VIII: Conferences and Conventions Files, 1948-2003. 0.5 Linear Feet in 1 manuscript box, 1 oversize folder, 6 1/4" audio reels, 9 audio cassettes, and 16 CDs

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by convention title and chronologically within that arrangement.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence and notices regarding election of delegates to UWUA National Conventions; agenda and minutes of conference sessions at the UWUA Nuclear Conference; and audio recordings of Educational and Regional Conferences held in 1964.

UWUA Constitutional Conventions are documented through proceedings, officers reports, and photographs. The proceedings include transcripts of remarks and reports given at sessions. The officers reports outline important issues facing officers between conventions, including contract negotiations, financial operations of the National Union, and educational, political, and health initiatives. The photographs document panels, attendees, speakers, and social events at the conventions.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 New York State AFL-CIO 27th Constitutional Convention: Photographs
1992
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Region 1 Conference: Photographs
1993
Box: 8 Folder : 3-10 (Mixed Materials [31142051726951]) Utility Workers Union of America Constitutional Conventions
1947-1948, 1983-1999, 2003
Box: 11 Folder : 6 (Mixed Materials [31142063503273])
Box: MSXOS003 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials) Utility Workers Union of America National Convention
1996-1998
Box: 8 Folder : 11 (Mixed Materials [31142051726951])
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Utility Workers Union of America Nuclear Conference
1997
Box: 9 Cassette : 10-11 (Audio [31142051726977]) Educational Conference, Friday
1964 April 3
Box: 10 Reel : 6 (Audio [31142051726985])
Box: 10 Cd : 17-19 (Audio [31142051726985])
Box: 10 Reel : 4 (Audio [31142051726985]) Educational Conference, Friday Afternoon
1964 April 3
Box: 9 Cassette : 7 (Audio [31142051726977])
Box: 10 Cd : 11-12 (Audio [31142051726985])
Box: 10 Cd : 13-16 (Audio [31142051726985]) Educational Conference, Saturday A.M.
1964 April 4
Box: 9 Cassette : 8-9 (Audio [31142051726977])
Box: 10 Reel : 5 (Audio [31142051726985])
Box: 10 Reel : 1 (Audio [31142051726985]) Regional Conference, Saturday P.M.
1964 May 23
Box: 9 Cassette : 3 (Audio [31142051726977])
Box: 10 Cd : 4-5 (Audio [31142051726985])
Box: 10 Reel : 2 (Audio [31142051726985]) Regional Conference, Friday
1964 May 22
Box: 9 Cassette : 4 (Audio [31142051726977])
Box: 10 Cd : 6-7 (Audio [31142051726985])
Box: 10 Cd : 8-10 (Audio [31142051726985]) Regional Conference, Friday A.M.
1964 May 22
Box: 10 Reel : 3 (Audio [31142051726985])
Box: 9 Cassette : 5-6 (Audio [31142051726977])

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