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Guide to the Communications Workers of America, Local 1153 Records WAG.132

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Collection processed by Adam Schafenberg, 2005.

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Communications Workers of America. Local 1153 (Valhalla, N.Y.)
Source - dnr: Kosar, Andy
Source - dnr: Algiere, Mary Lou
Title: Communications Workers of America, Local 1153 Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1944-1999
Dates [bulk]: 1976-1987
Abstract: Communications Workers of America, Local 1153 was chartered in 1975, after more than 500 members of the Manhattan-based Local 1150 petitioned for a new local to represent American Telephone & Telegraph's Long Lines (long distance) employees working in the White Plains and Mount Kisco area. The jurisdiction granted to Local 1153 compromised Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam Counties in New York; and for the Construction Department only, all of New England, New Jersey and New York. But the majority of the Local's members are located in White Plains. Local 1153 has taken a strong stand on many issues, including job losses, job pressures, seniority rights, the creation of new job titles, health and safety, and discrimination based on sex and race. The collection reflects the Local's aggressive stance in bargaining, its role in the 1983 strike, and its criticism of many features of AT&T Divestiture.
Quantity: 7.75 Linear Feet in 6 record cartons and 7 folders in a shared box.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: WAG.132

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Historical/Biographical Note

Communications Workers of America, Local 1153 was chartered in 1975, after more than 500 members of the Manhattan-based Local 1150 petitioned for a new local to represent American Telephone & Telegraph's Long Lines (long distance) employees working in the White Plains and Mount Kisco area. The jurisdiction granted compromised Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam Counties in New York; and for the Construction Department only, all of New England, New Jersey and New York. But the majority of Local members are located in White Plains. Like Local 1150, 1153 consists of three sections: Plant (construction and maintenance), Traffic (operators) and Administrative (clerical). Since 1975 the Local has had four presidents: Paul J. Marley (served 1975-1981), Eleanore Collins (1981-1984), Andy Kosar (1984-1999), and Mary Lou Algiere (2000- ). Local 1153 has taken a strong stand on many issues, including job losses, job pressures, seniority rights, the creation of new job titles, health and safety, and discrimination based on sex and race. The collection reflects the Local's aggressive stance in bargaining, its role in the 1983 strike, and its criticism of many features of Divestiture.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials documenting the founding of Local 1153 in 1976, minutes of the Executive Board, General Membership, Stewards and Committee on Equity meetings, as well as correspondence from Local 1153 Presidents, other Communications Workers of America Locals, and the national organization. Also included is material pertaining to bargaining, elections, AT&T labor relations, health and safety, and discrimination. Approximately 130 photographs document social events, rallies and conventions. Note: The collection contains some materials from the period before 1975, when the White Plains area was still part of CWA Local 1150.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically within each series, and in chronological order within topics.

Series I: Charters and Bylaws (1975-1996)

Series II: Minutes (1976-1995)

Series III: Correspondence (1965-1994)

Series IV: General Files (1944-1999)

Series V: Photographs (1979-1987)

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Kosar, Andy
  • Marley, Paul J.
  • Collins, Eleanore, -1994
  • Kosar, Andy
  • Algiere, Mary Lou

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Financial records
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Reports.
  • Transcripts.
  • Legal documents.
  • Photographs.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)

Subject Organizations

  • Communications Workers of America
  • Communications Workers of America. Local 1173
  • AFL-CIO
  • American Telephone and Telegraph Company

Subject Topics

  • Affirmative action programs -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- Telecommunication -- United States.
  • Telecommunication -- Employees -- United States.
  • Discrimination in employment.
  • Corporate divestiture -- United States.
  • Arbitration, Industrial.
  • Collective labor agreements -- Telecommunication.
  • Company unions -- Telecommunication.
  • Labor unions -- Organizing -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- Elections -- United States.
  • American Telephone and Telegraph Company -- Employees.
  • Strikes and lockouts -- Telecommunication.
  • Affirmative Action programs.
  • Labor unions -- Officials and employees.
  • Labor unions -- Contract administration.
  • Labor unions -- Political activity -- United States.

Subject Places

  • White Plains (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)

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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

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the Communications Workers of America, Local 1153 were transferred to New York University in 1992 by Andy Kosar. 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 1153; WAG 132; 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

OH 026 Communications Workers of America, Oral History Collection

WAG 124 and WAG 124.1 Records of the Communications Workers of America

WAG 059 Records of Communications Workers of America, Local 1150

WAG 117 Records of Communications Workers of America, District 1

WAG 089 Papers of Eleanore Collins

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Andy Kosar, president of the Communications Workers of America, Local 1153 in 1992. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 1992.003 and 1992.009. Additional materials were donated by CWA, Local 1153 president Mary Lou Algiere, in 2005.

The accession numbers NPA.1993.021, NPA.1994.003 and NPA.2006.069 are also associated with this collection.

Processing Information

Photographs separated from this collection during processing were established as a separate collection, the Communications Workers of America, Local 1153 Photographs (PHOTOS 056). In 2013, the photograph collection was reincorporated into the Communications Workers of America, Local 1153 Records (WAG 132).

In 2014, the archived websites were added as Series VI.

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Container List

Series I: Charters and Bylaws, 1975-1996

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Bylaws
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Bylaws: Motions
1988-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Charters (photocopies)
1975-1986
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Formation and Early History
1975-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Organization Charts
1990-1991

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Series II: Minutes, 1976-1995

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Central Labor Council
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Committee on Equity
1982-1983
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Downstate Ad Hoc AT&T Locals Committee
Nov 1991
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Executive Board Minutes
1976-1981
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Executive Board Minutes
1982-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 11 General Membership Meetings
1976-1984
Box: 1 Folder : 12 General Membership Meeting-Strike Authorization Vote
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 13 New York State Assembly Labor Committee
1990
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Test and Inspection Feedback
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Outside Construction Workers Meeting
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Quality Work Life (QWL) Steering Committee
Oct 1988-Nov 1988
Box: 1 Folder : 17 QWL Steering Committee
1990
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Stewards Meetings
1978-1984
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Workplace of the Future
1994

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Series III: Correspondence, 1965-1994

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Collins, Eleanore C.
1982-1984
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Kosar, Andy
1984-1985
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Kosar, Andy
Jan 1993-Apr 1993
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Kosar, Andy
May 1993-Dec 1993
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Kosar, Andy
Jan 1994-Jun 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Kosar, Andy
Jul 1994-Dec 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Marley, Paul J.
1976-1978
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Marley, Paul J.
1979-1981
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Local Vice-President
1975-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Local Secretary
1976-1984
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Local Treasurer
1976-1984
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Administrative Section Correspondence
1965-1984
Box: 2 Folder : 6 District 1 Correspondence
1976-1984
Box: 2 Folder : 7 District 1 Correspondence
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 8 District 1 Correspondence
Jan 1989-Jun 1989
Box: 2 Folder : 9 District 1 Correspondence
Jul 1989-Dec 1989
Box: 2 Folder : 10 District 1 Correspondence
1990
Box: 2 Folder : 11 District 1 Correspondence
Jul 1993-Dec 1993
Box: 2 Folder : 12 District 1 Correspondence
1994
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Faxes
Aug 1990-Dec 1990
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Faxes
Jan 1991-May 1991
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Faxes
Jun 1991-Sep 1991
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Faxes
Jan 1993-May 1993
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Faxes
Jun 1993-Dec 1993
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Faxes
Jan 1994-Jun 1994
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Faxes
Jul 1994-Dec 1994
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Grievance Letters
Jan 1994-May 1994
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Grievance Letters
Jun 1994-Dec 1994
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Local Headquarters Correspondence
1992-1993
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Long-Lines Correspondence
1970-1981
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Long Lines: National Director's Correspondence
1966-1985
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Members Correspondence
1976-1984
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Other Locals
1987-1989
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Other Locals
Jan 1990-Jun 1990
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Other Locals
Jul 1990-Dec 1990
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Other Locals
1991-1994
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Plant Section Correspondence
1976-1984
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Social Committee Correspondence
1979-1984
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Stewards Correspondence
1966-1984
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Washington Correspondence
Apr 1994-Jul 1994
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Washington Correspondence
Aug 1994-Dec 1994

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Series IV: General Files, 1944-1999

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 4 440 Hamilton Avenue: Phase II Master Plan
Dec 1992
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Alliance for Employee Growth and Self Development
1991
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Alliance Training
1994
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Arbitration Awards
1989-1998
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Arbitration Cases
1967-1975
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Arbitration: Lost
1986-1995
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Arbitration: Lost
1996-1999
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Agreements-Contracts
1982
Box: 4 Folder : 12 American Institute for Free Labor Development
1978
Box: 4 Folder : 13 American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T)
1970-1994
Box: 4 Folder : 14 AT&T Communications (ATTCOM)
1983-1984
Box: 4 Folder : 15 AT&T Information Systems (ATTIS)
1983-1984
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Bargaining
1974-1980
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Benefits
1975-1981
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Blood Drive (Harassment Complaint)
1983
Box: 4 Folder : 19 Budget
1981-1987
Box: 4 Folder : 20 Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
1978-1981
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Charter Review
1983-1985
Box: 4 Folder : 22 City of Hope
1976-1983
Box: 4 Folder : 23 Committee on the Future
1981-1983
Box: 4 Folder : 24 CWA Organizer
1990-1993
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Community Services
1980-1982
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Computer Technician-New Job Title
1981-1982
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Conferences: CWA District 1
1978-1983
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Conferences: Legislative
1980-1982
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Conferences: Long-Lines Presidents
1977-1983
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Construction Department
1979
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Convention-National CWA
1976-1984
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Convention-National CWA, Special
Mar 1983
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Cornell University-Westchester Labor Studies Program
1976-1984
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Customer Service Engineering
1983-1984
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Downstate Ad Hoc Committee Meeting, New Orleans
Aug 1990
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Discrimination
1976-1979
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Divestiture
1982-1984
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Education Department, CWA
1963
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Elections
1976-1987
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Employee Counseling/Assistance Programs
1980-1985
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1976-1982
Box: 5 Folder : 18 Finances
1976-1984
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Flex Time
1984
Box: 5 Folder : 20 Force Adjustments
1964
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Grievances
1980-1983
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Health and Safety
1976-1993
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Information Bulletin
1973-1981
Box: 5 Folder : 24 Information Tapes
1976-1984
Box: 5 Folder : 25 Information Tapes
1996-1998
Box: 5 Folder : 26 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 3
1982
Box: 5 Folder : 27 Job Descriptions
1944
Box: 5 Folder : 28 Job Descriptions
1974-1984
Box: 5 Folder : 29 Job Evaluations
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 30 Job Losses-White Plains
1978-1980
Box: 5 Folder : 31 Job Pressures
1979
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Legislative-Correspondence and Information
1976-1978
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Legislative-Correspondence and Information
1979-1984
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Legislature
1993
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Local Newsletter
1992-1996
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Local Tape Messages
1994
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Local Tape Messages
1995
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Media Funds
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Memorandum of Agreement
1983
Box: 6 Folder : 9 National Black Communications Coalition
1983-1985
Box: 6 Folder : 10 News From CWA: District 1
1977-1978
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Newsletter
1977-1984
Box: 6 Folder : 12 New York Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)
1990
Box: 6 Folder : 13 New York State Department of Labor
1982
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Nurses-Organizing
1976-1979
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
1999
Box: 6 Folder : 16 Office Employees International Union-Local 1150 Agreement
1959
Box: 6 Folder : 17 Officers Training Class
1993
Box: 6 Folder : 18 Organizing Committee
1978-1981
Box: 6 Folder : 19 Organizing-Training Manual
1982
Box: 6 Folder : 20 Picnic-Incident with Police
1983-1984
Box: 6 Folder : 21 Public Relations
1991-1993
Box: 6 Folder : 22 Quality of Work Life (QWL)
1980-1985
Box: 6 Folder : 23 Retired Members
1977-1984
Box: 6 Folder : 24 Sales Specialist-New Job Title
1983
Box: 6 Folder : 25 Scholarship Fund
1980-1984
Box: 6 Folder : 26 Seating Plan
1976-1977
Box: 6 Folder : 27 Sexual Discrimination/Harassment
1976-1981
Box: 6 Folder : 28 Strike
1983
Box: 6 Folder : 29 Strike-Trial Court
1983-1984
Box: 6 Folder : 30 Technology Change Committee (CWA/AT&T Long Lines)
1976-1983
Box: 6 Folder : 31 Telecommunications International Union
1984
Box: 6 Folder : 32 Telecommunications Policy
1976-1983
Box: 6 Folder : 33 United Way
1977-1985
Box: 6 Folder : 34 Upgrade and Transfer
1974-1984
Box: 6 Folder : 35 Wages and Hours
1970-1984
Box: 6 Folder : 36 Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body
1989-1993
Box: 6 Folder : 37 Western Electric Strike/Long Lines Suspension-1975
1975-1979
Box: 6 Folder : 38 White Plains-Agitation for Separate Local
1975-1976
Box: 6 Folder : 39 Women's Concerns
1974-1984
Box: 6 Folder : 40 Workers' Compensation
1981-1985

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Series V: Photographs, 1979-1987

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: A005 Folder : 1 Annual Gala, 1st
1979
Box: A005 Folder : 2 Campaign: Job Pressures
1979
Box: A005 Folder : 3 Christmas Party
1987
Box: A005 Folder : 4 Convention, CWA International (Miami Beach, Florida)
1987
Box: A005 Folder : 5 Marley, Paul J.: Portrait
circa 1976
Box: A005 Folder : 6 Picnic (Includes Eleanore Collins)
circa 1983
Box: A005 Folder : 7 Strike (AT&T): Rallies
1986

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Series VI: Archived Website, Feb 26, 2009-ongoing

Communications Workers of America, Local 1153

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6349/*/http://cwa1153.org/]

Scope and Content Note

Communications Workers of America, Local 1153 was chartered in 1975, after more than 500 members of the Manhattan-based Local 1150 petitioned for a new local to represent American Telephone & Telegraph's Long Lines (long distance) employees working in the White Plains and Mount Kisco area. 1153 consists of three sections: Plant (construction and maintenance), Traffic (operators) and Administrative (clerical). Local 1153 advocates for many issues, including job losses, job pressures, seniority rights, the creation of new job titles, health and safety, and discrimination based on sex and race. The website contains by-laws, bargaining reports, other reports, event listings, and contracts.

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.

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