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Guide to the Communications Workers of America, Local 1151 Records WAG.244

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Collection processed by Adam Schafenberg, 2006; Edited by Bonnie Gordon to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials and for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description, 2014

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 19, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Communications Workers of America. Local 1151
Source - dnr: Karl, Frank
Source - dnr: Schaeffer, John
Title: Communications Workers of America, Local 1151 Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1946-2001
Dates [bulk]: 1960-1989
Abstract: Communications Workers of America, Local 1151 represented AT&T and Bell System employees in the Albany, NY area. The Local had its historical roots in the founding period of the CWA, and a strong tradition of involvement in the CWA's national activities, based on the involvement of its long-time president Frank Karl. In addition to his service to the Local, Karl was a long-standing member of CWA's National Bargaining Committee. Not long before the donation of the records to the Archives, Local 1151 merged with the CWA's local in Syracuse, New York.
Quantity: 2.5 Linear Feet in 2 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, and 1 folder.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: WAG.244

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Historical/Biographical Note

Communications Workers of America, Local 1151 was chartered in 1951, to represent American Telephone & Telegraph's Long Lines (long distance) employees working in the Albany area. Local 1151 had its roots in the old Communications Workers of America (CWA) Division system, as Local 9 of Division No. 10.

Local 1151 was ably led by its long-time president, Francis (Frank) Karl. First elected in 1958, Karl would serve in this post for thrity-three years. In addition to his duties with the Local, President Karl performed service to the CWA international union by serving on the National Bargaining Committee, helping the union to negotiate six consecutive contracts.

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Scope and Content Note

The Communications Workers of America, Local 1151 Records contains minutes, internal and outside correspondence, photographs, videos, and files on contracts, bonding information, financial statements, membership, and strikes.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically within each series.

The files are grouped into three series:

Missing Title

  1. Minutes
  2. Correspondence
  3. Subject Files

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Karl, Frank
  • Karl, Frank
  • Schaeffer, John

Document Type

  • Videocassettes.
  • Legal documents.
  • Reports.
  • Transcripts.
  • Correspondence.
  • Financial records
  • Minutes (administrative records)

Subject Organizations

  • Communications Workers of America. District 1
  • Communications Workers of America. Local 1151
  • American Telephone and Telegraph Company

Subject Topics

  • American Telephone and Telegraph Company -- Employees.
  • Labor unions -- Organizing -- United States.
  • Strikes and lockouts -- Telecommunication.
  • Telecommunication -- Employees -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- Elections -- United States.
  • Collective labor agreements -- Telecommunication.
  • Arbitration, Industrial.
  • Company unions -- Telecommunication.
  • Labor unions -- Political activity -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- Telecommunication -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- Contract administration.
  • Labor unions -- Officials and employees.

Subject Places

  • Albany (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

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 Communications Workers of America, Local 1151 was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Communications Workers of America, Local 1151 Records; WAG 244; 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

Records of the Communications Workers of America (WAG 124)

Records of the Communications Workers of America (WAG 124.1)

Records of Communications Workers of America, Local 1150 (WAG 59)

Records of Communications Workers of America, Local 1153 (WAG 132)

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

Papers of Frank Karl (WAG 192)

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

Donated by former Communications Workers of America, Local 1151 President Frank Karl and Secretary-Treasurer John Schaeffer in April 2005. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 2005.021, 2005.022 and NPA.2006.071.

Processing Information

Photographs were separated from this collection during initial processing and were established as a separate collection, the Communications Workers of America, Local 1151 Photographs (PHOTOS 232). Additionally, videos were separated and added to Communications Workers of American Videos (VIDEOS 007). In 2014, the photographs and videos were reincorporated into the Communications Workers of America, Local 1151 Records.

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Container List

Series I: Minutes, 1946-1994

Scope and Content Note

Series I: Minutes, consists of the minutes of Executive Board, General Membership, and Stewards meetings.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Minutes: Executive Committee
1946-1951
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Minutes: Executive Committee
1963-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Minutes: Executive Committee
1979-1979
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Minutes: Executive Committee
1986-1990
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Minutes: Executive Committee
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Minutes: General Membership Meetings
1963-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Minutes: General Membership Meetings
1986-1989
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Minutes: Stewards Meetings
1976-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Minutes: Stewards Meetings
1980
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Minutes: Stewards Meetings
1984-1988

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Series II: Correspondence, 1968-1999

Scope and Content Note

Series II: Correspondence, contains the internal correspondence of the Local, as well as correspondence exchanged with AT&T and other CWA organizations.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Bell Systems Units
1968-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence: Internal
1968-1970
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence: Local
1971-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence: Local
1987-1990
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence: Local
1997-1999
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Correspondence: Retirees
1970-1977

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Series III: Subject Files, 1947-2001

Scope and Content Note

Series II: Subject Files includes contracts, grievances, photographs, five VHS tapes, and assorted files on the local's activities.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Absence Control: Policies and Grievances
1974-1976
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Affiliation
1968
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Agency Shop
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 20 American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T): Bargaining History
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Arbitration
1999
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Audits
1963-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Bargaining
1971-1974
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Bargaining
1979-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Bonding Information
1967-1970
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Bonding Information
1979
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Bonding Information
1992-1994
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Bylaws
1959-1975
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Charter Change Proposals
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)
1976
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Committee on Political Education (COPE)
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Communications Workers of America (CWA) Publications
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Contract
1963-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Contract: Holidays
1993-2001
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Contract Ratification
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Contracts: AT&T
1992-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Contracts: Empire State Telephone Workers' Organization
1960
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Contracts: Long Lines
1955-1967
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Contracts: Long Lines
1971-1983
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Convention Credentials: Karl, Francis (Frank)
1959-1979
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Conventions
1960-1989
Box: 1 Folder : 43 Cost of Living Expenses (COLA)
1976
Box: OS007 Folder : 1 CWA-CIO Shop Stewards Convention
1951
Box: 1 Folder : 44 Defense Fund
1963-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 45 Defense Fund
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 46 Defense Fund
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 47 Department of Labor, New York State
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 48 Department of Labor, United States: Legal Notice-Violation of "No-Strike" Clause
Aug 7, 1978
Box: 1 Folder : 49 Dues Reports
1966-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 50 Dues and Membership Reports
1987-1990
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Dues Policy
1992-1999
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Early Historical Materials
1947-1959
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Elections
1957-1976
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Election, Special: Secretary
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Federal Forms
1959-1974
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Financial Statements
1982
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Financial Statements
1987 , 1989
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Fiscal Reports
1964-1977
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Founding Documents
1959
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Grievance: DDD Operations-Lost-Time for Military Service
1977-1978
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Grievance: Smoking Policy
1992
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Grievances
1966-1972
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Grievances
1987-1990
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Installation Nite Event
1973
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Installation of Officers
1973
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Labor Law (Regulations, Forms, etc.)
1969-1974
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Labor Relations
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Local Headquarters Lease
1971
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Long Lines Picnic Announcement
Jul 25, 1964
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Membership Lists
1992-1994
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Membership Reports
1966-1973
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Member Resignations
1968-1977
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Member Transfer, Appeal Against
1990
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Memorandum of Understanding
1968-1972
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Memorandum of Understanding: AT&T
1986
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Memorandum of Understanding: Overtime
1970
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Merger Discussions: CWA with American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
1973
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Newsletter, Local
1959-1996
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Nolan, Howard C.: Senate Campaign
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Payroll Information
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Personal Computers
1985
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Photographs
circa 1965-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 33 Restructuring Union
1970s
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Retired Members Club
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 35 Retired Members Council
1989-1993
Box: 2 Folder : 36 Social Security Information
1974
Box: 2 Folder : 37 Strike
1983
Box: 2 Folder : 38 Strike
1987
Box: 2 Folder : 39 Strike: Dues Rebate
1975
Box: 2 Folder : 40 Supplemental Pension Plan
1977-1978
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Tax Forms
1990
Box: 2 Folder : 42 Tri-Cities Council
1962-1973
Box: 2 Folder : 43 Union Policies
1998
Box: 3 Videos
Box: 2 Folder : 44 Wage Schedule
1971-1974
Box: 2 Folder : 45 Workplace of the Future
1992-1997

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