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Guide to the Communications Workers of America, Local 1250 Records WAG.258

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Collection processed by Adam Schafenberg, 2006; Electronic finding aid revised according to local applications by Evan Friss, 2007. Updated to include materials reincorporated from the Communication Workers of America Local 1250 Photograph Collection (PHOTOS 230) by Hanan Ohayon, 2013

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 20, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Communications Workers of America. Local 1250
Source - dnr: Algiere, Mary Lou
Title: Communications Workers of America, Local 1250 Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1961-2000
Dates [bulk]: 1970-1999
Abstract: Communications Workers of America, Local 1250 represented AT&T Long Lines employees in Connecticut. The Local was active from the early 1960s until 2000, when its membership was absorbed by CWA Local 1153 based in Westchester, NY. The collection consists of minutes of Executive Board and General Membership meetings, bargaining files, grievance records, reports, correspondence, and photographs.
Quantity: 1.25 Linear Feet in 1 record carton and 1 folder.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: WAG.258

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Historical/Biographical Note

Communications Workers of America (CWA), Local 1250 represented AT&T Long Lines employees in Connecticut. The Local was active from the early 1960s until 2000, when its membership was absorbed by CWA Local 1153, based in Westchester, NY. Among the officers represented in the records are Richard G. Winsch, local president in the early years; John Trainer, vice-president and later president; Robert H. Damrau, secretary, later vice-president and president; Martin Niatopsky, vice-president and later president; William Flagg, secretary; and William L. Sharkey, president. The Local took an active role in meetings and conferences of CWA District 1, the CWA's Communications and Technology and Long Lines Divisions, and regional and statewide common-interest forums. Among the issues of concern to the Local, reflected in the very frank local presidents' reports, are the post-Divestiture transfer of AT&T employees, the impact of new technologies, the role of Long Lines workers within the larger structure of the CWA, bargaining tactics, quality control and speed-up on the job.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of minutes of Executive Board and General Membership meetings from 1966-2000, and bargaining files, grievance records, organizing records, membership reports, reports by Local 1250's President, correspondence, and photographs, dating from 1961-2000.

Arrangement

The records are arranged in three series. The contents of each series are arranged alphabetically. The series arrangement of the records is as follows:

Series 1, Minutes, 1966-2000
Series II, Subject Files, 1961-2000
Series III, Photographs 1981-1995, undated

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Algiere, Mary Lou

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Photographs.
  • Reports.
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Transcripts.

Subject Organizations

  • American Telephone and Telegraph Company

Subject Topics

  • Telecommunication -- Employees -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- Contract administration.
  • Labor unions -- Telecommunication -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- Organizing -- United States.
  • American Telephone and Telegraph Company -- Employees.
  • Labor unions -- Officials and employees.
  • Collective labor agreements -- Telecommunication.

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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 1250 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 1250 Records; WAG 258; 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

Communications Workers of America, Local 1151 Records (WAG 244)

Communications Workers of America Records (WAG 124)

Communications Workers of America Records: Addendum (WAG 124.1)

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

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

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mary Lou Algiere, 2005. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 2005.013, 2005.014 and NPA.2006.065.

Processing Information

Photographs and certificates were separated from this collection during processing and were established as a separate collection, the Communications Workers of America, Local 1250 Photograph Collections (PHOTOS 230). In 2013, the photograph and certificate collection was reincorporated into the Communications Workers of America, Local 1250 (WAG 258).

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Container List

Series I: Minutes, 1966-2000

Scope and Content Note

Series consists of the minutes of Executive Board and General Membership meetings.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Minutes: Executive Board
1966-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Minutes: Executive Board
1975-1977
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Minutes: Executive Board
1979-1979
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Minutes: Executive Board
1980-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Minutes: Executive Board
1981-1983
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Minutes: General Membership Meetings
1968-1975
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Minutes: General Membership Meetings
1976-1989
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Minutes: General Membership Meetings
1991-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Minutes: General Membership Meetings
1997-2000

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Series II: Subject Files, 1961-2000

Scope and Content Note

Series consists of a variety of materials related to the activities of the Local, including bargaining records, correspondence of the Local headquarters, organizing records, membership reports, and reports by the Local president.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Bargaining
1991-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Bargaining
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Bargaining
1996-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Bargaining
1998-1999
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence: Local Headquarters
1982-1988
Box: 1 Folder : 15 External Organizing
1964
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Grievances
1982-1984
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Grievances
1996-1998
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Local Dinner-Dance
1996-1999
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Membership Development Reports
1961-1968
Box: 1 Folder : 20 President's Reports
1981-2000
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Wage/Zone Increase
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Certificates
1957-1997

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Series III: Photographs, 1981-1995, undated

Scope and Content Note

Series consists of 16 black-and-white and color glossy photographs, mostly 8x10, including group portraits from conferences and other gatherings in the early-1980s and 1995, and black-and-white documentary photographs of CWA workers on strike, including portraits of workers with strike signs that read, "CWA on Strike Against The Bell System," and photographs of union meetings.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: A004 CWA Local 1250 Photos
1981-1995, undated

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