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Louis Weinstock was born in Hungary in 1903 and emigrated to the United States in 1923. He settled in New York City and in 1925 joined the Painters’ Union, Local 499. Weinstock became one of the leaders of the “Rank and File” movement in District Council 9 of the International Painters and Paperhangers. He fought for Social Security and initiated the drive for unemployment insurance. Weinstock also led the Rank-and-File painters caucus in a fight against corruption in the union, defeating the corrupt leadership of the infamous Lepke-Gurrah racketeer gang and getting elected to the office of Secretary-Treasurer. In 1951, he was charged with conspiring to violate the Smith Act while teaching a trade union class; he was found guilty and sentenced to three years in jail. Weinstock retired from the union in 1963 and died in 1994 from heart failure.
Sol Gorelick (1916-2004) was a social worker and union activist. He began his career with the City of New York in 1940 as a caseworker at the Brownsville Welfare Center. He would work with the city's welfare departments in Brooklyn until his retirement in 1980, also working at the Boro Hall Center and Fulton Center. The range of city documents maintained by Gorelick include memorandums, correspondence, procedural manuals, and educational materials. They document the city's bureaucratic culture, labor relations, unemployment, social conditions, health and healthcare, and housing in mid-20th century Brooklyn. Gorelick was a union member throughout his career with the city. His longest membership was with the Welfare Local 371 of AFSCME, District Council 37. He was a member during the union's tempestuous 1960s, which saw tense contract standoffs with the city, strikes, competition with the rival Social Service Employees Union, and the eventual merger of the two as the SSEU Local 371. Union materials include those documenting committee and chapter activities, negotiations, and recruitment. Gorelick was also active in professional organizations and advocacy groups, including the National Association of Social Workers and the Brooklyn Tuberculosis and Lung Association. Documents from these organizations and others illustrate how a social worker's activism could span work, union, volunteer, and professional activities.
This collection contains the records of the Engineers Association of ARMA, Local 418 of the International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE), from 1953-1983. This collection documents the unionization of ARMA's Brooklyn Plant of white collar defense engineers and technicians. The collection is made up of minutes and by-laws, office correspondence, the union's publicity and publications, photographs, grievances, arbitrations, and contract agreements and negotiations.
The Jewish Labor Committee, an umbrella group of Jewish or Jewish-led trade unions and fraternal organizations, was founded in New York City in 1934. Its primary purposes were to organize anti-Nazi and anti-fascist activity and to provide assistance to European Jews and others persecuted by these movements. During World War II, it maintained close ties with European resistance movements and was able to effect the rescue of hundreds of labor and socialist activists and their families. After the War, it helped to reunite families and resettle survivors. The original donation of JLC records to NYU included more than 800 linear feet of material. This guide describes the first portion of the JLC records; included are general administrative records for the Committee’s earliest years as well as files documenting anti-Nazi activity (including relations with other Jewish organizations), rescue and aid activities, and overseas work in general. Most documentation of the JLC’s domestic anti-discrimination work, which increased in intensity in the post-war years, is included in later series.
This collection contains the records of the Labor Theater (1973-1987?), which was a theater group that worked to bring plays to the American working class. The collection contains correspondence, grant proposals, and confirmations, by-laws, reports, contracts, touring agreements, theater locations, resumes, programs, scripts, press reviews, questionnaires, photographs, and financial records that relate to the fundraising and productions of the Labor Theater.
The International Brotherhood of Painters, Local 490 (more commonly known as the Paperhangers Local), were established in 1864, located in New York City. The union was most active in the first half of the 20th century. The collection is made up of ledgers, minute books, financial records, and other related materials.
William Nuchow was born in Bronx, New York, in 1928. He quit school to go to sea and in 1946 was elected to the strike committee of the National Maritime Union. He then worked in steel mills and auto plants in Buffalo, New York, before returning to New York City. There he led the organization of New York City cabbies as an officer of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 826 from 1952 through the taxi strike of 1956. Before joining the staff of Teamsters Local 210 in 1958, he worked as an organizer for the United Furniture Workers in the South. Nuchow was deeply committed to labor education and served on the advisory boards of the Harry Van Arsdale School of Labor Studies, the Cornell University Labor Liberal Arts Certificate Programs, and the Trade Union Leadership Institute of the New York City Central Labor Council. Nuchow also espoused a variety of progressive political causes. The Nuchow Papers include organizing and strike materials from the National Maritime Union, Taxi Local 826, IBT (including scattered issues of Taxi Teamster), the United Furniture Workers, and IBT, Local 840; political literature from the campaigns of Bella Abzug, Paul O'Dwyer, and George McGovern; material on anti-Vietnam War and anti-nuclear demonstrations; and files on labor tours of China.
Jesse Simons (1917-2006) was a distinguished labor arbitrator, and served as Director of the American Artbitration Association’s Labor Management Institute. A veteran of the U.S. Trotskyist movement of the 1930s and 40s, he held a variety of blue-collar jobs, served in World War II, and became a union official and organizer. As an arbitrator he was called upon to rule on cases involving many important sectors of New York City labor, and served on the Personnel Review Board of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and as an arbitrator for the National Mediation Board. The collection contains personal, political and professional correspondence, writings and presentations, arbitration and other decisions, reports and background files.
The United Women Firefighters (UWF) was founded in 1982 as a support organization for women firefighters in the New York City Fire Department. The New York City Fire Department began accepting applications from women for the position of firefighter in 1977, but did not hire any women until after Brenda Berkman successfully sued the City of New York on behalf of herself and other women who had passed the written examination, questioning the validity of the physical exam. The UWF was founded to deal with the occupational and sexual discrimination and the sexual harassment women firefighters faced. These records cover Brenda Berkman's career, legal cases (Brenda Berkman et al. v. City of New York et al.; Brenda Berkman et al. v. City of New York et al., Appeal; and Brenda Berkman v. City of New York, Carlos Rivera, & Selig Ginsberg), and the founding and development of the United Women Firefighters of New York City and the related national support group, Women in Fire Service (WFS, alternately known as Women in Fire Suppression). The collection contains scrapbook material, personal correspondence, legal documents, organizational files, subject files, clippings, photographs, videos and memorabilia.
Stewardesses for Women’s Rights (SFWR) was founded in 1972 after two flight attendants, Sandra Jarrell and Jan Fulsom, took Eastern Airlines to court on discrimination charges. The organization grew nationwide and worked to inform the public and other flight attendants about airline companies’ sexist advertisements, company discrimination, and airline health and safety hazards. This collection includes correspondence, the constitution and by-laws, membership lists, and agendas. Along with general records, there is extensive research material from each of the SFWR task forces, records from affiliated unions, updates from regional offices, photographs, and papers from SFWR national conferences.
Connie Kopelov (1926- ), a pioneer in both labor and women's education and history, held positions in various labor and labor-related organizations including the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, later the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, the Workers Defense League and the New York Labor History Association. In 1972, Kopelov participated in the New York Trade Union Women's Seminar that led to the 1974 founding conference of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). In 1975, Kopelov was elected Vice-President of the newly chartered New York City Chapter of CLUW and continued to hold positions in the organization throughout her life. The collection reflects Kopelov's involvement in labor and women's organizations, most notably her involvement in the New York City Chapter of CLUW, and include correspondence, organizational papers and notes, news clippings, newsletters, leaflets, speeches, photographs, and publications.
International Photographers of the Motion Picture Industry, Local 644, was chartered by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees in 1926 in response to theatrical and newsreel cameramen’s dissatisfaction with their working conditions. The original charter gave Local 644 jurisdiction over all cameramen in the United States, after which additional local unions were established in California and Chicago. Local 644’s cameramen have worked in television news, commercials, feature films, and the Army Signal Corps. This collection includes minutes of executive board and general meetings, correspondence files, contracts, and legal files concerning motion picture feature production, documentary film photographs, newsreel photographers, broadcast news photographers, and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees East Coast Council.
Judith Mushabac Layzer became an activist for women employed in New York City government and particularly for those in non-traditional blue-collar jobs when she worked as a contract compliance officer for the City during the John Lindsay administration. The collection consists of a small selection of records of Women in City Government United (WCGU) and a larger group of records of the Committee for Women in Non-traditional Jobs (CWNJ); Layzer played a leading role in both groups. The two organizations addressed a broad range of issues of importance to working women, including occupational choice, discrimination, availability of job training and health insurance problems. The collection includes attendance records, brochures, correspondence, flyers, fundraising plans, interviews, minutes, newsletters, clippings, press releases, photographs, reports, and surveys.
Seymour Posner (1925-1988) was a pro-labor New York State Assemblyman, who represented the 76th District in the Bronx. He was actively involved with the Workman's Compensation Board, in addition to the Workers Defense League, Inc. Posner was an admitted Socialist who joined the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee during the late 1970s. The papers and photos featured in Posner's collection mostly relate to his service as Assemblyman and his work with the Workman's Compensation Board.
Saul Mills was a union activist, PR representative and journalist born in New York in 1910. Between 1927 and 1936, Mills worked in varying capacities with a number of newspapers, including The New York Daily News, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, The Brooklyn Standard Unionand The City News Association. Mills' newspaper experience and his association with the noted newspaper columnist Heywood Broun gave rise to Mills' involvement in the labor movement. In 1934, he became a charter member of Broun's Newspaper Guild which led to Mills being dismissed from The Eagle. Between 1936 and 1940, Mills worked as a public relations representative for CIO and AFL affiliated unions and later went into private PR practice. The collection includes: Mills' personal correspondence, Greater New York CIO Council administrative records, photographs and ephemera that document various aspects of Mills' work and life.
NABET, Local 15 was organized in 1965 by television and film production craft workers. The union's increasing work on feature films in the 1970s caused an explosion in the membership rolls. Competition that developed in the late 1980s between the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and NABET led to the revocation of Local 15's charter in 1990. The Local's membership voted to join IATSE, and were then admitted to various IATSE locals. The records include the Local 15 charter and by-laws, correspondence of officers, minutes of meetings and conferences, various subject files and photographs.
Ladislaus F. Szeliga (1912-1991), better known as Stanley Postek, was a seaman, union organizer, volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, and prizefighter from Lowell, Massachusetts. Postek went to sea in the mid-1930s, and became an organizer for the International Seamen's Union of America. Along with other members of the union's rank and file, Postek broke to the National Maritime Union in 1937. Postek fought with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and served as a merchant seaman during World War II. During the Korean War, he was barred from maritime employment, because of his associations with the Communist Party. Once he regained his papers he sailed until retirement in 1966. Postek was also involved in the Marine Workers Historical Association. He died in San Diego in 1991. The collection includes diaries, photographs, clippings documenting labor activities, sailing paperwork, and union documents. The collection documents the wide range of activities Postek participated in throughout his life, with particular emphasis on his sailing and union activities and his continued interest in these areas after he retired. Information regarding Postek's activities in Spain are represented in the collections Stanley Postek Spanish Civil War Papers (ALBA.089) and Stanley Postek Photographs (ALBA.PHOTO.089), also available at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.
This collection contains the papers and photographs of Freda Casso, who was an elected leader and worker in the United Shoe Workers of America union in the 1930s-1950s. The collection holds photographs, contract agreements, materials related to union elections, correspondence, clippings, conference proceedings, and other materials.
Isaiah Minkoff served as Executive Secretary of the Jewish Labor Committee, Executive Director of the General Jewish Council, and the Executive Director of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC -- later NCRAC).. In addition to his responsibilities in organizational work, Minkoff continued contact with people around the world, many of whom he had assisted in the Holocaust and postwar years, and Russian-speaking socialists who had been the inspiration of his youth. While they are very incomplete, and mostly date from Minkoff's last three decades of public life, the papers include material that spans the whole range of his interests and accomplishments.
Burton Hall was an attorney in New York who set up practice in 1960 as a labor lawyer. He began by handling a union insurgency case which then led to others, so that his practice was almost entirely comprised of representing rank-and-file members suing to protect their democratic rights within their unions. The collection principally consists of legal case files, including affidavits, depositions, motions, District Court and appellate briefs, exhibits, appendices, transcripts and correspondence. The collection provides a wealth of information about the politics and culture of rank-and-file organizing.
Eleanore Collins (d. 1994) had a passionate concern for labor education, women's rights, and white-collar organizing. As a clerk with the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T), she joined the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Local 1150, and by the early 1950s she became a steward. In the CWA, Collins was active in organizing, upgrading clerical titles, and boosting the status and pay for female workers. She served as a union board member, convention delegate, education director, and finally president of the CWA, Local 1153 from 1981 to 1984. The collection includes correspondence, election materials, minutes, arbitration awards, clippings, and reports that reflect both Collins's duties as a CWA local officer and her personal political and community interests.
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LGLN was founded in New York City in 1987 to promote lesbian and gay rights in unions and labor solidarity in the gay community. Activities include the Coors Boycott Coalition, publishing Pride at Work, organizing lesbian and gay committees in unions, and resource referral, particularly regarding AIDS in the workplace and domestic partnership benefits. The collection consists mainly of research files collected by Miriam Frank and Desma Holcomb for their book, Pride at Work. Also included are the organizational files, petition files, LGLN Newsletter, DC 37 Committee, and the Lesbian and Gay Teachers Association newsletter.
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.
Moe Biller served as president of the New York Metro Area Postal Union (originally the Postal Union of Manhattan-Bronx Clerks) from 1959 to 1980. As local president, Biller led the New York City union through the hard-fought national postal strike of 1970. From 1980 until his retirement in 2001, Biller was president of the American Postal Workers Union. This collection is composed of selected APWU presidential files, documentation of an oral history project carried out by retirees of the New York Metro Area Postal Union in the late 1970s, as well as a selection of printed items, including photographs and protest materials, as well as numerous physical artifacts in the form of plaques and awards.
Maurice Forge (1902-1990) was a New York bus driver who became an organizer, news editor, and ultimately a vice president of the Transport Workers Union (TWU). In the late 1930s, Forge began organizing the TWU’s Airline Transport Division (ATD). A decade later, a union-wide effort to sever TWU ties with the Communist Party resulted in Forge’s expulsion from the TWU. The Maurice Forge Papers include materials from Forge’s TWU career, including union publicity materials, official correspondence, and transcripts of Forge’s TWU hearing and of the government deportation hearing of TWU official John Santo.
The National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund (NOW LDEF) is a women's rights advocacy group formed in the 1970s. In 1983, a small group of the support workers formed an organizing committee to seek union representation and chose to be represented by the National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320 (part of UAW District 65). Ultimately, the Legal Service Workers were unsuccessful in obtaining a contract. The Collection includes: correspondence, minutes of negotiating sessions, drafts of collective bargaining agreements, records and transcripts of the NLRB hearing over bargaining unit, and organizational records of Siobhan Cronin.
The Associated Actors and Artists of America was founded in 1919 as an umbrella organization composed of nine autonomous performing arts unions. The main purpose of the Four A's since its founding has been to represent the affiliates' common interests and to resolve jurisdictional problems. These records include the Four A's constitutions, correspondence, financial records and meeting minutes.
This collection contains the records of the Women's Trade Union League of New York, from its founding in 1903 to its fold in 1955. The collection contains minutes, correspondence, reports, publications, photographs, and other materials related to its work in organizing women's trade unions and lobbying for legislation for better conditions for workers. The collection also includes papers from the presidencies of Maud Swartz and Rose Schneiderman and the papers of special interest groups that members worked for, including the New York Conference for Unemployment Insurance Legislation, the New York Joint Committee for Ratification of the Child Labor Amendment, and the Campaign Committee against the Equal Rights Amendment.
Julius Bernstein (1919-1977) served for more than twenty-five years as a field representative of the Jewish Labor Committee based in Boston, but with responsibility for all of New England. A tireless advocate of civil rights, he served on the Massachusetts Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Human Rights and was appointed as a labor representative to the Boston Housing Authority (which he later served as Chairman) in 1968. An active member of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and the Socialist Party, Bernstein was also a member or officer of the Workmen's Circle, the American Veterans Committee, the Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union and many community-based organizations. The collection includes correspondence, reports, flyers, photographs, and clippings reflecting the range of Bernstein's interests and political involvements. Also included are four banners, and a variety of pennants and insignia. Of note are rare materials documenting housing, school desegregation and other political struggles in Boston.
James McNamara was an organizer and served in a number of staff positions for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in the 1950s and 1960s. He then went on to hold a variety of positions at the New York City and state levels in which he engaged in negotiations, enforcement and investigative activities in relation to the building trades and the construction industry. He worked on investigations for the New York State Organized Crime Task Force and the New York County District Attorney’s Office (Labor Racketeering Unit) before his retirement in 1992. The collection contains background material and legal files relating to investigations of the Carpenters, Mason Tenders, Painters, Plumbers, Service Employees (Local 32 B-J), Operating Engineers, Elevator Constructors and New York area Teamsters unions. Also included are files on jurisdictional matters relating to the Building Trades Employers Association and files on the investigation of Brian McLaughlin as president of the New York City Central Labor Council.
This collection contains the minutes, officers' papers, subject files and photographs files of the Bakery Confectionery and Tobacco Workers International Union, Local 3, including executive and grievance boards, general membership meetings as well as the papers of Presidents Frank Dutto, and Harry Lorber and Business Agent Michael Sandroff. Topics range from bargaining and arbitration to elections and anniversary dinners. There is information on specific bake shops from the small family-run shops to large corporate bakeries.
Teamsters for a Democratic Union was formed in the 1970s by rank-and-file members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to combat corruption in their union. The New York - New Jersey regional office of the TDU was established in 1987. Materials include administrative records of the TDU, materials related to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, records pertaining to Teamsters locals, records related to divisions within the union, individual grievances, legal records, correspondence, resource materials, and photographs.
Chartered by the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1935-1936, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) quickly became one of the “big three” CIO unions. Local 475 was chartered in June 1939 as a merger of three UE locals, all involved in organizing small manufacturing concerns. With the outbreak of WWII and the expansion of war-related manufacturing, Local 475’s organizing efforts were successful. Contracts were negotiated with 100 shops, most of them in Brooklyn, and the local grew to 20,000 members. The UE withdrew from the CIO under threat of expulsion in 1949, and in 1956 Local 475 entered the recently formed International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE), becoming Local 485. This collection includes minutes of the Stewards Council, Executive Board and general membership meetings of Local 485 and its predecessor Local 475; information on union elections, conventions, and financial reports; as well as materials pertaining to other locals and special events. The Local’s extensive bargaining and arbitration history is well represented. The collection also includes fifty photographs and a small amount of ephemera.
The Black Trade Unionists Leadership Committee grew out of a loose coalition of New York City African-American trade-unionists, formed during the 1968 teachers’ strike. In 1971 it became a committee of the New York City Central Labor Council, concerned with African-American affairs. The collection contains minutes, correspondence, subject files, and photographs.
Annette O'Flaherty was a trade-union activist and president of the CIO Women's League of New Jersey from the mid-1950s through the early 1960s. Her papers in this collection include constitutions, convention records, newsletters, and correspondence with leading labor and political figures in New Jersey, as well as general material documenting the history of women's role in the labor movement. Charles O’Flaherty was the eldest of three brothers who fought in Spain during the Spanish Civil War as volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Following his youngest brother Edward’s death in 1978, Charles acquired some of Edward’s writings on his experience in Spain. These writings, and Charles’s International Brigades identity card, are included in this collection. Twenty-four photographs are also included which document Annette O'Flaherty's work with the CIO Women's League of New Jersey, Abraham Lincoln Brigade veterans and the O'Flaherty family.
The collection contains minutes, general subject files, and detailed records of each of the Local's divisions and departments (most of them arranged alphabetically by name of hotel, restaurant or club). The division/department records contain considerable information on organizing, membership at each location, grievances, and working life in general in New York's hotels, restaurants and private clubs. Also included are files of the editor of the Local's newspaper and membership applications (see series description below).
The Stone Derrickmen and Riggers Association, Local 197 of New York, NY was granted its Charter by the International Association of Bridge, Structural , Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers on September 16, 1916. The collection consists of financial and annual reports, publications, correspondence, meeting minutes, contracts and photographs of Local 197. Reproductions of the founding Charter of Local 197 as well as early editions of the Bridgeman and Ironworkers magazine are also included. Approximately forty-five black and white photographs document construction projects throughout New York City from 1902 until the early 1990s.
Ted H. Jacobsen is a teacher and labor activist from New York City, who served as the Secretary of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO until 2007. A member of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the New York City Central Labor Council, and numerous other labor organizations in the city, Jacobsen represented nearly 400 affiliated local unions comprised of the city's working men and women. This collection documents his career and activism and consists of memoranda, correspondence, ephemera, photographs, and statistical reports concerning various aspects of labor relations in New York City, including individual unions, coalition groups, labor legislation, and political developments in New York. The collection also contains subject files documenting Jacobsen's involvement in numerous labor-related organizations in the city, including the New York City Central Labor Council and the United Federation of Teachers.
Founded in 1934, the Jewish Labor Committee (JLC) originated in an effort to link the forces of Jewish unions and other labor and Jewish fraternal organizations in the fight against fascism. In an immediate response to the successful organization of the JLC in New York, a Chicago chapter was established. The collection of records and photographs from the Chicago JLC provides limited but pertinent documentation of the Committee's activity from the early 1950s until the 1990s.
John Francis O'Donnell (1907-1993) was a New York City labor lawyer for 55 years. Over the course of his career, O'Donnell achieved many victories for transit and postal workers. The bulk of O'Donnell's papers relate to his work as general counsel for the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU), though his work with the American Postal Workers Union and various other unions also comprises a significant portion of the collection. O'Donnell's daughter, Eileen Ginn, used his papers when researching for her biography on O'Donnell, and some of her correspondence and research files, including a number of oral histories she conducted, are present in the collection.
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, Local 2 represented workers in the plumbing industry in Manhattan and the Bronx from the late 19th century until the late 1990s. This collection contains documents and photographs relating to the union's activities from the mid-1940s through early 1990s. The bulk of the collection is from after 1970. Materials include legal briefs, correspondence, administrative files, education materials, and photographs.
Bertram Powers served as the President of the International Typographical Union's (ITU) Local 6 from 1961 to 1990. In December 1962, he called the first New York strike in the history of the ITU which targeted major dailies such as the New York Times, Journal-American and the Daily News. The strike ended in April 1963, thanks to a settlement hammered out by New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. In 1973, Powers negotiated a new contract which guaranteed lifetime employment for printers in exchange for allowing their jobs to be phased out by automation. Local 6 suffered a drastic decline in membership as automation took over and in 1987 merged with the Communications Workers of America. Powers retired in 1990 and died in December 2006. The collection contains appointment books, clippings relating to ITU negotiations and strikes, correspondence, election materials, personal documents and biographical information. The collection also contains photographs of Powers and ITU strikes.
Patrick Knight served as president of the Social Service Employees Union (SSEU), Local 371, from 1974 to 1976. The union primarily represents New York City workers in the social service professions. The collection contains files related to the activities of the Social Service Employees Union (SSEU), Local 371, primarily during the 1970s. A large potion of the papers focus on Local 371's legislative advocacy and its support of Local 420's Health and Hospitals Corporation strike.
Gary Stevenson served as an organizer and business agent for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), Local 810, from 1977 to 1987. Local 810 represents laborers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania who work in a variety of occupations, including truck drivers, metal and machine shop workers, and lab and manufacturing technicians. The collection contains files related to the organizing efforts and other activities of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) from the 1960s to the 1990s.
The United Office and Professional Workers of America (UOPWA), a union of private sector clerical workers, was formed in 1937 by the merger of 23 white collar unions. UOPWA, whose membership was largely female, had some organizing successes in the 1930s and 1940s, in sectors of the workplace few of which had any history of unionization, including the office staffs of a variety of small manufacturers, the insurance industry, banks and finance, and the direct-mail industry. It reached an apex in 1948 of 75,000 members in more than 100 locals in cities throughout the United States (though it was strongest in the New York City area), but internal disputes and political pressures brought about its demise by 1954. This collection contains materials (much of it from UOPWA’s predecessor unions, including the American Federation of Labor's's Office Workers Union, and Bookkeepers, Stenographers, and Accountants Union) that include bulletins, newsletters, clippings, draft constitutions, board minutes, and national convention materials, as well as other organizational materials and photographs.
Frank Karl was president of Albany, New York Local 1151 of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) from 1958 to 1990. He served on the union’s national bargaining committee, and helped establish several key programs in labor-management relations, work safety, and counseling and support services. The collection is comprised for the most part of CWA records, including bargaining files, agreements, contracts, annual reports, committee updates, correspondence, and training material. Also included are some of Karl’s academic papers, including his Master’s thesis on the history of collective bargaining between the CWA and AT&T.
Frank Herbst was a union leader who worked for the State, County and Municipal Workers Union Local 1 as a manager and business agent in the 1940's and 1950's. Under Herbst the Local achieved gains in wages, working conditions, staff promotions and grievance procedures. Herbst was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee as Local 1 came under McCarthyite criticism. In 1952 Herbst had to leave Local 1 in order for the union to maintain official recognition and continue its representation of the workers. The local eventually merged with Teamsters Local 237. The collection contains Herbst's HUAC testimony, as well as statements and fliers from Teamsters Local 237. Photocopies of three scrapbooks Herbst kept though the 1940s and 1950s contain information on Herbst, Local 1 and anticommunism. Materials pertaining the "Pillar of Labor" tribute to Herbst include biographical information and a compilation of Herbst's columns for Local 1's newsletter, the Welfare Reporter. Approxmiately fifteen black and white photographs document Herbst's student organizing, wartime service and United Public Workers conventions and meetings.
This collection contains a scrapbook and images of Theodore Zittel (1903-1950), a labor publicity director. The bulk of the collection is from the 1940s and documents the strike against the Brass Rail restaurant.
The New York Hard Hat News is a quarterly newspaper for construction workers in the New York metropolitan area that covers topics of concern to workers in the building trades, with a strong emphasis on efforts to both increase union democracy as well as combat corruption. The collection contains materials collected in order to prepare and print the paper, including clippings, subject files and administrative files.
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