Found in 60 Collections and/or Records:
Abstract Mostly correspondence, drafts of publications, and minutes and reports. The Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups was established in 1945 to encourage and assist public libraries to develop specialized services useful to labor. Throughout its history, the Committee has received support from the American Library Association, the AFL, the CIO, and the AFL-CIO. Subjects relate to labor education. Correspondents include Frank Henson, Myles Horton, and Brownie Lee Jones.
Abstract A member of the Detroit and Wayne County Federation of Labor, and later the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Joseph Basso founded the City and County Public Service Employees Association, which later became the Public Employees Union. Active in community affairs and Democratic politics, Mr. Basso conducted campaigns for Frank Murphy and George Murphy, and also worked in civil defense during World Ward II. His papers reflect his involvement in the careers of...
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 13
Abstract Wayne State University Professor of History Philip Mason interviewed labor economist and activist Katherine Pollak Ellickson in 1975. Collection consists of interview recordings and transcript, in which she explains the inventory of the papers that she donated to Wayne State University. Topics covered include the women's rights movement and the labor movement, particularly within the AFL-CIO. Also covered is the AFL-CIO merger.
Abstract Katherine Pollak was active in workers' education from 1927-1934. She worked at the CIO national office from 1935-1937 as an assistant to the director. Her papers include original notes and minutes of the earliest CIO meetings. She returned to the CIO national office from 1942-55 as Associate Director of Research, she focused on Social Security, manpower, farm labor and women and children. At the AFL-CIO national office (1955-61), she was assistant director of the Social Security Department and...
Abstract This collection contains the papers of former AFSCME Local 3327 President Martin Lahr and focuses on his time as Chair of AFSCME Council 75 Sister Union Committee and Coordinator of the National STISSS Support Committee. This collection documents the early stages of AFSCME Council 75’s relationship with STISSS and also includes material from other organizations that document Worker and Human Rights efforts in Central America and El Salvador.
Abstract Subjects include: civil rights; Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; political education; Detroit government and politics; Detroit Federation of Labor; school desegregation; health and hospital services; Histadrut; labor education; Wayne County government
Abstract Reference files consisting primarily of clippings and some press releases, biographical material, voting records, correspondence, legislative records, and notes on individuals, unions, organizations, Michigan state departments and agencies, topics of current interest, and elected and appointed local, state, and national officials. The materials were collected by the Lansing office of the Michigan CIO Council and Michigan AFL-CIO. Topics include Bricker Amendment, Michigan state budgets, Albert...
Abstract Material consists of the files of the Michigan CIO Council prior to its merger with the Michigan Federation of Labor in 1958, as well as the work of the secretary-treasurer's office during the later administrations of William Marshall, Walter Campbell, and George Watts. Includes general office files of Michigan CIO Council presidents John Gibson and August Scholle (1943-54); Michigan CIO secretary-treasurers John Gibson, Ben Probe, and Barney Hopkins (1939-54); the files of Tom Downs relating...
Abstract Subjects include: AFSCME; Allied Industrial Workers; civil rights; CETA; Communications Workers of America; political education; Histadrut; Michigan Democratic Party; Michigan elections; Michigan AFL-CIO; transportation; UAW; United Way
Abstract Vincent R. Sombrotto was elected the 16th president of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in 1978, serving nearly 24 years until his retirement in December 2002. Bolstered by the rank and file movement in the early 1970s, Sombrotto was overwhelmingly elected president following the adoption of reforms he advocated to make the union leadership more responsive to its members. His accomplishments included wage increases, improving working conditions, passing reform of the Hatch...
Abstract OPEIU was chartered by the American Federation of Labor in 1945, and from its inception, involved itself exclusively with the field of office employment, as a separate entity from industrial employment. Local 10 grew out of the Stenographers, Typists, Bookkeepers, and Assistants Union which was established in 1929. The records of OPEIU Local 10 reflect the organizing work of the local with many organizations in the metropolitan Detroit area.
Abstract Olive R. Beasley led a career devoted to improving human and civil rights for minority groups. She served as secretary and later as executive director of the Michigan Committee on Civil Rights and was a member of the Fair Employment Practices Commission. She continued to serve its successor, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission as executive director of the Flint office. She also held numerous posts in labor and community organizations in Detroit and Flint including president of AFSCME Local 52,...
Abstract Peter Eckstein has been involved with labor unions in the state of Michigan since the 1960s. Eckstein served as the research director for Michigan UAW-CAP; executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Jobs and Economic Development, where he drafted several important pieces of worker’s compensation legislation; and finally as research director of the Michigan AFL-CIO. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics and earned his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard. Mr....
Abstract Philip Van Gelder was a career labor union organizer, working in that capacity for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, International Association of Machinists, the CIO (later AFL-CIO), and the United Electrical Workers (UE). He was involved, until his death in 1999, in progressive politics and social welfare activities, belonging to the Socialist Party in Philadelphia, for which he worked a number of years. His papers reflect his...
Abstract Labor historian Philip Taft authored various books on economics and labor history, including The History of Labor in the U.S. 1896-1932, which he co-authored with Selig Perlman, and was a founding editor of the journal, Labor History. An early member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Mr. Taft served on the IWW Organization Committee. Mr. Taft’s papers concern his research on the labor movement, particularly regarding the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial...
Abstract Material from Mr. Dingwell, who served with the Michigan AFL-CIO Council and as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives (1964-66). Subjects include campaigns for state representative (1954-68); industrial safety legislation (1964-65); labor problems (1964-65); and workmen's compensation legislation (1964-65). Correspondents include Basil W. Brown, Frank Kelley, August Scholle, Donald Stevens, Robert Vander Laan, Nat Weinberg, G. Mennen Williams, and Myra Wolfgang.
Abstract Files from the Saginaw (Michigan) Federation of Labor. Included are minutes for 1926-41, and minutes of an affiliated body, Carpenters Local 334 for 1917-38. Other items include miscellaneous correspondence, financial statements, and membership applications.
Abstract Sam Fishman was born January 24, 1924 and spent the majority of his adult life involved with the labor movement in Michigan. He was originally an assembler and machinist for the Ford Motor Company and eventually became an official in UAW Local 400. He later was elected Vice-President of UAW Local 99 and then President of UAW Local 36 at the Ford Assembly Plant. Fishman would go on to serve as head of the UAW Community Action Program (CAP) for 12 years until his election as president of the...
Abstract The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was founded in 1921 as a union of flat janitors. Over the years it has grown in size and scope, and now comprises three divisions: healthcare, property services, and public services. The records of SEIU’s Communications Department document the International’s mass mailings from 1974 through 1987. Included in the collection are (predominately) monthly summaries listing all the mass mailings sent by the International (with the exceptions of June...
Abstract For many, John Sweeney is known as the now former head of the AFL-CIO, a position from which he retired in 2009 after 14 years of service. For most of the previous 35 years, though, he was a member turned officer of the Service Employees International Union, having served 15 of those years as its President. The SEIU Executive Office: John Sweeney Records document his tenure during these 15 years, although portions of these records predate his tenure in that office. The records...
Abstract The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was founded in 1921 as a union of flat janitors. Over the years it has grown in size and scope, now comprising three divisions: healthcare, property services, and public services. The Healthcare Division Records primarily detail various aspects of Hospital and Healthcare Workers Union Local 250’s trusteeship and transition back to self-governance from 1986 through 1989. Additional subjects covered are the 1986 Healthcare Division Conference, and...
Abstract The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was founded in 1921 as a union of flat janitors. Over the years it has grown in size and scope, now comprising three divisions: healthcare, property services, and public services. While most of SEIU’s members reside in the United States, the SEIU is an international union with members and affiliates in countries all over the world. The records of SEIU’s International Affairs Department document the SEIU’s relationships with companies, unions,...
Abstract The 1980s was a difficult time for American Labor. The American economy was in recession and national politics were not hospitable to organized labor. Yet, SEIU grew by 500,000 members. By 1992, SEIU reached the million-member mark. The membership achievements of SEIU can be largely credited to the efforts of its Organizing Department. The primary responsibility of the SEIU Organizing Department was to organize the unorganized. The SEIU Organizing Department sought to gain new membership for...
Abstract Richard Cordtz’s affiliation with SEIU spanned nearly 50 years, beginning in the late 1940s as a member of Local 102 while he worked at the Del Mar Racetrack, and ending in 1996 as President of the International. During his journey from member to president, Cordtz held a variety of positions within SEIU including union organizer, Local 79 President, Joint Council 35 President, Central States Conference President, and Secretary-Treasurer of the International. Cordtz was also active in the...