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Local 31-M and 517 Merger Discussions, 2000-2001

 File — Box: 17, Folder: 12
The Local 31-M Records document former (from 1984-2001) President Victoria (Vicki) Cook’s (Vicki Cook Bumbaugh) and the Local’s involvement in politics at the local, state, and national levels, member affairs, and interaction with management and Michigan state offices and departments, primarily from the mid-1970s through the Local’s amalgamation into Local 517-M in 2002. The materials include correspondence, minutes, legal documents, requests for proposals, clippings, notes, and photographic materials.

These materials feature many acronyms, including:

BO Brach Office BWCC Bureau of Workers’ Unemployment Compensation CAPP Classification Alliance Pilot Project CIS Consumer Industry Services CS Civil Service ES Employment Service MCSE Michigan Civil Service Employees MESC Michigan Employment Security Commission MESA Michigan State Employees Association MUA Michigan Unemployment Agency RIC Remote Initial Claims RICC Remote Initial Claims Centers SMSC SEIU Michigan State Council UA Unemployment Agency UI Unemployment Insurance

Important Subjects: Collective bargaining – Government employees Collective labor agreements – Government employees – United States Labor unions – Mergers Labor unions – Organizing Labor unions – Records and correspondence Public employees Service Employees International Union Women in the labor movement

Important Names: Bonior, David Cook, Victoria Cordtz, Richard Sweeney, John

Series Description:

Series 1: Victoria Cook Records, 1976-2003 Materials created or retained by former Local 31-M President Victoria Cook (Vicki Cook Bumbaugh), who served in this capacity from January 11, 1984 until the Local’s amalgamation into Local 517-M in 2002. These records document the legal disputes that arose when Cook first assumed office; her involvement with the International, including IEB minutes, correspondence with John Sweeney and Richard Cordtz, and the Committee on the Future; Central States Conference; Local audits; Council 35; SMSC; politics (particularly the 2000 David Bonior campaign); healthcare; CAPP; ES; and the merger with Local 517-M.

Series 2: Local 31-M Records, 1960-2005 Materials generated or retained by Local 31-M including bargaining agreements; correspondence with stewards, Executive Board members, and MESC management; the reorganization with MESC; MUA / RIC; Civil Service; Michigan Works!; MESC; and branch offices.

Series 3: Audiovisual, 1960-2002 Primarily photographic prints and negatives featuring union members and staff, as well as some videotapes, floppy disks, DVDs, and campaign ephemera.


  • 1976-2003

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 38 Linear Feet (38 SB)


Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA