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AFSCME v. Washington State Equal Pay Case Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH002242
Collection consists of 28 video recordings of 16 interviews with 18 persons involved with the AFSCME v. Washington State Equal Pay Case, including politicians, judges and lawyers, AFSCME Council 28 representatives, national AFSCME officials, lobbyists and activists with allied groups, and plaintiffs from among AFSCME rank and file membership. Some interviews span multiple tapes.
Interviews were conducted with the following 18 participants: George Booth (Governor of Washington); Mark Brown (director, political action/legislation/public affairs, Washington Federation of State Employees); James Dolliver (Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice and aide to former Governor Dan Evans); Larry Goodman (Interviewed twice. Director of personnel boards, Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28); Peggy Holmes, Louise Peterson, and Terri Emerson (Interviewed together. Plaintiffs in the case. Holmes was Secretary IV with Central Washington University. Peterson was a nurse, Western State Hospital. Emerson was a supply control technician at Interlake School); Eleanor Lee (Washington State Senator); Jim McDermott (state senator and chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee); George Masten (AFSCME International Vice President and former executive director of Washington Federation of State Employees); Gary Moore (executive director, Washington Federation of State Employees); Norm Schut (former executive director, Washington Federation of State Employees); Gail Spaeth and Willie Mae Willis (Interivewed together. Plaintiffs in the case. Spaeth was an administrative secretary with the State Department of Game. Willis was a food service worker at the University of Washington); Pat Thibaudeau (lobbyist with Washington Women United, an umbrella organization of women's groups); Norman Willis (president of Norman D. Willis and Associates, the consulting firm that did the original pay equity study); Ed Younglove (counsel to Washington Federation of State Employees in the Washington State case); Helen Castrilli.

Dates

  • 1986-01 - 1987-07

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

Permission to publish or quote must be obtained from the interviewee or interviewee heirs or assigns.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet : (28 VHS videotapes)

Abstract

From 1986 to 1987, AFSCME Assistant Director of Public Affairs Amy Mayers conducted an oral history project capturing memories of those involved with a federal pay equity lawsuit waged by AFSCME Council 28, which represents Washington state employees, against the state of Washingtion between 1982 and 1985. The lawsuit was one of many pay equity cases being fought nationally around this time. Collection consists of 28 video recordings of 16 interviews with 18 persons involved with the AFSCME v. Washington State Equal Pay Case, including politicians, judges and lawyers, AFSCME Council 28 representatives, national AFSCME officials, lobbyists and activists with allied groups, and plaintiffs from among AFSCME rank and file membership.

History

From 1986 to 1987, AFSCME Assistant Director of Public Affairs Amy Mayers conducted an oral history project capturing memories of those involved with a federal pay equity lawsuit waged by AFSCME Council 28, which represents Washington state employees, against the state of Washingtion between 1982 and 1985. The lawsuit was one of many pay equity cases being fought nationally around this time. It had its roots in a 1973 report produced by AFSCME Council 28 showing that jobs typically held by women were compensated at much lower rates than jobs typically held by men. The case was settled out of court in late 1985, with millions of dollars in back pay awarded to the plaintiffs and implentations of salary raises for female-dominated jobs.

Custodial History

The original name for the project and collection was "AFSCME v. Washington State Equal Pay Case Oral History Project."

Acquisition

Deposited by Amy Mayers, AFSCME, in installments between October 1986 and March 1987.

Processing History

Processed by Stefanie Caloia and Rebecca Bizonet. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on May 10, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the AFSCME v. Washington State Equal Pay Case Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-05-10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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