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SEIU District 925 Legacy Project Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH002073
Interviewees discuss such topics as their involvement in 9to5 and District 925; the aims, work, and legacy of the two organizations; interviewee backgrounds and family life; entry into and experiences in the workforce, the labor movement, and social activism; work to bring women’s issues to the fore in the labor movement; the impact of the popular film,
Interviews were conducted with the following 48 participants: Ray Abernathy and Denise Mitchell (interviewed together); Heather Tobis Booth; Ellen Bravo; Joe Buckley; Anna Burger; Ellen Cassedy; Ellen Cassedy, Karen Nussbaum, and Debbie Schneider (interviewed together); Sue Chase; Cindy Cole; Anne Conway; Kim Cook; Neal Culver; Maria DeLise; Rene DeVine; Jane Fonda; Dely Gasataya; Andrea Gundersen; Jacqueline Harris; Tom Hayden; Anne Hill; Tom Hoffman; Bonnie Ladin; Doreen Levasseur; Valarie Long; Pam MacEwan; Judith McCullogh; Karen Nussbaum; Geri Palast; Barbara Rahke; Linda Roberts; Jacquelynn “Jackie” Ruff; Vicki Saporta; Cheryl Schaffer; Debbie Schneider; Carolyn Schwier; Janet Selcer; Carol Sims; Cinthia Sledz; Gloria Steinem; Andy Stern; John Sweeney; Evelyn Thorpe; Peggy Torzewski; Gilda Turner; Robert Welsh and Jonathan Hiatt (interviewed together); Helen Williams; and Deborah Young.

Dates

  • 2005-01-25 - 2007-03-09

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.

Extent

1.75 Linear Feet ((2 MB, 1 OS). ) : Consists of 47 printed transcripts and 65 audiocassettes.

44.3 Megabytes ((47 files). ) : Consists of PDFs.

Abstract

The SEIU District 925 Legacy Project, conducted 2005-2007, aimed through a series of oral history interviews to chronicle the organization’s 20-year history (1981-2001) and provide insight into the relationship between the women’s movement and organized labor, during a time of great social and technological change. The project gathered interviews from women, and some men, involved in the founding and growth of District 925 and its efforts, with the association 9to5, National Association of Working Women, to organize office workers; raise community consciousness about the issues facing women clerical workers; legitimize as union issues such "women's issues" as pay inequity, family and medical leave, and sexual harrassment; and foster women's leadership roles nationally within labor movement. Notable among the interviewees are union leaders Karen Nussbaum (founder of 9to5 and first president of District 925), Debbie Schneider, Kim Cook, Bonnie Ladin, Anne Hill, and Ellen Cassedy, and labor activists Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, and Tom Hayden. Recordings and transcripts exist for each of the 47 interviews.

History

The SEIU District 925 Legacy Project, conducted 2005-2007, aimed through a series of oral history interviews to chronicle the organization’s 20-year history (1981-2001) and provide insight into the relationship between the women’s movement and organized labor, during a time of great social and technological change. Karen Nussbaum, Debbie Schneider, and Kim Cook comprised the 925 Legacy Project Committee, and the interviews were conducted by Ann Froines and Stacey Heath. The project gathered interviews from women, and some men, involved in the founding and growth of District 925 and its efforts, with the association 9to5, National Association of Working Women, to organize office workers; raise community consciousness about the issues facing women clerical workers; legitimize as union issues such "women's issues" as pay inequity, family and medical leave, and sexual harrassment; and foster women's leadership roles nationally within labor movement.

Arrangement

Transcripts are arranged by interview number, which corresponds to alphabetical arrangement by interviewee last name. Tapes are arranged alphabetically by last name.

Custodial History

A former name of the project and the collection was "SEIU District 925 Legacy Project."

Acquisition

Deposited by Karen Nussbaum, Deborah Schneider, Kim Cook, and SEIU in June and August 2009.

Other Copies

Transcripts were digitized and are available on the Reuther Library website.

Related Materials

SEIU District 925 Records

Processing History

Processed by Alexandra Orchard. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on May 25, 2016. Inventory created by Ciera Casteel on March 20, 2019.

Creator

Title
Guide to the SEIU District 925 Legacy Project Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Alexandra Orchard. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-05-25
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.

Revision Statements

  • March 20, 2019: Inventory added and folders and tapes numbered by Ciera Casteel.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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