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SEIU Secretary-Treasurer's Office: Constitutions and By-Laws Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001542_Bylaws

Scope and Content

Constitutions and related material comprise the bulk of this collection, although series two also contains material not limited to constitutions and by-laws.

Important Correspondents: Asher, Lester Benenson, Aaron Carmell, Daniel D. Collins, Walter Cooper, William Cordtz, Richard Fairchild, George Geffner, Leo Israelson, Harold Manning, James J. P. Streit, Arnold R. Weinlein, Anthony

Important Subjects: Labor lawyers Labor union democracy Labor union locals Labor unions – Rules and practice

Series Description: Series I, Local Constitutions, circa 1920s-2002: Constitutions, amendments thereto and correspondence

Series II, Joint and State Councils, and Regional Conferences, 1942-1983: Constitutions, amendments thereto, correspondence, reports, convention material, charter applications, officer rosters, membership stats and lists of affiliated locals.

Dates

  • 1920 - 2002
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1985

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: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

History

SEIU has been a continuously running international union since 1921, although it has its roots almost two decades before. In its early years, it was the Chicago-based Building Service Employees International Union, an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), and largely organized what was then called flat janitors. Eventually, it grew to include hundreds of locals and various other affiliates throughout North America and came to organize workers in dozens of service-related fields. In 1968 it changed its name to the Service Employees International Union, reflecting its expansion into areas outside of buildings. Non professional employees working in private and public institutions employed as clericals, technicians, janitors and maintenance workers, healthcare workers, guards, doormen, and attendants of stadiums, entertainment and recreation facilities, are just a few of the venues and fields in which this union continues to organize.

Extent

30 Linear Feet (30 SB)

Abstract

The Service Employees International Union was established in 1921 as the Chicago-based Building Service Employees International Union, an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), and largely organized what were then called flat janitors. Eventually, it grew to include non-professional employees working in private and public institutions employed as clerical workers, technicians, janitors and maintenance workers, health care workers, guards, doormen, and attendants of stadiums, entertainment and recreation facilities, just to name a few. In 1968, it changed its name to reflect the expansion. The bulk of this collection is comprised of constitutions and related material.

Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-28), and Series 2 (Boxes 29-30). Folders are arranged numerically by local or joint council, dependent upon series.

Acquisition

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) placed the constitutions and by-laws of its affiliates (i.e., mostly locals) and related material in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in September, 1997.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Louis Jones in June 2004.
Title
Guide to the SEIU Secretary-Treasurer's Office: Constitutions and By-Laws Records
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Louis Jones.
Date
2004-06
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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