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SEIU International Vice-Presidents Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001542_IVP
Several Vice-Presidents have files in this collection. The key figures include David Sullivan, Thomas Shortman, George Hardy, and John J. Sweeney. The collection shows their involvement in Union affairs over the span of their careers. The collection also contains Presidential correspondence, much from William L. McFetridge. In addition, many individuals who rose to prominence in the Union from the Local level are represented in these papers including George E. Fairchild, Albert Hearn, Peter Ottley, John Sorbie, Richard W. Cordtz, Arthur Harckham, Anthony G. Weinlein, Aime Gohier, Henry F. Chartier, Irving Kurash, Edward T. Sullivan, Rosemary Trump, William Stodghill, Walter J. Butler, and John Kraemer.

Important subjects in the collection include: Canada Elections Financial issues Florida Jurisdictional Disputes Marina City Mergers of Locals Negotiations Nursing home organizing Organizing Racing Security guard organizing Trusteeships

Important correspondents in the collection include: Walter J. Butler Nicholas Caprio Richard W. Cordtz George E. Fairchild Paul J. Godaire Aime Gohier George Hardy John Kraemer Peter Ottley William Platow Thomas Shortman David Sullivan Anthony G. Weinlein

Series Description: Series I: Subject Files, 1954-1981 These files cover a range of topics, including SEIU in Canada and the possibility of Canadian secession, organizing efforts in Florida, racing, and the Marina City project.

Series II: Local Union Files, 1938-1981 Almost every folder contains correspondence (abbreviated as corres.). Correspondence is listed on the folder title only when the majority of the material in the folder is unrelated correspondence.

Dates

  • 1938 - 1981

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. 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.

Extent

9.5 Linear Feet (19 MB)

Abstract

Although the SEIU Vice-Presidents worked for the International, they were based in their own Locals and they handled their Vice-Presidential duties in addition to their Local duties. The Vice-Presidents collection is composed of files which chronicle the involvement of certain Vice-Presidents of the International in the operation of the Locals, including David Sullivan, Thomas Shortman, George Hardy, and John J. Sweeney. The collection also contains Presidential correspondence, much from William L. McFetridge.

History

The Vice-Presidents collection is composed of files which chronicle the involvement of certain Vice-Presidents of the International in the operation of the Locals. Although the Vice-Presidents were working for the International, they were based in their own Locals and they handled their Vice-Presidential duties in addition to their Local duties. Thus, these men did “double duty” working in their Locals and for the International. Their involvement in Locals other than their own as Vice-Presidents took several forms: gathering materials from various Locals on a common topic with which the Locals were concerned (such as racing), acting as Trustee for a Local, mediating disputes between Locals, or interceding on behalf of a Local if issues arose with an outside Union.

Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-5), and Series 2 (Boxes 5-19). Folders in series 1 are arranged alphabetically (within each folder, materials are arranged chronologically) and folders in series 2 is arranged by Local (each folder lists the subject and/or type of material within, which is arranged chronologically).

Acquisition

SEIU (Service Employees International Union) placed the International Vice-Presidents collection in the Library of Labor and Urban Affairs in February, 1994.

Related Materials

SEIU Collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Louis Jones in August 1996.
Title
Guide to the SEIU International Vice-Presidents Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Louis Jones.
Date
1996-08
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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