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AFT Local 3605: Western Wisconsin Technical Institute Records

Identifier: LR001417

Scope and Content

The papers of Local 3605 reflect the activities of the pre-chartered Faculty Senate, the organizational attempts at unionization and the eventual affiliation with the WFT. Some of the files are incomplete or sporadic. Yet, other files reflect the day to day communications between union and institution.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Union organizaton, 1973-1976 State and Federal Statutes in regard to arbitration Formulation of a Local Constitution

Series Description: Series I AFT, WFT, WWTI/Local 3605, 1972-1989: Correspondence, convention material, workshops, budgets, legislation and other related materials relating to these three main organizations. Extensive union organizing material.

Series II, WWTI/Local 3605 Arbitration and grievance cases, 1973-1987: Correspondence, memorandums, personal notes, legal documents, arbitration proceedings and decisions.

Key to Abbreviations: AAA American Arbitration Association AFT American Federation of Teachers CFI California Federation of Teachers IFT Illinois Federation of Teachers ULI Union Leadership Institute VTAE Vocational Training, Advanced Education WTU Washington Teachers Union WWTI Western Wisconsin Technical Institute WWTIFT Western Wisconsin Technical Institute Federation of Teachers


  • 1972 - 1989


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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.


Local 3605 of the Wisconsin Federation of Teachers (WFT) was not chartered until 1976. Before that time, a loose unchartered group called the Western Wisconsin Faculty Senate handled negotiations with its employer, the Western Wisconsin Technical Institut,located in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Due to an increase in unsettled matters between the faculty and administration of the Western Wisconsin Technical Institute (WWTI), the faculty and staff of the WWTI decided to seek affiliation with a teacher's union. Through the process of surveys, straw votes and solicitations by various unions in the state of Wisconsin, the WWTI faculty and staff eventually voted to align themselves with the Wisconsin Federation of Teachers. After two elections, a union was established and Local 3605 was chartered with the WFT in May of 1976. The new title of the unionized faculty and staff was formally recognized as the WWTI Faculty Federation. The bulk of this collection was organized bv the Local secretary. Diane Cunningham. She was not only the recording secretary of the Local but also chairman of the Grievance Committee of Local 3605. Eventually, as indicated in the collection, she advanced to the vice presidency of the WFT. Local 3605 represented a small group of people. Records indicate that it served about 260 faculty and staff members at the WWTI and also a satellite school called Riverside, which is also located in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.


5.5 Linear Feet (11 MB)


The collection contains information on collective bargaining and arbitration for college faculty, education in Wisconsin and issues facing vocational and adult education.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-7), and Series 2 (Box 8-11). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of materials.


The papers of the WFT/AFT: Local 3605 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in October of 1989 by the Local secretary.

Related Materials

AFT collections


Approximately 24 photographs relating to a WWTI/Local 3605 sponsored "Pride Day" event held in 1986. Also, a WFT newsletter entitled The Professional, also not complete, covers the range of WFT activities and issues dating from 1973-1988.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library on May 1, 1992.
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