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AFSCME International Executive Board (I.E.B.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001991
This collection includes minutes, agendas, and transcripts of the meetings of the International Executive Board of AFSCME from 1935 to 1999. Reports presented to the I.E.B. from various entities and offices like the Office of the President and the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer also appear in the collection. Correspondence on planning the meetings and on various issues that Locals and Councils brought before the IEB appears as well. Resolutions, budgets, judicial panel hearing reports, and other miscellaneous material related to individual IEB meetings also appear in the collection.

Dates

  • 1935 - 2003

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

25.25 Linear Feet (24 SB, 3 MB)

Abstract

The International Executive Board (IEB) is the top level legislative and policy-making body within AFSCME, except when the convention is in session. The IEB is responsible for interpreting the union’s constitution. The records of the IEB are maintained by the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer. Materials in this collection were pulled together from various shipments from the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer to make a comprehensive record of the proceedings of the AFSCME IEB. Some IEB-related information can still be found in the Secretary-Treasurer’s records.

This collection includes minutes, agendas, and transcripts of the meetings of the International Executive Board of AFSCME from 1935 to 1993. Reports presented to the IEB from various entities and offices like the Office of the President and the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer also appear in the collection. Correspondence on planning the meetings and on various issues that Locals and Councils brought before the IEB appears as well. Resolutions, budgets, judicial panel hearing reports, and other miscellaneous material related to individual IEB meetings also appear in the collection. Materials are arranged chronologically, and are grouped by convention location and date.

History

The International Executive Board (I.E.B.) is the top level legislative and policy-making body within AFSCME, except when the convention is in session. It is responsible for interpreting the union’s constitution. The International Executive Board’s decisions are binding, taking full effect unless or until contravened by the convention. The I.E.B. holds legislative and policy making authority equal to that of the full convention, excluding the power to amend the constitution and power to act as final authority on legislative appeals. The International Board membership is comprised of the President, who serves as Chairperson, the Vice Presidents, and the Secretary-Treasurer. The constitution requires the I.E.B. to hold at least four general meetings per year, including the requirement to meet immediately before and after biennial conventions. At each regular convention, the I.E.B. reports to the delegates on Board activities since the last convention. It may also make recommendations regarding any proposal to amend the constitution. Meetings can be held on the call of the President or a majority of board members. For a specific purpose or purposes, the International Board may call a special convention at any time. All yearly budgetary figures are subject to review and revision by the board. There are four I.E.B. Committees. The Executive Committee is composed of five members of the Board, including the Chairperson and Secretary-Treasurer. It has power to act on all matters, subject to approval at the next I.E.B. meeting. The Finance Committee has the authority to invest Federation funds in government securities, subject to prior approval by the full Board itself. The PEOPLE Committee is the political arm of AFSCME. It makes decisions regarding legislation and collective bargaining standards. The Committee on Organization is created by the International Board from general membership. Its purpose is to review specific areas of policies and practices of the Federation, and to make recommendations to the International Board. AFSCME International Executive Board (I.E.B.) AFSCME has had only three International Presidents in its history: Arnold Zander, President from 1935 to 1964, Jerry Wurf, President from 1964 until his death in 1981, and Gerald McEntee, whose presidency began in 1981. The records of the I.E.B. are maintained by the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer. Materials in this collection were pulled together from various shipments from the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer to make a comprehensive record of the proceedings of the AFSCME I.E.B. Some IEB-related information can still be found in the Secretary-Treasurer’s records.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged chronologically, and are grouped by meeting location and date. The heading “proceedings” refers to various reports and documents presented to each board member at a particular meeting, often in 'book' format. These include the President’s Report, Secretary-Treasurer’s Report, hearings, statements, resolutions, correspondence, reports, and communications related to the I.E.B.

Acquisition

The records of AFSCME International Executive Board were placed in the Walter P. Reuther Library over a number of years.

Related Materials

AFSCME collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Don McCatty in December 2004 with subsequent updates by Johanna Russ in March 2009 and August 2013.

Creator

Title
Guide to the AFSCME International Executive Board (I.E.B.) Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Don McCatty.
Date
2004-12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2009-07: Finding aid revised by Johanna Russ.
  • 2013-08: Finding aid updated by Johanna Russ.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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