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AFSCME Women's Rights Department Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001993
This small collection focuses on comparable worth and job evaluation in state governments. The majority of the collection is comprised of consultants’ proposals to state and local government committees to conduct studies addressing issues of pay equity and job evaluation and ranking systems. Some correspondence exists that documents the evaluation and selection of these proposals by state committees and the national AFSCME office. General information and reports about various job evaluation and ranking methods are included as well as reports from AFSCME about how best to develop comparable worth job systems. Additionally, some training material and more general information on pay equity issues are represented in the collection.

Important subjects: Civil services positions—Classification. Job evaluation. Occupations—Classification. Pay equity.
Series Description: Series I: State Proposals, 1974-1986 This series is almost entirely comprised of proposals from consulting firms to conduct pay equity, job evaluation, job classification, and/or comparable worth studies for various state and local governments. Some correspondence and information on evaluating and selecting the proposals are also included. Files are arranged alphabetically by state, and within each state, alphabetically by consulting firm.

Series II: General Job Evaluation and Comparable Worth Information, 1982-1986, n.d. This series documents general information from the national AFSCME office and other sources on developing, administering, and evaluating job ranking systems using comparable worth and pay equity factors. The series includes reports, articles, manuals, and training materials. Files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Dates

  • 1974 - 1986
  • Majority of material found within 1983 - 1986

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

2 Linear Feet (2 SB)

Abstract

The records in this collection focus on comparable worth and job evaluation in state governments. The majority of the collection is comprised of consultants’ proposals to state and local government committees to conduct studies addressing issues of pay equity and job evaluation and ranking systems. Some correspondence exists that documents the evaluation and selection of these proposals by state committees and the national AFSCME office. General information and reports about various job evaluation and ranking methods are included as well as reports from AFSCME about how best to develop comparable worth job systems. Additionally, some training material and more general information on pay equity issues are represented in the collection.

History

In the late 1970s, the position of Coordinator of Women's Activities was created in the President's Office. In the early 1980s, the position was moved to the Public Policy Department, and in 1983, the Women's Rights and Community Action Department was established in its own right. Six years later, in 1989, the Women's Rights Department and the Community Action Department split to form two separate departments. The Women's Rights Department existed until 2007 when many of its functions were transferred to a position in the Department of Education and Leadership Training.

Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), and Series 2 (Box 2). The collection is divided into two series. The first consists primarily of proposals made to various state governments to conduct comparable worth, pay equity, and job evaluation and ranking studies. These are arranged alphabetically by state and then, within each state, by proposing consulting firm. The second series contains general information from the AFSCME national office and other sources on comparable worth study procedures, training, administration, and development. Files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Acquisition

The records of the AFSCME Women’s Rights Department were placed in the Walter P. Reuther Library in 1989 and were opened for research in 1989.

Related Materials

AFSCME collections

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library and finding aid written by Johanna Russ in August 2008.

Creator

Title
Guide to the AFSCME Women's Rights Department Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library, finding aid written by Johanna Russ.
Date
2008-08
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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