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Al Bilik Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001501
Al Bilik’s papers contain correspondence from active COUR members, but does not contain correspondence written by Al Bilik.

Important Subjects: Committee on Union Responsibility (COUR) 1964 AFSCME Convention

Important Correspondents: Ames, Joseph Gotbaum, Victor Hastings, Robert H. Upchurch, John Wurf, Jerry Zander, Arnold

Dates

  • 1961 - 1967
  • Majority of material found within 1962 - 1964

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 Linear Feet (1 MB, 1 folder)

Abstract

Al Bilik served on the District Council 51, Cincinnati, Ohio and was an active labor member within the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Sensitive to the relationship of the larger international union working with and depending on the strength of locals and councils, he helped American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union members Victor Gotbaum, Rob Hastings, Jerry Wurf, Joseph Ames, Norm Schut and Father Albert Blatz, form the Committee on Union Responsibility (COUR).

Formed in the early 1960’s, COUR worked on AFSCME constitutional reforms to broaden the powers of the Secretary-Treasurer and International Executive Board, giving affiliated unions more authority in determining local policies and programs. COUR supported Jerry Wurf to become the new AFSCME President and opposed the candidacy of AFSCME President Arnold Zander in the international convention held May 1962 in Kansas City. At the 1964 Denver convention COUR campaigning eventually worked to oust Zander and establish Wurf as the new AFSCME President. Al Bilik later became the assistant to AFSCME President Jerry Wurf.

Al Bilik’s papers contain correspondence from active COUR members, but does not contain correspondence written by Al Bilik.

History

Al Bilik served on the District Council 51, Cincinnati, Ohio and was an active labor member within the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Sensitive to the relationship of the larger international union working with and depending on the strength of locals and councils, he helped American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union members Victor Gotbaum, Rob Hastings, Jerry Wurf, Joseph Ames, Norm Schut and Father Albert Blatz, form the Committee on Union Responsibility (COUR).

Formed in the early 1960’s, COUR worked on AFSCME constitutional reforms to broaden the powers of the Secretary-Treasurer and International Executive Board, giving affiliated unions more authority in determining local policies and programs. COUR supported Jerry Wurf to become the new AFSCME President and opposed the candidacy of AFSCME President Arnold Zander in the international convention held May 1962 in Kansas City. At the 1964 Denver convention COUR campaigning eventually worked to oust Zander and establish Wurf as the new AFSCME President. Al Bilik later became the assistant to AFSCME President Jerry Wurf.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the collection.

Acquisition

The Al Bilik Papers were placed in the Walter P. Reuther Library’s Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in March 1992.

Transfers

Four photographs were transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Maureen Simari on April 2, 2010.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Al Bilik Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Maureen Simari.
Date
2010-04-02
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2010-04-05: Edited by Deborah Rice.
  • 2017-02-06: Updated by Deborah Rice on February 6, 2017.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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