AFSCME Power to the Public Worker Oral Histories
Scope and Content
Collection consists of interview transcripts and recordings for eight interviews: one for Ames, on March 26, 1973, and seven for Wurf, between June 8 and July 26, 1973. Interviews primarily cover the period of Wurf's ascendency and presidency. Ames and Wurf reminisce and offer frank opinions about their entry into the labor movement and AFSCME, milestones in AFSCME history, personal achievements, and other individuals important in AFSCME during the time. Examples of specific topics addressed include the last years of the Arnold Zander presidency, union conventions of the 1960s along with elections procedures and results, controvery over Leo Kramer’s book Labor’s Paradox, the AFSCME Memphis Local 1733 Sanitation Workers Strike of 1968, and civil rights and racial discrimination.
- 1973-03-26 - 1973-07-26
- Greenya, John (Interviewer, Person)
Language of Materials
Material entirely in English.
Collection is open for research.
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Rules for Use of Archival Materials.RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law. Permission to publish or quote must be obtained from the interviewee or interviewee heirs or assigns.
In 1973, Richard N. Billings and John Greenya contracted with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to write a history of the union, resulting in the 1974 book
1.5 Linear Feet ((1 MB, 1 OS). ) : Consists of 2 printed transcripts and 8 audiocassettes.
In 1973, Richard N. Billings and John Greenya contracted with AFSCME to write a history of the union, resulting in the 1974 book
Transcripts are arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name.
A previously assigned collection name was "AFSCME: Interviewed for book Power to the Public Worker." The Ames and Wurf oral histories were also referred to individually.
Deposited by AFSCME, 1974 or later.
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library and Rebecca Bizonet. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on June 30, 2016.
- Guide to the AFSCME Power to the Public Worker Oral Histories
- Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library and Rebecca Bizonet. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
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