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AFSCME Retiree Department Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR002197
The AFSCME Retiree Department Records were generated and used by the Department’s main office in Washington D.C as well as by the state chapters. Specifically, the records document the origins, operations, entities, programs and activities of the AFSCME Retiree Department and the accomplishments of its various chapters.

Important Subjects: AARP (Organization) Medicare National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (U.S.) Civil Service Employees Association (N.Y.) United States--Officials and employees--Salaries, etc. --Cost of living adjustment Social security--United States.

Important Names: Regenstreif, Steve Weinberg, Larry

Series Description: Series I: Council Meeting Files, 1991-1995 (Box 1-2) Subseries A. Annual Meetings, 1991-1995 (Box 1) Subseries B. International Convention, 1994 (Box 2)

Series II: International Executive Board, 1991-1994 (Box 4-5) Subseries A. Annual Meeting, 1991-1994 (Box 4) Subseries B. Reports, 1992-1994 (Box 5-6)

Series III: AFSCME Departments, 19989-1996 (Box 4-6)

Series IV: Retiree Department General Files, 1989-1996 (Box 2-3) Subseries A. Chronological Files Correspondence (Box 2-3) Subseries B. Chronological Files reports (Box 3)

Series V: State Chapter Files, 1979-1995 (Box 7-13)

Series VI: Affiliated Organizations, 1986-1994 (Box 6)

Series VII: Videos, 1987

Dates

  • 1979 - 1999
  • Majority of material found within 1992 - 1995

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. 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

13 Linear Feet (13 SB)

Abstract

The Retiree Department of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) was created in June of 1978. A movement within AFSCME began as early as 1973 to create an entity to assist its retirees in planning for and adjusting to retirement. AFSCME President Jerry Wurf introduced Resolution 90 at the 1978 International Convention, officially establishing the Retiree Department. After the first year, there were 20,000 members in 12 chapters. As of 2011, it was the largest organization of public-sector retirees with 235,000 members in 39 chapters across the United States.

The Retiree Department focuses its efforts on three missions: grassroots political action, education and service. It aims to improve the lives of its members and other retired persons through its efforts to reform health care, protect pension benefits and address other topics of concern for retirees. The chapters and subchapters also serve a social function for retirees.

The AFSCME Retiree Department Records were generated and used by the Department’s main office in Washington D.C as well as by the state chapters. Specifically, the records document the origins, operations, entities, programs and activities of the AFSCME Retiree Department and the accomplishments of its various chapters.

History

The Retiree Department of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) was created in June of 1978. A movement within AFSCME began as early as 1973 to create an entity to assist its retirees in planning for and adjusting to retirement. AFSCME President Jerry Wurf introduced Resolution 90 at the 1978 International Convention, officially establishing the Retiree Department. After the first year, there were 20,000 members in 12 chapters. As of 2011, it was the largest organization of public-sector retirees with 235,000 members in 39 chapters across the United States.

The Retiree Department focuses its efforts on three missions: grassroots political action, education and service. It aims to improve the lives of its members and other retired persons through its efforts to reform health care, protect pension benefits and address other topics of concern for retirees. The chapters and subchapters also serve a social function for retirees.

Arrangement

Arranged in 7 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 4-5), Series 3 (Boxes 4-6), Series 4 (Boxes 2-3), Series 5 (Boxes 7-13), Series 6 (Box 6), and Series 7 (Videos). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Acquisition

The AFSCME Retiree Department Records were first deposited at the Reuther Library in 1997. Subsequent deposits have occurred, and the Reuther Library continues to serve as the repository for the AFSCME Retiree Department records.

Transfers

VHS video tapes were transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department. An inventory is available.

Processing History

Finding aid written by Kara Gentile on July 13, 2011. Edited by Johanna Russ on July 20, 2011.

Creator

Title
Guide to the AFSCME Retiree Department Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Kara Gentile.
Date
2011-07-20
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2011-07-20: Edited by Johanna Russ.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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