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AFSCME Career Development Program Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR002369
This collection documents the planning, execution, and evaluation of the AFSCME Career Development Program, 1966-1975, which primarily involved the Hospital Career Development Program (HCDP). HCDP developed and implemented career ladders and training curricula for hospital employees. The records are comprised of correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, curricula, job descriptions, organizational charts, contracts, press releases, news clippings, lesson plans, course schedules, graduation invitations and announcements, recruitment material, newsletters, and a small number of photographs.

Important Subjects: Career Development Hospitals—Employees Occupational training United States. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare United States. Dept. of Labor

Important Names: Miller, Betty Lucy, William Wurf, Jerry, 1919-

Series Description: Series 1: General Files, 1969-1975 Series 2: Reports and Meeting Minutes, 1967-1975 Series 3: Correspondence, 1967-1975 Series 4: Publicity, 1967-1974 Series 5: Contract Proposals and Contracts, 1968-1974 Series 5 contains information related to contracts between AFSCME and various governmental funding agencies such as the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) and the Department of Labor, to conduct career development training for its members.

Series 6: Job Descriptions and Career Ladders Series 7: Curricula, 1967-1974 Series 8: Alphabetical Files, 1966-1975 Series 8 contains files related to organizations, healthcare, laws, and governmental funding agencies related to the AFSCME Career Development Program.

Series 9: Boston, 1968-1972 Series 10: Cleveland, 1969-1974 Series 11: Detroit, 1970-1974 Series 12: District of Columbia, 1968-1974 Series 13: Houston, 1973-1975 Series 14: Maryland, 1970-1975 Series 15: Memphis, 1971-1975 Series 16: Milwaukee, 1967-1975 Series 17: New York, 1966-1974 Series 18: St. Paul, 1971-1973 Series 19: Photographs

Dates

  • 1966 - 1975

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.

Extent

24 Linear Feet (24 SB)

Abstract

Seeing success in a program run by AFSCME District Council 37 in New York City that upgraded Nursing Aides to Licensed Practical Nurses, the International union wished to bring career development training to its members who were hospital employees. As such, in 1967, AFSCME began investigating how to develop hospital career development training programs. In 1969, AFSCME was awarded a grant from the Department of Labor and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) to work with hospitals in Boston, Cleveland, and Maryland. In 1971, AFSCME received a second grant to take the Hospital Career Development Program (HCDP) to three new cities, Memphis, Detroit, and St. Paul. At this point, language guaranteeing funding for continuing career development began to enter negotiated contracts. In 1973, AFSCME received its third grant, which brought HCDP to three more cities, Houston, Milwaukee, and the District of Columbia.

This collection documents the planning, execution, and evaluation of the AFSCME Career Development Program, 1966-1975, which primarily involved the Hospital Career Development Program (HCDP). HCDP developed and implemented career ladders and training curricula for hospital employees. The records are comprised of correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, curricula, job descriptions, organizational charts, contracts, press releases, news clippings, lesson plans, course schedules, graduation invitations and announcements, recruitment material, newsletters, and a small number of photographs.

History

Seeing success in a program run by AFSCME District Council 37 in New York City that upgraded Nursing Aides to Licensed Practical Nurses, the International union wished to bring career development training to its members who were hospital employees. As such, in 1967, AFSCME briefly created a Manpower Training Office whose coordinator began investigating how to develop hospital career development training programs. By 1969, AFSCME had created a Career Development Program headed by Betty Miller.

In 1969, AFSCME was awarded a grant from the Department of Labor and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) to work with hospitals in Boston, Cleveland, and Maryland. The project had two phases: first to design career ladders laying out steps different job classifications could take for greater job responsibility and to create curricula to train these workers; and second to implement the training plan and educate the employees. The design of the career ladders and curricula was sub-contracted out to the Economic Manpower Corporation. The programs were run jointly by the hospitals and AFSCME, and supervisors were also required to take courses. The programs taught healthcare-specific skills as well as general education skills, allowing employees to work toward both promotions on the job and high school equivalency. A crucial aspect of the program was that these courses took place during working hours, and employees continued to collect their wages.

In 1971, AFSCME received a second grant to take the Hospital Career Development Program (HCDP) to three new cities, Memphis, Detroit, and St. Paul. At this point, language guaranteeing funding for continuing career development began to enter negotiated contracts. In 1973, AFSCME received its third grant, which brought HCDP to three more cities, Houston, Milwaukee, and the District of Columbia. Also in 1973, the short-lived AFSCME Program Development Department was created. This Department worked on a number of topics, including the HCDP.

While AFSCME primarily focused on hospital employees, they helped with projects in other fields as well. In Memphis, they worked with city-employed mechanics. In Massachusetts and Minnesota, they worked with corrections employees. In Washington, DC, they assisted with career development for sanitation workers. And in Maryland, AFSCME helped with Project SERVE, which prepared welfare recipients for positions in the social work field.

In 1975, the AFSCME Program Development Department dissolved due to lack of funding. Its responsibilities were dispersed to other departments, including the Public Policy Analysis Department (created in 1976) and the Research and Collective Bargaining Department. The Research Department became responsible for the career development aspect of Program Development. In April 1979, Career Development, Inc. was created as a separate entity to receive federal grants, and through1982 administered grants in health and safety, as well as career development. The Reagan administration did not renew funding.

Career Development, Inc. remained inactive for several years until the mid-1990s when it applied for and received grants from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In the late 1990s, Career Development, Inc. changed its name to the AFSCME Training and Education Institute (ATEI). Administration of the ATEI records continues to be handled by the Research Department.

Arrangement

Arranged in 19 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Boxes 1-2), Series 3 (Boxes 2-3), Series 4 (Box 3), Series 5 (Boxes 3-4), Series 6 (Box 4), Series 7 (Boxes 4-5), Series 8 (Boxes 5-9), Series 9 (Boxes 9-10), Series 10 (Boxes 10-12), Series 11 (Boxes 12-15), Series 12 (Box 15), Series 13 (Boxes 16-17), Series 14 (Boxes 17-18), Series 15 (Boxes 18-20), Series 16 (Boxes 20-21), Series 17 (Box 22), Series 18 (Boxes 22-24), and Series 19 (Box 24). Folders in most series are arranged roughly chronologically, except in Series 8 where they are arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

The records of the AFSCME Career Development Program were deposited at the Reuther Library by the Program Development Department in 1976 and by the Public Policy Analysis Department in 1978. These two departments no longer exist, but the Reuther Library continues to serve as the official repository for other AFSCME departmental records.

Related Materials

Other activities of the AFSCME Program Development Department, including information on the Career Development Program, are covered in the AFSCME Program Development Department Records, Parts 1 and 2. Other activities of the AFSCME Public Policy Analysis Department are detailed in the AFSCME Public Policy Analysis Department Records. Information on the Career Development Program can also be found in the AFSCME Office of the President: Jerry Wurf Records, in the AFSCME Office of the Secretary-Treasurer: Gordon Chapman/Joseph Ames Records, and in the AFSCME Office of the Secretary-Treasurer: William Lucy Records.

Processing History

Finding aid written by Johanna Russ on March 29, 2013.

Creator

Title
Guide to the AFSCME Career Development Program Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Johanna Russ.
Date
2013-03-29
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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