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SEIU Local 535 Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR002109
The records generated by Local 535 that comprise this collection primarily include State Executive Board minutes, Executive Director reports, committee and caucus documents, publications and newsletters, and photographs.

Important Subjects: Health care employees Hospitals—Employees Labor unions—Organizing Labor unions – Records and correspondence Nurses Public Employees Service Employees International Union Social Workers

Important Names: Aroner, David Bullock, David Crippen, David Kramer, David

Series Description: Series 1: Executive Leadership Files, 1967-2003 (Boxes 1-2) This series is comprised of State Executive Board meeting minutes and reports, Executive Director reports, and Bylaws from various chapters. Minutes and reports are arranged chronologically.

Series 2: Committee and Caucus Files, 1970-2007 (Box 3-4) This series is comprised of materials (primarily correspondence) created by the various committees and caucus including the Civil and Human Rights Committee, Emerging Majority Caucus, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Caucus, Jewish Caucus, and Senior/Retired Members Committee among others. Folders of each committee and caucus are organized chronologically.

Series 3: Publications, 1971-2003 (Box 5) This series is comprised of publications created by Local 535 over the years, particularly “Dragon: The Voice of Local 535,” “Social Services Union Local 535 Newsletter,” and “State of the Union – SEIU Local 535.” Each publication title is arranged chronologically.

Series 4: Audiovisual Materials, circa 1976-1995 (Boxes 5-6) This series includes scrapbooks and photographs documenting events from various Local 535 chapters as well as t-shirts, buttons, and a potholder. Folders and materials are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several folders.

Dates

  • 1967 - 2007
  • Majority of material found within 1995 - 2006

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

6 Linear Feet (5 SB, 1 OS)

Abstract

The formation of SEIU Local 535 began when members of the Social Workers Action Committee of #434, SEIU united with the Social Workers Standards Committee in Los Angeles, California. In 1964, these Los Angeles County social workers led a successful strike against the county, the result of which was SEIU chartering Local 535 as the social workers union. As more California public employees continued to strike and join Local 535, the union grew. Eventually Local 535 helped pass the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, the first Californian legislation on public sector collective bargaining. In 1970, Local 535 ventured into private sector organizing, representing members at non-profit organizations, with a continued focus on hospital employees, particularly nurses. In addition to representing public and hospital employees, Local 535 also represented jewelry workers after the 1981 merger of the International Jewelry Workers Union into SEIU. In the mid-2000s, Local 535 dissolved and its members amalgamated into other SEIU locals including 521, 620, 721, 1000, and 1021.

The records generated by Local 535 that comprise this collection primarily include State Executive Board minutes, Executive Director reports, committee and caucus documents, publications and newsletters, and photographs.

History

The formation of SEIU Local 535 began when members of the Social Workers Action Committee of #434, SEIU united with the Social Workers Standards Committee in Los Angeles, California. In 1964, these Los Angeles County social workers led a successful strike against the county, the result of which was SEIU chartering Local 535 as the social workers union. As more California public employees continued to strike and join Local 535, the union grew. Eventually Local 535 helped pass the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, the first Californian legislation on public sector collective bargaining. In 1970, Local 535 ventured into private sector organizing, representing members at non-profit organizations, with a continued focus on hospital employees, particularly nurses. In addition to representing public and hospital employees, Local 535 also represented jewelry workers after the 1981 merger of the International Jewelry Workers Union into SEIU. In the mid-2000s, Local 535 dissolved and its members amalgamated into other SEIU locals including 521, 620, 721, 1000, and 1021.

Arrangement

Arranged in 4 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Box 3-4), Series 3 (Box 5), Series 4 (Boxes 5-6). Folders are arranged chronologically.

Acquisition

The Local 535 Records of the Service Employees International Union were deposited by SEIU Local 535 at the Reuther Library on May 20, 2010.

Other Copies

Alameda County Strike Scrapbook has been digitized and may be found on the Reuther website.

A selection of photographs from this collection were digitized and may be found in the SEIU Local 535 image gallery on the Reuther website.

Related Materials

SEIU International Jewelry Workers’ Union Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Alexandra Orchard on April 26, 2013.
Title
Guide to the SEIU Local 535 Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Alexandra Orchard. Updated by Gavin Strassel
Date
2013-04-26
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • June 6, 2017: Added additional box of records that arrived with original accession, but could not be released until ten years after their creation.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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