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SEIU Local 31-M Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001868
The Local 31-M Records document former (from 1984-2001) President Victoria (Vicki) Cook’s (Vicki Cook Bumbaugh) and the Local’s involvement in politics at the local, state, and national levels, member affairs, and interaction with management and Michigan state offices and departments, primarily from the mid-1970s through the Local’s amalgamation into Local 517-M in 2002. The materials include correspondence, minutes, legal documents, requests for proposals, clippings, notes, and photographic materials.

These materials feature many acronyms, including:

BO Brach Office BWCC Bureau of Workers’ Unemployment Compensation CAPP Classification Alliance Pilot Project CIS Consumer Industry Services CS Civil Service ES Employment Service MCSE Michigan Civil Service Employees MESC Michigan Employment Security Commission MESA Michigan State Employees Association MUA Michigan Unemployment Agency RIC Remote Initial Claims RICC Remote Initial Claims Centers SMSC SEIU Michigan State Council UA Unemployment Agency UI Unemployment Insurance

Important Subjects: Collective bargaining – Government employees Collective labor agreements – Government employees – United States Labor unions – Mergers Labor unions – Organizing Labor unions – Records and correspondence Public employees Service Employees International Union Women in the labor movement

Important Names: Bonior, David Cook, Victoria Cordtz, Richard Sweeney, John

Series Description:

Series 1: Victoria Cook Records, 1976-2003 Materials created or retained by former Local 31-M President Victoria Cook (Vicki Cook Bumbaugh), who served in this capacity from January 11, 1984 until the Local’s amalgamation into Local 517-M in 2002. These records document the legal disputes that arose when Cook first assumed office; her involvement with the International, including IEB minutes, correspondence with John Sweeney and Richard Cordtz, and the Committee on the Future; Central States Conference; Local audits; Council 35; SMSC; politics (particularly the 2000 David Bonior campaign); healthcare; CAPP; ES; and the merger with Local 517-M.

Series 2: Local 31-M Records, 1960-2005 Materials generated or retained by Local 31-M including bargaining agreements; correspondence with stewards, Executive Board members, and MESC management; the reorganization with MESC; MUA / RIC; Civil Service; Michigan Works!; MESC; and branch offices.

Series 3: Audiovisual, 1960-2002 Primarily photographic prints and negatives featuring union members and staff, as well as some videotapes, floppy disks, DVDs, and campaign ephemera.

Dates

  • 1960 - 2005
  • Majority of material found within 1975 - 2002

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

38 Linear Feet (38 SB)

Abstract

Local 31-M’s earliest manifestation, Local 191, began in 1938 with the organization of the Michigan Unemployment Compensation Commission (MUCC), the precursor to Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC). MUCC was the first civil service agency within Michigan to become unionized. Initially an independent local, Local 191 eventually affiliated with the State, County and Municipal Workers of America. After facing several years of difficulty, Local 191 disbanded.

Despite the dissolution of Local 191, in 1941 MUCC was again unionized, this time by AFSCME affiliate Local 31. However, in 1960, Local 31’s lack of representation within its national affiliate led to its separation from AFSCME and subsequent affiliation with SEIU. SEIU Local 31-M was officially chartered on September 8, 1960 as a public sector labor union, representing Michigan employees, particularly those in the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC). Local 31-M was a member of Council 35, the coalition of all SEIU locals within Michigan, as well as a member of the Central States Conference. Local 31-M continued in this fashion until its merger with Local 517-M in the 2002.

The Local 31-M Records document former (from 1984-2001) President Victoria (Vicki) Cook’s (Vicki Cook Bumbaugh) and the Local’s involvement in politics at the local, state, and national levels, member affairs, and interaction with management and Michigan state offices and departments, primarily from the mid-1970s through the Local’s amalgamation into Local 517-M in 2002. The materials include correspondence, minutes, legal documents, requests for proposals, clippings, notes, and photographic materials.

History

Local 31-M’s earliest manifestation, Local 191, began in 1938 with the organization of the Michigan Unemployment Compensation Commission (MUCC), the precursor to Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC). MUCC was the first civil service agency within Michigan to become unionized. Initially an independent local, Local 191 eventually affiliated with the State, County and Municipal Workers of America. After facing several years of difficulty, Local 191 disbanded.

Despite the dissolution of Local 191, in 1941 MUCC was again unionized, this time by AFSCME affiliate Local 31. However, in 1960, Local 31’s lack of representation within its national affiliate led to its separation from AFSCME and subsequent affiliation with SEIU. SEIU Local 31-M was officially chartered on September 8, 1960 as a public sector labor union, representing Michigan employees, particularly those in the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC). Local 31-M was a member of Council 35, the coalition of all SEIU locals within Michigan, as well as a member of the Central States Conference. Local 31-M continued in this fashion until its merger with Local 517-M in the 2002.

Arrangement

Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-21), Series 2 (Boxes 21-33) and Series 3 (Boxes 34-38). The materials in Series 1 and Series 2 are loosely grouped by subject. The folders within each subject group remain in original order (primarily chronological or alphabetical). Series 3 remains in original order.

Acquisition

The SEIU Local 31-M Records were first deposited at the Reuther Library on July 22, 2005, with the initial group of records donated by former Local 31-M President Victoria Cook’s. Subsequent deposits occurred from 2006 to 2009 by Local 517-M staffers Stephanie Teamer and David Corrie. The Reuther Library is the official repository for SEIU International records.

Related Materials

SEIU Local 79 Records, SEIU Secretary-Treasurers Office: Constitutions and By-Laws Records, and Local 31-M publications Sentinel, and SEIU Local 31-M Report.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Alexandra A. A. Orchard on September 3, 2013.
Title
Guide to the SEIU Local 31-M Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Alexandra A. A. Orchard.
Date
2013-09-03
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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