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Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600 Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR002098

Scope and Content

This collection represents a comprehensive record of the CCCTU’s administrative operations, its meetings, strikes, and publications. Also included in the collection are news clippings, photos, videos, and various memorabilia from the CCCTU’s history. Personal and official correspondence from the CCCTU’s longtime president, Norman G. Swenson, can be found in the collection as well. This includes letters of support sent to him and his family when he was jailed during the CCCTU’s 1975 strike. There is a complete record of the collective bargaining agreements between the Board of CCC District No. 508 and the CCCTU in the collection.

Important Subjects: American Federation of Teachers Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, 1984 Illinois Labor Relations Board Labor unions – Chicago – United States National Education Association Strikes and lockouts

Important Names: Baker, Martin Benca, Otta Buckley, Perry J. Hanchett, Paul Hill, Enid James, Howard A. Kaufman, Mike McArdle, Bernie Novar, Leon Schloss, Bert P. Shabat, Oscar E. Swenson, Norman Vesecky, Ralph Weil, Oscar

Series Description: Series I: Meeting Materials, 1966-2005 Series II: Administrative Records, 1966-2003 Series III: Strikes and Negotiations, 1966-2008 Series IV: Publications, Clippings, and Personal Correspondence, 1966-2009

Dates

  • 1966 - 2009

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.

History

The Cook County College Teachers Union, AFT Local 1600, began to organize the faculty of the City Colleges of Chicago in 1965 and won official recognition in 1966.

Extent

8 Linear Feet (8 SB)

Abstract

The Cook County College Teachers Union, AFT Local 1600, began to organize the faculty of the City Colleges of Chicago in 1965 and won official recognition in 1966. This collection represents a comprehensive record of the CCCTU’s administrative operations, its meetings, strikes, and publications. Also included in the collection are news clippings, photos, videos, and various memorabilia from the CCCTU’s history. Personal and official correspondence from the CCCTU’s longtime president, Norman G. Swenson, can be found in the collection as well. This includes letters of support sent to him and his family when he was jailed during the CCCTU’s 1975 strike. There is a complete record of the collective bargaining agreements between the Board of CCC District No. 508 and the CCCTU in the collection.

Arrangement

Arranged in 4 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Boxes 3-5), Series 3 (Boxes 5-8), and Series 4 (Box 8). 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 Cook County College Teachers Union Records were first deposited at the Reuther Library in 2009. The Reuther Library serves as the official depository for the CCCTU’s records.

Related Materials

AFT collections

Transfers

Material deposited in library: Newspapers/Newsletters: College Union Voice, June 1966-Dec. 1978 College Union Voice, Feb. 1973-May 1984 Illinois Union Teacher, Oct.-Nov. 1971-Feb. 1974 The Challenger, June 1996 Higher Education Leader, Oct. 1998 College Union Voice, July 1984-Fall 2009

Videos: UPI, Celebrating 20 Years of Collective Bargaining Belle Zeller Memorial Local 1600: A Proud and Powerful Union, 2003, 15 min. A Tribute to Israel Kugler, 6/2/1999, 8 min. 48 sec. 60th Anniversary Video, Illinois Federation of Teachers, 1997, 20 min. Irwin Polishook: A Life of Service Struggle in the Heartland, Chicago Staley Workers Solidarity Committee

Miscellaneous material: Five (5) CCCTU buttons One (1) Strike placard One (1) “SCAB” bumper sticker

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Jared Natzke on April 6, 2012.
Title
Guide to the Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600 Records
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Jared Natzke.
Date
2012-04-06
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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