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Gerry Meister Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP002233
Meister’s papers are comprised primarily of records detailing two decades worth of union activity including flyers, surveys, meeting minutes, correspondence and other documents relevant to the on-going events. Materials related to Gerry’s participation within various AFT groups are also included.

Important Subjects: Caucus for Democratic Unity Collective Bargaining--Teachers--California Progressive Action Caucus San Francisco Classroom Teachers Association San Francisco Federation of Teachers Strikes and Lockouts Teachers’ Action Caucus United Teachers Council

Important Names: Robert Alioto James Ballard Jerry DeRyan Patrick King Nancy Pelosi Joan-Marie Shelley Raoul Teilhet

Dates

  • 1971 - 1995
  • Majority of material found within 1971 - 1988

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

4 Linear Feet (4 SB)

Abstract

Gerry Meister joined the San Francisco Federation of Teachers (SFFT) Local 61 in 1963 and became a Building Rep in George Washington High School where she remained until retirement in 2001. During her time with the SFFT, she participated heavily in activism and the organization of several major strikes during the late 1960s and 1970s. Gerry played a role in the bargaining wars until the two unions merged November 6, 1989 to create the United Educators of San Francisco. The Meister’s papers are comprised primarily of records detailing two decades worth of union activity including flyers, surveys, meeting minutes, correspondence and other documents relevant to the ongoing events.

History

The American Federation of Teachers is a labor union founded in 1916 that represents teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education staff, health care professionals, public employees and other groups. The organization strives to protect and better the lives of and institutions employing their members while representing their voice on important issues.

Gerry Meister joined the San Francisco Federation of Teachers (SFFT) Local 61 in 1963 and became a Building Rep in George Washington High School where she remained until retirement in 2001. During her time with the SFFT, she participated heavily in activism and the organization of several major strikes during the late 1960s and 1970s. During her time as building rep for her school, SFFT membership grew. The longest strike was for six weeks that was costly in the end to the local, which lost two consecutive bargaining elections to the San Francisco association. It was not until 1989 that the SFFT regained the right to represent teachers in San Francisco. Gerry played a role in the bargaining wars until the two unions merged November 6, 1989 to create the United Educators of San Francisco.

Arrangement

The collection is organized alphabetically.

Acquisition

The collection was donated by Gerry Meister in 2001.

Related Materials

AFT Local 61: San Francisco Federation of Teachers Records

Transfers

Copies of the AFT Reporter and SFFT Teacher Newsletters have been relocated to the Archive Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Derrick Burton on November 2, 2011. Edited by Dan Golodner on January 11, 2012 .
Title
Guide to the Gerry Meister Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Derrick Burton.
Date
2011-11-21
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2012-01-11: Edited by Dan Golodner.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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