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AFSCME Publications

 Collection
Identifier: LR002503
AFSCME Publications documents the union’s public image and method of communicating with members. Publications in the collection include constitutions; materials produced in relation to AFSCME’s biannual conventions; newsletters and magazines produced by AFSCME Headquarters, District Councils, and Locals; and flyers, meeting announcements, and negotiation updates. Publications produced by scholars and groups critical of AFSCME are also located in this collection.

Series Description: Series 1: Convention Materials and Constitutions, 1935- 2014 (Boxes 1-24, 62, 63) This series is comprised of materials produced for AFSCME’s Convention, held biannually after 1938. No convention took place in 1944. Convention proceedings make up the bulk of this series, though some years also have Convention Calls, Delegate Guides, or Reports from the Executive Board, headquarters departments, Judicial Panel, officers, President, and Secretary-Treasurer. Box 15 contains Judicial Panel Reports, which remained separate from Convention Materials in the original order of this collection.

Series 2: AFSCME International Publications, 1937- 2017 (Boxes 24-35) This series consists of materials published by AFSCME at the international level. The bulk of the series is comprised of a magazine targeted to members, which has been published under three different names over the years: Journal of State and Local Government Employees (1937-1946), Public Employee (1947-2007), and AFSCME Works (2007-2017). Three issues from 2014 also include Prime Time, a newsletter for AFSCME retirees. No issues were published February 1994, November/December 1998, July/August 2004, July/August 2006, October/November 2006, July/August 2007, November/December 2007, May 2008, August/September 2008, May/June 2009, September 2009. Two volumes, produced in 1980 and 1981, list locals by geographic location and can be found in this series under the title “Numeric Sequence Report.”

Series 3: AFSCME Subgroup Publications, 1939-2009 (Box 35-41) The publications in this series were aimed at AFSCME subgroups, such as stewards, librarians, and retirees. Newsletters make up the majority of this series, but it also includes training materials for career advancement entitled Career Ladder, a steward manual, and an education guide. Brochures and flyers are located at the end of this series and reflect member meetings and issues of interest in negotiations.

Series 4: Council Publications, 1944-2019, bulk 1967-1974 (Box 42-54) Many Councils published their own newsletters and other materials. This series consists mostly of newsletters produced by Councils across the United States and Puerto Rico. Flyers, meeting notices, and information about ongoing contract negotiations can also be found in this series. The publications range from 1944-2019, though the majority of the publications were produced between 1967 and 1974.

Series 5: Local Publications, circa 1940-2008, bulk 1968-1974 (Box, 55- 59) This series is comprised of publications produced by AFSCME locals across the United States and its territories. Newsletters make up the majority of the materials, but some locals have also contributed flyers, materials related to contract negotiations, and meeting reminder cards. The bulk of this series was created between 1968 and 1974.

Series 6: Outside Publications, 1961-1979 (Box 59-61) This series contains AFSCME-related publications produced by outside sources, such as labor newspapers and academic publications related to public sector employees, collective bargaining, and labor relations. Publications produced by AFSCME-critical groups, such as COUR (Committee on Union Responsibility) and IUCRSSE, can also be found in this series.

Series 7: Bound Volumes This series consists of bound volumes of AFSCME-related publications. The bulk of the series is made up of issues of Public Employee, though the series also contains several bound volumes of Public Employee Press, produced at the District Council level.

Important Subjects: AFL-CIO AFSCME International Convention AFSCME Judicial Panel American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Collective Bargaining – Government Employees Employment and social affairs Health and Safety at work Health care workers Labor unions Labor unions – organizing Labor – United States – Periodicals Labor-management relations Public employees Important Names: Ciampa, P.J. Wurf, Jerry

Dates

  • 1935 - 2019
  • Majority of material found within 1937 - 1973

Creator

Language of Materials

Material predominantly in English. Some constitutions and newsletters printed in Spanish.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

33.5 Linear Feet (52 MB, 6 SB, 3 OS, 71 volumes)

Abstract

AFSCME Publications is a collection comprised of serials created and collected by AFSCME International, District Councils, and Locals. The collection also contains material produced as part of AFSCME’s biannual international conventions and articles published about AFSCME from an academic standpoint. The publications in this collection arrived at the Reuther Library over time and came from multiple sources.

The collection features AFSCME’s official publication, which was first known as The Journal of State and Local Government Employees (1937-1947), then Public Employee (1947-2007), and later, AFSCME WORKS (2007-2017). Since 2017, AFSCME's magazines have been published digitally on https://www.afscme.org/now. Much of the collection is made up of newsletters produced at the District Council or Local level between 1968 and 1974, illustrating the issues relevant to different types of AFSCME workers during a formative time for the Union.

Arrangement

Arranged in 6 series – Series 1: Convention Materials and Constitutions, 1935-2014 (Box 1-24, 62, 63); Series 2: AFSCME International Publications, 1937-2017 (Box 24-35); Series 3: AFSCME Subgroup Publications, 1939-2009 (Box 35-41); Series 4: Council Publications, 1944-2019, bulk 1959-1974 (Box 42-54); Series 5: Local Publications, circa 1940-2008, bulk 1968-1974 (Box, 55- 59); Series 6: Outside Publications, 1961-1979 (Box 59-61); Series 7: Bound Volumes, 1940-2010, unboxed.

Series 1: Convention Materials and Constitutions, 1935-2014 is arranged into access copies and preservation copies, then chronologically with like materials.

Series 2: AFSCME International Publications, 1937-2017 is arranged with AFSCME’s main publication in chronological order, then smaller publications in chronological order.

Series 3: AFSCME Subgroup Publications, 1939-2009 is arranged alphabetically by publication title and then chronologically. Brochures and flyers are grouped together at the end of the series.

Series 4: District Council Publications, 1944-2019, bulk 1959-1974 is arranged by Council number and then chronologically.

Series 5: Local Publications, circa 1940-2008, bulk 1968-1974 is arranged by Local number and then chronologically.

Series 6: Outside Publications, 1961-1979 is grouped together by like materials, reflecting its original order.

Series 7: Bound Volumes are grouped together with like materials.

PLEASE NOTE: Though this collection is arranged with like materials grouped together, respect has been paid to the materials’ original order. For this reason, subjects may be dispersed throughout the collection.

Acquisition

These records were formerly maintained as the AFSCME library materials and managed by the Reuther Librarian. They represent an artificial collection and are the result of many small shipments from AFSCME Headquarters, District Councils, and Locals. Many of the publications were originally a part of processed collections.

Related Materials

AFSCME Administration Department Records; AFSCME Communication Department Records; AFSCME Local 1733: Memphis, Tennessee Records; AFSCME Office of the President: Jerry Wurf Records; AFSCME Organizing Department Records; AFSCME Retiree Department Records; AFSCME Women's Rights Department Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Meghan Courtney on April 22, 2014. Finding aid updated by Stefanie Caloia on September 19, 2019.

Creator

Title
Guide to the AFSCME Publications
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Meghan Courtney.
Date
2014-04-22
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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