Skip to main content

AFSCME Organizing Department Records

Identifier: LR000682_OO

Scope and Content

The collection reflects the work done by and through the AFSCME Organizing Office.

Important subjects: Conferences Correspondence Elections Finance Legal Office Files Organizations Recruitment Reports Speeches Strikes

Important correspondents: Joseph L. Ames P. F. Ciampa Jerry Wurf

Series Description: Series 1: AFSCME Organizing Office, 1967-1972 Correspondence, newspaper articles, reports, speeches and other items concerning the organizing office of AFSCME.


  • 1967 - 1972


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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.


AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), was created in 1935 as an autonomous union within the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). In 1936, reacting to pressure from AFSCME, the AFGE agreed to the establishment of a separate AFL union for state and local government employees. AFSCME was chartered by the AFL on October 8, 1936 as an autonomous union.

AFSCME has achieved several breakthroughs in the labor movement. The 1939 AFSCME contract with Philadelphia was the first written collective bargaining agreement with a major city in the United States. In 1950 AFSCME pressed for government involvement with regard to dues deductions, eventually leading to legislation. In 1970 AFSCME helped draft the Public Employees Relations Act (PERA), which gives public employees the same rights guaranteed to workers in the private sector.


6 Linear Feet (6 SB)


This collection reflects the work done by and through the AFSCME Organizing Department, 1967-1972. Important subjects and people that appear in the collection include public employee organizing; recruitment; organizations; elections; strikes; Chairman of the AFSCME Judicial Panel Joseph L. Ames; International Field Director P.J. Ciampa; and International President Jerry Wurf.


Arranged in 1 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-6). Files are arranged alphabetically by subject or organizaiton. Within a certain subject or organization, files may be arranged alphabetically or chronologically.


The AFSCME Organizing Office documents were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by the AFSCME Headquarters.

Related Materials

AFSCME collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.


Guide to the AFSCME Organizing Department Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA