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SEIU Research Department Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001884
Part I: This collection is comprised of reports. They reflect the activities of the union, such as collective bargaining; areas of concern for the union such as economic reports and industry surveys, and the benefits which the union provided for the membership includin gthe death gratuity and scholarship opportunities. The history and work fo the Research Department itself is also documented in these reports.

Importent subjects: Benefits Collective bargaining agreements Contracts and data surveys Death gratuity Economic reports Industry surveys Locals Membership Research department Scholarship competition Wages

Series Description: Series 1: Collective Bargaining, Contracts, and Wages, 1942-1979 Series 2: Death Gratuity, 1943-1979 Series 3: General Office Files, 1946-1979 Series 4: Membership Services, 1946-1979
Part II: This one-series collection is comprised of reports, surveys, political commentaries, summaries of collective bargaining settlements and research analyses completed by the SEIU Research Department from 1980-1986.

Important subjects covered in the collection include: Collective bargaining – Service industries Collective labor agreements Contracting out Economic forecasting Economic policy – National planning Employment stabilization – Law and legislation Fiscal policy International labor activities Labor – Government policy Labor agreements- Education Labor agreements- Health facilities Labor agreements- Janitors Labor agreements- Municipal employees Labor agreements- Nurses Labor agreements- Utility workers Labor economics Labor laws and legislation Labor policy Labor relations Labor research Labor unions – Finance – Law and legislation Labor unions – Membership Labor unions – Political activity Labor unions – Political activity – Law and legislation Research - Contracting out Wage bargaining

Series Description: Series 1: Research Department Collection Reports The research department, earlier in the 1980s, numbered its reports sequentially, with some ad-hoc reports done as needed. There are places in the collection where reports appear to be missing. The Reuther Library did not receive those reports in the inventory at the time of accessioning. Numbered reports became less frequent as the years passed. During this time, the research department produced reports and analyses for specific issues identified by the international as important. Highlights of this series include wage/salary surveys, critical analyses of the Reagan years and its economic impact, healthcare evaluations, various collective bargaining settlements and annual membership reports. Also available is a complete set of reports, 11 in total, from the 1983 National School Employees Conference sponsored by SEIU.
Part III: The SEIU Research Department Records, Part III contains files documenting key contract negotiations, major employers wherein the union has members and activities about which the union feels it needs a report for internal and external planning purposes. Labor historians and others interested in SEIU’s key contracts, related material, the employers with whom SEIU negotiates and the reports providing a window into the concerns of SEIU will want to review the material in these records.

The records contain an assortment of agreements, correspondence, wage questionnaires, compensation plans, press releases, resolutions, settlement terms, contract proposals and counter proposals, pleadings, reports and recommendations for negotiating, ratification ballots, reports of negotiations, compensation and position plans, arbitration opinions, summary of negotiated changes, schedule of wage rates, memos requesting changes, reports and recommendations of fact-finding panels, agreement outlines, opinion and recommendation of impasse panels, employee stock purchase plans, service annuity system, group life insurance plans, memo of company offer, wage and benefit surveys, contract summaries, clippings, ballot authorizing negotiator and negotiations policy statements, summary of tentative agreements, bulletins, letters and memoranda of understandings, tentative settlements, resolutions, economic summaries, rules and regulations, settlement summaries, summary of contract changes, notes, economic profiles, company profiles, audits, financial statements, financial analyses, annual reports, cash flow projections, financial reports, newsletters, revenue and earnings trends, rate increase schedules, studies, agenda, annual statements, annual reports, quarterly reports, employee policies, speech outlines, wage-benefit surveys, ratification outlines, patient care surveys, VDT guidelines, position papers, collective bargaining surveys, wage comparisons and benefit analyses, workload surveys, bargaining polls, contract votes, wage and benefit reports, flyers, health plans, arbitration opinions and awards, statistical reports, wage determinations, directories, and convention workbooks.

Series I-IV mostly contain key contracts and related material spanning from 1930 to 1995. Records documenting the interest that SEIU had in employers, including Beverly and Kaiser, are located in series V-VIII. Series IX contains reports.

Important Subjects: Collective labor agreements Collective labor agreements – Government employees – United States Collective labor agreements – Hospitals – United States Collective labor agreements – Municipal employees Collective labor agreements – Nurses Collective labor agreements – Service industries Labor unions – organizing Nursing homes Service Employees International Union Service industries

Important Names Albarelli, Hank Balanoff, Thomas Bullock, David Chu, David Conlan, Kitty Connelly, Eileen Connerton, Peggy Cromer, David Dale, Ken Eaton, Susan Haggerty, Eileen Heller, Jan Henry, Mary Kay Horton, James Hughes, Paul Lim, Gregory McKenna, Paul Mills, Nancy Murphy, Joseph Pastreich, William Peisert, Margaret Plankers, Robert Rosselli, Sal Schoen, Cathy Shea, Gerry Smith, Mark Brian Snapp, David Sneed, Donnella Sweeney, John Twarog, Joseph Twomey, Timothy

Series Description: Series I: Local Union Contracts, 1930-1951 The series largely contains agreements, but also includes wage rates, arbitration awards, correspondences, questionnaires and job classifications.

Series II: Local Union Contracts, 1949-1980 This series largely contains agreements, but also includes, wage rate schedules, wage questionnaires, memos of understandings, compensation plans, press releases, settlement terms, contract proposals, pleadings, reports and recommendations for negotiating, ratification ballots, negotiation reports, compensation and position plans, arbitration opinions, proposals and counter proposals, reports and recommendations of fact finding panels, agreement outlines, opinions and recommendations of impasse panels, employee stock purchase plans, service annuity systems, group life insurance plans, memos of company offers, wage and benefit surveys, contract summaries, compensation schedules, clippings, bulletins, and ballots authorizing negotiator and negotiations.

Series III: Local Union Contracts, 1974-1990 This series largely contains agreements, but also includes policy statements, summary of tentative agreements, bulletins, wage schedules, letters of understanding, tentative settlements.

Series IV: Local Union Contracts, 1977-1995 This series largely contains agreements, but also includes a memo memorandum of understanding, wage scales, resolutions, economic summaries, rules and regulations, settlement summaries, and summaries of contract changes.

Series V: Employers with whom SEIU had Contracts, 1973-1994 This series largely contains agreements, but also includes memos, correspondences, reports, notes, clippings, economic profiles, company profiles, audits, financial statements, financial analyses, annual reports, and cash flow projects.

Series VI: Beverly Contracts, 1979-1990 This series largely contains agreements, but also includes contract proposals and financial reports.

Series VII: Kaiser Research, 1982-1987 Newsletters, correspondences, memoranda, clippings, handwritten notes, investment information, and a video.

Series VIII: Kasier, 1970-1992 Correspondences, newsletters, clippings, notes, revenue and earnings trends, rate increase schedules, studies, literature searches, agenda, annual statements, quarterly reports, Kaiser membership breakdowns, fact sheets, wage surveys, speech outlines, wage-benefit surveys, ratification outlines, patient care surveys, VDT guidelines, agreements, position papers, collective bargaining surveys, wage comparisons and benefit analyses, bulletins, press releases, workload surveys, bargaining polls, contract proposals and counter proposals, contract votes, wage and benefit reports, flyers, health plans, arbitrators opinions and awards, and wage schedules.

Series IX: Reports, 1969-1994 Reports, surveys, wage determinations, directories and convention workbooks.

Dates

  • 1930 - 1995
  • Majority of material found within 1946 - 1994

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

35 Linear Feet (35 SB)

Abstract

The SEIU Research Department was established in 1942 as the Research and Education Department. It was created mainly to help prepare negotiators at the bargaining table during World War II. Its main purpose was to gather data and information from the locals. The department would analyze the data, synthesize it and distribute reports throughout the organization. The department was expanded in 1945. Additional responsibilities grew to include analyzing new labor trends and organizational methods, fiscal and economic data and tracking federal budgets.

The SEIU Research Department Records, Part One and Two, largely contain reports and surveys (mostly SEIU related and largely providing stats) regarding benefits, collective bargaining agreements, contracts and data surveys, death gratuity, economic issues, industry surveys, locals, membership, scholarship competitions, research, companies with which SEIU organizes, gender, health and safety, anti-discrimination/ affirmative action, policies, laws, school employees, technology, video display terminals, organizing, cost containment, and wages.

The SEIU Research Department Records, Part Three, largely contain key contracts spanning from the early 1930s until the mid 1990s. Correspondence, reports, company profiles, surveys, employer financial records, contract votes, employee policies, clippings, newsletters, bulletins, and other material comprise the collection as well.

History

Part I: The forerunner of SEIU was a union founded by 200 apartment (flat) janitors in Chicago on April 6, 1902. By 1905 that early union had dissolved. In 1912 another effort was made in Chicago to restart a flat janitor's union. This time the union was more successful ,and in 1920 the Building Service Employees International Union (BSEIU) was chartered by the American Federation of Labor. In 1968 the Union name officially changed to SEIU.

The Research Department was established as the Research and Education Department by Resolution at the BSEIU special convention in Minneapolis, MN May 11-14, 1942. Having proved its worth during the years of World War II, the Union expanded the Department in 1945. One officer's report in 1945 states that the Department would be responsible for collecting materials from the locals and distributing the material union-wide as well as collecting material that would be of use to the Union, "...in keeping books and records, utilizing new and progressive organizational methods, and in keeping generally abreast of the knowledge that they need."
Part II: SEIU has been a continuously running international union since 1921, although it has roots extending back to 1902. It began as a janitors union and has expanded to include clerical workers, gas utility employees, healthcare workers, public sector employees, window cleaners and many other service-oriented professions.

The Research Department was established in 1942 as the Research and Education Department. It was created mainly to help prepare negotiators at the bargaining table during World War II. The war strained resources and kept wage increases at a minimum. Union leadership recognized that in order to better represent its constituents at the bargaining table they had to have as much data and knowledge as possible. Its main purpose was to gather data and information from the locals. The department would analyze the data, synthesize it and distribute reports throughout the organization. The department was expanded in 1945. Additional responsibilities grew to include analyzing new labor trends and organizational methods, fiscal and economic data and tracking federal budgets.

The directors of the Research Department since its inception and up to the timeframe of this collection have been: Anthony Weinlein: Apr 1943 - Feb 1967 Will Smith: Asst. Director Feb 1967 - Apr 1970, Director Apr 1970 - Oct 1972 Rudolph Oswald: Oct 1972 - Jul 1975 Stanley Wisniewski: Nov 1975 - Feb 1979 June McMahon: Feb 1979 - Sep 1983 Cathy Schoen: Sep 1983- ca. 1986 [uncertain]: 1986-1987 Tom Balanoff: 1988-1989 David Chu: March 1990 - Jul 1994 Richard Nafziger: July 1994 – Oct 1995

Arrangement

Part I: Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Box 3), Series 3 (Boxes 4-5), Series 4 (Box 5-6). Folders are arranged alphabetically within each series.
Part II: Arranged in 1 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-4). Files are generally arranged chronologically, although numbered reports do not always adhere to an exact chronological order. Note that boxes begin at 1 in part 2.
Part III: The records are arranged in nine series – Series I (Box 1) is arranged numerically by local union number. Series II (Boxes 2-10) is arranged by local number. Series III (Boxes 10-12) is arranged by local number. Series IV (Boxes 12-18) is arranged by local number. Series V (Boxes 18-19) is arranged alphabetically by employer name Series VI (Boxes 19-20) follows no particular arrangement. Series VII (Box 20) follows no particular arrangement. Series VIII (Boxes 20-24) follows no particular arrangement. Series IX (Boxes 24-25) is arranged chronologically

Acquisition

Part I: SEIU placed the Research Department collection in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in February 1994.
Part II: SEIU placed this portion of the SEIU Research Department records in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in September 1997.
Part III: The Research Department of the Service Employees International Union Records, Part III was first deposited by SEIU at the Reuther Library in 1997.

Related Materials

Reuther Library Collections: SEIU Executive Office Microfilm Records; SEIU Executive Office: William McFetridge Records; SEIU Executive Office: David Sullivan Records; SEIU Executive Office: George Hardy Records; SEIU Executive Office: John Sweeney Records; SEIU Historical Records; SEIU/International Jewelry Workers’ Union Records; SEIU International Vice Presidents Records; SEIU Secretary-Treasurer’s Office: International Executive Board Records; SEIU Local 32B-32J Records; SEIU Research Department Records, Parts I-II; SEIU Research Department Historical Records; SEIU Secretary-Treasurer’s Office: Constitutions and By-Laws Records; SEIU Secretary-Treasurer’s Office: Affiliate Officers Records; SEIU Organizing Records.

Transfers

Some photographs and oversized items such as posters and banners were transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in October 1995.
Part II: Processed and finding aid updated by Walter P. Reuther Library in July 2005.
Part III: Processed and finding aid updated by Louis Jones on February 5, 2011.
Title
Guide to the SEIU Research Department Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1995-10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2005-07: Part 2 was processed and finding aid updated by Walter P. Reuther Library.
  • 2011-02-05: Part 3 was processed and finding aid updated by Louis Jones.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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