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AFT Local 1295: Wayne State University Federation of Teachers Records

Identifier: LR000688

Scope and Content

The papers of Local 1295 pertain mainly to internal union organization and activities. Also included are documents which help clarify union positions regarding both social and political events of the years 1957-1974.

Important subjects covered in the collection are; AFSCME Local 1479 strike in October of 1969, at Wayne State University Collective bargaining Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) collective bargaining representation election held in March, 1972 Faculty salaries, layoffs, tenure Teacher unionism

Correspondents Include: Arthur Antisdel; Rev. Cecil L. Franklin; Jerome Brooks; George Gullen; Richard A. Hixson; Max Mark; William R. Keast; Richard M. Spector; Robert R. Kunnath; Maurice (Maury) Waters; Henry B. Linne

Series Description: Series 1: Organizational papers, 1957-1974 Constitutions, committee and Executive Board mintutes and reports, WSUFT and AFT publications, Local 1295 policy files, and general correspondence for the period, 1957-1974. The papers contain information on teacher unio nism, collective bargaining, especially the MERC election of 1972, and also deal with housekeeping and internal union policy.

Series 2: Financial papers, 1957-1974 Bills and expenses, per capita reports, payroll deductions and union remittances, dues correspondence, and related financial materials, 1957-1974. The files present a good overview of the financial history of Local 1295.


  • 1957 - 1974


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Wayne State University Federation of Teachers, Local 1295 of the American Federation of Teachers, was organized in 1957. In the spring of 1972 it lost the collective bargaining representation election to the American Association of University Professors. Thereupon Local 1295 became a "loyal opposition," a role, which amid declining membership, was maintained until late 1974 when the local was disbanded.

Some prominent officers of Local 1295 were Secretary Arthur Antisdel, President August Kerber, Treasurer Robert R. Kunnath, President Max Mark, Secretary Richard M. Spector, Treasurer and President Maurice (Maury) Waters, and President William Wattenberg.


2 Linear Feet (4 MB)


Serving employees of Wayne State University, this local was originally established as a branch of the Detroit Federation of Teachers. The collection contains minutes, reports, and some correspondence. The subjects deal with internal union organization and activities.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Boxes 3-4). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


Deposited with the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in by Richard R. Hixson, organizer for the American Federation of Teachers. Additional material deposited by Robert R. Kunnath in November 1974.


One seven-inch reel of magnetic-recording tape, containing the procedings of a general meeting, has been placed in the Archives' Audiovisual Collections

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