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Martin Lahr Papers

Identifier: LP002744

Scope and Content

This collection consists of correspondence, newsletters, resolutions, biographies, campaign proposals, reports, publications, newspapers, articles and newsclippings concerning sister union activities and support between AFSCME, SEIU, AFL-CIO, and others with STISSS and other unions in El Salvador and Central America.


  • 1985 - 1995


Language of Materials

Material in English and Spanish.


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.


STISSS, the Union of Workers of the Social Security Institute of El Salvador, is a national El Salvadoran union of state health care workers that was founded in December of 1966. In 1971, STISSS signed its first collective contract with management, winning important concessions for the benefit of the workers. During the 1970s, the union actively participated in the popular mobilizations that characterized that decade in El Salvador.

On July 18, 1987, AFSCME Council 75 of Oregon declared their intention to establish a sister union relationship with STISSS. Additionally, STISSS had also formed an affiliation with the Federation of Social Security Workers of Central America and Panama, and at one time counted 24 sister unions in the United States.


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This collection contains the papers of former AFSCME Local 3327 President Martin Lahr and focuses on his time as Chair of AFSCME Council 75 Sister Union Committee and Coordinator of the National STISSS Support Committee. This collection documents the early stages of AFSCME Council 75’s relationship with STISSS and also includes material from other organizations that document Worker and Human Rights efforts in Central America and El Salvador.


Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.


This collection was donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library in December 2016 by Martin Lahr.

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Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Elizabeth Nicholson on May 22, 2018.



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Repository Details

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