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Erica Harris Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LR002000
Series 1: Workshops and Conferences, 1975-2008 Series 2: Campaigns, 2003-2009 Series 3: Promotional Material, 2004-2008

Dates

  • 1975 - 2009

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.

Extent

3 Linear Feet (3SB)

Abstract

Erica Harris worked as a trainer and organizer for SEIU in Georgia and Michigan between 2004 and 2008. These records represent Erica Harris’s work with SEIU from roughly 2004-2008. The majority of the material focuses on her work with SEIU Homecare Michigan and the Michigan Quality Home Care Campaign. To a lesser extent, her activities with Local 1985 in Atlanta, the Barack Obama campaign in Ohio, and other regional campaigns are also represented. The major themes of this collection are workshops and events, campaigns, and promotional materials. The collection is composed of documents of varying formats including meeting agendas, policies, reports, surveys, pamphlets, notes, campaign documents, training materials, and conference materials. The collection also contains t-shirts from various campaigns and events in which Ms. Harris had involvement.

History

Erica Harris was an organizer and trainer with SEIU. Around 2004, she worked on campaigns in Georgia with Local 1985 and other areas of the south before beginning her work with SEIU in Michigan. During her time in Michigan, she was the Education and Strategic Campaign Director for SEIU Healthcare and the Organizing Director of the MI Quality Home Care Campaign. While holding these positions, Ms. Harris was involved in campaigns to organize and mobilize union activity with home health care workers, most prolifically in Wayne County, Genesee County, and Hillsdale, Michigan. The main objectives of the campaigns were to expand union membership, achieve healthcare access to home care workers, and improve their wages. She traveled frequently, attending many conferences and workshops to enhance her skills and make contacts. In her role as a trainer she also led workshops to instruct members on how to be active participants in SEIU’s activities.

Arrangement

Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Box 1-2), Series 2 (Box 2) and Series 3 (Box 2-3). Folders are arranged roughly alphabetically.

Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library on December 18, 2008.

Related Materials

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Sarah Murrell and Sarah Lebovitz on March 15, 2019.
Title
Guide to the Erica Harris Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Sarah Murrell and Sarah Lebovitz.
Date
2019-03-15
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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