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Abstract AFSCME has produced a regularly published magazine since its inception. Publication duties for this organ and other materials were accomplished by the Education and Publications Department for the first twenty years of AFSCME’s existence. The 1954 Convention, however, passed Resolution 14, establishing a Publications and Public Relations Department. This new department would continue to publish the AFSCME magazine and other materials and would also take on new media public relations duties both...
AFSCME Office of the Secretary-Treasurer: Government and Civic Employees Organizing Committee Records
Abstract In early 1950, the United Public Workers union was expelled from the CIO for alleged communist activities, leaving behind an anti-communist group called the Government Workers Union. In February of 1950, the CIO chartered the Government Workers Union as the Government and Civic Employees Organizing Committee (GCEOC) and gave the new committee jurisdiction over federal, state, and local employees. In the next five years, GCEOC aggressively attempted to reach full union status within the CIO but...
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 11
Abstract In 1971, Reuther archivist Dennis East interviewed Francis J. Dillon, AFL organizer and first president of the UAW. Collection consists of interview transcript. Dillon talks about AFL president William Green, AFL organizing in the auto industry, and the UAW presidency.
Abstract Material collected by Mr. DeShetler as secretary-treasurer of the AFL Flat Glass Workers Union (1935-37), president of the CIO Federation of Glass, Ceramic and Sand Workers (1939-42), CIO regional director of southern California (1946-52), CIO assistant regional director of Region 13 (1952-55), AFL-CIO assistant regional director of Region 22 (1955-68) and National AFL-CIO coordinator for Farm Workers (1968-71). Various activities of the Glass Workers Union, such as Executive Board meetings...
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 4
Abstract In 2004, Mike Smith interviewed Jack Golodner, President Emeritus of the Department for Professional Employees, a semi-autonomous trades department of the AFL-CIO representing white-collar workers. Collection consists of audio recordings and a transcript. Golodner talks about his childhood and early life; education; entry into the labor movement; early work in law, politics, and labor organizing; involvement with the AFL-CIO, particularly with his work in advancing the organization of...
Abstract OPEIU was chartered by the American Federation of Labor in 1945, and from its inception, involved itself exclusively with the field of office employment, as a separate entity from industrial employment. Local 10 grew out of the Stenographers, Typists, Bookkeepers, and Assistants Union which was established in 1929. The records of OPEIU Local 10 reflect the organizing work of the local with many organizations in the metropolitan Detroit area.
Abstract For many, John Sweeney is known as the now former head of the AFL-CIO, a position from which he retired in 2009 after 14 years of service. For most of the previous 35 years, though, he was a member turned officer of the Service Employees International Union, having served 15 of those years as its President. The SEIU Executive Office: John Sweeney Records document his tenure during these 15 years, although portions of these records predate his tenure in that office. The records...
Abstract The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was founded in 1921 as a union of flat janitors. Over the years it has grown in size and scope, now comprising three divisions: healthcare, property services, and public services. While most of SEIU’s members reside in the United States, the SEIU is an international union with members and affiliates in countries all over the world. The records of SEIU’s International Affairs Department document the SEIU’s relationships with companies, unions,...
Abstract The 1980s was a difficult time for American Labor. The American economy was in recession and national politics were not hospitable to organized labor. Yet, SEIU grew by 500,000 members. By 1992, SEIU reached the million-member mark. The membership achievements of SEIU can be largely credited to the efforts of its Organizing Department. The primary responsibility of the SEIU Organizing Department was to organize the unorganized. The SEIU Organizing Department sought to gain new membership for...
Abstract Richard Cordtz’s affiliation with SEIU spanned nearly 50 years, beginning in the late 1940s as a member of Local 102 while he worked at the Del Mar Racetrack, and ending in 1996 as President of the International. During his journey from member to president, Cordtz held a variety of positions within SEIU including union organizer, Local 79 President, Joint Council 35 President, Central States Conference President, and Secretary-Treasurer of the International. Cordtz was also active in the...