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AFSCME Business Office Records

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Identifier: LR002432
Abstract The AFSCME Business Office historically has handled financial matters for the union, and its activities are largely reported on by the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer. For a time, it was involved in the planning of the AFSCME biennial convention, as well as the numerous other, smaller meetings and conferences that AFSCME hosts throughout the year. Its name as of 2013 was the Financial Services Department, which includes Accounting, Auditing, and Benefits. This collection includes budgets for...

AFSCME Central Files Department Records

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Identifier: LR002070
Abstract The AFSCME Central Files Department was established in 1966 to which all departments within the international headquarters contributed correspondence and reports so all material related to a particular incident would be filed together. In 1974, Dr. Philip Mason of the Reuther Library at Wayne State completed a thorough records management survey of AFSCME and recommended that the Central Files Department be dissolved and that individual departments maintain their own records. His recommendation...

AFSCME Communications Department Records

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Identifier: LR002204
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 Education and Leadership Training Department Records

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Identifier: LR002636
Abstract The 1960s began a period of significant growth for AFSCME, which meant an increased need for knowledgeable members and staff. AFSCME began an education program around 1962, and by 1966 the International Union had established the Education and Leadership Training Department, later known simply as the Education Department. This collection contains records of the Education Department, particularly in regards to the department's collaboration with the AFSCME Organizing Department, and...

AFSCME International Executive Board (I.E.B.) Records

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Identifier: LR001991
Abstract The International Executive Board (IEB) is the top level legislative and policy-making body within AFSCME, except when the convention is in session. The IEB is responsible for interpreting the union’s constitution. The records of the IEB are maintained by the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer. Materials in this collection were pulled together from various shipments from the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer to make a comprehensive record of the proceedings of the AFSCME IEB. Some IEB-related...

AFSCME Legislation and Political Education Department Records

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Identifier: LR000682_LPE
Abstract This collection focuses on the efforts of the Legislation and Political Education Department to establish programs within AFSCME, government agencies and alongside other unions and agencies. The Department's activities can be divided into five areas: legislation, political action, community affairs, relations with government agencies, and international affairs. Important subjects covered in this collection are the Hatch Act, voter registration, fund raising and contribution rules and...

AFSCME Local 496: Genesee County, Michigan Records

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Identifier: LR001122
Abstract AFSCME Local 496 was established in December 1970 in Flint, Michigan. It was composed of maintenance, custodial, and clerical employees of Genesee County and was under the jurisdiction of AFSCME Flint Metro Area Council 29. Local 496's first president was Christine Daros, and its first secretary-treasurer was David Barkey. The records in the collection consist of routine office files reflecting the activities of Local 496; council and international convention materials; per capita payments to...

AFSCME Office of the President: Arnold S. Zander Records

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Identifier: LR001986
Abstract This collection encompasses the Office of the President's records during the tenure of AFSCME's first and founding president, Arnold S. Zander, from 1935 to 1964. Information on the formation of AFSCME and early AFSCME history can be found in this collection. Additionally, the collection reflects the organizing efforts of AFSCME throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and the relations between AFSCME and the AFL, CIO, AFL-CIO, and other unions and organizations. Further, Zander's particular...

AFSCME Office of the Secretary-Treasurer: Gordon Chapman Records

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Identifier: LR001990
Abstract Gordon W. Chapman was elected secretary-treasurer of AFSCME in 1937. He served until 1944 when he became executive assistant to AFSCME president Arnold Zander. In 1948, he was reelected to the office of secretary-treasurer. Chapman resigned from AFSCME in 1961 to accept a State Department appointment as special assistant for the coordination of international labor affairs. In 1962, he was once again elected as secretary-treasurer of AFSMCE where he served until his retirement in 1966 due to...

AFSCME Office of the Secretary-Treasurer: Gordon Chapman/Joseph Ames Records

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Identifier: LR002096
Abstract This collection primarily covers the end of Gordon Chapman’s tenure as Secretary-Treasurer, and all of Joseph Ames’s tenure. These years saw turbulence in the International Union’s politics where founding incumbent president Arnold Zander faced challenges from an opposing faction called the Committee on Union Responsibility (COUR). COUR candidate Jerry Wurf won the presidency at the 1964 convention. Gordon Chapman held the office of Secretary-Treasurer. In 1966, Chapman retired due to poor...

AFSCME Office of the Secretary-Treasurer: Government and Civic Employees Organizing Committee Records

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Identifier: LR000682_GEOC
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...

AFSCME Office of the Secretary-Treasurer: William Lucy Records

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Identifier: LR001989
Abstract The AFSCME Office of the Secretary-Treasurer oversees the general financial health of the international union, keeping records for its locals, councils, and the headquarters staff. The Office keeps files on council and local trusteeships, maintains per capita dues payments by locals and councils, issues charters to new locals, and suspends and disbands locals or councils when problems arise. William Lucy held this position for 38 years, 1972-2010. Lucy joined AFSCME as a civil...

AFSCME Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH002240
Abstract Between 1975 and 1985, the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University and AFSCME undertook a cooperative oral history project to gather and preserve the memories of key persons who witnessed or played a major role in the development of AFSCME. Professor of History Philip Mason headed the project and interviewed several leading AFSCME members. Collection consists of audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with seven of AFSCME's important early figures: Gordon Chapman,...

AFSCME Organizing Department Records

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Identifier: LR000682_OO
Abstract This collection reflects the work done by and through the AFSCME Organizing Department, 1967-1972. Important subjects and people that appear in the collection include public employee organizing; recruitment; organizations; elections; strikes; Chairman of the AFSCME Judicial Panel Joseph L. Ames; International Field Director P.J. Ciampa; and International President Jerry Wurf.

AFSCME Power to the Public Worker Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH002243
Abstract In 1973, Richard N. Billings and John Greenya contracted with AFSCME to write a history of the union, resulting in the 1974 book

AFSCME Program Development Department Records, Part 1 and 2

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Identifier: LR002203
Abstract The AFSCME Program Development Department was created in January of 1973 to deal with matters such as health care, the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, employee protections, career development, and sex discrimination. It was funded by federal grant money until 1975 when the funds ran out, the department was disbanded, and its several functions were taken over by other AFSCME departments. The records in Part I reflect the Department's concerns with women's issues, sex...

AFSCME Publications

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Identifier: LR002503
Abstract AFSCME Publications is a collection comprised of serials created and collected by AFSCME International, District Councils, and Locals. The collection also contains material produced as part of AFSCME’s biannual international conventions and articles published about AFSCME from an academic standpoint. The publications in this collection arrived at the Reuther Library over time and came from multiple sources. The collection features AFSCME’s official publication, which was first known...

AFSCME v. Washington State Equal Pay Case Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH002242
Abstract From 1986 to 1987, AFSCME Assistant Director of Public Affairs Amy Mayers conducted an oral history project capturing memories of those involved with a federal pay equity lawsuit waged by AFSCME Council 28, which represents Washington state employees, against the state of Washingtion between 1982 and 1985. The lawsuit was one of many pay equity cases being fought nationally around this time. Collection consists of 28 video recordings of 16 interviews with 18 persons involved with the AFSCME v....

AFSCME Women's Rights Department Records

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Identifier: LR001993
Abstract The records in this collection focus on comparable worth and job evaluation in state governments. The majority of the collection is comprised of consultants’ proposals to state and local government committees to conduct studies addressing issues of pay equity and job evaluation and ranking systems. Some correspondence exists that documents the evaluation and selection of these proposals by state committees and the national AFSCME office. General information and reports about various job...

Al Bilik Papers

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Identifier: LP001501
Abstract Al Bilik served on the District Council 51, Cincinnati, Ohio and was an active labor member within the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Sensitive to the relationship of the larger international union working with and depending on the strength of locals and councils, he helped American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union members Victor Gotbaum, Rob Hastings, Jerry Wurf, Joseph Ames, Norm Schut and Father Albert...

Alton Cobb Papers

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Identifier: LP000329
Abstract Alton Cobb served as president of AFSCME Local 26. He also served as secretary-treasurer of AFSCME's Detroit Council 77 during this time period. The trusteeship of Local 26 began during Cobb's tenure, and his papers largely reflect this conflict. His papers include executive board minutes; correspondence; and legal and financial papers centering on disputes over the trusteeship of Local 26 and Council 77.

Gordon W. Chapman Papers

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Identifier: LP000923
Abstract Gordon W. Chapman was elected secretary-treasurer of AFSCME in 1937. He served until 1944 when he became executive assistant to AFSCME president Arnold Zander. In 1948, he was reelected to the office of secretary-treasurer. Chapman resigned from AFSCME in 1961 to accept a State Department appointment as special assistant for the coordination of international labor affairs. In 1962, he was once again elected as secretary-treasurer of AFSMCE where he served until his retirement in 1966 due to...

Holgate Young Papers

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Identifier: LP000546
Abstract Holgate Young served in various capacities in several labor organizations throughout his career. In the 1950s he worked as the UAW Local 6, International Harvester Division Financial Secretary, AFSCME Wisconsin Field Representative, and International Association of Machinists Education Director. In the 1960s & 70s, Young held positions as the CWA Education Coordinator and AFT Washington D.C. Workers Education Local 189 Education Chairman. Part I of his papers reflects his work...

Jerry and Mildred Wurf Papers

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Identifier: LP001132
Abstract Jerry Wurf started his work in AFSCME in New York's Council 37, becoming executive director by 1959. He went on to serve as AFSCME International president from 1964 until his death in 1981. He also served as a vice-president of the AFL-CIO. Throughout his career, Wurf was actively involved in campaigns for civil liberties; anti-nuclear and peace movements; workers' education, health, and rights; Jewish concerns; and domestic politics, especially related to the Democratic Party....

Jerry Wurf: Labor's Last Angry Man Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH001093
Abstract Between November 1981 and January 1982, Joseph C. Goulden interviewed 10 individuals associated with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and influential, longtime leader Jerry Wurf, for Goulden's biography of Wurf,

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