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Abstract Seeing success in a program run by AFSCME District Council 37 in New York City that upgraded Nursing Aides to Licensed Practical Nurses, the International union wished to bring career development training to its members who were hospital employees. As such, in 1967, AFSCME began investigating how to develop hospital career development training programs. In 1969, AFSCME was awarded a grant from the Department of Labor and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) to work with...
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...
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...
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...
Abstract Sanitation workers in AFSCME Local 1733 in Memphis, Tennessee led a strike in 1968 to gain union recognition. The strike lasted for 65 days and garnered national attention as Local 1733's campaign for labor rights became fused with the struggle for civil rights. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lent his support to the strikers by visiting Memphis and leading marches. While there, on April 4, 1968, King was assassinated. The strike was settled soon after King's death. Local 1733 went on to wage other...
Abstract Gerald W. McEntee became president of AFSCME in 1981. Some of the issues reflected in Part I of this collection include the anti-apartheid movement; health care reform, especially under the Clinton White House; affirmative action; AIDS; presidential politics and union campaign support; international labor relations; and legislative affairs. The records also include information on state locals and councils, AFSCME's relationship to other labor unions and organizations, and AFSCME's judicial...
Abstract International affairs were handled out of the AFSCME Office of the President. Sometime after 1969, Jack Howard joined the AFSCME staff. When Gerald McEntee became president of AFSCME in late 1981, Jack Howard became his executive assistant. In this role, Howard was responsible for, among other things, international affairs. As such, Howard also worked closely with Secretary-Treasurer William Lucy who was heavily involved in international affairs, eventually becoming president of Public Services...
Abstract This collection focuses on Jerry Wurf's tenure as AFSCME International President from 1964 until his death in 1981. Some information appears on an AFSCME affordable housing project that began prior to Wurf's election to the presidency. This housing project was one of the issues that led to a rift among AFSCME members and to Wurf's winning the presidency from incumbent president Arnold Zander. The bulk of the collection, though, represents the Office of the President's records during Wurf's...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
Abstract The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists was founded at a conference in Chicago in 1972 attended by more than 1,200 black union officials and rank-and-file members. By 2001, CBTU counted more than fifty chapters, including one in Ontario, Canada. The organization committed itself to using political action and union organizing campaigns to increase black participation and influence in the labor movement and insure social and economic progress for working people and the poor. The collection...
Abstract William "Bill" Lucy was a long-serving leader in AFSCME. A civil engineer in Contra Costa, California, he joined AFSCME in 1956 and was involved in the Memphis sanitation workers strike of 1968. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME from 1972 to 2010. He co-founded the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) in 1972 and was involved in the civil rights and anti-Apartheid movements. Philip Mason conducted an audio interview with William Lucy in 2001 and a video interview with him in 2002....
- Collective bargaining -- Government employees 4
- Labor 3
- Labor unions -- Organizing 3
- Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968 3
- African American labor leaders 2
- African American labor union members 2
- Apartheid 2
- Equal rights amendments 2
- Labor movement 2
- Labor unions 2
- Medical care 2
- Oral histories 2
- Public employees 2
- Sex discrimination 2
- Sound recordings 2
- Strikes and lockouts 2
- Affirmative action 1
- Career development 1
- Civil rights movement 1
- Health care employees 1
- Health care reform 1
- Industrial safety Standards United States 1
- International labor activities 1
- Occupational training 1
- Panama 1
- Pay equity 1
- Political campaigns 1
- Politics, Practical 1
- Presidents --Election 1
- Transcripts 1
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