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Abstract Adair Damman's affiliation with SEIU began in 1981, and Damman worked at SEIU for a number of years, most notably as an organizer. Presently. Damman works as the Legislative Director of Local 925 in Seattle, Washington. These records primarily document Damman's earlier work during the 1980s and 1990s. Much of the material focuses on Local 1864 in Nevada, Local 707 and the Mendocino County Employees Association in California, Local 880 in Boston, and organizing Local 6. Predominate topics are...
Dates: 1977 - 2003; Majority of material found within 1987 - 1998
Abstract This collection provides insight into the early years of the Change to Win Federation, an organization that formed in 2005 by bringing together seven labor unions that had formerly been part of AFL-CIO.
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...
Dates: 1975 - 2009
Abstract A member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 79, Ernest White worked as a postal employee arbitrator and served as member of the Comprehensive Health Planning Council of Southeastern Michigan. Mr. White’s papers reflect his work with the United Postal Service, the SEIU Local 79, and as a health advisory group member of Oakland County.
Dates: 1946 - 1986
Abstract John J. Sweeny was a major figure in the American labor movement who served as president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) from 1980 to 1995 and president of the AFL-CIO from 1995 until his retirement in 2009. Sweeney's campaign for the AFL-CIO presidency was the first contested election in the organization's history which helped to bring progressive reforms to the organization. Materials in this collection include correspondence, interoffice memoranda, photographs, campaign...
Abstract The oral history chronicles Mason’s life and career, beginning with his early years in Massachusetts, participation in WWII, education at Boston University and, then the University of Michigan where he received his doctorate in history and learned about archival work at what would become the Bentley Historical Library. The interview also explores the collections he acquired, the archival education program he established, the universities, state governments, labor unions, and foundations that...
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. During the early 1980s SEIU sought new office space and constructed a new building at 1313 L Street, Washington, D.C. The materials within the SEIU Administrative Services Department Records are primarily from Eileen McCormick, the SEIU supervisor of the new...
Dates: 1974 - 1986; Majority of material found within 1982 - 1984
Abstract The SEIU District 925 Legacy Project, conducted 2005-2007, aimed through a series of oral history interviews to chronicle the organization’s 20-year history (1981-2001) and provide insight into the relationship between the women’s movement and organized labor, during a time of great social and technological change. The project gathered interviews from women, and some men, involved in the founding and growth of District 925 and its efforts, with the association 9to5, National Association of...
Dates: 2005-01-25 - 2007-03-09
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. The Education and Support Fund Records detail a variety of health care occupation apprenticeship programs and their national standards. Document formats found within the records primarily include descriptive reports and standards as well as correspondence.
Dates: 1979 - 1984; Majority of material found within 1979 - 1980
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. SEIU’s Department of Education generates training materials for its members on topics including workplace training (for all three divisions), internal staff professional development, collective bargaining, organizing, and political campaigns. Document formats found...
Dates: 1980 - 2004; Majority of material found within 1992 - 2002
Abstract David Sullivan was an elevator operator in New York City and a founding member of the Service Employees International Union's Local 32B in 1934. He rapidly ascended the ranks of the local's leadership and eventually became International President. Sullivan enhanced the union's visibility and influence by moving the International headquarters from Chicago to Washington, D.C. in 1963. In this same vein, he involved the union in the AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education, a political fund...
Dates: 1937 - 1973; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1969
Abstract George Hardy was president of SEIU from 1971 to 1980. During his tenure, SEIU increased the number of health-care workers in the union, largely facilitated by legislation requiring health-care employers to bargain collectively with their employees under the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board. Additionally, public employees continued to gain recognition through state legislation requiring local and state agencies to bargain with their employees. In the context of these and other...
Dates: 1934 - 1989
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...
Dates: 1921 - 1995
Abstract The Service Employees International Union was established in 1921 and known as the Chicago-based Building Service Employees International Union until 1968. An affiliate of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), it largely organized what were then called flat janitors. Eventually, it grew to include non-professional employees working in private and public institutions employed as clerical workers, technicians, janitors and maintenance workers, health-care workers, guards, doormen, and...
Dates: 1921 - 1955
Abstract A nephew of William F. Quesse, SEIU's founder and first International President, William McFetridge began his career with SEIU in 1923 as a member of Chicago's Flat Janitors Local 1. In 1927 he assumed the position of SEIU Third Vice President and then ascended to the position of SEIU 1st Vice President in 1930, a position he maintained until April of 1940, when he became President of the International. The records comprising this collection chronicle McFetridge's last years as President of...
Dates: 1936 - 1963
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. The Healthcare Division Records primarily detail various aspects of Hospital and Healthcare Workers Union Local 250’s trusteeship and transition back to self-governance from 1986 through 1989. Additional subjects covered are the 1986 Healthcare Division Conference, and...
Dates: 1986 - 1989
Abstract The Service Employees International Union has been in continuous existence since 1921, although its roots extend back to 1902. Originally chartered by the AFL, it became a member of the AFL-CIO when those two organizations merged in 1955. In 2005, SEIU disaffiliated from the AFL-CIO to lead a coalition of other unions to form the Change to Win Federation. In its early years, SEIU primarily organized janitors and window washers. In addition to these, it eventually organized a range of other...
Dates: 1905 - 1996
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,...
Dates: 1985 - 2002; Majority of material found within 1992 - 1998
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, and now comprises three divisions: healthcare, property services, and public services. The photographs found in this collection were taken between 1947 and 2004 at SEIU International Conventions, which occur every four years (coinciding with United States presidential election years). The photographs are each panoramas depicting numerous individuals,...
Dates: 1947 - 2004; Majority of material found within 1972 - 1988
Abstract The IJWU was founded in the late 19th century and chartered by the AFL as the International Jewelry Workers' Union of America on September 17, 1900. Its members include those employed in the retail jewelry trade as diamond cutters, watchmakers, crystal and dial repair professionals, optical technicians and dental assistants. In 1980, the IJWU merged with the SEIU. The collection includes materials relating to the IJWU's relationships with employers and locals, financial issues, and the merger...
Dates: 1936 - 1991
Abstract Although the SEIU Vice-Presidents worked for the International, they were based in their own Locals and they handled their Vice-Presidential duties in addition to their Local duties. The Vice-Presidents collection is composed of files which chronicle the involvement of certain Vice-Presidents of the International in the operation of the Locals, including David Sullivan, Thomas Shortman, George Hardy, and John J. Sweeney. The collection also contains Presidential correspondence, much from...
Dates: 1938 - 1981
Abstract As its name implies, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 of Chicago, Illinois is SEIU’s first local. Local 1 signed its initial agreement with the Chicago Real Estate Board in 1916, seven years before William Quesse officially founded SEIU in 1921 as a union of flat janitors. For much of its history, Local 1 focused its efforts on organizing and representing building employees, particularly janitors.The SEIU Local 1 Records document the history of Local 1 as well as...
Dates: 1935 - 2001; Majority of material found within 1950 - 1989
Abstract Local 31-M’s earliest manifestation, Local 191, began in 1938 with the organization of the Michigan Unemployment Compensation Commission (MUCC), the precursor to Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC). MUCC was the first civil service agency within Michigan to become unionized. Initially an independent local, Local 191 eventually affiliated with the State, County and Municipal Workers of America. After facing several years of difficulty, Local 191 disbanded. Despite the...
Dates: 1960 - 2005; Majority of material found within 1975 - 2002
Abstract Local 32B, located in New York, NY, was founded on April 19, 1934 and within months the young union was on strike in the garment district; within days the union won rights to a closed shop and gained a substantial number of new members. Local 32J had been charted in 1936 and was composed largely of women building service workers. The two unions merged in 1977, and the new 32B-32J had over 46,000 members. Part I of this collection is comprised entirely of correspondence from the members of the...
Dates: 1961 - 1994; Majority of material found within 1986 - 1994
Abstract With a history spanning from 1937 to the present, Local 79 is the second oldest and longest running SEIU local in Michigan. The local organizes a range of health care employees, maintenance workers, and stadium employees, amongst others. It is based in Detroit, but has members throughout the state. The SEIU Local 79 Records comprise files of Richard Cordtz, Paul Policicchio, staff, contract negotiations, employers, organizing drives, various Local 79 units, other labor organizations, amongst...
Dates: 1952 - 1992; Majority of material found within 1980 - 1990
- Labor unions 28
- Labor unions -- Organizing 14
- Collective bargaining 11
- Health care employees 7
- Service industries 7
- Public employees 6
- Women in the labor movement 6
- Janitors 5
- Labor unions -- Mergers 5
- Collective labor agreements 4
- Health care workers 4
- Labor disputes 4
- Nurses 4
- Nursing homes 4
- Strikes and lockouts 4
- Collective bargaining -- Government employees 3
- Collective labor agreements -- Municipal employees 3
- Grievance arbitration 3
- Labor unions -- Factionalism 3
- Oral histories 3
- Unfair labor practices 3
- Civil rights 2
- Contract negotiations 2
- Hospitals -- Employees 2
- Labor leaders -- United States 2
- Labor movement 2
- Pay equity 2
- Privatization 2
- Retirees 2
- Sound recordings 2
- Strike votes 2
- Transcripts 2
- Women labor union members -- United States 2
- Women's rights 2
- Affiliation Agreement 1
- African American labor union members 1
- Agricultural laborers 1
- Airport police 1
- Anti-apartheid movements 1
- Apprentices 1
- Archives -- Administration 1
- Canada 1
- Collective bargaining -- Librarians 1
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 1
- Discrimination in employment 1
- Education 1
- Financial statements 1
- Government policy 1
- Human rights 1
- Illinois 1
- Industrial relations 1
- Industrial safety -- Standards -- United States 1
- Labor 1
- Labor laws and legislation 1
- Labor union democracy 1
- Labor union locals 1
- Labor union meetings 1
- Labor unions -- Elections 1
- Labor unions -- Jurisdictional disputes 1
- Medicare 1
- Older people 1
- Partnership for Working Families 1
- Police 1
- Police training 1
- Political campaigns 1
- Public health 1
- Public service employment 1
- Raiding 1
- Retirement 1
- Right to work 1
- Sex discrimination 1
- Social security 1
- Social workers 1
- Union dues 1
- Video recordings 1
- Women clerks 1
- Women labor leaders 1
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- Sweeney, John J. 15
- AFL-CIO 8
- Cordtz, Richard 5
- Stern, Andy 5
- McFetridge, William 3
- Donahue, Thomas R. (Thomas Reilly) 2
- Service Employees International Union. Local 79 (Detroit, Mich.) 2
- 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.) 1
- AFSCME 1
- African National Congress 1
- Air Line Pilots Association 1
- American Federation of Teachers 1
- American Postal Workers Union 1
- Bentley Historical Library 1
- Bevona, Gus 1
- Blue Cross Blue Shield 1
- Boston University 1
- Burger, Anna 1
- California State Employees' Association 1
- Change to Win Federation 1
- Clinton, Bill, 1946- 1
- Cook, Victoria 1
- Damman, Adair 1
- Fetzer Institute 1
- Froines, Ann 1
- Glenn, Elinor 1
- Harris, Erica 1
- Heath, Stacey 1
- Henry, Mary Kay 1
- Industrial Workers of the World 1
- International Association of Fire Fighters 1
- International Confederation of Free Trade Unions 1
- International Jewelry Workers Union 1
- International Labour Organization 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 1
- Jackson, Jesse, 1941- 1
- Jones, Louis (Louis E.) 1
- Mason, Philip P. (Philip Parker Mason) 1
- McCormick, Eileen 1
- McGregor Fund 1
- Meany, George, 1894-1980 1
- National Association of Letter Carriers (U.S.) 1
- North American Free Trade Agreement (1992 December 17) 1
- Poling, Eileen 1
- Prismatic Club. Detroit, Mich. 1
- Public Services International 1
- Ruth Mott Foundation 1
- Service Employees International Union, Local 502 1
- Service Employees International Union. District 925 1
- Service Employees International Union. Local 1 (Chicago, Ill.) 1
- Service Employees International Union. Local 31-M 1
- Service Employees International Union. Local 32B-32J (New York, N.Y.) 1
- Service Employees International Union. Local 517M (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- Service Employees International Union. Local 535 (Los Angeles, CA) 1
- Service Employees International Union. Local 591 1
- Service Employees International Union. Office Worker Division 1
- Society of American Archivists 1
- United Farm Workers 1
- United Postal Workers Association 1
- United States. Labor Management Relations Act, 1947 1
- United States. National Labor Relations Board 1
- University of Michigan 1
- Wayne State University 1
- Wayne State University. Press 1
- Weinlein, Anthony G. 1
- Welsh, Bob 1
- White, Ernest J. 1
- World Bank 1
- Zander, Arnold S. (Arnold Scheuer), 1901-1975 1 ∧ view less
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