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Abstract Polly Howe worked for much of her career as a teach in Livonia and Dearborn Public Schools. She was an active member of the American Federation of Teachers and served on their Women's Rights Committee from 1987-1991. Howe was also a founding member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) and helped found the Metro-Detroit Chapter. CLUW helped found the Michigan Pay Equity Network (PEN) in 1985 to study pay inequities among state employees. The organization has worked for over...
Abstract The founder of Marxist-Humanism in the United States, Raya Dunayevskaya, served at one time as secretary to Leon Trotsky, breaking with him at the time of the Hitler-Stalin Pact, to develop the theory of State-Capitalism, ultimately forming the organization, News and Letters Committees. Ms. Dunayevskaya authored three major works: Marxism and Freedom, from 1776 until Today (1958), Philosophy and Revolution: from Hegel to Sartre and from Marx to Mao (1973), and Rosa Luxemburg, Women's...
Abstract Rosa Parks, often referred to as the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, is most famous for her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white rider in segregated Montgomery, Alabama in December 1955. She was secretary of her local and state NAACP and was a member of Michigan Congressman John Conyers staff after her family moved to Detroit. Her papers reflect mainly her years in Detroit and her association with numerous church, community, and civil rights organizations.
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 records of SEIU’s Communications Department document the International’s mass mailings from 1974 through 1987. Included in the collection are (predominately) monthly summaries listing all the mass mailings sent by the International (with the exceptions of June...
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...
Abstract Part 1 subjects include: 9to5; Working Women; working women's movement; clerical worker organizing; sex discrimination in employment; office worker health and safety; pay equity; SEIU Local 925; Classified Staff Association; Karen Nussbaum. See Part I for the history of District 925, as well as the bulk of the organization’s records during its origin and transitions (9to5 / Working Women / District 925 / Local 925), its national and regional office files, contracts, and Karen...
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...
Abstract In 1996 Andy Stern was elected President of SEIU and the members of Stern’s New Voices slate took office (Betty Bednarczyk, Patricia (Pat) Ford, Eliseo Medina, and Paul Policicchio). Most of the records in this collection document aspects of this group’s leadership, with the majority of records from the New Voices campaign, the Secretary-Treasurer’s Office (primarily materials relating to AFL-CIO and other organization’s conventions), the Executive Vice President’s office (predominately Pat...
Abstract In 1973, Pat Ford, then a clerical worker at Alameda County Hospital, aided in the creation of Local 616 by affiliating the 4000-member association with SEIU. Ford held various leadership positions in Local 616, including president (the Local’s first African-American woman president), and Executive Director. In addition to Ford’s service to Local 616, in 1996 she was elected as SEIU Executive Vice President, and reelected in 2000. During her tenure with SEIU, Ford helped to found the Caucus of...
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 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...
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. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, SEIU utilized the services of media consultants Abernathy and Associates for public relations and communication work. The collection consists of materials generated by Abernathy and Associates for SEIU, as well as source materials created...
Abstract Correspondence, minutes, reports, speeches, press releases, and notes collected by Miss Borchardt, who served as legislative representative and vice-president for the AFT (1924-62), chairman of the AFT International Relations Committee (1927-62), secretary of the AFL Education Committee (1929-55), and director of the World Federation of Education Associations (1927-46). Miss Borchardt also served as a member of many governmental committees and conferences including the National Advisory Board...
Abstract The SEIU conducted an oral history program with officers and members, primarily between 1973 and 1988, with additions in 2002-2005. The collections consists of 31 interviews. Transcripts exist for all but the Andy Stern interview. Audio recordings exist for all but the following interviews: Cooper, Eliaser, Glenn (UCLA), Hannon, Levey (individual), Liebes, Neal, and Smiley. The Pat Ford interview conducted on Hi8 videotape. Interviewees discuss their entry into the labor movement and SEIU,...
Abstract The Sigma Gamma Association started with a handful of Detroit-area young women meeting together for social activities in 1904. They soon formalized their club with a constitution and started performing charitable activities for local children. After years spent steadily increasing their numbers and philanthropy, the polio outbreak of 1916 precipitated the Sigma Gammas to focus their mission on pediatric orthopedics. This led to the establishment of the Sigma Gamma Clinic for Crippled Children...
Abstract The Society of Women Engineers was founded in 1950 to encourage young women to pursue engineering and to support women engineers throughout their careers. The Detroit Section of the Society of Women Engineers was chartered June 30, 1952. SWE Detroit is one of the Society's oldest sections and is also among its largest, largely due to the prominence of the automotive and manufacturing industries in southeastern Michigan.The Society of Women Engineers Detroit Section Collection...
Abstract As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) launched its Grassroots Oral History Project, with an aim of capturing and sharing the stories, experiences, challenges, and accomplishments of SWE members over the years. Interviewees discuss their experiences and perspectives as women engineers and/or their involvement in the Society of Women Engineers. Among the interviewees are past presidents, award recipients, and members. Recordings and transcripts exist...
Abstract In the early 2000s, the Society for Women Engineers, working with its archivist, conducted interviews of pioneering women engineers across engineering disciplines, in order to document the history of women in engineering from the 1930s to the present, as well as the founding and development of SWE. The project was sponsored by SWE through funding provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund and managed by the Reuther Library. Interviews were conducted with 37 SWE-affiliated women engineers and their...
Abstract The Society of Women Engineers Publications includes inactive serials published by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The society's national publication was published under three different titles between 1951 and 1993: Journal of the Society of Women Engineers, SWE Newsletter, and U.S. Woman Engineer. The publication was renamed SWE in 1993. SWE is not included in this collection because it remains active, but is otherwise available for research at the Reuther Library. The Society of Women...
Abstract The Society of Women Engineers is a non-profit educational service organization, founded in 1950 as the first organization dedicated to the career guidance, advancement, and recognition of women engineers. The organization's national records exemplify the struggle women have faced over time, gaining entrance into a male dominated discipline and bear witness to the triumphs and honors women have enjoyed as engineering students and practicing professionals. While documenting the Society itself,...
Abstract StoryCorps is a nationwide initiative of Sound Portrait Productions to record and collect oral history interviews. The Society of Women Engineers, in partnership with StoryCorps, recorded interviews at the SWE annual national conferences in 2007 and 2008. Participants in the SWE Storycorps interviews discuss such topics as their education and work experiences, career influences, friendships, involvement in the Society of Women Engineers, and thoughts on women in engineering, including ideas and...
Abstract Susan E. Holleran was a labor journalist for AFSCME's national headquarters and its international magazine. Additionally, she was a founding member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), a member of the National Organization of Women (NOW), active in community service activities of the Washington, D.C. AFL-CIO, and coordinator of the first national conference on pay equity which resulted in the founding of the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1979. Holleran died of cancer on December...
Abstract The Society of Women Engineers: Emma Barth Diaries include over 160 diaries Barth wrote between 1939 and 1979. These diaries chronicle the 35 years Barth spent working as a mechanical engineer and her involvement in the Society of Women Engineers and the Society of Professional Engineers, as well as her outside activities and interests. Barth began her career as an engineer in 1942, when she enrolled in drafting courses at the Pittsburgh Aeronautics Institute and took a job as...
Abstract Thelma Bernstein was on the staff of Family Services of Metropolitan Detroit and was a member of AFSCME Local 1640, Council 77. Her papers relate to the activities of Local 1640 and consist of correspondence, minutes, memoranda, membership lists, and contract proposals.
Abstract An active member of the Detroit women's rights movement, journalist Toni Swanger worked with the Detroit Women's Radio Workshop on programming for the Detroit public radio station WDET, and served in various roles for Detroit newspaper, Metro Times, including production manager and managing editor. Ms. Swanger's papers reflect her interest in women's issues and document her career as an activist and radio and print journalist.
- Subject: Women X
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 32
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.) 17
- Service Employees International Union 12
- Society of Women Engineers 10
- National Organization for Women 9
- American Federation of Teachers 8
- AFSCME 7
- Wayne State University 7
- AFL-CIO 6
- Industrial Workers of the World 6
- Sweeney, John J. 5
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) 4
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 4
- Wayne State University. Folklore Archives 4
- Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America 3
- Cordtz, Richard 3
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 3
- Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives 3
- Stern, Andy 3
- 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.) 2
- Brody, Bernice 2
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.). Seattle Chapter 2
- Crawford, Elaine 2
- DelVecchio, Stacey 2
- Democratic Party (Mich.) 2
- Eller English, Troy 2
- Ellickson, Katherine Pollak 2
- Ford, Pat (Patricia) 2
- Francis, Ann 2
- General Motors Corporation 2
- Hatcher, Lillian 2
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters 2
- International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers 2
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Region 1-D 2
- Layne, Margaret 2
- Marinovich, Irene Young 2
- Mattson, Gail 2
- North American Free Trade Agreement (1992 December 17) 2
- Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 2
- Textile Workers Union of America 2
- Tietjen, Jill S. 2
- United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit 2
- United Farm Workers 2
- United Foundation (Detroit, Mich.) 2
- United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation 2
- AFL-CIO. Committee on Political Education. 1
- AFSCME. Local 101 (Santa Clara County, Calif.) 1
- AFSCME. Local 1259 1
- African National Congress 1
- Agricultural Labor Relations Board 1
- American Association of University Women. Detroit Branch, Inc. 1
- American Association of University Women. Michigan Division 1
- American Civil Liberties Union 1
- American Dance Festival 1
- American Federation of Labor 1
- Anderson-Rowland, Mary 1
- Arvey, Sarah 1
- Association of Municipal Professional Women 1
- Barth, Emma C. 1
- Beasley, Olive, 1903- 1
- Beckman, Charles Keller, 1900- 1
- Bednarczyk, Betty 1
- Berg, Harriet (Harriet Jean) 1
- Bernstein, Thelma M. 1
- Bierman, Elizabeth 1
- Blakenhorn, Ann 1
- Blue Cross Blue Shield 1
- Boggs, Grace Lee 1
- Booth, George R., Jr. 1
- Borchardt, Selma 1
- Brewster, George 1
- Brody, Jeffrey 1
- Brookwood Labor College (Katonah, N.Y.) 1
- Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees 1
- Bryce, William 1
- Bubb, Margo 1
- Burt, George, 1903- 1
- Buss, Fran Leeper, 1942- 1
- Cascadden, Sharon (Sharon E.) 1
- Chrapkiewicz, Joseph 1
- Christenson, Edith L. 1
- Chrysler Corporation 1
- Clark, Yvonne Young 1
- Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (U.S.) 1
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.). Greater Boston Chapter 1
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.). Metro-Detroit Chapter 1
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.). Puget Sound Chapter 1
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.). San Francisco Chapter 1
- Cohen, Carl 1
- Colatosti, Camille 1
- Collier, John, Jr. (William Armistead) 1
- Collier, Phyllis Feningston 1
- Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- Communication Workers of America 1
- Community Chest of Metropolitan Detroit 1
- Cook, Victoria 1
- Corder, Minnie F. 1
- Damman, Adair 1
- Daniels, Jane Zimmer 1
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