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COUNCIL 82, SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT EMPLOYEES, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES (AFSCME)
RECORDS, 1968-1989

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Finding Aid Compiled by
La Nina M. Clayton
June 14, 1990







M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935


VOLUME: 9.6 cubic feet and 1 reel of microfilm

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Council 82, Security and Law Enforcement Employees, AFSCME. The issues of Council 82's newspapers were microfilmed as part of the Harry Van Arsdale, Jr., Labor History Project.

ACCESS: Series 3 is restricted. Access to all other series in this record group is unrestricted.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative History

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:


Council 82
Administrative History

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Council 82 was formed through the merger of two unions, Councils 30 and 50. Council 30, when it began, solicited the membership of all state employees. The corrections officers decided Council 30 had neglected its duty to bargain in good faith for them and opted to establish their own union to, address more fully the rigors of their profession. In 1953, members of the Correction Officers Association (COA) negotiated with the corrections employees of Council 30 to organize their own separate union. The 662 COA members from eight prisons formed what would become Council 50. On September 3, 1969 correctional employees from Council 50 and Council 30 consolidated their efforts and formed Council 82. The union's first contract with New York State was signed In 1970.

Council 82, like other unions, lobbied the state to Increase wages and benefits but more Importantly to increase support staff throughout the state's overcrowded correctional facilities. In September 1971 a riot at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York left 11 corrections officers and 32 inmates dead. Council 82 used the incident at Attica to petition the state for more satisfactory working conditions and an increase in staff.

In April 1979, 6,400 corrections employees went on strike for 16 days. Council 82 was fined $2.5 million for contempt of court under New York's Taylor Law. The fine was later reduced to $150,000 which the court allowed to be paid in monthly installments so as to permit the union to continue operations. Council 82 also lost its privilege of dues check-off for three months as a result of the strike.

Council 82 experienced two other major hostage crises. The first was the Ossining takeover. In January 1983, 600 inmates in Cell Block B took 19 corrections officers hostage for 53 hours. Council 82 experienced its last major hostage crisis on August 1, 1988. Five corrections officers were taken hostage at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility. The officers were released, unharmed, the next day.

In 1984 The Union of Federated Corrections Officers (TUFCO) challenged Council 82 as the exclusive representative of the state's Security and Law Enforcement Employees. An election was held so that members could vote for the representative of their choice. On February 22, 1985 the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) announced Council 82's victory over the T.U.F.C.O. association.

Council 82 Is the exclusive bargaining representative of over 22,000 Security and Law Enforcement employees. With the exception of the State Police, Council 82 represents all New York State law enforcement personnel.


Council 82
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The records of Council 82 document every year of the organization's existence with minutes, newspapers, and other material. Council 82's records are divided into six series: Executive Board Files, 1969,1972-86; Subject Files, 1968-87; Legal Files, 1976-84; T.U.F.C.O. Files, 1983-87; Sing Sing Local 1413, Records, 1972-80; and Council 82 Newspapers, 1971, 1974, 1980-89.

Council 82 was one of the first and became one of the largest and most important of the public sector unions to organize after the implementation of the Taylor Law. The records of Council 82 document how a large union organized itself at the state level and initiated a dialogue with the state of New York. One of the most important activities of Council 82 has been to negotiate contracts with the state, and minutes, newspapers, and subject files, each in different ways, elucidate the procedures and accomplishments of these negotiations.

The most extensive series is the Executive Board files, which contain correspondence and minutes of Executive Board meetings and which give a good idea of the activities of the union during almost its entire history. This series documents the entire range of Council 82's activities: political action, lobbying, and relations with the state and other unions. The other series give more detailed information on some activities of Council 82. The newspapers, for example, are the public voice of Council 82 and the clearest indication of the union's opinion about corrections policy and other matters.

The records of Sing Sing Local 1413 are records that were transferred to Council 82 when Local 1413 closed down. These are the only records that were not produced by the statewide union itself.

For related collections in the Department, see the online subject guide for Labor.


Council 82
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Executive Board Files, 1969, 1972-1986. 1.4 cubic feet. Arranged into two subseries Meeting Minutes" and "Meeting Correspondence"), and arranged chronologically thereunder.

Contains minutes of executive board meetings (1969, 1972-86) and correspondence relating to those meetings (1978-86). The Executive Board Files were maintained as a record of the activities of the organization as well a record of correspondence between the organization, its members, and the public. Although Council 82 began in 1968 the Executive Board Files do not begin until 1969. There is a gap of two years (1970-71) in the meeting minutes. Executive Board files produced after 1986 are In the possession of Council 82.

Series 2: Subject Files, 1968-1987. 3 cubic feet. Arranged alphabetically and chronologically thereunder.

Contains annual conventions (1970-81), contract negotiations (1969-70), minutes of the Correction Policy Committee (1968-78), and minutes of meetings of local presidents' (1981, 1983-85). The subject files are a record of the activities of Council 82, the bulk of the series consisting of annual convention minutes, Correction Policy Committee correspondence and minutes, and correspondence with the Department of Correctional Services. Conspicuously absent from the files is documentation on the 1971 riot at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York. Similarly, there is little documentation pertaining to the strike of 1979 during which 6,400 corrections employees went on strike for 16 days.

Series 3: Legal Files, 1976-1984. 4 cubic feet. Arranged alphabetically and chronologically thereunder.

Contains affidavits (1979-82), notices of hearing (1979-81), notices of determination (1981-82)), grievance arbitrations (1983-84). The Legal Files spanning only eight years, form the largest series. Most of the series is devoted to the Strike of 1979 during which 6,400 corrections employees went on strike for 16 days . Included In the 1979 Strike records are affidavits, notices of hearing, and notices of determination. In addition to strike information there are also grievance arbitrations and decisions relating to sex discrimination and disciplinary grievances.

Series 4: The Union of Federated Corrections Officers (T.U.F.C.O.) Files, 1983-1987. 1 cubic foot. Arranged alphabetically and chronologically thereunder.

Contains T.U.F.C.O. charges and counter charges (1984), authorization card incidents (1984), and organizational activities (1985). T.U.F.C.O. challenged Council 82 as the exclusive bargaining representative for security and law enforcement personnel. Council 82 launched a counterattack on T.U.F.C.O. by developing anti-T.U.F.C.O. literature, a contest entitled, "Why I don't like T.U.F.C.0." and complaints filed against T.U.F.C.O. for using a logo similar to that of Council 82. Additional anti-T.U.F.C.O. materials Include sketches, cartoons, and the T.U.F.C.O. Constitution.

Series 5: Sing Sing Local 1413, 1972-1980. 0.25 cubic feet

Contains arbitration decisions (1979), constitution (1980), correspondence from the Department of Correctional Services (1972-79), and labor-management meetings (1978). The files of Sing Sing Local 1413 are a dozen or more folders pertaining exclusively to the local. Included within the series are correspondence with Council 82, arbitration decisions, and correspondence from the Minority Correction Officers Association. Local 1413 also publishes its own newsletter, "The Way Out," and maintained clippings and copies of printed articles on the New York State criminal justice system. This series is but a part of the records available for Sing Sing Local 1413. Additional records may be found throughout the Subject File series.

Series 6: Council 82 Newspapers, 1971, 1974,1980-1989. 1 reel of microfilm. Arranged chronologically.

Includes the Council 82 Review (1971, 1974, 1980-84) and the Council 82 Enforcer (1984-89). These publications serve the union by keeping the members abreast of the political as well as the social and economic climate of the New York State Department of Corrections. There are substantial gaps for the early years of the Council 82 Review.


Council 82
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Executive Board Files, 1969, 1972-1986

Box 1

Meeting Notices, 1973-1977
Meeting Notices, 1979-1984
Minutes, 1969
Minutes, 1972
Minutes, 1973
Minutes, 1974
Minutes, 1975
Minutes, 1976
Minutes, 1977
Minutes, 1978
Minutes, 1978
Minutes, 1979
Minutes, 1980
Minutes, 1981
Minutes, 1982
Minutes, 1983
Minutes, 1984
Minutes, 1985
Minutes, 1987
Correspondence, 1978-1980
Correspondence, 1981
Correspondence (2 folders), 1982
Correspondence (2 folders), 1983
Correspondence ( folders), 1984

Box 2

Correspondence (5 folders), 1984
Correspondence (2 folders), 1985
Correspondence, 1986


Council 82
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Series 2: Subject Files, 1968-1987

Box 1

American Corrections Association, 1984
American Corrections Association Convention, 1983
American Correctional Association, 1982-84
Annual Convention--First, 1970
Annual Convention--Second, 1971
Annual Convention-Third (special), 1972
Annual Convention--Fourth, 1972
Annual Convention-Fifth, 1973
Annual Convention-Sixth, 1974
Annual Convention--Seventh, 1975
Annual Convention--Eighth, 1976
Annual Convention--Ninth, 1977
Annual Convention-Tenth, 1978
Annual Convention--Eleventh, 1979
Annual Convention--Twelfth (2 folders), 1980
Annual Convention-Thirteenth (2 folders), 1981
Collective Bargaining Agreements, 1972-74, 1977-79
Commission of Correction, 1975-79
Campaign Material, 1984
Conservation--Preservation Employees, 1969
Constitution, 1975-83
Constitution Amendments and Resolutions, 1979
Contract Agreement, 1984-87
Contract Demands--Statewide and Departmental, 1969-70
Contract Negotiations, 1969
Contract Negotiations, 1970
Contract Negotiations--Minutes, 1969
Contract with New York State, 1985
Convention Report, 1980
Convention Report--Amendments, Rules, 1985

Box 2

Correction Officer (Draft of Dissertation--2 Folders), 1977
Corrections Officers Benefit Association, 1978
Correction Policy Committee--Correspondence and Minutes, 1968
Correction Policy Committee--Correspondence and Minutes, 1968-69
Correction Policy Committee--Correspondence and Minutes, 1969-70
Correction Policy Committee--Correspondence and Minutes, 1973
Correction Policy Committee--Correspondence and Minutes, 1974
Correction Policy Committee--Correspondence and Minutes, 1975
Correction Policy Commfttee--Correspondence and Minutes, 1976
Correction Policy Committee--Correspondence and Minutes, 1977
Correction Policy Committee--Correspondence and Minutes, 1978
Correction Policy Committee--Correspondence and Minutes, 1980
Correction Policy Committee--Correspondence and Minutes, 1982
Correction Policy Committee--Correspondence and Minutes, 1983
Correction Policy Committee--Correspondence and Minutes, 1984
Correction Locals' Correspondence, 1972-78
Correspondence of Council 50,1969-70
Correspondence to Executive Directors, 1980
CSEA, 1974-79
Comptroller's Advisory Council, 1976
Council 66,1972-1978
Department of Correctional Services, 1971
Department of Correctional Services, 1972
Department of Correctional Services, 1973
Department of Correctional Services, 1974
Department of Correctional Services, 1975
Department of Correctional Services, 1976
Department of Correctional Services, 1977
Department of Correctional Services--Directives, 1984

Box 3

Department of Correctional Services--Employee Manual, 1977
Department of Correctional Services, 1978
Department of Correctional Services, 1979
Department of Correctional Services, 1980-81
Department of Correctional Services, 1982
Employee Assistance Program, 1980
Employee Health Insurance, 1972
Expense Voucher, 1978
Grievances--Downstate Local 399,1979-81
Grievance-Great Meadow Local 1279,1975-78
Handbook for Employees and Supervisors, 1980
Improper Practice--Certification Election, 1979
Insurance Committee Meeting, 1979
Job Performance Appraisals, 1968
Labor/Management Meeting Minutes--Local, 1979-80
Labor/Management Meeting Minutes--Local, 1981
Labor/Management Meeting Minutes--Statewide, 1983-84
Legislative Chairman File, 1981-82
Local President's Meeting Minutes, 1981
Local President's Meeting Minutes, 1983
Local President's Meeting Minutes, 1984
Local President's Meeting Minutes, 1985
Merger Agreements, 1969
News Releases, 1979-80
News Releases, 1980-82
News Releases, 1983-84
Newspaper Clippings (2 Folders), 1980-81
Office of Employee Relations--Arbitrations, 1980
Office of Employee Relations--Correspondence, 1980
Public Employment Relations Board, 1984
Quality of Working Life Committee, 1983
Quality of Working Life Committee--Aprrovals, 1983
Quality of Working Life Committee--Disapprovals, 1983
Quality of Working Life Committee--Meeting, 1983
Security Unit Employee's Council, 1969
Sing Sing-Local 1413,1983
Staff Meetings, 1984-85
Staff Meetings--Notes, 1983-85
Staff Reports From Locals, 1983-84
Village of Catskill, 1983-84


Council 82
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Series 3: Legal Files, 1976-1984

Box 1
Folder

Council 82 v. NYS Department of Correctional Services
     Affidavit of Service, 1983
     Arbitration Award, 1982
Richard Egger, Grievance v. NYS Department of Correctional Services
     Grievance Arbitration, 1982
     Grievance Arbitration, 1983
     Grievance Arbitration, 1984
     Notice of Petition, 1983
Grievance--Albion Correctional Facility, 1980
Thomas Page, Grievance v. State University of New York
     Disciplinary Grievance Arbitration (5 Folders), 1982
Office of Employee Relations, 1981
Notice of Petition, 1981-83
Iola Forts v. Benjamin Ward
     Court Exhibits, 1977
Sex Discrimination in Employment--Albion Correctional Facility, 1978
Gant & Guarino v. NYS Department of Correctional Services
     Sex Discrimination in Employment (3 folders), 1982
     State Division of Human Rights Hearing, 1982
Jose Garcia v. Robert Abrams
     Order and Judgment, 1983
Guarino v. Village of Geneseo
     Guarino Affidavit, 1983
AFSCME, Council 82 v. Village of Geneseo
     Award of Arbitrator, 1982
     Brief for Charging Party, 1981
     Briefs, 1982
     Correspondence, 1981-84
     Decision and Order, 1982
     Depositions, 1981
     Exceptions and Request for Oral Agreement, 1981
     Grievance Forms, 1982
     Judgments, 1982
     Jurisdictional Statement, 1983
     Mac Arthur Affidavit, 1982
     Maloney Affidavit, 1981
     Notice of Appeal, 1982
     Notice of Motion, 1982

Box 2
Folder

NYS PERB v. Village of Geneseo
     Notice of Petition, 1982
     Reply Affidavit, 1982
AFSCME, Council 82 v. Village of Geneseo
     Orders, 1982
     Order to Show Cause, 1981
AFSCME, Council 82 v. Village of Geneseo
     Petitioner's Brief, 1981
     Record on Appeal, 1982
     Related Cases, 1982
     Respondent's Briefs, 1981
     Stipulations Waiving Certification, 1984
     Union Brief, 1981
Application of A.J. Scotti, Special Deputy Attorney General
     Brief of Appellants--Corrections Officers, 1976
Strike of 1979
     Affidavfts--Attica Correctional Facility, (2 folders), 1979
     Affidavits-Attica Correctional Facility, 1980-81
     Affidavfts--Attica Correctional Facility, 1982
     Hearing Schedules-Attica Correctional Facility, 1982
     Notices of Determination--Attica Correctional Facility, 1982
     Notle of Determination--Buffalo State, 1979-82
     Affidavfts--SUNY at Buffalo, 1979-82
     Affidavfts--Camp Monterey Correctional Facility, 1981
     Common Exhibits-Camp Monterey, 1979
     Notice of Determination--Camp Monterey, 1981
     Affidavits--Camp Summit, 1979
     Common Exhibits--Camp Summit, 1979
     Affidavits--Clinton Correctional Facility, 1979
     Affidavits--Clinton Correctional Facility, (2 folders), 1982

Box 3

Strike of 1979
     Affidavits--Downstate Correctional Facllity (2 folders), 1979
     Notice of Determination--Downstate Correctional Facility, 1981
     Employee Hearing Schedule--Eastern Correctional Facility, 1979
     Jack Pellinger--Eastern Correctional Facility, 1980
     Notice of Determination--Eastern Correctional Facility, 1981
     Notice of Hearing--Elmira Correctional Facility, 1982
     Notice of Determination--Great Meadow Correctional Facillty (3 folders), 1981
     Strike Correspondence--Great Meadow Correctional Facility, 1979-81
     Subpoena Duces Tecum--Middletown Psych. Ctr. 1982
     Time and Accrual-Middletown Psych. Ctr., 1980
     Affidavits--Mid Hudson Psych. Ctr. (4 folders), 1979
     Affidavfts--Mid Hudson Psych. Ctr., 1980
     Common Exhlbfts--Mid Hudson Psych. Ctr., 1979
     Notice of Hearing--Mid Hudson Psych. Ctr., 1979-82

Box 4

Strike of 1979
     Affidavits-Mid Orange Correctional Facility (2 folders), 1982
     Common Exhibits--Mid Orange Correctional Facility, 1979
     Hearing Schedule-Mid Orange Correctional Facility, 1981
     Notice of Determination-Mid Orange Correctional Facility, 1981
     Notice of Hearing-Office of General Services, 1981
     Affidavfts--Ossining Correctional Facility (5 folders), 1982
     Notice of Determination-Ossining Correctional Facility, 1981
     Notice of Hearing-Roswell Memorial Park, 1979-82
     Affidavits-Watetown, 1979
     Affidavits--Woodbourne Correctional Facility (5 folders), 1979
     Fact Sheets--Woodbourne Correctional Facility, 1981
     Hearing Schedule--Woodbourne, Correctional Facility, 1980-81
Agreement of Reconciliation-Council 82 and New York State, 1979
Memorandum of Understanding, 1979
New York State v. AFSCME, Council 82
     Order to Show Cause, 1979
AFSCME, Council 82 v. New York State, Hugh Carey, Governor
     Common Exhibits and Stipulations, 1979
     Injunction Relief and Stipulations, 1979


Council 82
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Series 4: T.U.F.C.O. Files, 1983-1987

Box 1

Affidavits, 1984
Authorization Card Incidents, 1984
Campaign, 1984-85
Challenge to Council 82, 1983-84
Challenge to Council 82 (2 folders), 1984
Charges (3 folders), 1985
Charges and Counter Charges, 1984
Correspondence, 1984
Council 82 Charges, 1984
Distribution of Literature, 1984
Improper Labor Practice, 1984
Judicial Pabel Cases, 1984-85
News Articles, 1983-84
Organizational Activities, 1983
Organizational Activities, 1985
T.U.F.C.O. Projects (AFSCME), 1984
Propaganda, 1987
Representation Campaign Activities, 1983-85
Representation Election, 1985
Signers of T.U.F.C.O. Designation Card, 1984
State of New York and T.U.F.C.O. Affidavits (2 folders), 1984
"Why I Don't Like T.U.F.C.O." Contest, 1984


Council 82
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Series 5: Sing Sing Local 1413, Records, 1972-1980

Box 1

Arbitration, 1979
Audit, 1980
Constitution, 1976
Correspondence From Dept. of Correctional Services, 1972-79
Correspondence with Council 82,1972-74
Correspondence with Ossining Correctional Facility, 1977-79
Election, 1975
Executive Board Meeting, 1973-80
Inmate Liaison Committee, undated
Labor-Management Meetings, 1978
Memoranda From Local 1413 to Members, 1979-80
Minority Corrections Officer's Association, 1979
Newsletter--"The Way Out"
Newspaper Clippings, 1979
Strike of 1979, 1979


Council 82
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Series 6: Council 82 Newspapers, 1971, 1974, 1980-1989

Reel 1

The Council 82 Review

[Volumes 1-10, missing]
Vol. 11, nos. 7,14,1971
Vol. 12, nos. 25, 27-28, 31, 1974
[Volumes 13-16, missing]
Vol. 17, nos. 1-5, 1980
Vol. 18, nos. 1-6,8-12,1981
Vol. 19, nos. 1-5,7-10,1982
Vol. 20, nos. 1-12,1983
Vol. 21, nos. 1-5,1984

The Council 82 Enforcer

Vol. 21, nos. 6-13,1984
Vol. 22,1985
Vol. 23,1986
Vol. 24,1987
Vol. 25,1988
Vol. 26, nos. 1-9,1989


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