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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Information

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1: Union and Community Organizing, 1973-2001, Undated

Series 2: Energy and Labor, 1962-1996, Undated

Series 3: International Labor Organizing, 1980-1994, Undated

Series 4: Subject Files, 1937-1996, Undated

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FRED PFEIFFER PAPERS (APAP139) , 1937-2001

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pfeiffer, Fred
Title: Fred Pfeiffer Papers
Date: 1937-2001
Physical Characteristics: 4.29  cubic ft.
Abstract: The Fred Pfeiffer Papers document Pfeiffer's work with labor unions and activist organizations in the Albany, NY, area from the mid-1970s to 2001.
Storage: The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language: English
Repository: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Biographical Sketch

Fred Pfeiffer has been involved in organized labor in the Albany, NY Capital District since the 1970s. He was a machinist at GE in Schenectady. He has worked with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Labor Committee for Safe Energy, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Campaign for a Livable Minimum Wage, and other national and local organizations. As a bargaining advisor, he helped to organize hospital workers, Capital District Off-Track Betting (OTB) workers, Albany Public Library employees, janitors in Albany, and others. He has also worked on behalf of various causes, notably NL Industries and the impact of nuclear power during the 1980s, and Latin American labor organizing and refugee programs, especially El Salvador, during the 1980s and early 1990s. Pfeiffer served as coordinator at the Capital District Worker Center for the Building Skills Project in the 2000s. Pfeiffer remains a lively local activist, most recently demonstrating with the Occupy Movement.

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Scope and Content Information

The Fred Pfeiffer Papers contain records resulting from his work with various unions and activist organizations in the Albany, NY area, as well as a collection of union-related materials such as contracts, newsletters, and publications that have historical significance. While all of the series include material directly related to Pfeiffer's work, Series 1 and 2 consist of the most substantial amount of Pfeiffer-related papers. In particular, please see the CSEA and SEIU folders in Series 1 and in the Labor Committee for Safe Energy folder in Series 2. Series 2 contains information on nuclear energy activism and organized labor's engagement with energy issues, mostly during the 1980s. Series 3 relates to labor organizing in Latin America during the 1980s and 1990s. Series 4 is a diverse set of published documents and artifacts (mostly buttons and pins) related to labor organizations, conventions, government reports, protests and marches.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 - Union and Community Organizing, 1973-2001, Undated
Series 2 - Energy and Labor, 1962-1996, Undated
Series 3 - International Labor Organizing, 1980-1994, Undated
Series 4 - Subject Files, 1937-1996, Undated

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Restrictions

Access

Access to 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.

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Related Material

Archivists transfered a monograph An Organizer's Notebook on Public Utilities and Energy, to the book division of Special Collections. The catalogue record for the monograph will be included in Minerva, the University Library Catalog.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Pfeiffer, Fred

Corporate Bodies

AFL-CIO
AFSCME
Civil Service Employees Association (N.Y.)
Service Employees International Union
Solidarity Committee of the Capital District

Subjects

Labor Unions--Organizing--Latin America
Labor Unions--Organizing--New York(State)
Nuclear Energy--New York (State)--Public Opinion

Places

New York (State)--Social Conditions

Genres and Forms

Artifacts
Clippings
Files by subject
Minutes
Newsletters
Official reports

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Fred Pfeiffer Papers 1937-2001 (APAP-139). M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Pfeiffer Papers).

Acquisition Information

Fred Pfeiffer donated the papers to the M.E. Grenander Special Collections and Archives department.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Ben Himmelfarb
Date: Copyright 2013 by the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history:

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Container List

nam_apap139-1 Series 1: Union and Community Organizing, 1973-2001, Undated - 1.43  cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series is composed of meeting minutes, personal notes, correspondence, newsletters, event plans, agendas, and other materials related to organizing efforts or union business. Fred Pfeiffer worked with CSEA, SEIU, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, and the Campaign for a Livable Minimum Wage. The largest amount of material is from his experiences with AFSCME, CSEA and SEIU.
Box Folder
1 apap139-1_1 1 nam_apap139-1_1 CSEA Local 445, Eleanor Roosevelt Developmental Services, Meeting Minutes, 1973-1977
apap139-1_2 2 nam_apap139-1_2 CSEA Local 445, ERDS, Newsletter, 1976-1977
apap139-1_3 3 nam_apap139-1_3 CSEA Local 445, ERDS, By-Laws and Budget, 1976-1979, Undated
apap139-1_4 4 nam_apap139-1_4 CSEA Local 445, ERDS, Disciplinary Hearing, 1977
apap139-1_5 5-6 nam_apap139-1_5 ENYCOSH and Silkwood Project, 1977-1983, Undated
apap139-1_6 7 nam_apap139-1_6 Glass Bottle Blower Association, 1979, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 apap139-1_7 1 nam_apap139-1_7 Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Workers in Unions Film Series Posters, 1984, Undated
Box Folder
1 apap139-1_8 8 nam_apap139-1_8 Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, 1984, 1986, 1991, 1994-1998
apap139-1_9 9 nam_apap139-1_9 IUE, Brushworker, 1985-1986, Undated
apap139-1_10 10 nam_apap139-1_10 SEIU, Local 200D, 1986-2000, Undated
apap139-1_11 11 nam_apap139-1_11 SEIU, D Connect Newsletter, 1987-1989, 1995, 1998-2000, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 apap139-1_12 2 nam_apap139-1_12 AFSCME, Council 66 News, 1991-1994
Box Folder
1 apap139-1_13 12 nam_apap139-1_13 AFSCME, General Electric Taxes in Schenectady (1 of 2), 1991-1994, Undated
Box Folder
2 apap139-1_14 1 nam_apap139-1_14 AFSCME, General Electric Taxes in Schenectady (2 of 2), 1991-1994, Undated
apap139-1_15 2 nam_apap139-1_15 AFSCME, Council 66, 1991-1994, Undated
apap139-1_16 3 nam_apap139-1_16 AFSCME, Regional Reports, 1992-1993, Undated
apap139-1_17 4 nam_apap139-1_17 Albany Public Library Workers, 1993-1994
apap139-1_18 5 nam_apap139-1_18 Capital District Off-Track Betting Workers, 1993-1994
apap139-1_19 6-7 nam_apap139-1_19 Campaign for a Livable Minimum Wage, 1994-1997, 1999, Undated
apap139-1_20 8 nam_apap139-1_20 Graduate Students, 1994, 1996-1997, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 apap139-1_21 3 nam_apap139-1_21 AFL-CIO Poster about Governor Pataki's Budget, ca. 1996
Box Folder
2 apap139-1_22 9-10 nam_apap139-1_22 SEIU, Local 200-D, Minutes, Reports and Notes (2 folders of 3), 1998-2001
Box Folder
3 apap139-1_23 1 nam_apap139-1_23 SEIU, Local 200-D, Minutes, Reports and Notes (3 of 3), 1998-2001
apap139-1_24 2 nam_apap139-1_24 Fred Pfeiffer's Resume, Undated
Oversized Folder
1 apap139-1_25 1 nam_apap139-1_25 SEIU, Local 200-D, T-Shirts, Undated
nam_apap139-2 Series 2: Energy and Labor, 1962-1996, Undated -   1.14 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series' biggest concentration of materials spans the late 1970s to the mid-1980s and contains Fred Pfeiffer's founding and organizing work with the Labor Committee for Safe Energy. The clippings, notes, publications, pamphlets, reports, official government documents, and flyers related to NL Industries are extensive. The folders for the PSC/CUB and GE PEP include materials related to Pfeiffer's work with the International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE) Local 301.
Box Folder
1 apap139-2_1 1 nam_apap139-2_1 Pro-Nuke Unionism, 1962, 1977-1981, Undated
apap139-2_2 2 nam_apap139-2_2 Peace and Conversion, 1977-1993, Undated
apap139-2_3 3-4 nam_apap139-2_3 Labor Committee for Safe Energy, 1978-1983, 1986, Undated
apap139-2_4 5-7 nam_apap139-2_4 NL Industries, 1978-1984, Undated
apap139-2_5 9-12 nam_apap139-2_5 Capital District Anti-Nuclear Alliance (CDANA), 1979-1982
Oversized Folder
2 apap139-2_6 4 nam_apap139-2_6 KITE, 1980
Box Folder
1 apap139-2_7 13 nam_apap139-2_7 General Electric, PEP, IUE, 1980-1993, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 apap139-2_8 5 nam_apap139-2_8 "Powerline", 1981
Box Folder
1 apap139-2_9 14 nam_apap139-2_9 Public Services Commission (PSC) and Citizens Utility Board (CUB), 1981-1996, Undated
apap139-2_10 15 nam_apap139-2_10 IUE, Fuel Adjustment Clause, PSC Case #27741, 1982-1983, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 apap139-2_11 6 nam_apap139-2_11 Earthroots Newspaper, "Northern Rights Southern Light", 1991
apap139-2_12 7 nam_apap139-2_12 "Three Mile Island: One Year Later, Undated
nam_apap139-3 Series 3: International Labor Organizing, 1980-1994, Undated -   .74 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series contains materials related to labor organizing in Latin America, South America and the Caribbean, with a strong collection of correspondence, clippings, government documents, and organizing materials about El Salvador. The folder on Free Trade contains records on local organizing efforts. Pfeiffer was engaged with international labor organizing through unions and activist organizations in the Albany area.
Box Folder
1 apap139-3_1 1 nam_apap139-3_1 Cruzada Nacional de Alfabetizacion, Nicaragua Stickers, 1980
apap139-3_2 2-5 nam_apap139-3_2 El Salvador, 1981, 1988-1991, 1993, Undated
apap139-3_3 6 nam_apap139-3_3 Central American Briefing Book, 1984
apap139-3_4 7 nam_apap139-3_4 Guatemala, Coca-Cola Display, 1984, 1986, 1990-1991, 1993
apap139-3_5 8 nam_apap139-3_5 Nicaragua, 1987, 1991, Undated
apap139-3_6 9 nam_apap139-3_6 Andean Focus, Labor Action, Newsletters, 1987-1994, Undated
Box Folder
2 apap139-3_7 1 nam_apap139-3_7 Puerto Rico, 1989-1991, 1993-1994
Oversized Folder
2 apap139-3_8 8 nam_apap139-3_8 AFL-CIO News, "Jobs Exported To Mexico", 1991
Box Folder
2 apap139-3_9 2-3 nam_apap139-3_9 Free Trade, 1991-1993, Undated
apap139-3_10 4 nam_apap139-3_10 Haiti, 1993-1994
Oversized Folder
2 apap139-3_11 9 nam_apap139-3_11 "Boycott Salvadoran Coffee" Poster, Undated
nam_apap139-4 Series 4: Subject Files, 1937-1996, Undated -   .98 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series includes a box of pins and buttons related to political campaigns (including ones for Democratic U.S. Presidential candidates), union programs, protests and marches. Most of the buttons are undated, although some are stamped with the date of the election or related special event. There also is a collection of contracts and workers' agreements, historically significant publications from national AFL-CIO meetings, and U.S. Senate Reports related to organized labor.
Box Folder
1 apap139-4_1 1 nam_apap139-4_1 Violations of Free Speech and Rights of Labor "Harlan County," U.S. Senate Report, 1937
apap139-4_2 2 nam_apap139-4_2 Textile Workers Union of America, Agreement, Constitution, Ethical Practices, 1946, 1953, 1957-1958, 1962
apap139-4_3 3 nam_apap139-4_3 New York State Industrial Union Council, 1950
apap139-4_4 4 nam_apap139-4_4 AFL, Proceedings of 74th Convention, 1955
apap139-4_5 5 nam_apap139-4_5 AFL-CIO, Draft Constitution, IUD Digest, 1955, 1959
Film
1 apap139-4_6 nam_apap139-4_6 Hudson Valley Area Joint Board Sealy Mattress Strike by TWUA, Schenectady, Albany, Buffalo, 1960s
Box Folder
1 apap139-4_7 6 nam_apap139-4_7 Worker Alienation, U.S. Senate Report, 1972
apap139-4_8 7 nam_apap139-4_8 International Association of Bridge, Structural, and Ornamental Iron Workers, Shopmens Local 534, Agreement, 1976
apap139-4_9 8 nam_apap139-4_9 Glass Bottle Blower's Association, Local By-Laws, Contract, Constitution, 1976-1977
apap139-4_10 9 nam_apap139-4_10 United Cement, Lime and Gypsum Workers International Union, Agreement, 1978
apap139-4_11 10 nam_apap139-4_11 United Mine Workers Association, Bargaining Bulletin, 1981
apap139-4_12 11 nam_apap139-4_12 Public Employee Federation, Resolutions, Bulletin, 1981, 1995, Undated
apap139-4_13 12 nam_apap139-4_13 Brushworkers Union, Contract, 1982
Box Folder
2 apap139-4_14 1 nam_apap139-4_14 Report to Governor and Legislators on Garment Manufacturing Industry and Industrial Homework, 1982
apap139-4_15 2 nam_apap139-4_15 A Report on the Plight of the Collective Bargaining System, NYS Assembly Report, 1984
Artifact-box
1 apap139-4_16 nam_apap139-4_16 Pins and Buttons from various demonstrations, labor unions, and political campaigns, 1983-1996, Undated
Box Folder
2 apap139-4_17 3 nam_apap139-4_17 Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union, Constitution, 1988
apap139-4_18 4 nam_apap139-4_18 Green Island Plant, "65 Years of Pride", 1988
apap139-4_19 5 nam_apap139-4_19 IUE Local 318, Agreement, 1989
apap139-4_20 6 nam_apap139-4_20 James Joseph Roti, Award of Merit Dinner, 1989
apap139-4_21 7 nam_apap139-4_21 New York State Senator Franz S. Leichter, Reports on Corporate Welfare, 1991, 1995
Box Folder
3 apap139-4_22 1 nam_apap139-4_22 SENSES, Counterbudget, 1993-1994
apap139-4_23 2 nam_apap139-4_23 American Postal Workers Union, "The Albany Post", 1998-2000
apap139-4_24 3 nam_apap139-4_24 AFSCEME Patch, Undated
apap139-4_25 4 nam_apap139-4_25 AFSCEME Stickers Supporting Bill Clinton, Undated
apap139-4_26 5 nam_apap139-4_26 Coalition for Public Higher Education Sticker Supporting SUNY, Undated
apap139-4_27 6 nam_apap139-4_27 Lock Haven and the Dream Deferred, Undated
apap139-4_28 7 nam_apap139-4_28 Stickers ProtestingUSA Today/Gannet Subsidiary, Undated

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