Table Of Contents

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, (APAP-139) 1937-2001




Descriptive Summary

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: The materials in the collection are in 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: 2013 By the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history:

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Container List

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 1 CSEA Local 445, Eleanor Roosevelt Developmental Services, Meeting Minutes, 1973-1977
2 CSEA Local 445, ERDS, Newsletter, 1976-1977
3 CSEA Local 445, ERDS, By-Laws and Budget, 1976-1979 Undated
4 CSEA Local 445, ERDS, Disciplinary Hearing, 1977
5-6 ENYCOSH and Silkwood Project, 1977-1983 Undated
7 Glass Bottle Blower Association, 1979 Undated
Oversized Folder
2 1 Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Workers in Unions Film Series Posters, 1984 Undated
Box Folder
1 8 Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, 1984 1986 1991 1994-1998
9 IUE, Brushworker, 1985-1986 Undated
10 SEIU, Local 200D, 1986-2000 Undated
11 SEIU, D Connect Newsletter, 1987-1989 1995 1998-2000 Undated
Oversized Folder
2 2 AFSCME, Council 66 News, 1991-1994
Box Folder
1 12 AFSCME, General Electric Taxes in Schenectady (1 of 2), 1991-1994 Undated
Box Folder
2 1 AFSCME, General Electric Taxes in Schenectady (2 of 2), 1991-1994 Undated
2 AFSCME, Council 66, 1991-1994 Undated
3 AFSCME, Regional Reports, 1992-1993 Undated
4 Albany Public Library Workers, 1993-1994
5 Capital District Off-Track Betting Workers, 1993-1994
6-7 Campaign for a Livable Minimum Wage, 1994-1997 1999 Undated
8 Graduate Students, 1994 1996-1997 Undated
Oversized Folder
2 3 AFL-CIO Poster about Governor Pataki's Budget, ca. 1996
Box Folder
2 9-10 SEIU, Local 200-D, Minutes, Reports and Notes (2 folders of 3), 1998-2001
Box Folder
3 1 SEIU, Local 200-D, Minutes, Reports and Notes (3 of 3), 1998-2001
2 Fred Pfeiffer's Resume, Undated
Oversized Folder
1 1 SEIU, Local 200-D, T-Shirts, Undated
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 1 Pro-Nuke Unionism, 1962 1977-1981 Undated
2 Peace and Conversion, 1977-1993 Undated
3-4 Labor Committee for Safe Energy, 1978-1983 1986 Undated
5-7 NL Industries, 1978-1984 Undated
9-12 Capital District Anti-Nuclear Alliance (CDANA), 1979-1982
Oversized Folder
2 4 KITE, 1980
Box Folder
1 13 General Electric, PEP, IUE, 1980-1993 Undated
Oversized Folder
2 5 "Powerline", 1981
Box Folder
1 14 Public Services Commission (PSC) and Citizens Utility Board (CUB), 1981-1996 Undated
15 IUE, Fuel Adjustment Clause, PSC Case #27741, 1982-1983 Undated
Oversized Folder
2 6 Earthroots Newspaper, "Northern Rights Southern Light", 1991
7 "Three Mile Island: One Year Later, Undated
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 1 Cruzada Nacional de Alfabetizacion, Nicaragua Stickers, 1980
2-5 El Salvador, 1981 1988-1991 1993 Undated
6 Central American Briefing Book, 1984
7 Guatemala, Coca-Cola Display, 1984 1986 1990-1991 1993
8 Nicaragua, 1987 1991 Undated
9 Andean Focus, Labor Action, Newsletters, 1987-1994 Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Puerto Rico, 1989-1991 1993-1994
Oversized Folder
2 8 AFL-CIO News, "Jobs Exported To Mexico", 1991
Box Folder
2 2-3 Free Trade, 1991-1993 Undated
4 Haiti, 1993-1994
Oversized Folder
2 9 "Boycott Salvadoran Coffee" Poster, Undated
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 1 Violations of Free Speech and Rights of Labor "Harlan County," U.S. Senate Report, 1937
2 Textile Workers Union of America, Agreement, Constitution, Ethical Practices, 1946 1953 1957-1958 1962
3 New York State Industrial Union Council, 1950
4 AFL, Proceedings of 74th Convention, 1955
5 AFL-CIO, Draft Constitution, IUD Digest, 1955 1959
Film
1 Hudson Valley Area Joint Board Sealy Mattress Strike by TWUA, Schenectady, Albany, Buffalo, 1960s
Box Folder
1 6 Worker Alienation, U.S. Senate Report, 1972
7 International Association of Bridge, Structural, and Ornamental Iron Workers, Shopmens Local 534, Agreement, 1976
8 Glass Bottle Blower's Association, Local By-Laws, Contract, Constitution, 1976-1977
9 United Cement, Lime and Gypsum Workers International Union, Agreement, 1978
10 United Mine Workers Association, Bargaining Bulletin, 1981
11 Public Employee Federation, Resolutions, Bulletin, 1981 1995 Undated
12 Brushworkers Union, Contract, 1982
Box Folder
2 1 Report to Governor and Legislators on Garment Manufacturing Industry and Industrial Homework, 1982
2 A Report on the Plight of the Collective Bargaining System, NYS Assembly Report, 1984
Artifact-Box
1 Pins and Buttons from various demonstrations, labor unions, and political campaigns, 1983-1996 Undated
Box Folder
2 3 Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union, Constitution, 1988
4 Green Island Plant, "65 Years of Pride", 1988
5 IUE Local 318, Agreement, 1989
6 James Joseph Roti, Award of Merit Dinner, 1989
7 New York State Senator Franz S. Leichter, Reports on Corporate Welfare, 1991 1995
Box Folder
3 1 SENSES, Counterbudget, 1993-1994
2 American Postal Workers Union, "The Albany Post", 1998-2000
3 AFSCEME Patch, Undated
4 AFSCEME Stickers Supporting Bill Clinton, Undated
5 Coalition for Public Higher Education Sticker Supporting SUNY, Undated
6 Lock Haven and the Dream Deferred, Undated
7 Stickers Protesting USA Today/Gannet Subsidiary, Undated

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