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Finding Aid for the
GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS INTERNATIONAL
UNION, LOCAL 259-M

RECORDS, 1941, 1946-1988
(APAP-021)

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Finding Aid Compiled by
Geoffrey A. Huth
April 27, 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: 5 reels 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 the Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M, and subsequently microfilmed as a part of the Harry Van Arsdale, Jr., Labor History Project. The originals have been returned to GCIU Local 259-M.

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.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative History

Scope and content note

Series descriptions

Box and folder list:


Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M
Administrative History

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The Albany Photo-Engravers Union No. 21 was chartered in 1921 as an affiliate of the International Photo Engravers Union of North America (IPEUNA).  Local 59 of the Amalgamated Lithographers of America (ALA) was chartered in 1943 with a single shop and approximately 50 members.[1] In 1964 IPEUNA and ALA merged at the international level to form the Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union (LPIU).  Local 59-L merged with the Albany Photo-Engravers Union No. 21-P, LPIU, to form Local 259 in 1966.[2] With the merger of LPIU and the International Brotherhood of Bookbinders (IBB) in 1972, the local became Local 259-M (signifying "Merged") of the Graphic Arts International Union (GAIU).  In 1983 the GAIU merged with the International Printing and Graphic Communications Union (IPGCU), Local 259 became an affiliate of the Graphic Communications International (GCIU).  In 1987, the Utica Graphic Communications Union, Local 58-C (signifying "Commercial") merged into Local 259-M.

The Utica Graphic Communications Union, Local 58-C, was chartered in 1898 as Utica Printing Pressmen's Local 58 of the International Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Union of North America (IPPAU).  When the IPPAU merged with the International Stereotypers', Electrotypers', and Platemakers' Union of North America (ISE&PU) in 1973, the local became Utica Printing and Graphic Communications Union No. 58 of the International Printing and Graphic Communications Union (IPGCU).  When the IPGCU merged with the GAIU to form the Graphic Communications International Union in 1983, the local became the Utica Graphic Communications Union No. 58-C.[3]

Local 58 was involved in a prolonged strike against the Utica Observer-Dispatch that involved four other unions.  The strike was begun on July 15, 1967, by Local 58 when it disagreed with the newspaper over how many people were needed to tend a new press.  The Utica Newspaper Guild No. 129; Stereotypers', Electrotypers', and Platemakers' Union, Local 46; and the Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union, Local 61, joined the strike afterwards.  The Utica Typographical Union No. 62 observed the picket lines but never joined the strike.  The five unions formed a joint committee during the strike and bargained with management together, although the Utica Typographical Union was the leader in economic negotiations.[4]  After 100 days, the unions received an improvement in wages that was also sought, and the strike (the longest in Utica's history) ended.

GAIU, Local 259-M, was involved in a noteworthy case against the Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation.  The union had lost an National Labor Relations Board election in 1973, but it objected to the conduct of Amsterdam Printing and Litho during the election and another election was held.  Local 259-M won that election and was certified as the bargaining agent for all lithographic production employees in the plant.  The company refused to recognize the union and eliminated a Christmas bonus, changed wages, and reduced the workweek for its employees, all without consulting with the union.  In 1976, the company was determined by NLRB to be engaging in unfair labor practices and was ordered to restore the workweek, pay all lost bonuses, pay for wages lost, and pay for the wages of laid-off employees up to the time the company began bargaining in good faith with the union.  All these payments included interest.  [5]
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1. GCIU, Local 259-M.  Dinner Journal (20th Anniversary of Local 59), [1963].
2. GCIU Local 259-M.  Dinner Journal, 1966.
3. Fink Gary, ed.  Labor Unions.  Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1977, pp. 137-39, 300-04.
4. The Guild Reporter, October 27, 1967, pp. 1 and 6.
5. GCIU Local 259-M.  Subject Files.  "Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corp.--Litigation over Refusal to Recognize Union--Folder 2, 1973-77."


Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M
Scope & Content Note

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Since GCIU Local 259-M is an amalgam of what were once three independent locals, it has records produced in all its incarnations.  However, there is always a dominant partner in any merger and usually only the records of that partner are retained after a merger.  Although there is a good deal of documentation from Locals 259-M and 58-C, only scattered contracts remain of LPIU Local 21-P.  The bulk of the records in this manuscript group are those produced by ALA Local 59 and its successor organizations.

Of special interest in these records are the minutes, which are almost complete from 1947 (three years after Local 59 was chartered).  Although there is documentation of the union's negotiations with many shops, those records dealing with Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation are the most extensive and potentially interesting.  A large percentage of the records of Local 58-C deal with the Utica Observer-Dispatch, including material on the 1966-67 strike.

For other printing trade unions in the Albany area, see the records of the Albany Typographical Union No. 4; the Albany Printing Pressmen, Assistants, and Offset Workers Union No. 23-C, GCIU; Graphic Communications International Union, Local 10-B (Bookbinders); and the Newspaper Guild of Albany No. 34. For additional labor collections in the Department, see the online Labor subject guide at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/labor.htm.


Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Minutes, 1947-88. 1 reel. Arranged by type of meeting minutes and chronologically thereunder.

Contains minutes of general membership meetings (1947-74, 1979-88) and minutes of the executive board meetings (1950-56, 1960-88). The earliest minutes for ALA Local 59 no longer exist, and there are two significant gaps in the minutes, but otherwise these are complete. No minutes for LPIU Local 21-P are included in these minutes. Local 59 was apparently the dominant union, and only its minutes survive. For an interesting comparison with the actual minutes, see the subject files for the agendas for meetings (1973-85) as kept by the president of the local.

Series 2: Subject Files, 1946-49, 1951-52, 1955, 1959, 1961-88. 2 reels Arranged alphabetically.

Contains by-laws (1951, 1963, circa 1964, circa 1972, circa 1983), contracts (1946-48, 1951-52, 1955, 1959, 1961-65, 1976, 1986-88), correspondence (1948-49, 1951-52), arbitration material (1973-80), and agendas for meetings (1973-85). This series is a collection of different types of material, including records on dealings with companies and information on the structure of the local.

Series 3: Utica Graphic Communications Local No. 58-C, GCIU, Records, 1941, 1946, 1950-53, 1957, 1959-86. 2 reels Arranged alphabetically.

Contains contracts (1950, 1960-61, 1965-85), arbitration material (1941, 1946, 1950-53, 1962-71), hearings conducted by the local (1963, 1966-69), and a constitution (1977). Most of this material concerns the Utica Graphic Communications Local No. 58-C's dealings with companies (especially with the Utica Observer-Dispatch); however, the hearings contain interesting material about the internal politics of the local. No minutes of this local survive.


Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Minutes, 1947-88

Reel 1

General Membership Meeting Minutes, 1947-74, 1979-88

Amalgamated Lithographers of America, Local 59
 Minutes, 1947-59
 Minutes, 1960-64

Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union, Local 59-L/259
 Minutes, 1964-66

Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union, Local 259-M
 Minutes, 1967-69
 Minutes, 1970-72

Graphic Arts International Union, Local 259-M
 Minutes, 1973-74
 Minutes, 1979-82

Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M
 Minutes, 1983-85
 Minutes, 1986-88

Executive Board Meeting Minutes, 1950-56, 1960-88

Amalgamated Lithographers of America, Local 59
 Minutes of Council Board Meetings, 1950-56
 Minutes of Council Board Meetings, 1960-64

Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union, Local 259-M
 Minutes of Council Board Meetings, 1965-67
 Minutes of Council Board Meetings, 1968-69
 Minutes of Council Board Meetings, 1970-72

Graphic Arts International Union, Local 259-M
 Minutes of Council Board Meetings, 1973-75
 Minutes of Council Board Meetings, 1976-78
 Minutes of Council Board Meetings, 1979-81

Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M
 Minutes of Executive Board Meetings, 1982-84
 Minutes of Executive Board Meetings, 1985-88


Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M
Box and Folder List

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Series 2: Subject Files, 1946-49, 1951-52, 1955, 1959, 1961-88.

Reel 2

Agendas for Council Board Meetings, 1973-79
Agendas for Executive Board Meetings, 1980-85
Agendas for General Membership Meetings, 1973-79
Agendas for General Membership Meetings, 1980-85
Alfred Publishing--Organizing, 1985
Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation, 1980
Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation--Litigation over Refusal to Recognize Union--Folder 1, 1973-75
Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation--Litigation over Refusal to Recognize Union--Folder 2, 1973-77

Reel 3

Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation--Litigation over Refusal to Recognize Union--Folder 3, 1975-77
Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation--Litigation over Refusal to Recognize Union--Folder 4, 1975-80
Argus Press--Contract, 1987
Baronet Litho, Inc.--Contract, 1986
By-Laws, 1951, 1963, circa 1964, circa 1972, circa 1983
Capital Newspapers Division, The Hearst Corporation--Contracts with LPIU Local 21-P, 1964-65
The Color Shop--Contract, 1976
Committee to Elect Emery B. Miller for President, circa 1987
Correspondence of ALA Local 59, 1948-49
Correspondence of ALA Local 59, 1951-52
Crest Litho Inc.--Contract, 1988
Dinner Journals, 1962-70, 1972-75, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1987
Dodge-Graphic Press, Inc.--Contract, 1988
Greenwood Company--Contract with ALA Local 59, 1955
List of Shops with GCIU Local 259-M Contracts, circa 1988
The Maqua Company--Contract with ALA Local 59, 1951
The Maqua Company--Contract Meetings with ALA Local 59, 1959
The Maqua Company--Strike and Strikebreaking, 1970-77
Merger of GCIU Locals 259-M and 58-C, 1987
Metro Data Repro Graphics--Contract, 1988
Saratoga Printing Company--Representation Election, 1973-74
Troy Record Company--Contracts with IPEU and LPIU No. 21, 1946-48,1951-52, 1961-65


Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M
Box and Folder List

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Series 3: Utica Graphic Communications Local No. 58-C, GCIU Subject Files, 1941, 1946, 1950-53, 1957, 1959-86

Reel 4

Constitution, 1977
Crowley Publishing Corporation, 1957, 1959-60, 1962, 1965
Daily Star--Contracts, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1986
Dodge-Graphic Press, Inc.--Contracts, 1976, 1979-80, 1982, 1985
Evans, David--Hearings Before Union, 1963, 1966-69
Hughes, Leland--Hearing Before Union, 1963, 1967-68
Jones Stephenson Company--Arbitration, 1952-53
Merger Considerations of the International Printing Pressmen & Assistants' Union of North America, 1972
Metzler Printing--Contracts, 1979, 1982
Notices to Local's Members, 1983
Oneonta Star--Contracts, 1965, 1968-73, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983-84
Rome Sentinel Company--Contracts, 1961, 1972-82
Scononda Press, Inc.--Contracts, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1975-76, 1979, 1981-82
Thomas circa Peters Printing Co., Inc., 1959, 1972-73, 1976-77, 1980-81, 1984
Thomas circa Peters Printing Co., Inc.--Contracts, 1967, 1979-82, 1985
Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Contracts, 1941, 1946

Reel 5

Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Contracts, 1950-51
Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Demand for Arbitration, 1965
Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Holidays, 1967-68
Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Manning of New Presses, 1971
Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Overtime, 1962-68
Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Overtime and Improper Relief from Duty, 1963, 1965-67
Utica Observer-Dispatch--Contracts, 1950, 1967-81, 1984
Utica Observer-Dispatch--Correspondence, 1960-62, 1966, 1969, 1984
Utica Observer-Dispatch--Strike, 1966-67


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