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Finding Aid for the
ALBANY CENTRAL FEDERATION OF LABOR
RECORDS, 1965-2000
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Finding Aid Compiled by
Gyuok Kim
August 2003
Kenyetta Russell
January 28, 2004



 
 
 
 
 
 

M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York
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VOLUME: 3.8 cubic feet

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Jospehine Sano in September 2002.

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:


Albany Central Federation of Labor
Administrative History

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The Albany Central Federation of Labor was organized on June 8, 1888 by workers in the Capital District who obtained a charter and formed the organization. The Albany Central Federation of Labor is a local labor council through which the AFL-CIO organizes to build and strengthen the national union movement. On the state level these grassroots organizations function to give working families a voice in their cities, towns, and counties. A primary goal of the labor council is to have workers treated with dignity and paid livable wages.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) charters almost 570 central labor councils. Their mission is to bring social and economic justice to working people by enabling them to have a voice on the job, in government, in a changing global economy, and in their communities. The AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of U.S unions and represents more than 13 million working women and men nationwide.

Other goals of the AFL-CIO and its central labor councils are to change the American labor movement by increasing support for local union organizing, expanding the political and legislative action network, building an outreach program to clergy and community, increasing affiliation and participation, and increasing communications with union leaders and members. The Albany Central Federation of Labor has financially supported union strikes and supported and endorsed political candidates.

The officers of the Albany Central Federation of Labor during Sano's tenure were: President Josephine Sano, 1st Vice President Walter Wheeler and Anthony Giagini, 2nd Vice President Elias Amash, Executive Secretary Steve Zahurak and Joseph B. Sano, Sergeant-At-Arms John Kearney, and Treasurer Doug Bullock. Key affiliated unions with the Albany Central Federation of Labor between 1983 and 2000 were the Civil Service Employees Association (C.S.E.A), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the American Federation Of State, County And Municipal Employees, (A.F.S.C.M.E), the Communication Workers of America (C.W.A), and the Teamsters.

Josephine Sano grew up in Gloversville, New York, and attended the New York State College for Teachers. She was an educator for forty-seven years. Prior to becoming president of the Albany Central Federation of Labor in 1981, Sano was elected President of the Albany Public Schools Teachers' Association in 1971. Sano was instrumental in the founding of the Capital District Teacher's Unions. Sano received the Taft Institute of Government Scholarship at Russell Sage College in 1972. In 1974 and 1975 Sano was part of the statewide Task Force on Affirmative Action, sponsored by NYSUT. From 1978 to 1979 Sano was a trustee of the Central Federation of Labor. Ms. Sano has been a delegate to AFT conventions many times. In 1987, Sano received the Award of Merit of the Capital District Union Label and Services Trades Council AFL-CIO. Sano, who belongs to the SUNYA Alumni Association, also received an honorary degree from the Cornell School of Industrial Relations. Ms. Sano's tenure as president ended in 2000.

Recently twenty-five central labor councils in New York were reorganized into five area labor federations and the Albany Central Federation of Labor is member. This was done with the hope that restructuring the central labor councils would increase the success of the labor movement by combining their strength and resources. Previous presidents have included Ralph Cate, Dominic Spano, Greg Riley, Sam Fresina, and Josephine Sano. The current president of the Albany Central Federation of Labor is Jeffrey Stark.


Albany Central Federation of Labor
Scope & Content Note

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The collection documents the activities of the Albany Central Federation of Labor (AFL CIO) from 1983 to 2000. Jospehine Sano became president in 1981. Included in the collection are administrative files such as minutes, constitution, correspondence, annual reports, and financial statements. Records of a previous president were destroyed by their creator.

The numerous publications as well as the correspondence between Josephine Sano and other labor councils is a strong point of the collection. Among the publications are a transcript of the 1992 New York State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention and a videotape, Deadly Corn, documenting the experiences of workers at a manufacturing company.

Josephine Sano's correspondence gives much insight into how the organization operated and assisted other labor organizations. The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union of the AFL-CIO called for a boycott of national meat packing company John Morrell & Company, which had meat packing plants in more than 10 states. The main reason for the boycott was due to a second wage and benefit cut on workers at the Sioux City plant, but wages had been previously cut at other Morrell locations. In addition to wage cuts, employees were protesting brutal work conditions, short lunches, and "corporate greed." Information about the boycott of John Morrell, which employed more than 4,000 workers, is located in Series 4.

This collection also contains information on Worker's Memorial Day, an annual recognition memorial service for workers killed or injured at work.

The collection also contains interim voting records of the state assembly that were used by Albany Central Federation of Labor members to determine which politicians helped the organization and who they would endorse.

Although members on the local and national levels had the same goals they did not necessarily agree on the methods to reach those goals. Included in the collection is the report of former A. Phillip Randolph Institute local president Rufus Collier, which gives insight into conflicts that existed within the organization. The A. Phillip Randolp Institute is a constituency group of the AFL-CIO, which unites unions and diverse communities to strengthen partnerships and improve the standard of living for all workers. The collection does not provide significant information on the family lives of the Albany Central Federation of Labor members or the effect that involvement in a union had on their personal lives.

For additional labor collections in the Department, see the online Labor subject guide at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/labor.htm.


Albany Central Federation of Labor
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Administrative Files, 1984-2000, 1.0 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically.

This series contains records dating from 1984 to 2000 of the Albany Central Federation of Labor. It includes minutes and correspondence of Albany Central Federation of Labor from 1985 to 2000. In addition, this series includes annual reports, constitutions, and by-laws from the Albany, New York State, and national AFL-CIO. Memorandum and financial statements are also included.

Series 2: Subject Files, 1982-2000, 1.0 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically.

In addition to news clippings on events important to labor unions this series contains files on other events such as the remarks of speakers at awards dinners and dedications. Among the subjects documented are Award of Merit dinners for Josephine Sano.

The video cassette recordings are productions of the experiences of workers at manufacturing plants. Deadly Corn is a 1990s production documenting the dangers of working at a manufacturing company. The series also includes designating petitions of the delegates to the 1984 Democratic National Convention.

Series 3: Publications, 1965-2000, 1.2 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically.

Among the publications in this series are the Federation, which communicated information on legislative bills that would affect union workers, the Capital Examiner, which relays information on business and labor communities, and the Legislative Gazette which also provided workers with information on union issues. Also included are reports of several New York State agencies.

Series 4: Activities, 1983-2000, .20 cubic ft., Arranged chronologically.

This series contains information on the activities of the Albany Central Federation of Labor as well as the joint activities of the Albany Central Federation of Labor and other organizations. The series documents the first Workers Memorial Day, held in 1989, with fliers, posters, and other memorabilia.

Series 5: Correspondence, 1983-2000, .40 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically.

This series, made up almost entirely of Josephine Sano's correspondence, includes communications from Sano offering support and enlisting the support of several organizations. Correspondence in this series also illustrates differing points of view on particular issues between Sano and the state AFL-CIO. Much of the correspondence is between Sano and the New York state AFL-CIO.


Albany Central Federation of Labor
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Administrative files, 1984-2000

Box 1
Folder

1. Annual Reports, AFL CIO Local Labor Councils, 1990, 1998-1999
2. Constitution and By-laws, 1990
3. Constitution and By-laws, 1996, undated
4. Endorsements, New York State, AFL CIO, 1996 and 1998
5. Financial Statements, 1986 1991
6. Memoranda, 1984, 1987 1988, 1991 1998, and 2000
7. Minutes, Agenda, and Communications, 1985-1986
8. Minutes, Agenda, and Communications, 1987
9. Minutes, Agenda, and Communications, 1988
10. Minutes, Agenda, and Communications, 1989
11. Minutes and Communications, 1990
12. Minutes and Communications, 1991
13. Minutes and Communications, 1992
14. Minutes and Communications, 1993
15. Minutes and Communications, 1994
16. Minutes and Communications, 1995
17. Minutes and Communications, 1996
18. Minutes and Communications, 1997
19. Minutes and Communications, 1998
20. Minutes and Communications, 1999
21. Minutes and Communications, 2000


Albany Central Federation of Labor
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Series 2: Subject Files, 1984-2000

Box 1
Folder

1. A. Philip Randolph Institute Report and Polices, 1989
2. Award of Merit Dinner, Capital District Union Label and Service Trades Council, AFL CIO, 1990-1993
3. Award of Merit Dinner, Capital District Union Label and Service Trades Council, AFL CIO, 1994-1998
4. Boy Scouts of America, AFL CIO, Community Services, Working, Serving, and Giving, 1991
5. Capital District Labor History Project, 1989
6. Capital District Labor Unions Charity Awards Dinner, 1993, 1996, and 1998-1999
7. Capital Region Career and Education Expo, 1991
8. Catholic Social Teaching Letters to the Bishop, 1985
9. Cornell Graduation Speech and Programs, Josephine Sano, 1982 and 1985
10. Deadly Corn, AIW Local 837's Campaign for Justice, VHS Tape, circa 1994
11. Delegates to National Convention, Designating Petitions, 1984
12. Eastern New York Occupational Health Programs, 1993 1994
13. NYSUT Task Force on Central Labor Councils, 1996
14. Labor Day Parade Meeting Notes, 1984
15. Managing Literacy Program Guidelines, New York State Education Department, 1987
16. New York State Assembly Labor Committee, 1996
17. News Clippings, 1984-1992
18. News Clippings, 1993-2000 and undated
19. News Releases, 1987-1989, 1991-1992, and 1995-1997
20. New York State Workplace Literacy Grant, 1990-1991
21. Occupational Retraining and Reemployment Act, Disclose Workers Program, Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1988
22. Remarks of Josephine Sano at the Dedication of Kate Mullaney House, 1998
23. Remarks of Lane Kirkland at the Convention of Public Employee Department, 1987
24. Remarks of Tom McGraw and Thomas Shea, 2000
25. Speech and Workshop Notes, Union Label and Service Trades Department of the State of New York, AFL CIO, 56th Convention, 2000
26. Struggle in the Heartland, VHS Tape, undated
27. Teaching Labor Studies in Secondary School, Curriculum Guide for Teachers, no date
28. Testimony of the Union Producers and Programmers Network, 1991
29. University Employees Bulletin, 1996
30. Veterans Employment and Training Program, 1987
31. Worker Assistance Centers, New York State AFL CIO, 1987
32. Workplace Literacy Programs, Alcoholism & Hotel, Restaurant Employees Union, 1982 and 1988


Albany Central Federation of Labor
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Series 3: Publications, 1965-2000

Box 1
Folder

1. AFL-CIO Third Annual Labor Recognition Dinner, 1987
2. Annual Labor Recognition Dinner, AFL-CIO, 1985, and 1987-1988
3. Annual Labor Recognition Dinner, AFL-CIO, 1990 and 1993
4. Brochures and Pamphlets, AFL-CIO, 1965, 1976, 1982-1993, undated
5. Brochures, New York State AFL-CIO, 1972-2000
6. Brochures and Pamphlets, 1970-1985 undated
7. circaO.P.E. Convention Handbook, New York State AFL-CIO, 1998
8. Constitutional Convention, New York State AFL-CIO, 1986 and 1992
9. Constitutional Convention, New York State AFL-CIO, 1996
10. Handbook, Reports, and Research Papers, New York State AFL-CIO, 1986, 1988, 1990, undated
11. Labor Journals, 1985-1998
12. Leadership Training Manual, AFL-CIO, 1987 and 1989
13. Leadership Training Manual, Current Issues, AFL-CIO Department of Education, 1991
14. Legislative and Unemployment Insurance Programs, New York Labor Helping Work, 1989
15. Magazines andReports, 1976 1995
16. New York State AFL-CIO Unity, Newsletters, 1986-1994, 1996-1997, and 1999
17. New York State Association of Letter Carriers AFL-CIO, 2000
18. New York State Capital Labor Parade, 1999
19. New York State Department of Labor, Enforcements, 1994

Box 2
Folder

1. Newsletters, 1981-1991
2. Privatization, 1987, 1992
3. Reports and Guidelines, AFL-CIO, 1985, 1987, 1997, undated
4. Reports on Labor, State of New York, 1989, 1991, and 1998
5. Taxes we can live with designing a system to meet future needs, New York State AFL CIO, 1991
6. Worker Centered Learning: A Guide To Workplace Literacy, AFL-CIO Human Resources Department, 1990


Albany Central Federation of Labor
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Series 4: Activities, 1983-2000

Box 1
Folder

1. Boycott Campaign against John Morrell Products, 1987
2. Conference and Convention Programs and Notes, 1983, 1986-1988, and 1991-1999
3. Fliers and Publicity, 1986 2000, undated
4. New York State AFL-CIO/Central Labor Councils Training Conference, 1989
5. Posters, undated
6. President's Campaign Facts, Walter Mondale, 1984
7. PEF Contract, Rally Programs and Speech Notes, 1988
8. Voter Participation Worksheets, 1998

Oversize Box 1
Folder

1. Workers Memorial Day Activities, 1990, 2000


Albany Central Federation of Labor
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Series 5: Correspondence, 1983-2000

Box 2
Folder

1. Albany Central Federation of Labor, 1984-1991
2. Albany Central Federation of Labor, 1992-2000, undated
3. American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1987,1989-1991, and 1993 1999
4. Bishop's Office, Teachers, and Postal Workers, 1985-2000
5. Labor Councils, New York State, 1984-1985, and 1988-1999
6. New York State, AFL CIO, 1983-1992
7. New York State, AFL CIO, 1993-1999
8. State of New York Executive Chamber, United States Congress, 1983-1999
9. State of New York Assembly, 1988-1944


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