Labor

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This collection contains research files created by and several typescript essays written by sociologist Howard D. Abramowitz. The collection amply documents his interest in the American labor movement and, in particular, the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) and sheds light on the scholarly research that he completed during the final years of his life.

0.6 cubic ft. (about 0.6 boxes)

The Albany Allied Printing Trades Council Collection contains meeting minutes of the Council dating from 1908-1990.

0.33 cubic ft. (about 0.33 boxes)

The collection documents the activities of the Albany Central Federation of Labor (AFL CIO) from 1983 to 2000.

3.8 cubic ft. (about 3.8 boxes)

Meeting minutes from the Albany Printing Pressmen, Assistants and Offset Workers Union who represented typographical workers from throughout the Capital District.

1 Reels

This collection documents the activities of the Albany Typographical Union, the first labor union founded in Albany, N.Y.

27 reels of microfilm

This collection contains the papers of Edward J. Bloch, a native of New York who served in the military between 1943 and 1946 with assignments in Okinawa during World War II and post-war North China, taught science in Istanbul, Turkey (1947-1950), and dedicated the majority of his career to labor concerns as a representative for the labor union United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (1950-1984). Edward Bloch also served as President of the Labor Action Coalition of New York (1975 to the late 1990s), Director of the Interfaith Impact for the New York State Council of Churches (1987-1995), and ran unsuccessfully for two different congressional district seats (1984,1986,1995-1996). Among the many honors Bloch received during his lifetime is the Purple Heart, which he was awarded for his actions during World War II.

5.41 cubic ft. (about 5.41 boxes)

The Ralph Boyd, Sr. Papers contain personal and professional correspondence, news clippings, work manuals and agendas that document his career as a General Electric employee, community activist and member of the Schenectady branch of the NAACP.

1.6 cubic ft. (about 1.6 boxes)

The Columbia County Typographical Union No. 896 records document the workings of this union from 1927-1968.

0.66 cubic ft. (about 0.66 boxes)

The Education Division of Communication Workers of America, Local 1104 represents "employees eligible for union membership who are employed as: graduate students holding State-funded positions as Graduate Assistants or Teaching Assistants employed by the State University of New York." The collection includes news clippings, contracts, photographs, administrative records, as well as ephemera such as t-shirts, buttons, hats, and cup holders.

17.0 cubic ft. (about 17.0 boxes)

The Operators and Service Employees Division of Communication Workers of America, Local 1104 represents those in the telecommunications industry. The collection includes board meeting information, calendars, contracts, financial records, photographs, and related information.

26.0 cubic ft. (about 26.0 boxes)

This collection documents the day-to-day activities of Council 82, the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, during its first two decades of existence.

9.6 cubic ft. (about 9.6 boxes)

Records of the Empire Typographical and Mailers Conference, CWA, a biannual New York State conference for union printers and mailers.

1 Reels

Records of independent, non-profit organization which promotes the creation and growth of micro-enterprises and small business ventures to improve the lives of low and moderate income residents of the Capital Region.

10.17 cubic ft. (about 10.17 boxes)

The John H. E. Fried Papers consist of his professional correspondence, copies of his published and unpublished writings (manuscripts, typescripts, reprints and books), texts of numerous speeches and lectures (published and unpublished), personal documents, teaching materials, as well as Fried's research collections on topics relating to global human rights problems and remedies.

40 cubic ft. (about 40 boxes)

The Walter A. Friedländer (Friedlander) Papers consist of 45 archival boxes of materials, dating primarily from 1932 to 1984, with the bulk of material comprising Friedländer's voluminous correspondence (30 boxes). The collection also contains biographical materials, manuscripts and publications by Friedländer, as well as course materials and materials pertaining to national and international social welfare conferences, publications by other scholars, and materials collected by Friedländer on topics of interest, particularly social welfare topics.

45 cubic ft. (about 45 boxes)

The Fulton County Typographical Union No. 268 records document the workings of this union, primarily, in the form of minutes, from 1894-1973.

1.25 cubic ft. (about 1.25 boxes)

The Glove Cities Area Joint Board of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) was founded in Gloversville, N.Y., 1954. This Joint Board originally had jurisdiction over the clothing workers unions in Gloversville and Johnstown, N.Y., and nearby villages. These locals were primarily locals of glove and leather goods workers.

5 cubic ft. (about 5 boxes)

The Correctional Association of New York Records includes records from the Board of Directors, annual reports, prison visit files, Narcotics Committee files, program and bureau files, project files, subject files, and publications. The only records of the organization available from the nineteenth century are the annual reports, which have been microfilmed and are available in the University Library.

2 Reelss

This collection includes records from Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M and the three previously independent unions that merged to form GCIU Local 259-M - Utica Graphic Communications Union, Local 58-C; Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union Local 21-P; and Local 59 of the Amalgamated Lithographers of America (ALA).

5 reels of microfilm

The Greater Glens Falls (N.Y.) Central Labor Council document the history of their council, which was formed in 1959.

0.17 cubic ft. (about 0.17 boxes)

The Robert D. Helsby Papers include materials that document his work as first chair of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board from 1967-1977 and include publications on labor relations, New York's Taylor Law and collective bargaining.

0.4 cubic ft. (about 0.4 boxes)

Union founded at General Electric's Schenectady, NY plant after the passage of the Wagner Act.

63.9 cubic ft. (about 63.9 boxes)

The collection includes vouchers, bills, correspondence, administrative records, and related material from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge 1145.

4.5 cubic ft. (about 4.5 boxes)

Inactive records of IBEW Local 166, based in the Capital District. Shops were located at General Electric and WTEN Channel 10

2 Reelss

The collection documents the history of the unions that formed Painters and Allied Trades Local 201, including Local 12 of Troy, Local 62 of Schenectady, and Local 201 of Albany.

2.0 cubic ft. (about 2.0 boxes)

This collection contains meeting minutes from Bricklayers Local 16, Schenectady, NY.

0.6 cubic ft. (about 0.6 boxes)

The International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Technical, Salaried, and Machine workers document the day-to-day operations of the first 41 years of this community organization founded in 1944.

1 cubic ft. (about 1 boxes)

The collection contains materials from William Kelsey's career working for New York State government especially related to the Public Employees Federation (PEF).

20 cubic ft. (about 20 boxes)

This is a repository of the minutes and records of the local chapter 157 of the Laborers' International Union of North America.

0.4 cubic ft. (about 0.4 boxes)

History Professor and activist for unionism, this collection contains correspondence and rsearch files on Harry F. Ward, American medical history, and other subjects.

7 cubic ft. (about 7 boxes)

This collection contains material related to the social and political activism of Manley, a longtime Schenectady, New York resident.

15.5 cubic ft. (about 15.5 boxes)

This collection contains the records of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Capital District Chapter.

7 cubic ft. (about 7 boxes)

The Public Employees Federation (PEF) was founded in 1979 to represent members of the Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PS&amp;T) bargaining unit of New York State. PS&amp;T employees had formerly been represented by CSEA, the state’s largest public employee union. PEF founders believed that the concerns of the PS&amp;T unit were not adequately represented by CSEA, the majority of whose members were non-professional state employees. PEF’s stated mission is to “provide the leadership necessary for PEF members to achieve employment security, higher wages, better working conditions, and improved retirement benefits.” Materials in this collection document PEF activities at both the state and division level. There is extensive coverage of executive board activities from 1978 through mid-2000, annual conventions, committee meetings, and contract negotiations. Also included are files for PEF Division 169, PEF’s Environmental Conservation Division. These include correspondence, agendas and minutes for labor/management meetings, material on committees, and administrative files. This collection also documents the activities of reform groups and political parties within PEF (most notably, the Statewide Coalition for a Democratic Union) and PEF’s relationships with its national affiliates, the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Teachers. Particularly strong is the collection of bulletin board postings, which includes almost everything posted on Division 169 PEF bulletin boards from 1979 through 2000. There are also official PEF publications, including a near-complete run of PEF’s official monthly newsletter to members, <emph render="italic">The Communicator</emph>.

23.17 cubic ft. (about 23.17 boxes)

Chartered in 1934, as the Tri-City Newspaper Guild of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, the Guild signed its first contract with the Albany Times Union in 1937. The Albany Guild's last strike in 1964 formed the basis for The Ink Truck, the first published novel of William Kennedy, who was one of the strikers.

5.25 cubic ft. (about 5.25 boxes)

This collection contains records of the Pension Rights Center.

7 cubic ft. (about 7 boxes)

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.

4.29 cubic ft. (about 4.29 boxes)

This collection documents the life, work and activism of Helen Quirini of Schenectady, New York. The collection represents Quirini's numerous activities and interests including her early work owning a local market with her brother, her 39 year employment for General Electric, her activism in unions during her employment and retirement, as well as her charitable activities where she pursued civil, housing, pension, women's and senior citizen's rights.

50.89 cubic ft. (about 50.89 boxes)

Includes records of the Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, group of trade union locals, and its predecessor organizations:.

2 Reelss

A delegate organization of labor union locals representing building and construction trades. In 1978, the council grew into the Tri-Cities Building and Construction Trades Council.

1 Reels

The City Teachers Association of Schenectady was founded in 1918 to promote standards of professionalism in teaching. The group was chartered as a union, the Schenectady Federation of Teachers, in 1944. Local 803 went on strike in 1975 in violation of the NYS Taylor Law. The local is affiliated with New York State United Teachers, American Federation of Teachers.

6 Reels

Founded in 1907, the Schenectady Labor Temple Association promotes labor relations and interests within Schenectady County, NY.

8 cubic ft. (about 8 boxes)

The Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 83 Records document the day-to-day operations of the union from the years 1892-1984 using meeting minutes and other documents refrenced in the minutes including correspondence, treasurer's reports, newsletters and strike bulletins.

2 cubic ft. (about 2 boxes)

The Greyhound Strikers Solidarity Committee of the Capital District was created by Albany-area labor union activists in support of the autumn 1983 Amalgamated Transit Union strike against Greyhound Bus Lines. After the strike, the group was reconstituted as the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District (SCCD) and worked to support hundreds of strikes and labor activities in Eastern New York, across the country, and in Latin America.

20.8 cubic ft. (about 20.8 boxes)

Documents an association of labor unions in or near Troy, NY.

25 cubic ft. (about 25 boxes)

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and PipeFitting Industry of the United States and Canada, Local 105 Records document the regular business of this chapterof the union, including meetings, financial reports, grievance reports, and membership.

1.6 cubic ft. (about 1.6 boxes)

Records of UAW Local 930 which represented the Ford Motors plant in Green Island, NY.

2 cubic ft. (about 2 boxes)

This is a repository of various records related to the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) AFL-CIO-CLC, Local 865.

0.2 cubic ft. (about 0.2 boxes)

United University Professions (UUP) is the union and collective bargaining agent for the faculty and non-teaching professionals of the State University of New York (SUNY). UUP (initially named SUNY/United) was created by the 1973 merger of the Senate Professional Association (SPA) and the State University Federation of Teachers (SUFT).

0.83 cubic ft. (about 0.83 boxes)

The UUP Oral History Project's intent was to capture the history of the UUP as well as its predecessors through interviews with union executives and members.

2.73 cubic ft. (about 2.73 boxes)

The records of United University Professions (UUP) document the activities of the union and collective bargaining agent for the faculty and non-teaching professionals of the State University of New York. They begin in the 1960s with UUP's antecedents, the State University Professional Association (SUPA) and the Senate Professional Association (SPA), and continue through June 2000 for the materials produced by UUP's Communications Department, and through May 1993 for most other series.

161.17 cubic ft. (about 161.17 boxes)

This collection details the social activism of Malcolm Willison in New York State's Capital Region. As an active board member of several local groups, his papers contain minutes, financial statements and budgets, programming ideas, brochures, planning notes, articles and reports, and clippings that detail the evolution of the various organizations contained in the collection. Organizational newsletters and event flyers, course and conference information planned by Willison in his capacity on executive boards, and vast amounts of correspondence about any number of events and issues are also part of the scope of the collection.

14.9 cubic ft. (about 14.9 boxes)

George Wise Papers document history about General Electric founded in Schenectady, New York

.17 cubic ft. (about .17 boxes)

The Lawrence S. Wittner Papers document Dr. Wittner's activism in politics and his work with the Albany Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the United University Professions Solidarity Committee, and various other organizations in the Capital Region.

3.16 cubic ft. (about 3.16 boxes)

Wunderlich taught at the New School for Social Research and was an authority on farm labor in Germany and the Soviet Union. The bulk of the collection consists of publications of Frieda Wunderlich, primarily in the anti-Hitler periodical Soziale Praxis, which she edited from 1923 until she emigrated to the United States in 1933.

1 cubic ft. (about 1 boxes)