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Steve R. Mauser Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mauser, Steve R. (Steve Rudolph), 1916-1983.
Title: Steve R. Mauser Papers
Dates: 1943-1983
Abstract: Steve Rudolph Mauser was an active member of several labor organizations, especially those pertaining to the meatpacking industry, throughout his lifetime. He served in numerous labor roles international union representative for the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, organizer for the United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA), vice president of the Colorado State CIO, and member of the negotiating team for the merger of the AFL and CIO in Texas. The collection contains correspondence, agreements, newspaper articles, proposals, arbitration material, notices, labor organizer's card, merger documents, and photographs. The bulk of the materials pertain to agreements and negotiations between local labor unions and companies.
Identification: AR295
Extent: 2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Steve Rudolph Mauser (1916-1983) was an active member of several labor organizations, especially those pertaining to the meatpacking industry, throughout his lifetime. He served in numerous labor roles including international union representative for the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, organizer for the United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA), vice president of the Colorado State CIO, and member of the negotiating team for the merger of the AFL and CIO in Texas. Mauser primarily worked in District 5 which included Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.


Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, agreements, newspaper articles, proposals, arbitration material, notices, labor organizer's card, merger documents, and photographs. The bulk of the materials pertain to agreements and negotiations between local labor unions and companies.


Organization

This collection consists of 33 folders arranged in 5 series.
Series I. Agreements, 1976-1980 (10 folders)
Series II. Arbitration, 1948-1983 (7 folders)
Series III. Miscellaneous, 1943-1980 (14 folders)
Series IV. Newspapers, 1977-1980 (1 folder)
Series V. Photographs, 1956 (1 folder)

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Mauser, Steve R. (Steve Rudolph), 1916-1983--Archives.
Organizations
Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America--Records and correspondence.
United Packinghouse Workers of America--Records and correspondence.
United Packinghouse, Food, and Allied Workers--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Labor leaders--United States--History--Sources.
Packing-house workers--Labor unions--United States--History--Sources.
Packing-house workers--Labor unions--Texas--History--Sources.
Packing-houses--United States--History--Sources.
Collective labor Agreements--Texas--History--Sources.
Strikes and lockouts--Meat industry--United States--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utarl/02370/arl-02370.htmlAR257: Steve R. Mauser Papers (1946-1980)


Separated Material

Artifacts removed from the collection:

  • Brooch AMCBWNA Bow Shaped.
  • Brooch AMCBWNA Circle with butcher clever in middle.
  • Button pin with STEWARD.
  • Button pin with VOTE AFLCIO.
  • Convention badge with Charles R. Godfrey, 1960.
  • Convention badge with Charles R. Godfrey, 1972.
  • Convention badge with Charles R. Godfrey, 1976.
  • Convention badge with Charles R. Godfrey, 1979.
  • Green plastic ruler with Vote AMCBWNA.
  • Program of 8th Constitution Convention, May 12-16, 1952.
  • Seal of Local No. 327 AMCBW AFL-CIO, New Orleans.
  • Seal of Local No. 437 AMCBW AFL-CIO, New Orleans and Vicinity.
  • Table medal AMCBWNA with George Meany and Wm. Schnitzler.
  • Table medal AMCBWNA with Earl Jimerson.
  • Table medal 24th General Convention, June 1-5, 1976.
  • Table medal AMCBWNA.
  • Plaque- Creed of the Butcher Workmen.
  • Union market card for AMCBW.

Books and published proceedings transferred to the General Collection:

  • Proceedings of 2nd Annual Convention of United Packinghouse Workers of America, June 23-27, 1944
  • Officers Report of 7th Constitution Convention UPWA-CIO, May 25-28, 1950
  • Proceedings 7th Constitution Convention of UPWA-CIO, May 25-28, 1950
  • Officer Report 8th Constitution Convention UPWA-CIO, May 12-16, 1952
  • Proceedings of 1st Constitution Convention American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, December 5-8, 1955
  • Officer Report 10th Constitutional Convention UPWA-AFL-CIO, June 18-22, 1956
  • Proceedings of the Texas State AFL-CIO Founding Convention, July 30 - August 1, 1957
  • Arbitration AFL-CIO, 1957
  • Important Events in American Labor History 1778 - 1964, U.S. Department of Labor, 1964
  • Voluntary Labor Arbitration Rules, American Arbitration Association, 1965
  • Officers' Report and Proceedings of 15th Constitution Convention UPWA AFL-CIO., May 16-20, 1966
  • General Resolutions No. 1 of the 22nd General Convention AMCBW, July 8, 1968
  • Resolutions of the 22nd General Conventions AMCBW, July 8, 1968
  • Out of the Jungle, Leslie F. Orear and Stephen H. Diamond, 1968
  • Yarborough of Texas, William G. Phillips, 1969
  • Electing Union Officers, U.S. Department of Labor, 1971
  • Reports of Officers and Department Heads of the AMCBW of N.A. AFLCIO 23rd General Convention, August 7, 1972
  • Proceedings of 23rd General Convention of AMCBW of N.A. AFLCIO., August 7-11, 1972
  • Grievance Guide 4th Edition, Bureau of National Affairs, 1972
  • Reports of Officers of the 24th General Convention of AMCBW AFLCIO., June 1-4, 1976
  • National Wage Rate Schedule of Armour, Cudahy, Swift and Wilson, 1976
  • Constitution of the AMC & BW, 1976
  • How to Win, A Handbook for Political Education, AFL-CIO, undated
  • The Road to Progress, Local 1200, undated
  • Steward's Handbook, undated
  • Strike Publicity Guide for Local Unions AFL-CIO, undated
  • Why Union?, AFL-CIO, undated
  • You be the Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association, undated

Charters transferred to the Charter Collection:

  • Charter- Local 327 New Orleans, Louisiana, April 14, 1960
  • Charter- District Council Charter of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, January 27, 1970


Administrative Information

Citation

Steve R. Mauser Papers, AR295, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1986.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Series I. Agreements (10 folders), 1976-1980

Box Folder
1 1 Local P46 and Rath Company, 1976-1980
Agreement between Rath and United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local P46, 1976-1979
Employee stock ownership plan agreement between Local P46, May 13, 1980
Notice of annual meeting of stockholders, May 14, 1980
Prospectus of Rath, May 30, 1980
2 Local P54 and Armour & Company, 1960-1978, undated
Newspaper article on "Ex-union members rejected by Local 54", Forth Worth Press, March 9, 1960
Newspaper article on "Armour, NLRB Go in Huddle", relating to membership dues, Fort Worth Press, March 9, 1960
Agreement between Armour and Company and AMCBW, April 18, 1970
Letter to Glen A. Snyder and Jesse Prosten of AMCBW from Armour dealing with gang leaders, April 20, 1979
Letter to Richard Twedell from L.C. Williams advising of prospective membership in Local P54, February 20, 1973
Memorandum concerning letter of indemnity and funds from union dues, March 16, 1973
July Financial Reports submitted by Jim Higginbotham, July 31, 1973
August Financial Reports submitted by Jim Higginbotham, September 4, 1973
District Local Union P54 Executive board meeting agenda, July 19, 1974
Letter from Joesph Lewis, Jr. (Unit 6 chairman Local P54) to Patrick Gorman (Secretary/Treasurer AMCBW) for a motion to petition as an independent local union, April 29, 1975
Letter from Richard Twedell to L.C. Williams to (President of Local P54) concerning disaffiliation of P54 and Unit 6, May 14, 1975
Open letter to general membership of Meeting of P54, May 15, 1975
Letter to Patrick Gorman from Richard Twedell concerning Joe Lewis running for office in both P54 and Unit 6, May 20, 1975
Notice of election for officers of P54 and who is running, May 23, 1975
Letter to members on rules of voting, June 6, 1975
October Financial Report, November 5, 1976
District Local P54 Executive board meeting agenda, November 5, 1976
Letter to Jesse Prosten from Rath requesting secret election for pay cuts, with additional copies of related news articles, May 4, 1978
Notice of election for P54 of union officers, May 24, 1978
Letters to members of rules for voting, June 7, 1978
Open letter "Setting the record straight" from Joe Lewis on discrediting of him by union officials, undated
Exhibit A special adjustments, undated
3 Local 391 and Glover, 1978-1982
Agreement between Glover Packing Company and Local 391, February 25, 1976 - February 25, 1979
Addendum to Agreement between Glover and Local 391, June 30, 1978
Letter from Jim Hammans to George Dunison on Drivers pay, July 19, 1978
Agreement between Glover Packing Company and Local 391, February 25, 1979 - February 25, 1982
Status of contract negotiations with meatcutters Local 391, March 6, 1979
Status of contract negotiations with meatcutters Local 391, March 14, 1979
Committee recommended - membership accepted notes, March 15, 1979
Letter from Steve Mauser to George Dunison on driver's pay, April 27, 1979
Notes on contract proposals, undated
4 Local 391 and Swift, 1970-1979, undated
Agreement between Swift, 1970
Swift proposals to Local 391, 1973
Summary of Swift agreements, 1973
Wages proposals, 1973
Local 391 Open House invitation, May 25, 1974
Constitution and bylaws, 1976
Contract proposal by Local 391, 1979
Contract proposal by Swift, October 18, 1979
Third proposal to Union, undated
5 Local 492 & 941 and Safeway, 1974-1977
Agreement between Safeway Stores, Inc. and the Teamster Local Union 492 & 941, August 18, 1974 - July 9, 1977
6 Local 505 and Pet Milk, 1977-1980, undated
Letter from Bruce Miller of Mountain Pass Canning Company to Donald Stevenson of Local 505 concerning fair negotiations between his company and the union, February 18, 1977
Proposal between Mountain Pass Canning Company and Local 505, March 9, 1977
Final proposal between Mountain Pass Canning Company and Local 505, March 11, 1977
Letter from Steve Mauser to Richard Twedell (International Vice President of AMCBW) concerning contract negotiations between Pet Milk and Local 505, March 15, 1977
Agreement booklet, March 15, 1977 - February 28, 1980
Group Insurance plan of Pet Milk Co., undated
Response by Mountain Canning Co. to the demands of Local 505, undated
Union proposals to Mountain Pass Canning Company, undated
Copy from "The Worker" about the battle between Mountain Pass Canning Company and the Union, undated
7 Local 505 and Peter Eckrick Company, 1975-1981, undated
Agreement between Local 505 and Peter Eckrick and Sons, October 10, 1975 - October 8, 1978
Agreement between Local 505 and Peter Eckrick and Sons, August 8, 1978 - August 9, 1981
Memorandum of understanding between Local 505 and Eckrick, undated
8 Local 777 and Armour Company, 1946-1979, undated
Agreement between Armour & Company and UPWA, 1946
Letter to Steve Mauser from Alvin Vincent concerning telephone conversation between both of them, August 13, 1974
Agreement between Armour & Company and AMCBW, September 1, 1976
Letter to Jesse Prosten from Jake Stahl (Vice President Labor Relations Armour Food Company), September 1, 1976
Summary of main features of Armour master agreement settlement, August 31, 1979
Summary of proposed Armour master agreement settlement, undated
9 Local 777 and Swift Insurance Booklet, 1978
Swift insurance booklets on company benefits, undated
10 Local P1229 and Campbell Soup Company, 1977-1978, undated
Copies of letters and memo's trying to influence a union change from AMCBW to United Steel Workers of America, August 18, 1977
Letter from T.J. Gartland (plant manager of Campbell) to Joe Shrewsbury (president of Local P1229) desiring termination of collective bargaining agreement, September 14, 1977
Contract word changing, October 21, 1977
Letter from G.L. Hettich (assistant plant manager of Campbell) to Joe Shrewsbury and Steve Mauser confirming contract negotiations, December 8, 1977
Booklet of agreement between Campbell Soup Company and Local P1229 AMCBW, December 8, 1975 - December 11, 1977
Booklet of agreement between Campbell Soup (Texas) Incorporated and Local P1229, December 12, 1977 - December 9, 1979
Draft of job posting system, December 19, 1977
Copy of contract changes, December 19, 1977
Unknown notes, 1977
Booklet of Campbell: Group insurance program for hourly employees Paris plant, December 11, 1978
Draft of absenteeism policy, undated



Series II. Arbitration (7 folders), 1948-1983

Box Folder
2 1 Local P54 and Cargill Incorporated, 1973
Copy of brief between Local P54 and Cargill Incorporated, Burris Milling Department, June 11, 1973
2 Local P54 and Unknown Company, 1973
Letter and brief to Barnett Goodstein from Steve Mauser outlining Local P54 arbitration brief against an unknown company, June 8, 1983
3 Local 775 and Swift Company, 1978
Memo to employees of Swift relating to job bidding, June 8, 1978
Letter to Selestino Morale, (President of Local 775) about memo to Swift employees from R.W. Bergman to Swift, June 9, 1978
Letter to Ron Bergman from Selestino Morale disagreeing with Swift memo of June 8, 1978, June 20, 1978
Letter to Warren Shear (Arbitrator) from Steve Mauser relating to arbitration between Swift and Local 775, June 30, 1978
Letter to Warren Shear from Steve Mauser relating to Swift Company and Local 775, July 13, 1978
Copy of award in arbitration between Swift Company and Local 775, August 8, 1978
4 Local 777 and Armour Company, 1976-1977
Armour and Company and Local Union P777 grievance, June 16, 1976
Armour Food Company, Hereford, Texas and Local P777 arbitration, October 27, 1977
5 Local 1229 and Campbell Soup Company, 1979
Letter and brief from Steve Mauser to Elmer Davis of arbitration between Campbell Soup and Local P1229 United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, August 8, 1979
6 Discharge of 1948 Strike Arbitrations, 1948
Arbitration between Armour company and UPWA Local 15, 1948
7 Ozell Gordon (Union Member) and Central Soya of Texas, 1973
Brief for employer of Central Soya of Texas, 1973



Series III. Miscellaneous (14 folders), 1943-1980

Box Folder
2 8 Boycott of Cudahy Products, undated
Suggested action plan for the "Don't buy Cudahy" campaign, undated
Suggestions for those who make calls on managers of meat markets and meat wholesalers, undated
9 Closing down of Fort Worth Armour plant, 1962, undated
Notice of termination of pork cut and trim, May 10, 1962
Copy of letter from Steve Mauser to Jess Prosten concerning Armour closing, May 11, 1962
Points of agreements between Armour and UPWA Local 54, June 4, 1962
List of Employees including seniority years and date, amount severance pay, June 5, 1962
Advisory note on combining departments and lists of new seniority, August 27, 1962
Union information paper on closing down of Armour plant and separation pay, undated
10 Correspondence, 1964-1980, undated
Mattox, Jim U.S. Congressman, 1976-1980
Tower, John U.S. Senator, undated
Wright, Jim U.S. Senator, 1964
11 Helstein, Ralph, 1972-1974, undated
Illinois Labor History Society resolution on Ralph Helstein fund for education in labor history, November 17, 1972
Letter to ILHS sending check from Steve Mauser for Ralph Helstein, January 31, 1973
Letter to ILHS sending check from Margaret West and Ida Mauser, January 31, 1973
Letter from ILHS to Steve Mauser for receipt of contribution from Steve Mauser, February 6, 1973
Letter from ILHS to Ida Mauser for receipt of contribution to Ralph Helstein Fund, February 16, 1973
Newspaper The Unionist Article on Ralph Helstein, February 23, 1973
Speech by Ralph Helstein at District Five retirement dinner, February 23, 1973
Letter from ILHS relating to expenditures of Ralph Helstein contributions, February 1974
Request to AMCBW from ILHS for contributions for Ralph Helstein Fund, undated
12 Manford Act, 1943-1977
Steve Mauser's application for labor organizer's card for state of Texas, October 28, 1943
Labor card #30-460 verification letter from state of Texas, November 1, 1943
Labor organizer's card #30-340 verification letter from the state of Texas, August 4, 1959
Business agent registration certificate for Steve Mauser from the state of Kansas, November 15, 1977
13 Merger between AMCBW and the United Packinghouse, Food and Allied Workers June 6, 1968, 1965-1978, undated
UPWA Seniority list, January 23, 1965
Executive board meeting agreement of merger between AMCBW and UPWA, April 26, 1965
Propaganda handouts for and against a merger, 1967
International representative seniority list, February 27, 1968
Booklet: Merger agreement AMCBW and UPWA, June 6, 1968
Booklet: Merger agreement AMCBW and UPWA merger documents, June 6, 1968
Union notice of merger between Local P777 and Local 540, May 17, 1978
District Five by Industries: List of company and location and number of people in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, undated
Combined seniority list amalgamated and UPWA staff, undated
Comparison of staff group insurance benefits UPWA and AMC International, undated
14 National Labor Relation Board, 1959-1978, undated
Text of Labor Management Relations Act 1947, as amended by Public Law 86-257, 1959, 1959 (?)
Newspaper article on weakness of Labor in Texas with a quote from Steve Mauser from the Dallas Times Herald, August 6, 1978
UPWA Leadership Institute question sheet #1, undated
Form for making charges against employer, undated
Suggested language in drafting of charges against a labor organization or its agent, undated
AMCBW suggested forms for charges, undated
15 Poem: The Thin Line, undated
The Thin Line, Hank Rabun (Hank Rabun was a steelworker) undated
16 "Shooter" Newsletter, 1948
Newsletter of UPWA for 1948, 1948
17 Truck Drivers, 1976-1977, undated
Copy of charter of incorporation of Over-the-Road Driver's Association, Inc, September 30, 1976
Proposals for truck drivers, February 25, 1977
Proposals for truck drivers, undated
Notes on truck driver's pay, undated
18 Trusteeship Local P777, 1977-1978, undated
Letter to Richard Twedell and Juan Gonzales of AMCBW from Harry R. Poole (International President AMCBW) concerning trusteeship of Local P-777, October 20, 1977
Letter to Steve Mauser from Harry Poole appointing Mauser as hearing officer for trusteeship of P-777, December 23, 1977
Letter from Steve Mauser to Harry Poole giving results of Trusteeship meeting for Local P-777, February 13, 1978
Letter to members of P-777 of hearing date and place from Harry Poole, undated
19 United Food and Commercial Workers Union National Packing House Conference, 1981
UFCW National Conference report, October 21-23, 1981
Report to local union and regional directors with packinghouse membership, December 18, 1981
20 Union History, 1945-1955, undated
Brief History of the American Labor Movement, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, October 1947
Newspaper: Packinghouse Worker, Vol. 7, No. 22, October 29, 1948
Newspaper: Packinghouse Worker, Vol. 7, No. 24, November 26, 1948
Booklet: "The Power of Righteousness", Justice William Douglas, April 28, 1952
Booklet: "The Union Makes Us Strong", UPWA, March 1955
Booklet: "The UPWA Story", May, 1961
Packinghouse Workers' History 1932-1946, undated
"Some facts in the history of the workers in the packing industry", undated
"Steps toward creation of one big industrial union of packinghouse workers 1869-1946", undated
"Partial list of gains made since 1945 under UPWA, AFL-CIO in packing", undated
20A National Wage Rate Schedule, undated



Series IV. Newspapers (1 folder), 1977-1980

Box Folder
2 21 Newspapers of the Union, 1977
The Unionist, Austin, Minnesota, Vol. 42, No. 18, February 25, 1977
The Unionist, Austin, Minnesota, Vol. 42, No. 19, March 4, 1977
The Unionist, Austin, Minnesota, Vol. 43, No. 6, December 2, 1977
The Unionist, Austin, Minnesota, Vol. 46, No. 27, April 24, 1981
AFL-CIO News, Washington D.C. Vol. 22, No. 48, December 3, 1977



Series V. Photographs (1 folder), 1956

Box Folder
2 22 Photographs of Union Officials, undated
Joseph Belaky- former president of AMCBW, undated
Harry Poole- former president of AMCBW, undated
Sam Talarico- former secretary/treasurer of AMCBW, undated
Merger Committee Meetings, March 24-25, 1956