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American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
Title: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Records
Dates: 1967-1981
Abstract: The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is an AFL-CIO affiliated labor union that was active in several Texas and Oklahoma cities. Collection consists of correspondence, documents, newspaper clippings, membership lists, tax records, minutes, and publications. These materials are from the working office of the Fort Worth Local 1522 and from informational reference files on several locals in Oklahoma, including Lawton, Norman, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and the regional office for Oklahoma State.
Identification: AR304
Extent: 3 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is an AFL-CIO affiliated labor union that was active in several Texas and Oklahoma cities. Records document activities of AFSCME locals in Fort Worth, Texas and the Oklahoma cities of Lawton, Muskogee, Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa.


Scope and Contents

Records in the collection consist of correspondence, documents, newspaper clippings, membership lists, tax records, minutes, and publications. These materials are from the working office of the Fort Worth Local 1522 and from informational reference files on several locals in Oklahoma, including Lawton, Norman, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and the regional office for the state of Oklahoma.


Organization

Records in this collection consist of 41 folders and are divided into two series. The first series consists of records for the Fort Worth AFSCME Local 1552 and arranged alphabetically and in reverse chronological order to reflect probable original order. The second series is divided into sections and appears to represent a collection of information on specific Oklahoma locals and are also arranged alphabetically by city and in reverse chronological order and contain copies of the constitutions and labor agreements for each respective city.
Series I. Texas, 1967-1981 (13 folders)
Series II. Oklahoma, 1972-1981 (28 folders)

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.
Organizations
AFSCME. Local 1552 (Fort Worth, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
AFSCME--Records and correspondence.
AFSCME--Oklahoma--History--Sources.
AFSCME--Texas--History--Sources.
Subjects
Government employee unions--Texas--Fort Worth--History--Sources.
Government employee unions--Oklahoma--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Administrative Information

Citation

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Collection, AR304, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1987.


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. Texas (13 folders), 1967-1981

Box Folder
1 1 Constitution, undated
Contains a complete constitution for Fort Worth Local 1552 and three pages of amendments.
2 Correspondence--In, January 6, 1971 to March 12, 1981.
Includes mail from other local, regional, and national AFSCME offices; the Tarrant County Central Labor Council; AFL - CIO; Tarrant County Hospital District; CPA offices; Fort Worth Police Benevolent Assoc.; union members; the City of Fort Worth; the federal government.
3 Correspondence--Inter-Office, October 22, 1971 to October 12, 1978.
Includes a small number of important mail articles such as a resignation demand of President Luther Robinson, sick leave reports, etc.
4 Correspondence--Non-Local 1552, April 22, 1970 to September 8, 1980.
Includes mostly carbon copies of letters sent to Local 1552 because they contained business related to the union. There are letters from the Attorney General of Texas; the City of Fort Worth; several notable letters from the attorneys Saunders and Waldrip to their individual union clients; the Laborer's International Union of North America.
5 Correspondence--Out, March 30, 1970 to September 25, 1980,
with some undated materials in the back.
Includes copies of mail articles sent out to Union members; the City of Fort Worth; the Tarrant County Hospital District; one and only Local 1552 Newsletter; Regional Union offices.
6 Executive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, October 22, 1970 to February, 1975.
Some handwritten and copied, the record is sporadic.
7 Fort Worth, City of, Council Meetings and Pay Scales for the City, August to July, 1974.
Again the record is sporadic as the file was apparently neglected. Note the U.S. House of Representatives' Resolution (undated) which pertains to City Employees.
8 Grievances, 1972 to May 1987.
Includes various grievances against the City of Fort Worth and a legal filing of a suit against the Tarrant County Hospital District.
9 IRS Correspondence/Records, December 31, 1967 to April 30, 1977.
Includes a separate file because of the amount of material. Includes mostly Employer Quarterly Reports.
10 Organization of Local 1552,
A miscellaneous collection of documents which pertain directly to the organizing of the Local 1552. Includes duties for Business Representative and lease for 1552 building. By-laws from 1968 and minutes from November 11, 1976.
11 Membership Rosters 1970-1972,
Includes computer generated membership rosters from each of the years above for Local 1552.
12 Membership Rosters 1973-1977,
Includes computer generated membership rosters from each of the years above for Local 1552.
13 New Membership Records 1971-1973,
Pertinent because it includes demographic data not available in membership rosters.



Series II. Oklahoma (28 folders), 1972-1981

Box Folder
2 1 Lawton, Oklahoma, City Council Agendas 1972, 1978,
Two agendas which pertain to AFSCME in Lawton.
2 Lawton, Oklahoma, City of, 1972-1978.
Pertains to a petition for collective bargaining for Lawton; an annual budget for Lawton 1977-1978.
3 Lawton, Oklahoma, Correspondence, August 29, 1972 to May 9, 1979.
It is a correspondence file which contains mail to and from union officials; the state of Oklahoma; newspaper clippings from Lawton; especially personal notes from Charlie Giammona, International Business Representative for the union based in Arlington, TX, to "Mo" Molleda, who was the Business Representative for the union in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There are several letters pertaining to the development of collective bargaining in Lawton.
4 Lawton, Oklahoma, Mailing List, 1977,
Includes lists of AFL-CIO officials for Oklahoma State; union organizers for Lawton, OK; City Employees of Lawton; and several payroll deduction slips for city employees who joined the union then.
5 Muskogee, Oklahoma, Collective Bargaining and Working Agreements, 1973 to 1981.
Includes an undated city ordinance which authorizes the use of public employees and their organization; agreement between Muskogee and Local 1246; a 1977 proposal for the same and Local 2465; collective bargaining contracts from 1973 to 1981.
6 Muskogee, Oklahoma, Correspondence, September 29, 1972 to September 12, 1978.
Again a reference file, it includes carbon copies of letters sent to and from Union officials, usually from Charlie Giammona of Arlington, TX, to various officials with some reference to Muskogee; the city of Muskogee.
7 Muskogee, Oklahoma, Organization of Local 2465, undated
Includes undated copies of the constitution and By-laws of Local 2465; a computer generated list of Muskogee members from November 13, 1978; a list (undated) of Muskogee Local 2465 union officers.
8 Norman, Oklahoma, City of, undated
Includes personnel manual (undated); Employee Advisory Council By-laws (undated); by-laws of Norman Employees Association (undated); section of Norman City Code as pertains to collective bargaining.
9 Norman, Oklahoma, Collective Bargaining Meetings, 1975 to 1976.
Includes Norman City Ordinance #0-7576-1, which allowed for a structure for collective bargaining for city employees (undated); list of members for an Ad Hoc Committee on Collective Bargaining (undated); bargaining meeting minutes of December 10-17, 1975; copy of city management's proposals of economic Issues, January and February of 1976. See also: NORMAN, OKLAHOMA, CORRESPONDENCE, there are several letters mailed to Don McCullar which contain complete Collective Bargaining Agreements.
10 Norman, Oklahoma, Correspondence, April 2, 1975 to September 8, 1978.
Includes correspondence to and from union officials; Zwerdling, Maurer, and Papp Law Offices in Washington, D.C.; city of Norman (Note: these are of particular interest because they chronicle the collective bargaining settlement for Norman, OK); the Norman Transcript newspaper; employees of the University of Oklahoma at Norman.
11 Norman, Oklahoma, Grievances, 1975.
Includes three grievances against Norman, Oklahoma, but only two are dated to September and November 1975.
12 Norman, Oklahoma, Organization Local 2875, 1978.
Membership roster dated November 13, 1978. Includes constitution (undated); list of officers (undated).
13 Norman, Oklahoma, Working Agreements, 1975 to 1979.
Includes complete copies of the working agreements for each of the years above between the City of Norman and Local 2875.
Box Folder
3 1 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, City of, 1979.
Includes a copy of March 13, 1979 City Council formal agenda; newspaper clipping from The Oklahoma Journal.
2 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Community Action Program, 1979.
Includes Executive Committee meeting minutes from this rival labor organization; (See OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, CORRESPONDENCE for relationships between the C.A.P. and the AFSCME.); also includes an organizational chart for the C.A.P.
3 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Correspondence, September 12, 1975 to March 13, 1981.
Includes letters to and from the Community Action Program and the AFSCME; to and from union officials; public notices; copies of newspaper clippings; city of Oklahoma City; U.S. Department of Labor; an undated newsletter.
4 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Organization of Local 2406, 1978.
Includes undated copy of local constitution; membership roster dated November 13, 1978.
5 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Working Agreements, 1975 to 1981.
Includes agreements between Oklahoma City and Local 2406; an AFSCME pay plan dated 1975; an undated report to City Council Finance Committee members.
6 Oklahoma State Correspondence, February 12, 1975 to January 12, 1981.
Includes letters from Oklahoma locals; The city of Jenks; to and from union officials; the National PEOPLE Committee; the C.A.P.; Spring 1980 issue of AFL-CIO newsletter; Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce; Oklahoma State Department of Institutions, Social and Rehabilitative Services; AFL-CIO.
7 Oklahoma State, Executive Board Minutes, 1979 to 1980.
Includes minutes for meeting of February 2, 1979, April 11, 1980, and June 13, 1980 Special and Solidarity Board Meetings.
8 Oklahoma State, Newspaper Clippings, 1979? to 1980?.
Includes newspaper clippings from the Fort Worth Star Telegram; Tulsa; Oklahoma City; please note that most are not identified as to source nor dated. They deal mostly with cities contracting labor to private organizations, relations with the C.A.P.; (Note: see OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, CORRESPONDENCE, September 12, 1975 to March 13, 1981 for further reference.); wage and salary bills, etc.
9 Oklahoma State, Organization of AFSCME Statewide and State Statistics, 1978 to 1979.
Includes statewide membership for locals, (computer generated, undated); a Monthly Officer list for all locals dated March 3, 1978; population statistics for cities and municipalities over 2,000 populace (undated); wage statistics (undated); third quarter State AFL-CIO financial statement dated 1979.
10 Oklahoma State, State Convention AFL-CIO July 29, 1978,
Includes invitation dated June 7, 1978; agendas, rosters, lists of special committees, list of Executive Board members; minutes for a Special Executive Board meeting dated July 28, 1978; list of political endorsements decided at the convention (see below).
11 Oklahoma State, Support for Oklahoma Election Candidates and Legislative Issues, 1978 to 1981.
Includes statistics on primary or run-off elections in 1980; the general election 1980; list of pro-ERA candidates dated September 25, 1980; of particular interest is Oklahoma State AFL-CIO Executive Board resolutions stating policy for Union support of candidates for the 1980 elections; list of candidates for state offices dated July 18-19, 1980; final outcomes of 1979 elections; AFL-CIO "Fact Sheet" on legislative issues dated March 1981; National AFL-CIO legislative report; report on the 37th Legislature of Oklahoma (1979) (see above).
12 Tulsa, Oklahoma, Correspondence, April 17, 1975 to January 17, 1980.
Includes correspondence to and from union officials; the city of Tulsa; of special interest is the attempt by an independent Local 1776 to de-certify Local 1180 under the leadership of Mr. James Hilliard, the attempt failed, and there is much corresponding literature; the Oklahoma State AFL-CIO; also note the Tulsa Local 1180 Constitution and amendments dated January 5, 1976.
13 Tulsa, Oklahoma, Grievances, October 4, 1972 to August 27, 1979.
Includes two grievances against Tulsa and one arbitration hearing.
14 Tulsa, Oklahoma, Organization of Local 1180, 1978 to 1980.
Includes Tulsa Local 1180 Constitution (undated), (see TULSA, OKLAHOMA, CORRESPONDENCE, for a modified constitution); proposed program for 1980 (undated); minutes to a regular membership meeting dated November 27, 1979; two lists of Local 1180 officers dated September 13, 1979 and term 1976-78; computer generated membership roster dated November 13, 1978; and a submission to the AFL-CIO convention by the President of Local 1180 concerning collective bargaining (See OKLAHOMA STATE, STATE CONVENTION AFL-CIO, July 29, 1978).
15 Tulsa, Oklahoma, Working Agreements, 1976 to 1981.
Includes proposals and agreements between 1976 to 1977 and from 1979 to 1981. Also included is a Negotiating Committee Report and recommendation for the 1979-1981 agreement.