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United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America. Local 683 Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America. Local 683 (Pecos, Tex.)
Title: United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America. Local 683 Records
Dates: 1962-1991
Abstract: United Rubber Workers, Local 683, of Pecos, Texas received its charter on November 26, 1962. Members of the union, who were predominantly Mexican American, were all employed by Automotive Proving Grounds, Inc., a subsidiary of Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Company. The local remained in operation until January 9, 1987, at which time the subsidiary ceased operations. The local was officially disbanded on February 28, 1991. Records contain correspondence, minutes, election results, membership reports, expense reports, contracts, negotiating material, grievances, convention material (1970-1984), union directories, and booklets.
Identification: AR375
Extent: 9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America, Local 683 in Pecos, Texas, was initiated on September 20, 1962, following a majority vote of 97 out of 161 eligible individuals. All eligible voters were employees of Automotive Proving Grounds, Inc., a subsidiary of Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Co. Shortly thereafter, the newly organized group applied for a charter from the URW national organization. Through the efforts and support of Mr. Talmadge Steinke, URW field representative, the charter was issued on November 26, 1962, and the local organization and collective bargaining unit was officially designated and nationally recognized as Local 683. Over the subsequent decades, union leadership represented its members via contract negotiations and labor agreements with Automotive Proving Grounds, Inc., via union and employee grievance procedures, and by affiliating with associated labor organizations such as the Texas AFL-CIO and the Central Texas Labor Union in Odessa, Texas. They continued to conduct business until January 9, 1987. At that time, Automotive Proving Grounds, Inc. was sold to Smithers Scientific Services, Inc. and it ceased operations. The local was officially disbanded on February 28, 1991.


Scope and Contents

The inclusive dates of the records range from 1962-1991.

Records of the United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America, Local 683 consist of the original minutes of the union meetings as well as meeting agenda notes, membership and seniority lists, expense reports, auditor's reports to the URW headquarters, election results, communications related to affiliated labor organizations, legislative information and the photocopies of the URW master file in Akron, Ohio, provided by Mr. Glenn Ellison, secretary-treasurer. Documents, notes, communications and agreements relate to contract negotiations conducted between the United Rubber Workers and its local affiliate, Local 683 and Automotive Proving Grounds, Inc. and its owner Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Co. Inc. Union grievance files, for the most part, encompass individual member's complaints against Automotive Proving Grounds, Inc. for pay and/or promotion disputes, challenges to dismissals and workmen's compensation disputes that resulted in legal actions in a court of law. Several files contain Local 683 organizational complaints against A.P.G. for collective relief against unfair practices by the employer in violation of the existing contracts. There is also union correspondence to and from the URW national leadership, Automotive Proving Grounds, Inc., a member of Congress from the Pecos area, arbitrator's correspondence, communications from special URW departments such as Political Education, Fair Practices, Research, and Safety. The letters and other documents were on letterheads, and the newsletters and news briefs were official publications dealing with issues of interest to organized labor and to Local 683 in particular. There are also publications, booklets, reports and other materials related to the United Rubber Workers national conventions in the United States and Canada. There are several issues covered in this material that relate to the president in office and his ability to serve another term as well as challenges to his authority and complaints concerning his salary. There are official executive committee reports and other general membership additions to the meetings agenda. In additional, there are resolutions, proposals and amendments to the URW constitution and by-laws. Included are several union directories and operational and procedural booklets dealing with local union operations and trade unionism.


Organization

Records consist of 175 folders arranged in 5 series:
Series I. Organization Records, 1962-1991 (23 folders)
Series II. Labor Negotiations, 1963-1983 (26 folders)
Series III. Grievances, 1963-1986 (36 folders)
Series IV. Correspondence, 1963-1980 (58 folders)
Series V. Conventions, 1964-1987 (32 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
United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum, and Plastic Workers of America. Local 683 (Pecos, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Labor unions--Texas--Pecos--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Administrative Information

Citation

United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America, Local 683 Records, AR375, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1988.


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. Organization Records, 1962-1991

Box Folder
1 1-4 Minutes and ledger books, 1965-1987
Contains the first recorded activities of Local 683. Important names include Eddie Ferguson, John W. Dickey, Isidro H. Cobos, Fred Martin Jr., Julio Rodriguez and Bernardo Martinez. Folder contents are as follows:
  • Folder 1: Dec. 16, 1962-Jan. 24, 1965
  • Folder 2: Mar. 21, 1965-Jul. 27, 1969
  • Folder 3: Oct. 15, 1969-Sep. 17, 1977
  • Folder 4: Nov. 13, 1977-Feb. 06, 1987
Also included are the records of local union elections as well as the minutes of special called elections.
5 Handwritten and typewritten minutes, 1967-1972
Regular minutes, sign-in sheets, and minutes of special and executive board meetings.
6 Meeting notices and correspondence, 1967-1980
These records consist of meeting notices, ballots from 1967, handwritten meeting notices with artwork, meeting agenda note cards, and letters to Automotive Proving Grounds, Inc. asking for leaves of absence in order that local union officials might conduct business.
7 Meeting agendas and leadership duties, 1962
Contains meeting agendas, obligations of members, duties of officers and membership lists.
8 Letters from Bernardo Martinez, 1973
Three letters from Bernardo Martinez to Faustino Pineda, Reuben Natividad and Crensencio Machuca.
9 Membership and seniority lists, 1970-1979
Typed union member seniority master lists.
10 Notices of elections, 1971-1977
Notifications to members of meetings for the purposes of nominations and the election of local union officers.
11 Certificate of incorporation, 1968
Document issued by the State of Texas granting tax exempt status to Local 683.
12 Expense reports, 1971-1976
Reports to local concerning travel costs.
13 Membership reports, 1962-1969
Contains the Local 683 membership reports to the national headquarters of the URW. They include both incoming and outgoing members.
14 Auditor reports to URW, 1962-1974
Local union audit reports to URW headquarters listing dues, leadership dues rates and demographic information.
15 Local 683 labor union affiliations, 1972-1974
Records related to Local 683 affiliating with the Odessa Central Labor Union and the Texas AFL-CIO organizations. Also included, the by-laws of the Odessa C.L.U., a directory of Permian Basin unions and organizational reports.
Box Folder
2 1 Central Labor Union correspondence, 1970-1979
Contains letters, newsletters and other information relating to C.L.U. and Local 683.
2 Legislative, political and union activism, 1979
Brochures and information related to union activism.
3 District 8 correspondence, 1971, 1977-1979
Contains communications and labor information related to Local 683 and its membership in District 8 of the URW.
4-8 URW headquarters master file, 1962-1991, 1995
Contains documentation of the organization and charter of the local affiliate 683 as well and the communications concerning the ceasing of operations. These are copies of the originals which are currently housed at the URW national offices. They were furnished to The University of Texas at Arlington Special Collection Divisions by Mr. Glenn Ellison, URW Secretary-Treasurer.



Series II. Labor Negotiations, 1963-1983

Box Folder
2 9-20 Negotiations and contracts, 1963-1977
Records of labor negotiations and agreements between Local 683 and A.P.G., Inc.
Box Folder
3 1-14 Negotiations and contracts, 1977-1983
Records of labor negotiations and agreements between Local 683 and A.P.G., Inc.



Series III. Grievances, 1963-1986

Box Folder
4 1-16 Employee grievances, 1963-1975
Contains records of employee and organizational grievances filed against A.P.G., Inc. by members of Local 683. Issues include promotions, tardiness, failure to show up for work, workman's compensation and pay disagreements. The following claim numbers are included: 2-3, 5, 8-11, 12-15, 16-18, 20-26, 27-32, 34-39, and 44.
Box Folder
5 1-14 Employee grievances, 1976-1986
Contains the same subject matter as above. The following claim numbers are included: 48-49, 51-56, 58-61, 65-66, 71-73, and 76.
Box Folder
6 1-6 Employee grievances, 1983-1986
Contains the same subject matter as above. The following claim numbers are included: 77-80, 83-84, 88-89, 93-94, 97-98, and 101.



Series IV. Correspondence, 1963-1980

Box Folder
6 7 Arbitrator's correspondence, 1978-1979
8-12 Automotive Proving Grounds, Inc. correspondence, 1963-1982
Contains correspondence to and from A.P.G. and Local 683.
13 Bommarito correspondence, 1970-1978
Letters and other information from URW President Peter Bomarrito.
14-22 Cobos correspondence, 1970-1980
Consists of letters and envelopes to president Isidro Cobos from various individuals as well as the URW national headquarters.
Box Folder
7 1 Committee on Political Education correspondence, 1963, 1968, and 1977.
2 Cramer correspondence, 1964-1971
Pertains to Joseph H. Cramer, District 8 director.
3 Dotson correspondence, 1970
Pertains to Thomas E. Dotson, URW Education Director.
4 Edwards correspondence, 1970-1972
Pertains to James R. Edwards, attorney for Local 683.
5 Equal Employment Opportunity Comm. correspondence, 1975 and 1979
General information from the E.E.O.C.
6 Fisher correspondence, 1971
Pertains to Ron Fisher, URW Research Dept. Director.
7 Fund raising correspondence, 1972
8 Glover correspondence, 1971
Pertains to H.D. Glover, Reeves County Attorney in Pecos, Texas.
9 Gold correspondence, 1971-1974
Pertains to Ike Gold, URW Secretary-Treasurer.
10 Goodrich correspondence, 1971, 1978-1979, 1982
Pertains to the B.F. Goodrich master labor agreement.
11 Lunch Program correspondence, 1973-1974
Pertains to a special lunch subsidy program in effect in Pecos, Texas, at that time. It was studied by the local union for the benefit of its member's children.
12 Martinez correspondence, 1970-1975
Pertains to former local union president Bernardo Martinez.
13 Mexican-American Labor Institute correspondence, 1971-1972
Pertains to special organization for Mexican-Americans involved in organized labor.
14 Minimum Wage information correspondence
Specialized pamphlet on the minimum wage.
15 Moye correspondence, 1971
Pertains to Jack W. Moye, URW special representative.
16 National Test Driver's Association correspondence, 1973
Pertains to the organization of an association unique to Local 683.
17 Local 683 news photos
Photos of leadership and members of Local 683 for potential use in newspaper articles.
18 Local 683 newspaper release correspondence, 1971, 1973
19 Occupational Safety and Health Administration correspondence, 1970
20 Peake correspondence, 1978
Pertains to E. James Peake, URW Fair Practices Director.
21 Pension proposal correspondence, 1971-1972
22 Petitions from Local 683, 1971-1972
Petitions from local union to Automotive Proving Grounds, Inc.
23 Public policy statement.
24 Right-to-work statements
25 Safety Committee report
26 Steinke correspondence, 1963, 1970-1972, 1974
Pertains to communications with T.D. Steinke, field representative in Texas for the URW.
27 Strauber correspondence, 1971
Pertains to Robert Strauber, URW Director of Education.
28 Texas Employment Commission correspondence, 1974
29 Turner correspondence, 1971
Pertains to James E. Turner, URW Fair Practices Director.
30 URW: President Peter Bommarito correspondence, 1977-1979
31 URW: Vice-President correspondence, 1968, 1978-1979
32 URW: Secretary-Treasurer correspondence, 1967, 1978-1979
33 URW: International Policy Committee correspondence, 1970
34 URW: URW news releases, 1978-1979
35 URW: Public Relations Director
Box Folder
8 1 URW: Research information, 1961-1965, 1966, 1978-1979
Pertains to URW research into wages, labor law, training and membership. The "Background Data, U.S. Economy," is especially interesting.
2 URW: Wage survey, AFL-CIO, 1970
Pertains to wage and benefit survey of the rubber industry's salaries.
3 URW: AFL-CIO transfers, 1971
Pertains to union reciprocal certificate transfers to other industries affiliated with the AFL-CIO and CLC.
4 Vasko correspondence, 1970-1974
Pertains to correspondence from George B. Vasko. Includes a bibliography of references on racism, minorities and related subjects.
5 White correspondence, 1970
Pertains to communications with Congressman Richard C. White.



Series V. Conventions

Box Folder
8 6 Skilled Trades Manual
"Skilled Trades Manual for URW," March 14, 1963, AFL-CIO.
7 URW Report: United States, 1970
"URW Report: United States, 1970," Prepared and Conducted by: URW Research Department; Ron G. Fisher, Director; Stephen Clem, Assistant Director; Robert E. Garbor, Special Representative; 1970.
8 URW Report: Canada, 1970
"URW Report: United States, 1970," Prepared and Conducted by: URW Research Department; Ron G. Fisher, Director; Stephen Clem, Assistant Director; Robert E. Garbor, Special Representative; 1970.
9 Convention proceedings, 1970, 1972
"Convention Proceedings: United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum, and Plastic Workers of America, AFL-CIO, CLC, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 1970, Miami Beach, Fla."
"Convention Proceedings: United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum, and Plastic Workers of America, AFL-CIO, CLC, Sept. 11-15, 1972, Bal Harbour, Fla."
10 29th Convention Resolutions, 1975
"Resolutions adopted by the 29th Convention of the United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum, and Plastic Workers of America, AFL-CIO, CLC, in Bal Harbour, Fla."
11 30th Convention Officers report, 1978
"Report for the International Officers to the 30th Convention, URWCL&PW of America, AFL-CIO, CLC, Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Canada, Oct. 9, 1978."
12 Proceedings of 30th Convention, 1978
"Proceedings of the 30th Convention, URCL&PW of America, AFLl-CIO, CLC, Sheraton Centre, Bronto, Canada, Oct. 9, 1978."
13 1978 Convention literature
14 1978 Proposed resolutions
15 1978 Executive Board resolutions
16 Proposals from Rules Committee, 1978
17 1978 Proposed amendments to the 30th convention
Box Folder
9 1 1978 Constitutional amendments
Pertains to the 30th convention.
2 Convention appeals, 1978
3 30th Convention packet, 1978
4 31st Convention: Reports and appeals, 1981
5 1981 Proposed amendments to the 31st convention
6 31st Convention packet, 1981
7 1981 International Officers report
"1981 International Officers Report to the 31st Convention, Bal Harbour, Florida, Oct. 5, 1981."
8 Executive Board Resolutions to the 31st Convention
"1981 Resolutions proposed by International Executive Board to 31st Convention, URCL&PW of America, AFL-CIO, CLC, Bal Harbour, Florida, Oct. 5, 1981."
9 1981 Constitutional Amendments to 31st Convention
"1981 Resolutions proposed by International Executive Board to 31st Convention, URCL&PW of America, AFL-CIO, CLC, Bal Harbour, Florida, Oct. 5, 1981."
10 Proposed Resolutions to 31st Convention, 1981
"1981 Resolutions proposed by International Executive Board to 31st Convention, URCL&PW of America, AFL-CIO, CLC, Bal Harbour, Florida, Oct. 5, 1981."
11 Minutes: URW District No. 3 Council Meeting, 1981
Pertains to founding convention in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; minutes dated June 11-13, 1981.
12 Minutes: URW District No. 3 Council Meeting
Pertains to convention in Arlington, Texas; minutes dated July 19-21, 1982.
13 Proposed Amendments to the 32nd Convention, 1984
"Proposed Amendments to 32nd Convention, URW URCL&PW of America, AFL-CIO, CLC, Hollywood, Fla., Oct. 8, 1984."
14 Executive Board Resolutions to the 32nd Convention, 1984
"Proposed Amendments to 32nd Convention, URW URCL&PW of America, AFL-CIO, CLC, Hollywood, Fla., Oct. 8, 1984."
15 Proposed Resolutions to the 32nd Convention, 1984
"Proposed Amendments to 32nd Convention, URW URCL&PW of America, AFL-CIO, CLC, Hollywood, Fla., Oct. 8, 1984."
16 Constitutional Amendments to the 32nd Convention, 1984
"Proposed Amendments to 32nd Convention, URW URCL&PW of America, AFL-CIO, CLC, Hollywood, Fla., Oct. 8, 1984."
17 Contract agreement booklets, 1965, 1968, 1970-1973, 1976, and 1979
18 URW Constitution booklets, 1964, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1984, and 1987
19 Union directories, 1972, 1974, and 1980
20 Union procedures booklets