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Communications Workers of America, Local 3290 records

 Collection
Identifier: L1975-03

Scope and Content of the Records

The Records, 1947-1966, of Local 3290 (Atlanta, Ga.) of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are primarily composed of correspondence, but also include minutes, financial statements, legal documents, grievances, and arbitration case material. The bulk of the correspondence is between Local 3290 President A. W. Sullivan and CWA officers Joe Beirne, P. J. Morgan, and W. A. Smallwood. Prominent topics of discussion include a 1962 attempt by the officers of Local 3290 to disaffiliate from the CWA, prompting the CWA to place the Local under a temporary administrator; and, also in 1962, a contest between the CWA and the Brotherhood of Teamsters to determine the national bargaining agent for Western Electric Company installers.

Dates

  • 1947-1966

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Historical Note

The Communications Workers of America began in 1939 as a group of unaffiliated unions in the telephone industry organized under the name of the National Federation of Telephone Workers. In 1947, the group changed its name to the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The CWA affiliated with the CIO and merged with the Telephone Workers Organizing Committee in 1949. The CWA, Local 3290 (Atlanta, Ga.) is comprised of employees of the Western Electric Company (Atlanta, Ga.).

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet (in 10 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The collection consists of the records of Local 3290 (Atlanta, Ga.) of the Communications Workers of America from 1947-1966. Mainly includes correspondence and contains information on Local 3290 officers' attempt to disaffiliate from the CWA, Local 3290's subsequent placement under a temporary administrator, and the struggle between the CWA and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to determine the national bargaining agent for Western Electric Company installers. Also includes minutes, financial statements, legal documents, grievance, and arbitrator case material.

Acquisition Information

Donated by John Wright, January 8, 1975.

Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections. For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives periodicals collection finding aid or catalog. For constitutions, consult archivist.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. Newsletters, 1961-1964

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and By-laws Collection

  1. Constitution, 1960

Processing Information

Inventoried by Mary Froehlich at the file level, March 18, 1978.
Title
Communication Workers of America, Local 3290 (Atlanta, Georgia):
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
June 2001
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • June 2001: EAD finding aid created by Apex Data Services.
  • March 2006: EAD revised by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
404-413-2881 (Fax)