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Communications Workers of America, District 3 records

 Collection
Identifier: L1979-17

Scope and Content of the Records

The records, 1953-1969, of Communication Workers of America, District 3, consist primarily of more than 5500 non-precedent grievances filed by the union against its principal employer, the Southern Bell Telephone Company. Each grievance file contains correspondence, testimony, minutes of grievance committee meetings, and exhibits, which often include maps, photographs, or diagrams relating to the case. The grievance bulk in the period 1957-1968, and primarily concern pay practices, suspensions, discharges, fringe benefits, and promotions. A smaller number pertain to discrimination in promotions or discharges due to sex, race, or union membership; contract work; supervisors performing craft work; and general working conditions. The bulk of the grievances were dropped at the State (third) or District (fourth) level, but some were settled or rendered moot. A small amount of correspondence and documents related to arbitration cases conclude the collection.

Dates

  • 1953-1974

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.

Organizational History

The Communication Workers of America (CIO) was formed in 1947; the former Southern Federation of Telephone Workers (independent) became CWA Division 49. In 1950, through a reorganization of the structure of CWA, the nine southern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee became District 3 of the CWA.

Extent

59 Linear Feet (in 144 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The Communications Workers of America (CIO) was formed in 1947; the former Southern Federation of Telephone Workers (independent) became CWA Division 49. In 1950, through a reorganization of the structure of CWA, the nine southern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee became District 3 of the CWA. The records consist primarily of more than 5500 non-precedent grievances filed by the union against its principal employer, the Southern Bell Telephone Company, 1953, 1956-1974.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Communication Workers of America, District 3. The bulk of the collection was donated on May 31, 1979 (L1979-19); a single file was donated on April 20, 1973 (L1973-27).

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Communications Workers of America contracts collection, 1948-1977 (L-contracts_CWA)
  2. Communications Workers of America records, Local 3108 (Orlando, Fla.) records, 1965-1973 (L1972-42)
  3. Communications Workers of America, Local 3204 (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1948-1972 (L1972-59)
  4. Communication Workers of America, Local 3290 records, 1947-1966 (L1975-03)
  5. Communications Workers of America, Southern Georgia District (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1947; 1968-1975 (L1979-20)
  6. Communications Workers of America Records, Local 3250 (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1935-1945 (L1982-01)

Processing Information

Inventoried by E. L. E. Mize at the file level, November 26, 1973 (L1973-27) and by Debra L. K. Carter at the file level, June 1, 1979 (L1979-17). Multiple finding aids were combined into a single collection guide.
Title
Communication Workers of America, District 3:
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
1973, 1979
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • June 2001: EAD finding aids created by Apex Data Services.
  • February 2006: EAD revised and single finding aid created by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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