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Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 21 (Atlanta, Ga.) records

 Collection
Identifier: L1986-14

Scope and Content of the Records

The records, 1958-1979, of the Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 21 (OPEIU) consist of correspondence, financial records, minutes, grievances, organizing files, contracts, pamphlets, and periodicals. The bulk of Local 21's membership is made up of clerical workers employed in the offices of trade unions in the Atlanta area. Most of the correspondence is from Ronna Jones, Local 21 president, and from the OPEIU International Union in Washington, D.C., primarily Howard Coughlin, president, and William A. Lowe, secretary-treasurer. The financial records include financial reports, financial statements, and dues and membership cards of Local 21, as well as OPEIU International Union financial reports. The grievances all concern union employers and include a protracted grievance against the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union. The organizing files document mostly unsuccessful attempts at organizing clerical workers in private businesses, public transportation, and Grady Hospital.

Dates

  • 1958-1979

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Series V may contain restricted personal information. Consult Special Collections for 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 Office and Professional Employees International Union was formed in 1965 from the Office Employees International Union (1945-1965). Local 21's (Atlanta, Ga.) membership is comprised mainly of clerical workers employed in the offices of trade unions.

Extent

2.92 Linear Feet (in 7 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The Office and Professional Employees International Union was formed in 1965 from the Office Employees International Union (1945-1965). Local 21's (Atlanta, Ga.) membership is comprised mainly of clerical workers employed in the offices of trade unions. The records of Local 21, 1958-1979, consist of correspondence, financial records, minutes, grievances, organizing files, contracts, pamphlets, and periodicals.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Professional Employees International Union, Local 21, courtesy of Ruth Stanley, April 4, 1986.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Office and Professional Employees International Union contracts collection, 1953-1978 (L-contracts_OPEIU)
  2. Office and Professional Employees International Union, Southern Region records, 1970-1976 (L1976-41)
  3. Office and Professional Employees International Union records, 1976-1978 (L1979-10)
  4. Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 455 (Savannah, Ga.) records, 1976-2004 (L2008-19)

Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Collections. For pamphlets, see the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection finding aid (note that this collection has been weeded over time). For constitutions and contracts, consult Special Collections for access.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and By-laws Collection

  1. Carpenters Local 225: 1940, 1941, 1944, 1947, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1967, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1985
  2. United Brotherhood of Carpenters: 1975, 1979, 1982
  3. Georgia State Council of Carpenters: 1957

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Contracts and Agreements Collection

  1. Carpenters District Council of Atlanta: 1972, 1973, 1977, 1979
  2. Carpenters Local 225: 1969

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection

  1. UBC Memorable Milestones
  2. AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department: National Disputes Adjustment Plan

Processing Information

Inventoried by Charles Minihan at the file level, February 5, 1987.
Title
Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 21 (Atlanta, Georgia):
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
February 1987
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.
  • 2006, 2007: EAD revised by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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