United Steelworkers of America AFL-CIO-CLC Local 8652 Records, 1977-1989

Descriptive Identification

Unit ID
apap077
Collection
X
Repository
M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
Extent
0.2 cubic ft.
creator
United Steelworkers Of America Local 8652
Location
The materials are located on site in the department.
Language
English
Abstract
This is a repository of various records related to the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) AFL-CIO-CLC, Local 865.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

Processed in 2003 by Amy C. Schindler.

Access

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Acquisition Information

All items in this manuscript group were loaned to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, for photocopying by the United Steelworkers of America AFL-CIO-CLC, Local 8652.

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, United Steelworkers of America AFL-CIO-CLC Local 8652 Records, 1977-1989. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).

Organizational Sketch

The United Steelworkers of America (USWA) AFL-CIO-CLC, Local 8652 was chartered in 1977, and was apparently the first union since the nineteenth century to represent steelworkers at the Portec Corporation, Railway Products Division, in the Rolling Mill in Troy, New York. The Rail Joint Company operated the plant before being purchased by Poor and Company, which was owned by former Rail Joint Company employee, Fred Poor, in 1929. The Troy plant was a rail joint manufacturing facility. In 1989, Portec Rail Products, Inc. closed its Troy plant and moved operations to West Virginia, thereby ending Local 8652's brief history. Additional information about Portec Corporation is available through its Web site at: http://www.portecrail.com. Accessed 7 January 2003.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes contracts from 1977 through 1989, meeting minutes from 1982, job descriptions for employees from 1980, scattered correspondence, and other materials related to union business. The closing of Portec Corporation's Troy facility is documented through the support services offered for employees by the union, a seniority list, and the shutdown agreement. The scrapbook includes photocopies of news clippings and photographs documenting union members on strike from 1986-1987 and the closing of the Portec plant in Troy.

The Rensselaer County Historical Society has records from Portec Corporation's predecessor in Troy, New York the Rail Joint Company.

For additional labor collections in the Department,see the online Labor subject guide at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/labor.htm.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized inside of a box labelled Box 1 into the following folders:

Components List