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Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO Records

M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives

Inclusive Date: 1921-1988

Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

2 Reelss

English

Includes records of the Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, group of trade union locals, and its predecessor organizations:.

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Collection Details

Processed in 1990 February 1 by Geoffrey A. Huth .

The materials are located onsite in the department.

The Schenectady Trades Assembly, the earliest predecessor institution of the Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, was chartered in 1898. However, no records before 1921 survive. In the early years of this century, the trades assembly consisted of a group of trade union locals working together for labor's goals.

In 1941, the Schenectady Trades Assembly changed its name to the Schenectady Federation of Labor and was rechartered by the AFL. The 1940's were a particularly busy time for the federation, as attested to by the amount of correspondence it produced.

The founding date of the Schenectady Area Industrial Union Council, CIO, is unknown, but by 1959 it had merged with the Schenectady Federation of Labor to form the Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, representing unions in the combined AFL-CIO. The labor council now includes any AFL-CIO unions in Schenectady, Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties.

The records of the Schenectady Area Central Labor Council contain records of all its predecessor bodies; however, there are large and frequent gaps in the records, including an almost complete dearth of records for the 1950's and 1960's. The 1970's and 1980's are the best documented decades, represented by both correspondence and minutes. Of the other records retained by the labor council, the best source for early labor history in Schenectady is the minute book of the Schenectady Trades Assembly for 1928 to 1932. Unfortunately, these are the last minutes saved until 1981. There appear to be no surviving records of the Schenectady Area Industrial Union Council except for copies of its 1952 constitution.

The correspondence files generally consist of letters to legislators explaining the council's view on topics of the day, and these are a good record of the council's interests especially for the 1940's, 1970's and 1980's. Correspondence, especially in the later years, sometimes includes press releases and newspaper clippings.

The collection has no series, arranged chronologically.

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO Records, 1921-1988. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Schenectady Area Central Labor Council Records).

Collection Subjects & Formats

Otherlevel: Schenectady Trades Assembly, AFL - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1921-1923

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Trades Assembly, AFL - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1932

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Trades Assembly, AFL - Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1928-1932

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Federation of Labor, AFL - Charter

Inclusive Date: 1941

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Federation of Labor, AFL - Constitution and By-Laws

Inclusive Date: 1955

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Federation of Labor, AFL - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1930-1938

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Federation of Labor, AFL - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1944

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Federation of Labor, AFL - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1945

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Federation of Labor, AFL - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1946

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Federation of Labor, AFL - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1947

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Federation of Labor, AFL - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1948

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Federation of Labor, AFL - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1949

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Industrial Union Council, CIO - Constitution

Inclusive Date: 1952

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Charter

Inclusive Date: 1959

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - By-Laws

Inclusive Date: 1957

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1970-1971

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1972-1973

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1976-1977

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1978-1978

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1980

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1981

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1982

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1983

Reel: 1

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1984

Reel: 2

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1985

Reel: 2

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1981

Reel: 2

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1982

Reel: 2

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1983

Reel: 2

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1984

Reel: 2

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1985

Reel: 2

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1986

Reel: 2

Otherlevel: Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1988

Reel: 2