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National Federation of Federal Employees:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303
404-413-2880
archives@gsu.edu

2014



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2015-07-17T15:15-0400

Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Creator: National Federation of Federal Employees
Title: National Federation of Federal Employees records
Dates: circa 1910-circa 2007
Quantity: 33.75 Linear feet (in 27 boxes)
Abstract:In 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) was established at a convention in Washington, DC. In 1999, NFFE affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The collection consists of the papers and records of Abraham Orlofsky, secretary/treasurer and historian of the National Federation of Federal Employees for many years. Included in these records are: historic research, convention proceedings, resolutions, constitutions, bylaws, agreements, reports, charters, research materials, artifacts, photographs, audiovisual materials and files from the executive council.
Identification: L2008-02
Location:Off-site storage
Language: English

Scope and Contents of the Records

The collection consists of the papers and records of Abraham Orlofsky, secretary/treasurer and historian of the National Federation of Federal Employees for many years. Included in these records are: research, convention proceedings, resolutions, constitutions, bylaws, agreements, reports, charters, research materials, artifacts, photographs, audiovisual materials and files from the executive council. These materials pertain to the history of the union, many of its members, and the union's representation of federal civil service employees and provide documentation of the day-to-day activities of a national union. Also included is the official publication, Federal Employee.


History of the National Federation of Federal Employees

In 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) was established at a convention in Washington, DC. Florence Ethridge presented the resolution to form NFFE as an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). A week later AFL issued NFFE's charter. NFFE is one of the oldest unions in the United States to represent federal civil service employees. Their first National President was H.M. McLarin. He was succeeded by Luther C. Steward, who served as president for 37 years. For much of the 20th century, NFFE was the single biggest proponent of the civil service merit system. Many privileges federal employees enjoy today came as a direct result of NFFE pioneering the cause. Retirement benefits and the "equal pay for equal work" classification system are largely due to NFFE's efforts. NFFE was originally chartered under the American Federation of Labor (AFL), but left it in December 1931. In 1999, NFFE affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, making them part of the AFL-CIO once again. Over the 20th century, NFFE has been working hard to defend workers' rights in the federal sector upholding their slogan: "We Work for America Everyday."


Index Terms

Civil service
Government employee unions

Restrictions

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.

Collection stored off-site, please allow 24 hours for retrieval.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], [box number], National Federation of Federal Employees records, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the National Federation of Federal Employees, 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Christy Atkins, Fall 2013. Electronic finding aid created by John Thompson, Fall 2014.


Related Material

National Federation of Federal Employees Records, 1917-2005, L2004-02


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