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Communication Workers of America, District 3:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

June 2001



Profile Description

Creation: Text converted and initial EAD tagging provided by Apex Data Services, June 2001.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Communications Workers of America, District 3
Title: Communication Workers of America, District 3 records
Dates: 1953-1974
Quantity: 59 linear feet
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.
Identification: L1979-17
LanguageEnglish.

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.


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.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Communications Workers of America, District 3--Archives.
Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company.
Grievance arbitration.
Communication and traffic--Employees--Labor unions--Southern States.
Telephone companies--Employees--Labor unions--Southern States.

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.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], [series title], Communication Workers of America, District 3 Records, [accession number], Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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).

Processing Information

Inventoried by E. L. E. Mize, November 26, 1973 (L1973-27) and by Debra L. K. Carter, June 1, 1979 (L1979-17). EAD finding aids created by Apex Data Services, June 2001; revised and single finding aid created by William Hardesty, February 2006.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Southern Labor Archives holds records of other Communication Workers of America districts and locals.


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