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Series I. Tri-State Conference on the Impact of Steel

Scope and Content Notes:

The Tri-State Conference on the Impact of Steel is an organization created to fight the deindustrialization of the Pittsburgh region. It was started by McCollester and others in 1979 to fight mill shutdowns in Youngstown. There are many types of documents in this collection including newspaper articles and organizational records, which include meeting minutes and funding applications. Documents also detail Tri- State’s efforts to save steelmaking facilities, like the campaigns to save Mesta and the Dorothy 6 blast furnace, as well as their efforts to help laid off workers. There are also flyers for rallies and conferences that were held by the Tri- State Conference and studies on how to save the local industry.


Box 1
Folder 1 Closing Youngstown Steel, 1979-1980
Folder 2 John Metzgar on Johnstown Plant Closings
Folder 3 Tri-state Organization and By-laws, 1979-1981
Folder 4 Tri-state Conference Founding, March 27, 1979
Folder 5 Membership Lists
Folder 6 Tri-State Address Lists
Folder 7 Consent Decree, 1979
Folder 8 Meeting Minutes, 1979
Folder 9-10 Conneaut Mill Opening, 1979
Folder 11 Activities and Publications, 1979
Folder 12 "Thoughts on Long-Range Goals"
Folder 13 "Father K" The Play, 1980
Folder 14 Synfuels, Greene County, PA, 1980
Folder 15-16 Articles and Publications, 1980
Folder 17 Fun For Aid of Neighbors in Need (FANN) Grant, 1981
Folder 18 Campaign for Human Development (CHD) Grant, 1981
Folder 19 Finance Reports, 1981
Folder 20 Staughton Lynd- Eminent Domain, 1981
Folder 21 Research Committee, 1981
Folder 22 "Save the Mon Valley, Keep Steel in Pittsburgh" Slideshow, 1981
Folder 23 Religious Sponsors, 1981
Folder 24 U.S. Steel Stockholders Meeting Demonstration, May 4, 1981
Folder 25 Solidarnosc Articles
Folder 26 Activities and Publications, 1981
Folder 27 Newsletters, 1981
Folder 28 Campaign for Human Development (CHD) Grant, 1982
Folder 29 Foodbank Guide, 1982
Folder 30 Mon Valley Conference on Steel and Industrial Jobs, May 15, 1982
Folder 31 Proposal on Program, 1982
Folder 32 Borough Council Resolutions, 1982
Folder 33 Crucible Mill Closing, Midland, PA, 1982
Folder 34 Property Tax, 1982
Folder 35 Correspondence, 1982
Folder 36-37 Articles and Publications, 1982
Folder 38 Newsletters, 1982
Folder 39 Thomas Merton Award Presentation, 1982
Folder 40 Steel Revitalization Conference, October 29, 1983
Folder 41 Mellon Bank Campaign, 1983
Folder 42 Save Mesta Campaign, Spring-Summer 1983
Folder 43 Articles and Publications, 1983
Folder 44 Newsletters, 1983
Folder 45 "The Tri-State Program to Revitalizing and Restructuring the Pittsburgh Steel Industry", 1983
Folder 46 Campaign for Human Development (CHD) Grant, 1983-1984

Box 2
Folder 1 Feasibility Study to Rebuild Local Industry, November- December 1984
Folder 2 Using Eminent Domain, 1984
Folder 3 Creating A Steel Valley Authority, 1984
Folder 4-6 Duquesne Works: Save Dorothy Campaign, 1984-1985
Folder 7 Reindustrialization From Below
Folder 8 "Rebuild Steel", 1984
Folder 9 Valley Council of Governments, September 1984
Folder 10 Meeting and Budgets, 1984
Folder 11-12 Articles and Publications, 1984
Folder 13 Resumes for Reagan, 1984
Folder 14 Campaign for Human Development (CHD) Grant, 1985
Folder 15 Articles and Publications, 1985
Folder 16 Locker/Albrect Feasibility Report and U.S. Steel Response, 1985
Folder 17 Feasibility Study of the Duquesne Works, 1985
Folder 18 Duquesne History Project, 1985
Folder 19 Regional Reindustrialization Project, 1985
Folder 20 Stand up/Victory Benifit Concert, October-November 1985
Folder 21 Mission Statement, 1985
Folder 22 Pittsburgh/Allegheny Economic Development Strategy: Strategy 21, 1985
Folder 23 Aliquippa Works Shutdown, 1985
Folder 24 General Notes, 1985
Folder 25-26 Board, Staff, and Financial Reports, 1985-1986
Folder 27 News Bulletins, 1985-1986
Folder 28 Jim Benn: Ohio Tri-State Activities, 1986-1987
Folder 29 Press Reports, 1987-1989
Folder 30 Board, Staff, and Financial Reports, 1987
Folder 31 Committee Reports, 1987
Folder 32 Amsteel Response, 1987
Folder 33 Mon Valley Summit Conference II, 1987
Folder 34 Board, Staff, and Financial Reports, 1988
Folder 35 Committee 2 Report, 1988
Folder 36 Personnel Committee, 1989
Folder 37 Publications on Tri-State, 1988-1989
Folder 38-39 Southbank Industry Association, 1988-1989
Folder 40 "Ten Years of a Labor Community Alliance", 1989

Box 3
Folder 1 Meeting Minutes, 1989
Folder 2-3 Staff Reports, 1989
Folder 4 Long Range Planning Workshop, December 9, 1989
Folder 5 Committee Meeting Minutes, 1988-1989
Folder 6 Meeting Minutes, 1990
Folder 7 Activities, 1990
Folder 8 Staff Descriptions, Meetings, and Evaluations, 1990
Folder 9 Articles, 1991
Folder 10 Tri-State and Steel Valley Authority Joint Planning, 1991-1992
Folder 11 Tri-State and Steel Valley Authority Strategic Pan, 1991
Folder 12 General Documents, 1992
Folder 13 "Steel Industry" by Bob Erikson
Folder 14 Mike Stout State Representative Campaign
Folder 15 Articles by Mike Stout
Folder 16 "Reindustrialization" by Staughton Lynd

Series II. Tri-State Conference on the Impact of Steel Projects

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains information on Tr-State's efforts to keep the steel industry alive in the Pittsburgh region. Included are papers on regional reindustrialization and also information on conferences hosted by the organization. It also includes documents regarding the LTV Corporation and the Tri-State committees to save the jobs of those who worked there after the company filed for bankruptcy; the Industrial Capital fund; and records concerning the creation of the Metals Retention Study, including advisory board meeting materials.

Folder 17 Regional Reindustrialization Project, 1986
Folder 18 Eastern Industrial Valley's Community of Faith (EIVOCF), 1986-1988
Folder 19 Regional Reindustrialization Project (RRP)/ Federation for Industrial Retention and Renewal (FIRR), 1988-1989
Folder 20 Industrial Renaissance Conference, September 14-15, 1989
Folder 21 Displaced Worker Survey, 1989
Folder 22 MAGLEV Organization, 1989
Folder 23 LTV: Electric Furnace Committee, 1988-1989
Folder 24 LTV: Technical Advisory Committee, 1988
Folder 25 LTV: Southside Electrics, 1990-1992
Folder 26 LTV: Amsteel- A Positive Response to LTV Bankrupty, 1987
Folder 27 LTV: Bankruptcy, 1986-1987
Folder 28 LTV: Shutdown in Youngstown, 1986
Folder 29 LTV: Position Paper on LTV Bankruptcy, 1986-1987
Folder 30 LTV: City Council Hearing, November 1986
Folder 31 LTV: Dukakis-Jackson Presidential Debate, April 23, 1988
Folder 32 LTV: Tom Dawson Exhibit, August 1988
Folder 33 LTV: Rebuilding the Mon Valley Symposium, 1989
Folder 34 LTV: Anne Markusen Discussion, 1988
Folder 35 LTV: Midwest Center for Labor Research (MCLR) Reports, 1986
Folder 36 LTV: Solidarity U.S.A. Youngstown, 1987
Folder 37 Industrial Capital: Caravan and Industrial Capital Fund, 1986
Folder 38 Industrial Capital: Naugatuck Valley Project, 1986
Folder 39 Industrial Capital: Community Reinvestment Act, 1986
Folder 40 Industrial Capital: Kolter- Steel Nationalization Bill, 1985
Folder 41 Industrial Capital: "Genesis of Community Right" by Staughton Lynd
Folder 42 Metals Retention: Metals Retention Study, 1986-1987
Folder 43 Metals Retention: Metals Retention Study, 1987
Folder 44 Metals Retention: Meeting with Mayor Richard Caliguiri
Folder 45 Metals Retention: Steel Retention Study, 1988
Folder 46 Metals Retention: Advisory Board, 1987
Folder 47 Metals Retention: Meeting with Lynn Williams, February 1987
Folder 48 Metals Retention: Regional Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) and Prince Charles, 1988
Folder 49 Metals Retention: National Article on Tri-State, 1986
Folder 50 Metals Retention: Improving Rankin/Swissvale, 1988

Series III. Steel Valley Authority

Scope and Content Notes:

Members of Pittsburgh area communities created the Steel Valley Authority (SVA) in an effort to stop steel mill closings and the loss of jobs in the region. The founding meeting was in 1986, and the SVA still active today. This series includes meeting minutes and committee and staff reports. It also documents the activities and the publications of the SVA. There are also records on the effort to save South Side Electrics, including reports and information on the committees that were created to help save the electric furnace and newspaper clippings.

Documents on City Pride Bakery, previously the Braun Bakery, are also present. City Pride was a worker-operated company created in 1989 after Braun Bakery was closed. Included is information on the City Pride business plan, operation and eventual closure in 1994.


Box 4
Folder 1 By-Laws and Incorporation, 1985-1986
Folder 2 Pittsburgh City Council Meeting, May 30, 1985
Folder 3 Organization and Meetings, 1985
Folder 4 Articles and Publications, 1985
Folder 5 Founding Meeting, February 18, 1986
Folder 6 Meetings and Correspondance, 1986
Folder 7 United States Steel Corporation and the Steel Valley Authority, 1986
Folder 8 Industrial Capital Fund Organization and Meetings, 1986
Folder 9 LTV Shutdown, 1986-1987
Folder 10 Dislocated Workers Survey, 1986-1987
Folder 11 Carrie Furnace Project, 1986-1988
Folder 12 Meetings and Organization, 1987
Folder 13 Staughton Lynd Correspondance, 1987
Folder 14 Articles and Activites, 1987
Folder 15 Electric Furnace Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)/Ownership Structure, 1987
Folder 16 Edgewater/Kirkwood Article, 1987
Folder 17 "The Steel Valley Authority" by Joseph Hornack and Staughton Lynd, 1987
Folder 18 A View From the Valley, 1987
Folder 19 Park Corporation/WHEMCO Tour and Articles, 1987-1988
Folder 20 Duquesne Light/Public Utility Commission (PUC), 1987-1988
Folder 21 Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) Committee, 1988-1989
Folder 22 Holmberg-Len Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) Survey, 1987
Folder 23 Reclaiming the Industrial Heartland
Folder 24 Allegheny County Metal Working Industrial Technology Institute Study
Folder 25 Tom Croft Papers, 1988
Folder 26 Steel Valley Recycling Project, 1988
Folder 27 Steel Retention Study, 1988
Folder 28 Meetings and Organization, 1988
Folder 29 The Pittsburgh Foundation: Option Order Refund, 1988
Folder 30 Selling Homestead Works by USX Corpration, 1988
Folder 31 Westinghouse Electrical Corporation Project, 1988
Folder 32 Steel Valley Authority Final Report, 1989
Folder 33 Meetings and Organization, 1990-1992
Folder 34 Staff Reports, 1991-1992
Folder 35 Hays Army Ammunitions Plant to Sound Stage
Folder 36 Organizational, 1993
Folder 37 Federation for Industrial Retention and Renewal (FIRR) and other Articles
Folder 38 Board of Directors, Staff and Consultants, 1995
Folder 39 Staff Negotiations, 1995
Folder 40 Industrial Valleys Investment Corporation, 1995
Folder 41 Organizational, 1994-January 1995
Folder 42 Organizational, February 1995
Folder 43 Organizational, March 1995
Folder 44 Organizational, April 1995
Folder 45 Organizational, June 1995
Folder 46 Reports, July 1995
Folder 47 Organizational, August 1995
Folder 48 Organizational, September 1995
Folder 49 Organizational, October 1995
Folder 50 Reports and Staff Evaluations, December 1995
Folder 51 "The Steel Valley Authority: Its Origin and Purpose"

Box 5
Folder 1 Organizational, 1996
Folder 2 Organizational, 1997
Folder 3 Organizational, 1998
Folder 4 Mike Stout on SVA
Folder 5 Southside Electrics: Proposal for Providing Business Planning for LTV Southside Electric, 1988
Folder 6 Southside Electrics: Lazard-Feres and Company Reports, 1988
Folder 7 Southside Electrics: Electric Furnace Buyout Committee, 1988
Folder 8 Southside Electrics: Electric Furnace Buyout Committee, 1989
Folder 9 Southside Electrics: Electric Furnace Articles
Folder 10 Southside Electrics: River Boat Gambling- LTV Southside Electric Site, 1994
Folder 11 Southside Electrics: Recharge Southside Steel Logo
Folder 12 City Pride Bakery: Opening and Business Plan, 1989
Folder 13 City Pride Bakery: Labor/Management, 1993
Folder 14 City Pride Bakery: Labor/Management, 1993
Folder 15 City Pride Bakery: Closing, February 17, 1994

Series IV. Interviews

Scope and Content Notes:

This series includes transcribed interviews with those who played a major role within the labor movement in the Pittsburgh region.

Folder 16 Chuck Manz: UFCW 325- Heinz Plant
Folder 17 Greg Mowry Interview by Brett Reigh
Folder 18 Amy Newell - United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers
Folder 19 Chuck Brush Interview by Kent Buchholz, 1985
Folder 20-21 Pittsburgh Labor Video Transcripts
Folder 22 UE Interviews: Margaret Darin, Ted Wright, and Bob Bulbly, 1987-1991
Folder 23 Rosemary Trump - Service Employees International Union, 1987
Folder 24 Tom Fagan, 1988
Folder 25 Union Switch and Signal: Frank Colonello, 1989
Folder 26 Mike Evkovich, 1990
Folder 27 Barney Oursler, 1990
Folder 28 Tom Quinn - United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, 1990
Folder 29 Jim Van Dreele, 1990
Folder 30 Dick Grace, 1991
Folder 31 Tom Tomko, 1991
Folder 32 Mike Stout, November 18, 1993
Folder 33 Dennis Seese, 1995
Folder 34 Elvina Cushion, 1995
Folder 35 Ed Dubbs, 1995
Folder 36 Father Charles O. Rice, 1996
Folder 37 Staughton Lynd Interview by Brett Reigh, 1996
Folder 38 John Ingersell Interview by Brett Reigh, 1996
Folder 39 Oliver Montgomery. 2006
Folder 40 Student Papers: "UE 610" by Evren Damar [RESTRICTED], 1997

Series V. UE Local 610

Scope and Content Notes:

This series includes a history of UE Local 610 and the previous contracts of the union. It documents the time before, during, and after the WABCO strike of 1981 to 1982,as well as the union's 1985 contract negotiations. McCollester's activities as the chief steward are higlighted, including steward elections, the eventual closing of the Switch and Signal, and the efforts to save the plant through the Save the Switch and Signal Coalition.


Box 6
Folder 1 History
Folder 2 Union Swtich and Signal History and Organization
Folder 3 Constitutions and Agreements
Folder 4 Switch and Signal, 1978-1980
Folder 5 Union Election Candidates, 1974-1980
Folder 6 Union Election, 1980
Folder 7 City of Macon: Movement from Switch, 1981
Folder 8 Contract Negotiations, 1981
Folder 9 Pre WABCO Strike, 1981
Folder 10 WABCO Strike, October-November 1981
Folder 11 WABCO Strike, December 1981
Folder 12 WABCO Strike, January-February 1982
Folder 13 WABCO Strike, March-April 1982
Folder 14 WABCO Strike, May 1982
Folder 15 Post Strike, 1982
Folder 16 M.H. Sluis Pre and Strike Correspondance, 1981-1982
Folder 17 Chief Steward Campaign/UE Elections, 1982
Folder 18 Post Union Election, October-December 1982
Folder 19 Layoffs, 1983
Folder 20 Employee Lists, 1983
Folder 21 Stewards Lists, 1983-1984
Folder 22 General Switch and Signal, 1983
Folder 23 Save Our Switch Campaign, 1983
Folder 24 Seniority Lists, 1984
Folder 25 Chief Stewards Election, 1984
Folder 26 Saving the Brake and Switch, 1984-1985
Folder 27 Contract Negotiations: Pre Contract Preparations, 1985
Folder 28 Contract Negotiations: Union Proposals, 1985
Folder 29 Contract Negotiations: Company Proposals, 1985
Folder 30 Contract Negotiations: Continuous Operations, 1985
Folder 31 Contract Negotiations: Medical Benefits, 1985
Folder 32 Contract Negotiations: American Standard Information, 1985
Folder 33 Contract Negotaitions: Negotiation Bulletins, 1985
Folder 34 Negotiation Notes, 1985
Folder 35 Saving the Switch Activities and Publications, 1985-1986
Folder 36 Save the Brake and Switch Coalition, 1986
Folder 37 Switch and WABCO Legal Documents, 1986

Box 7
Folder 1 Business Retention Study, 1986
Folder 2 Tri-State, WABCO, and Switch Coalition, 1986
Folder 3 Fund For Aid of Neighbors in Need (FANN) Proposal, 1986
Folder 4 Manufacturing Facility Proposal by J.R. Phelan, 1986
Folder 5 Switch and Brake Closing: Social Impact Study, 1986
Folder 6 Eastern Industrial Valleys of Faith (EIVCOF) Religious Support, 1986-1989
Folder 7 Brake and Switch Closing, 1987
Folder 8 Switch Seniority Arbitration, 1987
Folder 9 Switch: Aftermath of Closing
Folder 10 Steel Valley Authority Statement on Radice Settlement
Folder 11 Switch Seniority, 1989
Folder 12 Steel Valley Authority Multi-State Convocation, 1994
Folder 13 Pay Awards
Folder 14 Electrical Workers and the Switch, 1991
Box 9 Charles McCollester Steward Notebooks, 1970s-1980s

Series VI. MAGLEV

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains reports and testimonies regarding the MAGLEV system in Pittsburgh.


Box 7
Folder 15 MAGLEV Draft Final Report: Introduction, December 1993
Folder 16 MAGLEV Draft Final Report: Need For High Speed Ground Transportation, December 1993
Folder 17 MAGLEV Draft Final Report: High Speed Ground Transportataion (HSGT) Technologies, December 1993
Folder 18 MAGLEV Draft Final Report: Domestic Market Potential For HSGT December 1993
Folder 19 MAGLEV Draft Final Report: Mid-Atlantic Regional System, December 1993
Folder 20 MAGLEV Draft Final Report: Economic and FInancial Analysis, December 1993
Folder 21 MAGLEV Draft Final Report: Pittsburgh Demonstration System, December 1993
Folder 22 MAGLEV Draft Final Report: Financing Plan, December 1993
Folder 23 MAGLEV Draft Final Report: Summary, December 1993
Folder 24 Board of Directors Meeting, September 12, 2008
Folder 25 Testimonies, 2009

Series VII. Subject Files

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains papers on Pittsburgh industry and records of various labor union conferences. It also contains research material and articles on new technologies, automation, deindustrialization and railway systems.

Folder 26 "A Fair Globalization: Creating Opportunities for All", 2004
Folder 27 "The Value of Union Construction"
Folder 28 Mill Hunk Herald, 1983, 1988
Folder 29 Articles on the Decline of Industry, 1983-1988
Folder 30 "Reorganized Labor" by Dan Hopey and Janet Williams, 1985
Folder 31 Aliquippa Hospital Workers Strike: Local 1199, 1987
Folder 32 "Evolution of Unemployed Council of Southwestern Pennsylvania", 1989
Folder 33 Mon Valley Unemployed Committee Reporter, 1991-1992
Folder 34 Homestead Centennial by David Mongomery, 1992
Folder 35 Homestead Centennial Organization, 1992
Folder 36 "Lockout! A Centennial Look at the Homestead Strike", June 1992
Folder 37 UE 59th National Convention: Officers Report, 1994
Folder 38 United Steelworkers of America: Industrial Heartland Labor Investment Forum, 1996
Folder 39 Industrial Decline Papers by Sabina Deitrick, 1998
Folder 40 "Pittsburgh and the Ruhr Area" by Thorsten Gresser, 2001
Folder 41 "Twelve Smoke Stacks in a Strip Mall" by Lori Ann Delale, 2002
Folder 42 Mellon Bank Campaign, 1983
Folder 43 Pat Transit Contract at Union Switch and Signal, 1984
Folder 44 Article on Frank Schneider, 1985
Folder 45 Business Week Article on Allegheny International, 1986
Folder 46 Allegheny Ludlum Corporation, 1987
Folder 47 Zinc Corporation of America
Folder 48 Steel Valley Area Regional Development Plan: Preliminary Report
Folder 49 Regional Reindustrialization Research

Box 8
Folder 1 American Steel Industry
Folder 2 Continuous Casting Technology
Folder 3 Advanced Steel Technology
Folder 4 High Speed Rail Research
Folder 5 "The Last Pullman Car"
Folder 6 Mass Transit Rail System
Folder 7 Rail Systems Impact
Folder 8 Union Switch and Signal Fight to Keep PAT Contract
Folder 9 Articles on "High-Tech"
Folder 10 "Burning Trash: How it Could Work" Article
Folder 11 Poland Conference, June 1991
Folder 12 "Labor and the Future of Pittsburgh"
Folder 13 "The Future of Pennsylvania Coal", June 1992
Folder 14 Shifting Battleground, July 1992
Folder 15 "Economic Revitalization and Pittsburgh Labor" October 1992
Folder 16 University and College Labor Education Association Meeting in Pittsburgh, 1992
Folder 17 "Implications of a Comprehensive Pennsylvania Coal Policy", 1993
Folder 18 "Culture, Gender, Race" Review, 1994
Folder 19 "Employee Involvement in Safety and Health" Presentation to National Safety Council, 1994
Folder 20 Articles on Automation
Folder 21 Chapters on Automation
Folder 22 "Why Computers May Never Think Like People", 1986
Folder 23 Harley Shaiken Articles
Folder 24 UE and Automation
Folder 25 Articles on Robots
Folder 26 New Technology Conference in Lynn, MA, June 18, 1983
Folder 27 "A Machinist's Semi-Automated Life"
Folder 28 Articles on Productivity