Summary Information
Title: Campaign to Organize Graduate Students, UE Local 896 Records
Collection Number: UE.16.896
Creator: United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America. Local 896 (Iowa City, Iowa).

Collection Dates: 1990-1996
Extent: 6.25 linear feet (5 boxes)

Language: English

Abstract:
In 1993, graduate students at the University of Iowa joined the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) in response to the University’s increasing dependence on graduate student work. After an unsuccessful election as a SEIU local, COGS won representation as UE Local 896. This subgroup contains information pertaining to the organization of UE Local 896.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

March 2010
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Zachary Brodt
History

In 1993, graduate students at the University of Iowa joined the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) in response to the University’s increasing dependence on graduate student work. Determined to gain better benefits, COGS affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, but fell short of gaining representation in 1994. In response to their organizing efforts, the University did attend to some of the issues COGS had aimed to address. In 1995, COGS voted to affiliate with the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America and in 1996 the union won representation at the University, becoming UE Local 896. Representing over 2600 graduate student employees, Local 896 gained the approval of a grievance procedure, higher wages, and a health care plan in their first agreement with the University. In time, COGS gained tuition scholarships and family health benefits.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

This subgroup contains information pertaining to the organization of UE Local 896. Included is information regarding the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students member lists, research on choosing a union affiliation, and news clippings. Also present are fliers, posters and other forms of public relations. Committee minutes and research regarding other graduate student unions are also included.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Graduate students -- Employment -- Iowa -- Iowa City
  • Graduate students -- Labor unions -- Iowa -- Iowa City
  • Labor unions -- Iowa -- Iowa City

Corporate Names
  • Campaign to Organize Graduate Students.
  • United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America. Local 896 (Iowa City, Iowa).
  • University of Iowa. -- Graduate students

Genres/Forms
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Newsletters

Category
  • Labor

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Records of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America are closed for a period of twenty-five years after their creation.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of UE Local 896 in November 1996.

Preferred Citation:

Campaign to Organize Graduate Students, UE Local 896 Records, 1990-1996, UE.16.896, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center staff.

Copyright:

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.


Collection Inventory

Box 1
Folder 1 News Clippings, 1993
Folder 2 News Clippings, Other Unions, 1994
Folder 3 SEIU University Contracts
Folder 4 SEIU 150 COGS History, 1993-1995
Folder 5 Member Mailing Labels
Folder 6 Publicity, Spring 1996
Item 1 COGS-SEIU 150 Poster
Item 2 Phone Messages, 1996
Item 3 Blank SEIU Local 150 Authorization for Representation Cards
Item 4 Completed SEIU Local 150 Authorization for Representation Cards, 1994
Item 5 SEIU 150 Blank Ballots
Item 6 Blank UE Local 896 Authorization for Representation Cards
Item 7 Graduate Student Organizing Campaign Data Base Information Cards, 1993

Box 2
Folder 1 Volunteers and Activists, 1993-1994
Folder 2 Press Clippings, Other Unions, 1993
Folder 3 Press Clippings, University of Iowa, 1993
Folder 4 Press Releases
Folder 5 SEIU
Folder 6 Stewards, 1994
Folder 7 Cognition, COGS Newsletter
Folder 8 COGS Archives, October-December 1993
Folder 9 Graduate Union Elections
Folder 10 Finance
Folder 11 Home Visits
Folder 12 International Students
Folder 13-14 Coordinating Committee Minutes, 1993-1994
Folder 15 Membership Committee, 1993-1994
Folder 16-17 Minutes, 1993-1994
Folder 18 News Clippings, COGS 1994
Folder 19 Other Unions
Folder 20 Press Clippings, Academic Freedom, 1993
Folder 21 Press Clippings, Student Government, 1993
Folder 22 Research on Organizing a Union Local
Folder 23 Academic Freedom
Folder 24 Affiliation
Folder 25-27 Archives, 1993
Folder 28 Budget
Folder 29 Publicity
Folder 30 Organizing, 1994
Folder 31 Articles on Academia
Folder 32 COGS History
Folder 33 Press Clippings, April-August 1993
Folder 34-35 Coordinating Committee Minutes, 1993
Folder 36 Faculty Salaries, 1995
Folder 37 Graduate Employee Unions
Folder 38 Health Insurance
Folder 39 International Students
Folder 40 Logo
Folder 41 Minutes, 1994
Folder 42 Publicity: Press Releases
Folder 43 Research Committee, 1993
Folder 44 SEIU Contracts
Folder 45 Stewards
Folder 46 University Budget
Folder 47 Volunteers and Activists, 1993-1994
Folder 48 Constitution
Folder 49-50 Press Clippings
Folder 51 Graduate Employee Unions, Constitutions
Folder 52 Cognition, COGS Newsletter
Folder 53-54 News Clippings, COGS, 1993-1994
Folder 55 Anti-Union Campaign, 1994
Folder 56 Campaign Literature
Folder 57 Legal, 1993-1994
Folder 58 Archives: COGS
Folder 59 Analysis of 1994 Campaign
Folder 60 Canvass Report Sheets
Folder 61-62 Graduate Student Employee Lists, 1994

Box 3
Item 1 Poster of Local School Employee Pay Rates
Item 2-3 UE Local 896 Posters
Item 4 Canvass Data, January-March 1994
Item 5 100 Reasons to Join the Union Poster
Folder 1 Steward System Model
Folder 2 UE Local 896 Health Insurance Issues
Folder 3 Constitution Committee, 1993
Folder 4 University of Iowa Buildings Summary
Folder 5 University of Iowa Graduate Student Employee Salaries, 1993
Folder 6 List of Graduate Students in Bargaining Unit
Folder 7 Membership Lists
Folder 8 Daily Planners, August-September 1996
Folder 9 Mail from Unions
Folder 10 Card Totals
Folder 11 Photocopies of Authorization for Representation UE/COGS Cards
Folder 12 Newspaper Clippings

Box 4
Folder 1 University of Iowa Maps
Folder 2 Public Employment Relations Board
Folder 3 Volunteers, November 1993
Folder 4 University of Iowa, 1993-1994
Folder 5 SEIU
Folder 6 Research Committee, 1993
Folder 7 Other Unions
Folder 8-9 Organizing, 1993-1994
Folder 10 Todd Schmitz, SEIU Campaign Coordinator: Notes and Memos
Folder 11 Notes
Folder 12 Membership Committee, 1993-1994
Folder 13 Graduate Employee Unions
Folder 14 Election, 1994
Folder 15 Cognition, COGS Newsletter, 1993-1994
Folder 16 COGS Archives, 1993
Folder 17 Anti-Union Campaign, 1994
Folder 18-19 Affiliation, 1993
Folder 20 Academia
Folder 21 COGS Photos, 1994
Folder 22 COGS/SEIU Leaflets
Folder 23 Iowa City Press-Citizen, March 2-3, 1996
Folder 24 Survey, 1993
Folder 25 Information Cards, 1995
Folder 26-27 List of Graduate Students in Bargaining Unit, 1995

Box 5
Folder 1 Academic Freedom
Folder 2 Affiliation, 1993
Folder 3 Ann Arbor Conference, 1993
Folder 4 Anti-Union Campaign, 1994
Folder 5-6 COGS Archives, 1993-1994
Folder 7 Articles on Academia
Folder 8 Campaign Literature, 1993-1994
Folder 9 Cognition, COGS Newsletter, 1993-1994
Folder 10 Database
Folder 11 Election, 1994
Folder 12 Email
Folder 13 Faculty
Folder 14 Family/Medical Leave
Folder 15-18 Graduate Employee Unions, 1993-1994
Folder 19 History, 1975, 1984
Folder 20 Graduate Union Contracts
Folder 21 Health Insurance
Folder 22 SEIU Local 150 Constitution
Folder 23 International Students
Folder 24 University of Iowa News Clippings, 1994
Folder 25 News Clippings regarding Legislature, 1994
Folder 26 University of Iowa Ombudsperson
Folder 27-28 Organizing, 1993-1994
Folder 29 Other Unions
Folder 30 Public Employment Relations Board, 1993-1994
Folder 31 Phone Script, 1994
Folder 32 List of Posting Locations
Folder 33 SEIU
Folder 34 Student Government, 1994
Folder 35 Teaching Assistant Postings
Folder 36 University Budget
Folder 37 University of Iowa, 1993-1994
Folder 38 Volunteers, 1993
Folder 39 UE COGS Signs
Folder 40 COGS Leaflets, 1995
Folder 41 COGS, 1993
Folder 42 COGS SEIU
Folder 43 COGS, Pre-UE, 1995
Folder 44 Union Literature, 1993 Campaign
Folder 45 COGS Clippings File, 1993-1994
Folder 46 SEIU Publications
Folder 47 Steelworkers Publications
Folder 48 Labor Center, University of Iowa Publications
Folder 49 Public Employment Relations Board Publications
Folder 50 Iowa Board of Regents Workload Study, 1989
Folder 51 The Labyrinth of the Higher Education Bureaucracy in the State of Massachusetts and the Struggle for Union Recognition by the Graduate Employees at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst by Leslie Lomasson, 1990
Folder 52 Dispute Resolution Procedures Available for Faculty and Staff, University of Iowa, 1991
Folder 53 The Alternative Orange, April 1993
Folder 54 List of Graduate Students in Bargaining Unit, March 1996