Guide to the UE Local 610 Records, 1937-1990 UE.16.610

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
UE Local 610 Records
Creator
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. Local 610 (Wilmerding, Pa.).
Collection Number
UE.16.610
Date
1937-1990
Extent
60.94 linear feet (39 boxes)
Abstract
The UE Local 610 operated from 1937 to the present at Westinghouse Airbrake Company’s Airbrake Division in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania, and its Union Switch and Signal Division in Swissvale, Pennsylvania. Local 610 represents workers in these plants for purposes of collective bargaining and for the adjustment of grievances arising from contract and shop floor disputes. Files date from 1937 to 1990 and include correspondence, meeting minutes, publications, grievance files, arbitrations, newspaper clippings, and subject files.

Preferred Citation

UE Local 610 Records, 1937-1990, UE.16.610, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

In 1881, George Westinghouse established the Union Switch and Signal plant in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, and in 1889 he moved his airbrake manufacturing facility to nearby Wilmerding, Pennsylvania. In both facilities, Westinghouse instituted company welfare programs advocated by other industrialists of the day. The Depression of the 1930’s forced the company to abandon its high wage and benefits program, thus encouraging labor organization. The affiliation of the Westinghouse Electric workers in East Pittsburgh with the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) as UE Local 601 encouraged the Wilmerding workers to organize with UE, and in May 1937, the UE chartered the Wilmerding union as Local 610. In November of the same year, a National Labor Relations Board election was held and the union was approved. In theory, UE Local 610 thereby became the exclusive bargaining agent for production and maintenance workers at the Wilmerding plant. However, it took three years and a favorable Supreme Court ruling in a related case before the company conceded a written contract to the union. Also in 1941, the Local won bargaining rights at the Switch and Signal Division in Swissvale, bringing the Local’s numbers to approximately 6,500 workers.

Although major strikes occurred throughout Westinghouse Electric plants in 1946, Local 610 successfully negotiated wage increases without striking. Through the use of the court system, the Local avoided strikes and ensured returning World War II veterans paid vacations the year they resumed work. The Local also secured a favorable ruling from the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Bureau in 1950 which granted retiring workers compensation they had previously been denied. An anniversary article in the UE News in 1957 reprised such UE Local 610 negotiating successes as its elimination of gender-based wage differentials and its guarantees of transfers based on seniority. The Local also adopted annual secret ballot elections for officers and stewards. In the early 1960s, the Local engaged in arbitration with the company to protect women from compulsory retirement. Similarly, the Local sought to obtain cost of living adjustments, equal employment opportunities, and improved levels of occupational safety for its workers.

In 1950 and again in 1953, a rival union, the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE), unsuccessfully challenged the bargaining rights of UE Local 610. During this time Local 610 president Harold Briney and at least one other Local member faced accusations of communist activity; however, attempts by rival unions, including the International Association of Machinists, United Steelworkers of America, United Auto Workers, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, to raid the Local’s members in the 1950’s also failed.

In 1968 American Standard purchased both the Swissvale and Wilmerding facilities, and the Local’s first strike occurred in 1969 to induce contract negotiations. Another strike occurred in 1978 after the expiration of the contract. The Local’s longest strike began November 1, 1981 when approximately 3,700 workers walked off the job after the expiration of their three-year contract. The strike, which focused on productivity and salary issues, continued for two hundred and five days during which the legality of mass picketing and non-union workers performing assembly line work were contested. In May 1982, the membership rejected a tentative agreement that did not include the reinstatement of twenty-two workers accused of strike-related violence and vandalism. However, the contract was settled by the end of the month.

On August 20, 1982 the company served notice of the transfer of approximately one hundred and fifty jobs from the wiring department of the Swissvale plant to Macon, Georgia. In addition, the company began to transfer several other jobs to areas of the Southern United States such as Batesburg, South Carolina. In response, the “Save Our Switch Coalition” produced petitions, wrote to politicians, and publicized the plight of the workers. In 1986, Local 610 faced an even more serious threat of job losses when the company announced its intent to remove work to other areas and close the Wilmerding and Swissvale plants. These actions spurred the Local to establish a nonprofit organization entitled “Coalition to Save the Brake and Switch.” The Coalition engaged in a card campaign to the company president, leafleted the surrounding neighborhood, and lobbied local politicians, government and economic organizations to stop the removal of work. Despite these efforts, the Swissvale plant closed and the Wilmerding workforce was greatly diminished. In an attempt to alleviate the financial burdens of its membership, the Local shifted its priorities to utilizing the 1974 Trade Adjustment Act (TRA/TAA) to acquire job training and severance pay for its terminated workers.

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Scope and Content Notes

This subgroup includes correspondence, meeting minutes, publications, grievance files, arbitrations, newspaper clippings, and subject files. Files are arranged alphabetically unless specified otherwise. The records in this subgroup have been divided into sixteen series and more specific information can be found in the series scope notes

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Arrangement

Series 16.610.1. Minutes

Series 16.610.2. National Labor Relations Board Cases

Series 16.610.3. Correspondence

Series 16.610.4. Contracts and Negotiations

Series 16.610.5. Health, Insurance, and Pension Plans

Series 16.610.6. Grievances

Series 16.610.7. Arbitrations

Series 16.610.8. Publications

Series 16.610.9. Subject Files

Series 16.610.10. Taft-Hartley Compliance

Series 16.610.11. 1981-1982 Strike

Series 16.610.12. Coalition to Save

Series 16.610.13. Trade Adjustment Act (TRA) and Severance Pay

Series 16.610.14. Membership Cards

Series 16.610.15. Job Descriptions and Rate Changes

Series 16.610.16. Layoff, Recall, Seniority, Termination, and Transfer Lists

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 2009

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

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. Access to Boxes 16 and 20 requires a signed confidentiality agreement.

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.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America, Local 610 in 1989. Additional materials were donated by Ed Huot in 1998.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jaimie George in 2004 and the finding aid revised by Zachary Brodt in August 2008.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Charles J. McCollester Collection on the 1981-82 Electrical Workers Strike at Westinghouse Airbrake Company (Wilmerding, Pa. and Swissvale, Pa.), 1981-83, AIS.1988.18, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Robert Jurich Scrapbooks, 1981-1990, AIS.1990.15, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

UE District 6 Records, 1940s-1980s, UE.15.6, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

UE News Photograph Collection, 1933-1998, UE.14.1, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

UE National Office Records Relating to District 6 and District 6 Locals, 1936-1990s, UE.4.1.6, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Standard, inc..
  • Save Our Switch Coalition.
  • Union Switch and Signal Company.
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. -- History
  • Westinghouse Air Brake Company.

Personal Name(s)

  • Briney, Harold
  • Seeger, Pete, 1919-

Subject(s)

  • Electric industry workers -- Labor unions -- Pennsylvania -- History
  • Industries -- Pennsylvania -- Swissvale
  • Industries -- Pennsylvania -- Wilmerding
  • Labor
  • Labor union meetings -- Pennsylvania
  • Labor Unions -- Organizing -- Pennsylvania
  • Labor unions -- Pennsylvania -- Officials and employees
  • Labor unions -- Pennyslvania -- History -- 20th century
  • Women electric industry workers -- Pennsylvania
  • Women labor union members -- Pennsylvania

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Previous Citation

UE Local 610 Records, 1937-1990, UE.16.610, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) Local 610, Records, 1937-90, UE:LOCAL610, Archives Service Center, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  16.610.1. Minutes 1942-1985 

Scope and Contents note

The materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by folder title and date from 1941 to 1985. While the bulk of the executive board minutes relate to donations to the community, they also include resolutions endorsed by the Local on topics related to World War II and communist investigations. Membership meeting minutes contain the business agent’s report, recommendations from the executive board, discussions on special topics and the nominations of delegates to conventions, the executive board, and other panels. Steward meetings provide information on the more pertinent worker issues such as dues increases, layoffs, grievances and collecting funds. This series also contains a file on the 1981 organizing of salaried workers.

  BoxFolder
Executive Board, 1942-1974 101-08
  Folder
Membership Meetings, 1941-1971 09-13
  Folder
Miscellaneous: Switch, 1983-1984 14-15
  Folder
Salaried Workers Organizing Committee, 1981 16
  Folder
Steward Meetings: Airbrake Division, 1959-1972 17-18
  Folder
Steward Meetings: Union Switch and Signal, 1950-1985 19-21
  Folder
Union Office, 1964-1975 22

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Series  16.610.2. National Labor Relations Board Cases 1937-1959 

Scope and Contents note

These materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1937 thru the 1960s. Files exist for Local 610’s petitions and elections for representation at the Wilmerding and Swissvale plants. This series also includes representation petitions and elections from other unions such as the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE), and Patternmakers League. Additional files relate to unfair labor practices charges filed against the company and the Local during the 1950s for collective bargaining and representation rights.

  BoxFolder
UE: Wilmerding, 1937 21
  Folder
UE: Swissvale, 1941 02-03
  Folder
Swissvale: Watchmen and Patrolmen, 1942 4
  Folder
Die Sinkers v. UE, 1949 5
  Folder
IUE v UE, 1949-1953 06-08
  Folder
Patternmakers League v. UE, 1953 09-11
  Folder
IBEW v. UE, 1954 12
  Folder
Unfair Labor Practices: Collective Bargaining, 1938-1940 13-14
  Folder
Unfair Labor Practices: Filed by IBEW against UE, 1955 15
  Folder
Unfair Labor Practices: Filed by Individuals against UE, 1957 16
  Folder
Government Pamphlets on Labor Laws, 1959 17

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Series  16.610.3. Correspondence 1939-1948 

Scope and Contents note

This series relates directly to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and arbitration files from 1939 to 1948. Files regarding Executive Order 9240 document overtime issues. NLRB/Arbitrations files contain correspondence with union officials and legal representatives on the progress of arbitration proceedings. Files entitled “Company Officials” contain information on contract negotiations and the arbitration of grievances.

  Folder
Executive Order 9240, 1942-1944 18-20
  Folder
NLRB/Arbitration, 1941-1948 20-41
  Folder
Negotiations: Airbrake Division, 1939-1945 42-46
  Folder
Officials: Airbrake Division, 1940-1948 47-55
  Folder
Officials: Switch Division, 1941-1947 56-63

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Series  16.610.4. Contracts and Negotiations 1941-1988 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains contract agreements reached between Local 610 and the Westinghouse Airbrake Company, which are arranged chronologically. In addition to the major contract agreements, these files also contain supplemental agreements on specific issues, such as wage increases, pension, and benefit plans; supporting materials collected for negotiations; negotiation minutes; and company and union proposals. This series also includes agreements from other companies and locals/unions in related industries.

  BoxFolder
Agreement: Switch, 1941 31
  Folder
Agreement: Switch, 1942 2
  Folder
Agreement: WABCO, 1942 3
  Folder
Agreement: Watchmen and Patrolmen, 1943 4
  Folder
Agreement: NWLB Interim Directive, 1943 5
  Folder
Proposals: Switch, 1944 6
  Folder
Extension of 1943 Contract, 1944-1945 7
  Folder
Agreement: WABCO, 1946 8
  Folder
Agreement: WABCO, 1947 9
  Folder
Agreement: WABCO - Wage Increase, 1948 10
  Folder
Negotiations: Minutes, 1948 11
  Folder
Agreement with Proposals and Counters, 1949 12
  Folder
Supporting Material, 1949 13
  Folder
Negotiations: Minutes, 1949 14
  Folder
Agreement: Veteran's Vacation, 1949 15
  Folder
Negotiations: Minutes, 1949-1951 16
  Folder
Agreement: Airbrake, 1950-1951 17
  Folder
Agreement: Switch, 1950-1951 18
  Folder
Union Proposals, 1950-1951 19
  Folder
Agreement: Airbrake, 1952-1954 20
  Folder
Agreement: Switch, 1952-1954 21
  Folder
Negotiations: Minutes, 1952-1954 22
  Folder
Proposals, 1952-1954 23-24
  Folder
Supporting Materials, 1952-1954 25
  Folder
Agreement: Switch, 1956 26
  Folder
Agreement: WABCO, 1958 27
  Folder
Agreement: Switch, 1960-1961 28
  Folder
Agreement: Switch, 1964-1965 29
  Folder
Agreement: Switch - Seniority, 1964 30
  Folder
Agreement: Switch, 1965 31
  Folder
Agreement: WABCO, 1966 32
  Folder
Agreement: Switch Wage Rates, 1967-1968 33
  Folder
Contract and Insurance, 1969 34
  Folder
Negotiations: Minutes - Airbrake, 1969 35
  BoxFolder
Negotiations: Minutes - Airbrake, 1969 401-02
  Folder
Agreement: Signal and Communications Division, 1969-1970 3
  Folder
Agreement: WABCO, 1972 4
  Folder
Agreement: Switch, 1975 5
  Folder
Negotiations: Minutes - WABCO, 1975 06-07
  Folder
Agreement: WABCO, 1978 8
  Folder
Negotiations: Minutes - WABCO, 1978 09-10
  Folder
Signed Supplemental Agreements: Switch, 1961-1982 11
  Folder
Supplemental Agreements: WABCO, 1980-1985 12
  Folder
Union Proposals, 1981 13
  Folder
Negotiations: Salaried Workers - Airbrake, 1981-1982 14
  Folder
Agreement: WABCO, 1982 15
  Folder
Memorandum on Settlement, 1982 16
  Folder
Agreements: Switch, 1982 17
  Folder
Agreement: Base Rates - Airbrake, 1983 18
  Folder
Company Proposals, 1983-1984 19
  Folder
Supplemental Agreements, 1984 20
  Folder
Union Proposals: Supplemental Agreements, 1984 21
  Folder
Contract Survey, 1984 22-24
  BoxFolder
Contract Survey, 1984 501-03
  Folder
Agreement: WABCO, 1985 4
  Folder
Contract Proposals, 1985 5
  Folder
Negotiations: General, 1985 6
  Folder
Negotiations: Ed Huot's Personal Notes, 1985 7
  Folder
Negotiations: Leaflets, 1985 8
  Folder
Negotiations: Minutes, 1985 9
  Folder
Negotiations: Opening Statements, 1985 10
  Folder
Memorandum of Settlement: Airbrake, 1988 11
  Folder
American Standard: Contracts with other organizations, 1965-1970 12
  Folder
Miscellaneous Outside Agreements, 1955-1979 13
  Folder
Other UE Locals, 1966-1971 14
  Folder
General Electric and UE, 1973-1978 15-16
  Folder
United Auto Workers, 1970, 1978 17
  Folder
United Steel Workers, 1962-1980 18
  Folder
United Steel Workers, Pension, 1972 19
  Folder
WABCO and UE, 1978 20
  Folder
Westinghouse Electric and IUE, 1973-1976 21
  Folder
Westinghouse Electric and UE, 1976 22

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Series  16.610.5. Health, Insurance and Pension Plans 1945-1989 

Scope and Contents note

Extensive files exist for health plans considered by and utilized by the Local, such as Health America. This series also contains general information and settlement files for pension plans and the weekly indemnity insurance program, which relate to the contract and negotiations files.

  BoxFolder
Benefits Changes, 1985 61
  Folder
Health Plans: Active, 1985-1988 02-03
  Folder
Health Plans: Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, 1988 4
  Folder
Health Plans: Forbes Health Maintenance Plan, 1977 5
  Folder
Health Plans: General Information, 1978 6
  Folder
Health Plans: Health America, 1984-1989 07-09
  Folder
Health Plans: US Healthcare, 1988 10
  Folder
 Insurance Plans: 1945 11
  Folder
 Insurance Plans: 1968-1969 12
  Folder
 Insurance Plans: 1975 13
  Folder
 Insurance Plans: 1979-1981 14
  Folder
Medical Bills, 1981-1983 15
  Folder
Pension: Benefit Information, 1982-1985 16
  Folder
Pension: D 2 Compliance, 1964-1974 17
  Folder
Pension: General Information, 1959-1973 18
  Folder
Pension: Increases for Retirees, 1973-1978 19
  Folder
Pension: Information for Terminated Employees, 1987 20
  Folder
Pension: Negotiations, 1959-1972 21
  Folder
Pension: Settlements, 1959-1983 22-25
  Folder
Pension: Vision Plan, 1980-1981 26
  Folder
Weekly Indemnity Insurance Program: General Information, 1961-1972 27
  Folder
Weekly Indemnity Insurance Program: Settlements, 1969-1978 28-30

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Series  16.610.6. Grievances 1942-1988 

Access Restrictions

Access to Box 16, Folders 2, 37 and 38 requires a signed confidentiality agreement.

Scope and Contents note

These files contain minutes from the grievance meetings, as well as the grievances themselves. The meeting minutes are divided into those originating from the Airbrake Division and those from the Switch and Signal Division. The minutes include the date of the meeting, representatives from the company and the union, the grievance to be discussed, and the parties’ main arguments. The grievances are arranged by department for 1943 to 1955, section for 1955 to 1986 or alphabetically by either complainant or topic for the 1970 to 1980s. The grievances reveal the date, department, and nature of the grievance.

  BoxFolder
Minutes: Airbrake, 1942-1974 701-27
  BoxFolder
Minutes: Switch, 1947-1973 801-17
  BoxFolder
Minutes: Switch, 1974-1980 901-15
  BoxFolder
Minutes: Switch, 1980-1984 1001-07
  Folder
Insurance, 1965-1966 8
  Folder
Salary Workers, 1967-1980 9-15
  Folder
Section 220, 1971-1977 16
  BoxFolder
Grievances: Department A, 1943-1954 1101-03
  Folder
Grievances: Department AB, 1943-1953 4
  Folder
Grievances: Department AC, 1944-1954 5
  Folder
Grievances: Department AUT, 1943-1954 6
  Folder
Grievances: Department B, 1945-1953 7-10
  Folder
Grievances: Department C, 1943-1955 11-13
  Folder
Grievances: Department CD, 1944-1955 14-15
  Folder
Grievances: Department CP, 1947-1954 16-17
  BoxFolder
Grievances: Department CP, 1946-1943 1201-02
  Folder
Grievances: Department D, 1943-1952 3
  Folder
Grievances: Department DA, 1949-1953 04-06
  Folder
Grievances: Department DC, 1944-1955 7
  Folder
Grievances: Department DM, 1943-1953 08-09
  Folder
Grievances: Department E, 1943-1953 10
  Folder
Grievances: Department F, 1944-1948 11
  Folder
Grievances: Department G, 1943-1955 12-16
  Folder
Grievances: Department GAGE, 1943-1953 17
  Folder
Grievances: Department H, 1943-1953 18-19
  BoxFolder
Grievances: Department I, 1945-1954 131
  Folder
Grievances: Department JJ - Coreroom, 1943-1954 2
  Folder
Grievances: Department JJ - Foundry, 1943-1954 3
  Folder
Grievances: Department K, 1946-1954 4
  Folder
Grievances: Department L, 1947-1950 5
  Folder
Grievances: Department NN, 1944-1953 6
  Folder
Grievances: Department O, 1943-1952 7
  Folder
Grievances: Department Q, 1943-1954 8
  Folder
Grievances: Department R, 1943-1954 9
  Folder
Grievances: Department Reservoir, 1943-1953 10
  Folder
Grievances: Department S, 1943-1955 11
  Folder
Grievances: Department SS, 1946-1955 12
  Folder
Grievances: Department T, 1948-1952 13
  Folder
Grievances: Department U, 1943-1955 14-15
  Folder
Grievances: Department Y, 1945-1953 16
  Folder
Grievances: Department Z, 1945 17
  Folder
Grievances: Holiday , 1947-1948 18
  Folder
Grievances: Miscellaneous, 1942-1947 19
  Folder
Grievances: Pending, 1948-1949 20
  Folder
Grievances: Plant-Wide, 1947 21
  Folder
Grievances: Verbal, 1948-1949 22
  BoxFolder
Grievances: Section 1-2, 1954-1983 141
  Folder
Grievances: Section 2, 1954-1984 03-06
  Folder
Grievances: Section 2 - Verbal, 1975-1980 07-08
  Folder
Grievances: Section 3, 1954-1959 9
  Folder
Grievances: Section 4, 1955 10
  Folder
Grievances: Section 5, 1967-1979 11
  Folder
Grievances: Section 6, 1977-1985 12
  Folder
Grievances: Section 7, 1959-1978 13
  Folder
Grievances: Section 8, 1954-1981 14-15
  Folder
Grievances: Section 9, 1955-1985 16-17
  Folder
Grievances: Section 9 - Verbal, 1963-1965 18
  Folder
Grievances: Section 10, 1956-1965 19
  Folder
Grievances: Section Coreroom, 1955-1985 20-21
  Folder
Grievances: Section Foundry, 1955-1984 22-23
  Folder
Grievances: Section 12, 1955-1971 24
  Folder
Grievances: Section 15, 1955-1979 25
  Folder
Grievances: Section 20, 1958-1977 26
  Folder
Grievances: Section 21, 1955-1983 27
  Folder
Grievances: Section 22, 1965-1983 28
  BoxFolder
Grievances: Section 23, 1954-1958 151
  Folder
Grievances: Section 24, 1954-1978 2
  Folder
Grievances: Section 25, 1951-1984 03-04
  Folder
Grievances: Section 26, 1955-1979 5
  Folder
Grievances: Section 27, 1953-1960 6
  Folder
Grievances: Section 28, 1956-1966 7
  Folder
Grievances: Section 31, 1954-1964 8
  Folder
Grievances: Section 35, 1955-1960 9
  Folder
Grievances: Section 43, 1954-1980 10
  Folder
Grievances: Section 45, 1955-1985 11
  Folder
Grievances: Section 52, 1954-1980 12-13
  Folder
Grievances: Section 53, 1978-1982 14
  Folder
Grievances: Section 57, 1953-1965 15
  Folder
Grievances: Section 58, 1955-1958 16
  Folder
Grievances: Section 62, 1965-1980 17
  Folder
Grievances: Section 63, 1965-1984 18
  Folder
Grievances: Section 64, 1978-1980 19
  Folder
Grievances: Section 69, 1967 20
  Folder
Grievances: Data Center, 1979 21
  Folder
Grievances: Employees Applications for Transfers, 1955-1973 22
  Folder
Grievances: EP#1 - Pavliar, 1974-1982 23
  Folder
Grievances: EP#2 - Ramsey, 1973-1981 24
  Folder
Grievances: Salary , 1981-1986 25
  Folder
Grievances: Salary - Resolved, 1982-1985 26
  Folder
Grievances: Unsettled, 1960-1965 27-28
  Folder
Verbal Grievances: ER, 1954-1965 29
  Folder
Verbal Grievances: General, 1955-1965 30
  Folder
Verbal Grievances: Piece Rate, 1955-1960 31
  Folder
Verbal Grievances: Seniority, 1955-1959 32
  Folder
Verbal Grievances: Suspensions, 1955-1958 33
  Folder
Verbal Grievances: Timestudy, 1955-1960 34
  Folder
Verbal Grievances: Upgrading, 1955-1960 35
  BoxFolder
Absenteeism, 1974-1980 161
  Folder
Alcoholic Cases, [RESTRICTED] 1976-1978 2
  Folder
B, 1977-1980 03-04
  Folder
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1974-1978 05-15
  Folder
Insubordination, 1978-1981 16
  Folder
Insurance: Cherkun, Charles, 1974 17
  Folder
Insurance: General, 1974-1976 18
  Folder
M, 1979-1980 19
  Folder
Merit Increases, 1974 20
  Folder
Miscellaneous, 1971-1978 21
  Folder
National Labor Relations Board, 1973-1983 22-26
  Folder
N, 1970 27
  Folder
Pending, 1973-1975 28
  Folder
Pension, 1971-1974 29
  Folder
Piecework, 1975 30
  Folder
S, 1978-1980 31
  Folder
Section 220, 310-320, 1971-1976 32
  Folder
Section 541, 544, 553, 1976-1981 33
  Folder
Settled, 1972-1981 34
  Folder
Short Order Rates, 1979-1980 35
  Folder
Social Security, 1973-1978 36
  Folder
Terminations and Discharges, [RESTRICTED] 1972-1978 37-38
  Folder
Unemployment Compensation, 1975-1979 39-40
  Folder
Weekly Indemnity Insurance Plan, 1970-1974 41-42
  Folder
Worker's Compensation, 1972-1978 43
  BoxFolder
A, 1978-1984 171
  Folder
B, 1981-1985 02-03
  Folder
C, 1980-1985 04-07
  Folder
D-E, 1980-1984 08-09
  Folder
Engineers doing Bargaining Unit Work, 1986-1987 10
  Folder
ER Update, 1982-1984 11
  Folder
F-G, 1982-1985 12
  Folder
H, 1980-1985 13
  Folder
J, 1980-1983 14-16
  Folder
K, 1981-1986 17-18
  Folder
L, 1981-1988 19-21
  Folder
M, 1978-1986 22-27
  Folder
N-P, 1983-1985 28
  Folder
National Labor Relations Board - Gearshaper, 1982-1983 29
  Folder
R, 1981-1984 30-31
  Folder
S, 1982-1985 32
  Folder
Salary - Job Descriptions, 1985 33
  Folder
Salary - To Be Resolved, 1982-1985 34
  Folder
Seniority Issues, 1987-1988 35
  Folder
Severance Pay, 1986-1988 36
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S, 1981-1983 37-38
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T-V, 1982-1985 39
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Tools Lost During Strike, 1982-1983 40
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Treasury Department, 1983 41
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Truckers, 1982-1983 42
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W-Y, 1982-1986 43-44
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Third Step, 1982-1987 45-47

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Series  16.610.7. Arbitrations 1940-1985 

Access Restrictions

Acces to Box 20 Folder 34 a signed confidentiality agreement.

Scope and Contents note

These files originate from both the Airbrake and Switch divisions and date from 1940 to 1985. Materials are arranged alphabetically by either employee name or topic. One box of arbitrations dates from 1940 to 1949 and contains several War Labor Board cases. Several files exist for arbitrations generated from departmental grievances and are therefore arranged by department. Other arbitrations refer to individual employees or specialized issues such as veterans’ re-employment or vacation rights, length of the workweek, contract negotiations, wage increases, and piece rates.

The two remaining boxes date from 1955 to 1985 and contain arbitrations concerning employees or specific issues. More extensive files exist for the Briney arbitration, in which Local 610 members Harold Briney and Theodore Wright were suspended from employment for utilizing the Fifth Amendment during an examination by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Extensive files also exist for arbitrations concerning female retirement and pensions, and unjustified or suspicious discharges and suspensions. Also included in this series is information on unemployment compensation during the 1960s.

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Airbrake Division: Department AC, 1947 181
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Airbrake Division: Department CD, 1947 2
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Airbrake Division: Department CP - Packers Pool, 1944 3
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Airbrake Division: Department G, 1944, 1948 04-05
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Airbrake Division: Department O, 1945 6
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Airbrake Division: Department U, 1944 7
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Airbrake Division: Discharge, 1948 8
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Airbrake Division: Grievances, 1940-1947 09-10
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Airbrake Division: Time Study Grievance, 1947 11
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Airbrake Division: Transfer Based on Seniority, 1945 12
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Airbrake Division: Veteran's Re-employment, 1948 13
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War Labor Board Cases: Bargaining Unit for Patrolmen/Watchmen, 1942-1943 14-15
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War Labor Board Cases: Miscellaneous, 1942 16
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War Labor Board Cases: Work Week, 1948-1949 17
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Airbrake and Union Switch and Signal: Miscellaneous, 1944-1949 18
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Airbrake and Union Switch and Signal: Veteran's Vacation, 1947 19
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Airbrake and Union Switch and Signal: Contract Arbitration, 1944-1947 20-21
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Airbrake and Union Switch and Signal: Piece Rates, 1943-1945 22
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Airbrake and Union Switch and Signal: Wage Increases, 1943-1944 23
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Airbrake and Union Switch and Signal: Work Week, 1949 24
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Union Switch and Signal Division: Department 34, 1944 25
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Union Switch and Signal Division: Department 35, 1947 26
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Union Switch and Signal Division: Department 38, 1947 27
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Union Switch and Signal Division: Department 35 and 70, 1947 28
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Union Switch and Signal Division: Department 70, 1947 29
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Union Switch and Signal Division: Department 77, 1944 30
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A, 1974-1985 1901-02
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Awards, 1978-1983 3
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Briney, Harold: Employment, 1953-1959 7
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Briney, Harold: Transcript of Testimony, 1955 8
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Briney and Wright: Arbitration, 1955-1956 09-11
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Briney and Wright: Correspondence with Company, 1955-1956 12
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Briney and Wright: Publicity, 1955-1956 13
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Briney and Wright: Related Cases, 1955-1956 14
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Briney and Wright: Support, 1955 15
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Calibration Recall, 1982-1984 16
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C, 1970-1979 17-18
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CP Hot Press, 1948-1949 19
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Discharge Grievance and Collective Agreement: General 1983-1985 20
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Discharge Grievance and Collective Agreement: Legal Briefs, 1984-1985 21
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D, 1972 22
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F, 1973-1974 23
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Female Pensions, 1962 24
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Female Retirement: Company Exhibits, 1961-1962 25
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Female Retirement: Official Transcript, 1962 26
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Female Retirement: Post-Hearing Brief, 1962 27
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Female Retirement: Reply on Behalf of the Union, 1962 28
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Female Retirement: Statement on Behalf of the Union, 1962 29
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Female Retirement: Supporting Materials, 1959-1962 30
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G, 1973-1983 2001-04
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Hardy, Richard, 1973-1978 05-09
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Job Classifications, 1984-1985 10
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J, 1971-1973 11-12
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L, 1973-1981 13-15
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M, 1983-1984 16
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Miscellaneous, 1955-1985 17-18
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P, 1964-1983 19-21
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Reilly, James, 1981-83 22-25
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Salaried Workers, 1981 26
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S, 1983-1984 27
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Sections 34 and 38, 1961 28
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Section 36 Attendants, 1963 29
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Seniority Rights, 1961 30
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S, 1974-1985 31-33
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Suspensions: Marijuana, [RESTRICTED] 1974-1975 34
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Suspensions and Vacation Applications, 1977 35
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T, 1968-1973 36
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Vacation Pay, 1973 37
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W, 1977-1980 38-39
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Unemployment compensation , 1962-1965 40-43

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Series  16.610.8. Publications 1955-1987 

Scope and Contents note

The bulk of these files are derived from Local 610 and include general leaflets on organizing, meetings, and elections from 1955 to 1987. Additional leaflet files exist for specific topics such as Batesburg, salaried workers, and the Union Bulletin. In addition to Local 610 publications, this box also contains company publications such as the  Airbrake News and Bulletin from 1967 to 1984.

  BoxFolder
Local 610 Leaflets: General, 1955-1987 2101-18
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Local 610 Leaflets: Batesburg, 1980 19
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Local 610 Leaflets: Salaried Workers, 1981 20
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Local 610 Leaflets: Union Bulletin, 1981-1985 21-22
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Canadian Local: Strike Bulletin, 1981 23
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Westinghouse Airbrake Office and Technical Union, 1981 24
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American Standard: Airbrake News, 1967-1984 25-26
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American Standard: Bulletins, 1983-1986 27
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American Standard: Miscellaneous, 1964-1985 28

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Series  16.610.9. Subject Files 1943-1987 

Scope and Contents note

These files date from 1943 to 1987. The bulk of the files contain information on general topics such as the policies of American Standard, equal employment, exportation of Switch products, patents, and political action. Additional files contain correspondence with Westinghouse Airbrake Company (WABCO) managers and representatives of labor and employee relations. Occupational safety files address issues such as asbestos, general worker health and safety, and filing hazard evaluations. Additional files document the activities of the salary division of the Swissvale plant during the 1960 and 1970s.

Extensive files exist for the transfer of work from the Wilmerding and Swissvale plants to areas in the Southern United States and Canada, such as Batesburg, South Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; and Macon, Georgia. Several files exist for a steering committee focused on improving productivity rather than relocating jobs. This series also contains files on the “Save Our Switch” organization that developed in 1982 in response to work transfers and document the use of the National Labor Relations Board, writing to politicians, and union organizing. Files for the unemployed committee contain financial and general information on the group as well as the addresses of members. A few additional files provide information on the likelihood of future investments into the Airbrake division.

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Absentee Control Program, 1980-1983 221
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Affirmative Action Program, 1980-1981 2
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Airbrake Division Injunction Case: Ruling and Defendants' Memo, 1986 3
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Airbrake Division Injunction Case: Transcript, 1986 4
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Airbrake Division: Suit Against UE for Sympathy Strike, 1978-1979 5
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American Arbitration Association, 1946-1961 6
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American Standard: Articles, 1968 7
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American Standard: Employee Packet, undated. 8
  Folder
American Standard: General, 1967-1987 09-10
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American Standard: Programs and Policies, 1982-1985 11
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Articles on Wilmerding, PA, 1963-1985 12
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Batesburg, South Carolina: Campaigning, 1969-1970 13
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Batesburg, South Carolina: Correspondence with Company, 1983 14
  Folder
Batesburg, South Carolina: General, 1983 15
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Batesburg, South Carolina: Movement of Work, 1979 16
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Batesburg, South Carolina: National Labor Relations Board Charges, 1983-1984 17
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Batesburg, South Carolina: Press Releases, 1983 18
  Folder
Blood Program, 1968 19
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Bureau of Employment Security, 1978 20
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Business Agent: Stewards Letters, 1965-1970 21
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Canadian Contract, 1983 22
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Changes in Salary and Classification, 1984-1986 23
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Civil Rights Committee, 1980-1981 24
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Company Rules, 1965-1975 25
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Conference on Automation, 1984 26
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Constitution: Amendments, 1986 27
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Control Department Shutdown - Switch, 1970 28
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Conveyor Feasibility Analysis with Exhibits, 1981 29-30
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Correspondence: Airbrake Division, Employee Relations Representative, 1984-1986 31-32
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Correspondence: Airbrake Division, General Manager, 1983-1984 33
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Correspondence: Airbrake Division, Manager - Employee and Labor Relations, 1984-1986 34
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Correspondence: Airbrake Division, Manager - Employee Benefits and Salary, 1983-1986 35
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Correspondence: Airbrake Division, Manager - Union Relations, 1982-1984 36
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Correspondence: Airbrake Division, Personnel Assistant, 1985 37
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Correspondence: American Standard-Vice President-Railway Div., 1983-1986 38-39
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Correspondence: Canadian Local, 1982-1986 231
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Correspondence: Jobs Committee, 1985 2
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Correspondence: Local 610 Business Agent, 1964-1978 3
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Correspondence: Local 610 Members, 1984-1986 4
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Correspondence: Miscellaneous, 1982-1984 5
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Correspondence: Not Sent Out, 1983-1985 6
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Correspondence: Public, 1983-1987 7
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Correspondence: Union Switch and Signal Division General, 1962-1981 08-09
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Correspondence: Union Switch and Signal Division Manager - Labor Relations, 1982-1986 10-12
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Correspondence: Union Switch and Signal Division Vice President - Employee Relations, 1982-1986 13
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Correspondence: Union Switch and Signal Division UE District and National Offices, 1983-1986 14
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Cost Accounting System: Switch, 1983 15
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Cost of Living Adjustment, 1978-1981 16
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Cost of Living: Inflation, 1964-1969 17
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Data Center, 1966 18
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Data Reporting: EPS/WPS, 1982 19
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Data Reporting: Switch, 1982 20
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Department Heads: Airbrake, 1981 21
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Disability Benefits Association Committee, 1964-1971 22
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Divisions: Switch, 1946-1968 23
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East Pittsburgh, 1967-1970 24
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Elections: Campaigning, 1982-1986 25
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Elections: Results - Local 610 Officers, 1943-1976 26
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Elections: Tallies, 1982-1984 27
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Electronic Test Section: Switch, 1964 28
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Eminent Domain: New Bedford, 1983-1984 29
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Equal Employment Act, 1964-1971 30
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Equal Employment Returns, 1967-1981 31
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ER Rates: Airbrake, N.D. 32
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Exports: Switch, 1985 33-40
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Exports: Switch, 1985-1986 2401-09
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Expulsion of Union Members, 1949-1954 10
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Finalists: Presidential Search, 1979 11
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Financial Reports, 1983-1986 12
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Flower Fund, 1979-1981 13
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Garnishment Law, 1970 14
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Gateway Rehabilitation Center, 1979 15
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Group Auto Insurance, 1972 16
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Group Technology, 1983 17
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Health: Heart Disease Program, 1974 18
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High Speed Transit Information, 1986 19
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Hours Spent on Union business - Airbrake, 1983-1985 20
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Housekeeping: Switch, 1979 21
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Huot, Ed: Personal Notes, 1982-1986 22
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Industrial Products Division, Lexington, Kentucky: General, 1963 23
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Industrial Products Division, Lexington, Kentucky: National Labor Relations Board - General, 1964 24
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Industrial Products Division, Lexington, Kentucky: National Labor Relations Board - Leaflets, 1964 25
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Industrial Products Division, Lexington, Kentucky: Newspaper Articles, 1963 26
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International Association of Machinists, 1968-1969 27
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Information on Future Investments in Airbrake Division, 1983-1986 28-29
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Information on Future Investments in Switch Division, 1982-1985 30
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Larouche Articles, 1984-1985 31
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Lease: Swissvale, 1984-1986 32
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Letters of Discharge, 1979 33
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Librarian Case: Switch, 1969 34
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Lost Time, 1979-1980 35
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Machine Tool Auction, 1983-1985 36
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Macon, Georgia: General, 1982 251
  Folder
Macon, Georgia: Letters From State Legislatures, 1982 2
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Macon, Georgia: National Labor Relations Board Cases, 1982-1984 3
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Macon, Georgia: National Labor Relations Board Charges, 1982-1983 4
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Macon, Georgia: National Labor Relations Board Company Response, 1984 5
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Macon, Georgia: National Labor Relations Board Complaint Against Switch Division, 1983 6
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Macon, Georgia: National Labor Relations Board Settlement, 1984 7
  Folder
Macon, Georgia: National Labor Relations Board Transcript, 1984 8
  Folder
Macon, Georgia: National Labor Relations Board UE Organizing, 1983-1984 9
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Memos and Internal Correspondence: Switch, 1983-1984 10
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Minimum Wage Information, 1958-1960 11
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Miscellaneous, 1980-1986 12-13
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Movement of Work: Airbrake, 1986 14
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National United Workers Organization, 1978 15
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Negotiations: Trade and Craft, 1967 16
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Newspaper Articles, 1980 17
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Newspaper Articles: Company, 1983-1988 18
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National Labor Relation Board- Miscellaneous Charges, 1982-1985 19
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Occupational Safety: Asbestos, 1981-1982 20
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Occupational Safety: General, 1965-1979 21-22
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Occupational Safety: Health Hazard Evaluation Determination, 1975 23
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OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: General, 1972-1982 24-26
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OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: Link Shop Skin Cases, 1974 27
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OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: Tourdot Correspondence, 1982-1983 28
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OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: Occupational Safety and Health Committee Meetings, 1969-79 29
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Organizing Drives Information, 1985 30
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Outsourcing of Work: Letter and Related Material, 1984 31
  Folder
PA Transit: Contract Forms, 1981-1982 32
  Folder
PA Transit: Contract with Union Switch and Signal Division, 1983-1984 33
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Patents, 1986 34
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Patents, 1986 2601-03
  Folder
Paternity and Maternity Leaves, 1972-1981 4
  Folder
Plant Closings: Legislation, 1983 5
  Folder
Plant Closings: Public Interest, 1981 6
  Folder
Petitions: Union Members, 1982 7
  Folder
Political Action, 1971-1979 08-09
  Folder
Political Cartoons, 1973 10
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Q A Relay Inspection Guide, 1977-1982 11-12
  Folder
Quality Reorganization, 1982-1984 13
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Resignations from Union for Management Positions, 1980-1985 14
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Retirement Plan, 1966 15
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Salary: Additions, 1965-1967 16
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Salary: Agreements, 1976-1977 17
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Salary: Contract, 1965 18
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Salary: General, 1965-1968 19
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Salary: Grievances, 1965-1968 20
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Salary: Leaflets, 1965 21
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Salary: Miscellaneous, 1979-1981 22
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Salary: National Labor Relations Board, 1965 23
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Salary: Negotiations, 1966 24
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Salary: Resignations, 1965-1977 25
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Save Our Switch: Activities, 1983 26
  Folder
Save Our Switch: Letters to Politicians, 1982-1983 27
  Folder
Save Our Switch: Local Support, 1983-1985 28
  Folder
Save Our Switch: Press Clippings, 1983-1984 29
  Folder
Save Our Switch: Wiring Section, 1982-1984 30
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Scrap Reduction Project, 1983 31
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Severance Arbitration, 1985 32
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Severance Pay, 1982-1985 33
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Shipping Department, 1967-1977 34
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Short Order Rate Proposal, 1984 35
  Folder
Shorter Work Hours, 1959-1964 36
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Shutdowns, 1978-1979 37
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Standard Data, 1975 271
  Folder
Standard Hours Data, 1974 2
  Folder
Steering Committee: Minutes, 1983 3
  Folder
Steering Committee: Projects, 1983 4
  Folder
Steward Lists, 1974-1987 05-07
  Folder
Strike, 1969, 1978 08-09
  Folder
Subplan: Westinghouse Airbrake Company, 1981 10
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Tape Machines, 1981 11
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Time Clocks and Gates, 1967 12
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Trainee Program, 1966-1967 13
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Transit Market Prospects, 1985 14
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UE Canadian Local at Westinghouse Airbrake Company, 1978 15
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Unemployed Committee: Addresses, 1983 16
  Folder
Unemployed Committee: Financial, 1983-1984 17
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Unemployed Committee: Food, 1983-1985 18
  Folder
Unemployed Committee: General, 1982-1985 19
  Folder
Unemployed Committee: TRA Related, 1986-1987 20
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Unemployment Compensation Appeal, 1978 21
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Union Dues: Check Off Lists, 1968-1970 22
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United Auto Workers: Alliance, 1968 23
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Veterans: On the Job Training, 1966 24
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Wage Adjustments: Switch, 1967-1972 25-26
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Wage Payment Plan: Assembler - Airbrake, 1965-1966 27
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Wage Scales: Trade and Craft - Switch, 1967-1972 28
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Westinghouse Airbrake Company: Parts Distribution, 1984 29
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Westinghouse Airbrake Office and Technical Unit: General, 1964-1974 30
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Westinghouse Airbrake Office and Technical Unit: Grievances, 1980-1981 31
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Wilmerding Diamond Jubilee, 1965 32
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Women's Labor Law, 1965-1970 33

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Series  16.610.10. Taft-Hartley Act 1949-1959 

Scope and Contents note

This series includes information on the Goldwater-Rhodes Bill and press clippings on the company and committee investigations into communist activities. This series also includes Local 610 noncommunist affidavit forms from 1954 to 1960 and the UE manual on Taft-Hartley procedures.

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Taft-Hartley Compliance: Company Business, Press Clippings, 1953-1959 281
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Taft-Hartley Compliance: Goldwater-Rhodes Bill, 1953-1956 2
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Taft-Hartley Compliance: House Un-American Activities Committee Invasion of Civil Liberties, 1959 3
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Taft-Hartley Compliance: Senator Butler Hearings: Press Clippings, 1953 4
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Taft-Hartley Compliance, 1949-1958 05-08
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Taft-Hartley Compliance: Walter Committee, Press Clippings , 1959 9
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Taft-Hartley Compliance: UE Manual, 1951 10

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Series  16.610.11. 1981-1982 Strike 

Scope and Contents note

The bulk of this series consists of newspaper articles and strike bulletins that document the progress of the strike. Additional files pertain to an injunction filed by the company to stop the strike and the arbitration on strike-related violence and vandalism.

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1981-1982 Strike: Arbitration, Strike Misconduct, 1982 11-12
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1981-1982 Strike: Contract Information, 1981-1982 13
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1981-1982 Strike: Correspondence, 1981-1982 14
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1981-1982 Strike: Court Settlements, 1981 15
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1981-1982 Strike: Discharged Employees, 1981-1982 16
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1981-1982 Strike: Dues Reimbursements, 1982-1983 17
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1981-1982 Strike: Injunction Case, 1981-1982 18-19
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1981-1982 Strike: Leaflets, 1981-1982 20
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1981-1982 Strike: Loans from the Union, 1982-1983 21
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1981-1982 Strike: Newspaper Articles, 1981-1982 22-23
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1981-1982 Strike: Organizing, 1981-1982 24
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1981-1982 Strike: Payment of Medical Bills, 1984 25
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1981-1982 Strike: Press Releases, 1981-1982 26
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1981-1982 Strike: Bulletins, 1981-1982 27

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Series  16.610.12. Coalition to Save 1984-1990 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains information on the general campaign to save the Swissvale and Wilmerding plants from closing and the formation of the “Coalition to Save the Brake and Switch” organization. Extensive correspondence and newspaper articles document the actions taken to save the plants. The miscellaneous files include press statements, correspondence, arbitrations and collected information. More specific files exist for the Coalition to Save organization and include bylaws, meeting minutes, and financial and legal information. The PACE business retention study files contain an evaluation of the financial feasibility of maintaining operations at Wilmerding and Swissvale. The Steel Valley Authority files focus on the organizations efforts to keep the plants in operation. In addition to subject files, this series also contains a large quantity of cards written to the chairman of American Standard to stop the removal of work from Wilmerding/Swissvale to Canada and Southern United States.

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American Standard Stockholders Resolution, 1985 291
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Card Campaign, 1986 2
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Coalition to Save the Brake and Switch: Bylaws and Minutes, 1986 3
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Coalition to Save the Brake and Switch: Correspondence, 1984-1987 4
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Coalition to Save the Brake and Switch: Financial, 1986-1990 5
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Coalition to Save the Brake and Switch: Legal, 1986-1988 6
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Correspondence: General, 1985-1986 07-08
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Correspondence: Switch Division, 1985 9
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Correspondence: Engineering Department Move, 1985 10
  Folder
Equipment Moves: Switch, 1986 11
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Information on the Movement of Work, 1985 12
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Leaflets, undated 301
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List of Residents in Swissvale and Wilmerding, 1986 2
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Miscellaneous, 1984-1987 03-04
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Newspaper Articles, 1984-1986 05-08
  Folder
PACE Business Retention Study, 1985-1986 09-12
  Folder
Political Campaign, 1985-1986 13
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Proposal for New Transit Manufacturing, 1985 14
  Folder
Publications and Press Releases, 1986 15
  Folder
Publicity, 1985-1986 16
  Folder
Related Campaigns, N.D. 17
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Sale of Swissvale Property, 1985 18
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Section 43: General, 1985 19
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Section 43: Grievances, 1984-1986 20
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Section 43: Outsourcing of Work, 1984 21
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Section 43: Petitions, undated 22
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Severance Pay, 1985 23
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Shutdown Notices - Switch Division, 1985 24
  Folder
Shutdown Press Clippings - Switch Division, 1985 25
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Shutdown Threat - Airbrake, 1985 26
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Social Economic Impact of Plant Closings, 1986 27
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Steel Valley Authority, 1985-1986 28-30
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Switch P.E.A.R., 1985 31
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Union Questions and Company Response to Movement of Switch Division Work, 1985 32
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Voluntary Terminations, 1986 33

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Series  16.610.13. Trade Adjustment Act (TRA) and Severance Pay 1983-1990 

Scope and Contents note

These files contain information on Local 610’s efforts to acquire severance pay and Trade Adjustment Act benefits for employees terminated from the Swissvale plant in 1986. The severance pay files include arbitrations, employee lists, correspondence, and other general information on the topic. The TRA files include program information, petitions for the release of confidential company information, eligibility of Local 610 workers, and the union’s brief before the labor department for TRA assistance.

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National Labor Relations Board Failure to Provide Information, 1986 311
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Questionnaire for Terminated Workers Severance Pay, 1989 2
  Folder
Appeals Case for Clarification on Arbitration, 1987-89 3
  Folder
Severance Pay Arbitrations: Airbrake Division, 1987 4
  Folder
Severance Pay Arbitrator Profiles, 1986-1987 5
  Folder
Severance Pay Arbitrations: Brief, 1986 6
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Severance Pay Arbitrations: General, 1984-1987 7
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Severance Pay Arbitrations: Settlement, 1990 8
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Severance Pay Arbitrations: Union Switch and Signal Division, 1984-1988 09-11
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Severance Pay: Correspondence, 1985-1986 12
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Severance Pay: Employee Lists, 1983-1990 13
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Severance Pay: Information on the Amounts Due, 1986-1989 14
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Severance Pay: Recipients, 1986-1987 15
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Severance Pay: Settlement - Employee Lists, 1989-1990 16
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Steel Valley Authority: Court Case, 1986 17
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Terminated Workers: Addresses, 1985-1989 18
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Terminations: Correspondence with Switch Manager, 1982-1986 19
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Trade Adjustment Act: Claimants, 1988 20
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Trade Adjustment Act: Confidential Company Material, 1987 21
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Trade Adjustment Act: Eligibility of Switch Employees, 1985-1987 22
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Trade Adjustment Act: General Program Information, 1986-1990 23
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Trade Adjustment Act: Plaintiff's Brief, 1988 24
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Trade Adjustment Act: Petition for Release of Confidential Information, 1987 25
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Trade Adjustment Act: Support of Plaintiff Request, 1988 26
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Trade Adjustment Act: Third Attempt, 1990 27

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Series  16.610.14. Membership Cards 1937-1984 

Scope and Contents note

Cards are arranged alphabetically by last name of the union member.

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Airbrake Division Employees A-E 32
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Airbrake Division Employees F-Mc 33
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Airbrake Division Employees M-R 34
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Airbrake Division Employees S-Z 35
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Union Switch and Signal Division Employees A-Z, Later Additions of Membership Cards 36

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Series  16.610.15. Job Descriptions and Rate Ranges 1940-1981 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains job descriptions from the Westinghouse Airbrake Company (WABCO) that date from 1943 to 1983. These descriptions were used for the salary negotiations. Also included are rate/wage ranges from WABCO that date from 1940 to 1980 and show the graduations of pay for each position depending on rank.

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Job Descriptions: General, 1943-1983 3701-04
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Job Descriptions: Airbrake, 1969-1975 05-06
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Job Descriptions: Engineering Section - Switch, 1964-1965 7
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Job Descriptions: Finance and Control - Switch, 1964-1965 8
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Job Descriptions: Hourly Employees - Switch, 1981 09-10
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Job Descriptions: Manufacturing, 1960s 11
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Job Descriptions: Marketing Section, 1956-1965 12
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Job Descriptions: Salary, 1979-1980 13
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Job Descriptions: Trade and Craft, 1975-1977 14
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Rate Ranges: General, 1964 15
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Rate Ranges: Union Switch and Signal, 1963-1980 16-19
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Wage Rates: Airbrake Division, 1940-1946 20-21
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Wage Rates: Information, 1948-1949 22-23

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Series  16.610.16. Layoff, Recall, Seniority, Termination and Transfer Lists 1959-1987 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains internal memos and lists of individuals who faced layoff, recall, termination or transfer. These memoranda/lists generally contain employee name, check number, seniority, and date of activity (layoff, recall, termination, etc.). The termination files from April 1986 include the worker service record and document changes in worker occupation.

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Discharges, 1978-1979 381
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Layoffs: Airbrake Division, 1982-1986 02-05
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Layoffs: Out of Seniority, 1984 6
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Layoffs: Union Switch and Signal Division, 1982-1986 07-09
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Layoffs: Voluntary, 1983-1984 10
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New and Recalled Members - Airbrake, 1980-1984 11
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Recalls: Airbrake Division, 1982-1985 12-13
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Recalls: Out of Seniority, 1985 14
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Recalls: Union Switch and Signal Division, 1959-1987 15-22
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Seniority Lists: Airbrake, 1985-1987 23
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Seniority Lists: Miscellaneous, 1980-1987 24-26
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Seniority Lists: Union Switch and Signal Division, 1983-1985 3901-06
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Signed Agreements for Layoff and Recalls, 1961-1980 7
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Terminations: General, 1985-1987 8-10
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Terminations: Out of Seniority, 1986-1987 11
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Terminations: Union Switch and Signal Division, 1975-1981 12-13
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Transfers: Airbrake, 1981-1987 14-19
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Transfers: Union Switch and Signal Division, 1981 20

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