Guide to the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students, UE Local 896 Records, 1990-1996 UE.16.896

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Campaign to Organize Graduate Students, UE Local 896 Records
Creator
United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America. Local 896 (Iowa City, Iowa).
Collection Number
UE.16.896
Date
1990-1996
Extent
6.25 linear feet (5 boxes)
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.

Preferred Citation

Campaign to Organize Graduate Students, UE Local 896 Records, 1990-1996, UE.16.896, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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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.

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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, March 2010

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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.

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 UE Local 896 in November 1996.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

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

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Newsletters

Subject(s)

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

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Previous Citation

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

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
News Clippings, 1993 11

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  Folder
News Clippings, Other Unions, 1994 2

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  Folder
SEIU University Contracts 3

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  Folder
SEIU 150 COGS History, 1993-1995 4

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  Folder
Member Mailing Labels 5

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  Folder
Publicity, Spring 1996 6

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COGS-SEIU 150 Poster 1

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Phone Messages, 1996 2

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Blank SEIU Local 150 Authorization for Representation Cards 3

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Completed SEIU Local 150 Authorization for Representation Cards, 1994 4

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SEIU 150 Blank Ballots 5

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  Item
Blank UE Local 896 Authorization for Representation Cards 6

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Graduate Student Organizing Campaign Data Base Information Cards, 1993 7

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Volunteers and Activists, 1993-1994 21

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  Folder
Press Clippings, Other Unions, 1993 2

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  Folder
Press Clippings, University of Iowa, 1993 3

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  Folder
Press Releases 4

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  Folder
SEIU 5

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  Folder
Stewards, 1994 6

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  Folder
Cognition, COGS Newsletter 7

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  Folder
COGS Archives, October-December 1993 8

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  Folder
Graduate Union Elections 9

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  Folder
Finance 10

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  Folder
Home Visits 11

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  Folder
International Students 12

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  Folder
Coordinating Committee Minutes, 1993-1994 13-14

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  Folder
Membership Committee, 1993-1994 15

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  Folder
Minutes, 1993-1994 16-17

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  Folder
News Clippings, COGS 1994 18

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  Folder
Other Unions 19

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  Folder
Press Clippings, Academic Freedom, 1993 20

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  Folder
Press Clippings, Student Government, 1993 21

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  Folder
Research on Organizing a Union Local 22

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  Folder
Academic Freedom 23

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  Folder
Affiliation 24

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  Folder
Archives, 1993 25-27

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  Folder
Budget 28

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  Folder
Publicity 29

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  Folder
Organizing, 1994 30

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  Folder
Articles on Academia 31

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  Folder
COGS History 32

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  Folder
Press Clippings, April-August 1993 33

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  Folder
Coordinating Committee Minutes, 1993 34-35

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  Folder
Faculty Salaries, 1995 36

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  Folder
Graduate Employee Unions 37

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  Folder
Health Insurance 38

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  Folder
International Students 39

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  Folder
Logo 40

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  Folder
Minutes, 1994 41

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  Folder
Publicity: Press Releases 42

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  Folder
Research Committee, 1993 43

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  Folder
SEIU Contracts 44

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  Folder
Stewards 45

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  Folder
University Budget 46

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  Folder
Volunteers and Activists, 1993-1994 47

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  Folder
Constitution 48

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  Folder
Press Clippings 49-50

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  Folder
Graduate Employee Unions, Constitutions 51

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  Folder
Cognition, COGS Newsletter 52

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  Folder
News Clippings, COGS, 1993-1994 53-54

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  Folder
Anti-Union Campaign, 1994 55

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  Folder
Campaign Literature 56

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  Folder
Legal, 1993-1994 57

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  Folder
Archives: COGS 58

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  Folder
Analysis of 1994 Campaign 59

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  Folder
Canvass Report Sheets 60

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  Folder
Graduate Student Employee Lists, 1994 61-62

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Poster of Local School Employee Pay Rates 31

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UE Local 896 Posters 2-3

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Canvass Data, January-March 1994 4

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  Item
100 Reasons to Join the Union Poster 5

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  Folder
Steward System Model 1

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  Folder
UE Local 896 Health Insurance Issues 2

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  Folder
Constitution Committee, 1993 3

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  Folder
University of Iowa Buildings Summary 4

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  Folder
University of Iowa Graduate Student Employee Salaries, 1993 5

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  Folder
List of Graduate Students in Bargaining Unit 6

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  Folder
Membership Lists 7

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  Folder
Daily Planners, August-September 1996 8

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  Folder
Mail from Unions 9

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  Folder
Card Totals 10

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  Folder
Photocopies of Authorization for Representation UE/COGS Cards 11

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  Folder
Newspaper Clippings 12

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  BoxFolder
University of Iowa Maps 41

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  Folder
Public Employment Relations Board 2

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  Folder
Volunteers, November 1993 3

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  Folder
University of Iowa, 1993-1994 4

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  Folder
SEIU 5

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  Folder
Research Committee, 1993 6

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  Folder
Other Unions 7

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  Folder
Organizing, 1993-1994 8-9

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  Folder
Todd Schmitz, SEIU Campaign Coordinator: Notes and Memos 10

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Notes 11

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  Folder
Membership Committee, 1993-1994 12

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  Folder
Graduate Employee Unions 13

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  Folder
Election, 1994 14

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  Folder
Cognition, COGS Newsletter, 1993-1994 15

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  Folder
COGS Archives, 1993 16

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  Folder
Anti-Union Campaign, 1994 17

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  Folder
Affiliation, 1993 18-19

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  Folder
Academia 20

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  Folder
COGS Photos, 1994 21

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  Folder
COGS/SEIU Leaflets 22

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  Folder
Iowa City Press-Citizen, March 2-3, 1996 23

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  Folder
Survey, 1993 24

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  Folder
Information Cards, 1995 25

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  Folder
List of Graduate Students in Bargaining Unit, 1995 26-27

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Academic Freedom 51

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  Folder
Affiliation, 1993 2

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  Folder
Ann Arbor Conference, 1993 3

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  Folder
Anti-Union Campaign, 1994 4

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  Folder
COGS Archives, 1993-1994 5-6

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  Folder
Articles on Academia 7

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  Folder
Campaign Literature, 1993-1994 8

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  Folder
Cognition, COGS Newsletter, 1993-1994 9

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  Folder
Database 10

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  Folder
Election, 1994 11

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  Folder
Email 12

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  Folder
Faculty 13

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  Folder
Family/Medical Leave 14

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  Folder
Graduate Employee Unions, 1993-1994 15-18

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History, 1975, 1984 19

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  Folder
Graduate Union Contracts 20

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  Folder
Health Insurance 21

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  Folder
SEIU Local 150 Constitution 22

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  Folder
International Students 23

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  Folder
University of Iowa News Clippings, 1994 24

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  Folder
News Clippings regarding Legislature, 1994 25

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  Folder
University of Iowa Ombudsperson 26

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Organizing, 1993-1994 27-28

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Other Unions 29

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  Folder
Public Employment Relations Board, 1993-1994 30

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  Folder
Phone Script, 1994 31

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  Folder
List of Posting Locations 32

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  Folder
SEIU 33

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  Folder
Student Government, 1994 34

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  Folder
Teaching Assistant Postings 35

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  Folder
University Budget 36

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  Folder
University of Iowa, 1993-1994 37

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  Folder
Volunteers, 1993 38

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  Folder
UE COGS Signs 39

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  Folder
COGS Leaflets, 1995 40

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  Folder
COGS, 1993 41

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  Folder
COGS SEIU 42

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  Folder
COGS, Pre-UE, 1995 43

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  Folder
Union Literature, 1993 Campaign 44

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  Folder
COGS Clippings File, 1993-1994 45

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  Folder
SEIU Publications 46

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  Folder
Steelworkers Publications 47

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  Folder
Labor Center, University of Iowa Publications 48

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  Folder
Public Employment Relations Board Publications 49

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  Folder
Iowa Board of Regents Workload Study, 1989 50

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  Folder
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 51

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  Folder
Dispute Resolution Procedures Available for Faculty and Staff, University of Iowa, 1991 52

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The Alternative Orange, April 1993 53

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List of Graduate Students in Bargaining Unit, March 1996 54

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