Social Service Employees Union. Local 371

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Social Service Employees Union Local 371 is part of District Council 37 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFL-CIO). The union primarily represents New York City workers in the social service professions. Although the origins of the union can be traced back to the 1930s, their modern story begins in the bitter cold of January 1965 when more than 8,000 welfare workers spent 28 days on union picket lines and leaders from what were then two separate entities, the Social Service Employees Union and Local 371, went to jail. Besides winning salary increases and improvements in conditions for their clients, the strike resulted in a number of firsts including the first 100 percent city-paid health insurance, an effective grievance procedure, and the establishment of a panel made up of representatives of labor, the city, and the public that led to what is today known as the New York City's Office of Collective Bargaining. Two more strikes, both unsuccessful, took place in 1967; finally, in 1969, the two unions merged. Under the leadership of presidents Martin Morgenstern, Stanley Hill, Joe Sperling and Charles Ensley, among others, the union has grown in diversity over the years. Although caseworkers still make up the single largest segment of the SSEU's membership, the union now represents over 150 title categories including counselors, social workers, investigators, and residence staff.
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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Patrick Knight Papers, Bulk, 1960-1980, 1949-1980 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Stephanie Oursler Papers, ca. 1955, ca. 1960-ca. 1970 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Social Service Employees Union Records, Bulk, 1960-1999, 1952-2007 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Guide to the New Yorkers at Work Oral History Collection, 1979-2000 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Sol Gorelick Papers, Bulk, 1960-1980, circa 1940-1980 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Tamiment Library Web Collection on Labor Unions and Organizations Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Michael Padwee Papers, 1966-1979 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Christopher Rhoades Dykema Papers, 1965-1988 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Social Service Employees Union Photographs, Bulk, 1965-1995, 1952-2008 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Printed Ephemera Collection on Trade Unions, Bulk, 1880-2009, 1837-2009 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
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associatedWith AFSCME. District Council 37 (New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith AFSCME. Local 420 (Municipal Hospital Workers Union) (New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Badillo, Herman, 1929- person
associatedWith Bellamy, Carol, 1942- person
associatedWith Bernhardt, Debra E. person
associatedWith Cohen, Bart person
associatedWith Dinkins, David N. person
associatedWith Dykema, Christopher person
associatedWith Ensley, Charles person
associatedWith Ensley, Charles person
associatedWith Gorelick, Sol, 1916-2004 person
associatedWith Gotbaum, Victor person
associatedWith Hill, Stanley, 1936- person
associatedWith Jorge, Julia person
associatedWith King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006 person
associatedWith Knight, Patrick person
associatedWith Knight, Patrick. person
associatedWith Koch, Ed, 1924- person
associatedWith Liebowitz, Stuart person
associatedWith Mage, Judith person
associatedWith Mage, Judith person
associatedWith Morgenstern, Marty person
associatedWith Nadler, Jerrold person
associatedWith Oursler, Stephanie. person
associatedWith Owens, Major person
associatedWith Padwee, Michael person
associatedWith Pinkett, Mary person
associatedWith Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith Roberts, Lillian person
associatedWith Sperling, Joe person
associatedWith Tepedino, Joe person
associatedWith Viani, Alan person
associatedWith Viani, Alan person
associatedWith Wurf, Jerry, 1919- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York City NY US
Subject
Labor unions--Political activity--Law and legislation
White collar workers--Labor unions--New York (State)--New York
Social workers--Labor unions--New York (State)--New York--Pictorial works
Collective bargaining--Municipal employees--New York (State)--New York
Collective labor agreements--Social workers
Civil rights--United States
Labor unions--Organizing--United States
Municipal officials and employees--Labor unions--New York (State)--New York
Collective bargaining--Municipal employees--New York (State)--New York--Pictorial works
Strikes and lockouts--Social workers
Social workers--New York (State)--New York
Anti-communist movements--United States
Demonstrations--New York (State)--New York--Pictorial works
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Labor union
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Establishment 1965-01

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