Office and Professional Employees' International Union

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AFL Federal Locals of the Bookkeepers, Stenographers and Accountants Union have organized the clerical trades since the early decades of the twentieth century; but it wasn't until the charter convention of the Office Employees International Union in Cincinnati in January, 1945 that a national AFL jurisdiction was created for all private sector clerical and office employees. Charter membership was 22,500.

During the war years, OEIU growth was slow, while the rival CIO union, the United Office and Professional Workers of America grew rapidly. However, with the Taft-Hartley Labor Act of 1947 and the subsequent expulsion of the UOPWA from the CIO for "Communist domination" left the field of organizimg white collar workers to the OEIU. By the early 1950's they had organized 40,000 members into the union, and by the mid 1960's the organization had grown to 50,000.

The name was changed to Office and Professional Employees International Union in 1965. In the last two decades the increase of clerical employment coupled with women workers' growing trade union militancy have greatly expanded OPEIU's membership. In 1973 there were 82,500 members in 235 local unions; by 1987 the union counted 150,000 members in 375 unions. The membership of OPEIU is approximately 70 percent female. Major locals are Local 153 in New York City, Local 2 in Washington, D.C., Local 29 in Oakland and Local 3 in San Francisco.

From the description of Minutes [microform], 1958-1981. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 84214659

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) Records, Bulk, 1970-1990, 1958-1995 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Frank E. Morton Papers AR111., 1950-1975 Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library
referencedIn Cole, David Lawrence, 1902-1977. David Lawrence Cole series 4, subseries 1. General case files, 1946-1977. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Firth, George P.,. Collection of George P. Firth on the Office and Professional Employees International Union, 1949-1976 (bulk 1960-1976) University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Morton, Frank E., 1908-. Papers, 1953-1977, (bulk 1968-1977). University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
referencedIn Seidenberg, Jacob, 1914-. Jacob Seidenberg. Series 1. Arbitration case files, 1962-1977. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Office and Professional Employees International Union. Minutes [microform], 1958-1981. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Firth, George P. George P. Firth collection of Office and Professional Employees International Union records, 1934-1984. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Ewing, Opal, 1910-. Oral history interview with Opal Ewing in Des Moines, Iowa, 1980 March 26 [microform] / conducted by Gregory R. Zieren. Iowa State Historical Society
referencedIn AFL-CIO. Internal Disputes Plan. Decisions of the Impartial Umpire, 1964-1976. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
referencedIn Stamey, E. Leon. E. Leon Stamey papers, 1952-1973. Georgia State University
referencedIn Office and Professional Employees International Union. Local 298 (Austin, Tex.). Records, 1952-1969. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
referencedIn New York State Labor Documentation Project, 1863-1992. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Connecticut State Labor Council, AFL-CIO Records, undated, 1909-1991. Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
referencedIn Office and Professional Employees International Union Records, Local 277 (Forth Worth, Tex. ) AR242., 1962-1979, 1966-1977 Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library
referencedIn Wolfson, Theresa, 1897-1972. Theresa Wolfson series 3. Arbitration and mediation files, 1942-1969. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Office and Professional Employees International Union. [Agreements, etc.] Wisconsin Historical Society
referencedIn National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians. Records, 1959-1995, (bulk 1970-1990). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Zack, Arnold. Zack, Arnold M. Additional arbitration files, 2004-2007. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Palmquist, Rose, 1906-. Oral history interview with Rose Palmquist, 1977. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
creatorOf Morton, Frank E., 1908-. Papers, 1950-1975. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
referencedIn AFL-CIO Internal Disputes Plan Decisions of the Impartial Umpire, 1964-1976. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Stamey, E. Leon. E. Leon Stamey papers, 1945-1973. Georgia State University
referencedIn Butler, Jessee H. Suffragists. California State University, Long Beach
referencedIn Frank E. Morton Papers AR262., 1953-1977, 1968-1977 Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library
referencedIn Summers, Clyde W. Summers, Clyde. Office files, 1940-2004. Cornell University Library
referencedIn New York Stock Exchange. Union relations collection, 1940-1971. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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associatedWith AFL-CIO. person
associatedWith AFL-CIO Connecticut State Labor Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Cole, David Lawrence, 1902-1977. person
associatedWith Ewing, Opal, 1910- person
associatedWith Firth, George P. person
correspondedWith Morton, Frank E., 1908- person
associatedWith National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians. corporateBody
associatedWith New York Stock Exchange. corporateBody
correspondedWith Office and Professional Employees International Union. Local 277 (Fort Worth, Tex.). corporateBody
correspondedWith Office and Professional Employees International Union. Local 298 (Austin, Tex.) corporateBody
associatedWith Office Employes International Union. corporateBody
associatedWith Palmquist, Rose, 1906- person
associatedWith Seidenberg, Jacob, 1914- person
associatedWith Stamey, E. Leon. person
associatedWith Stamey, E. Leon. person
associatedWith Summers, Clyde W. person
associatedWith Wolfson, Theresa, 1897-1972. person
associatedWith Zack, Arnold. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Subject
White collar employees--Labor unions
Clerks--Labor unions
Stenographers
Professional employees--Labor unions
Clerks
Secretaries
Accountants
Occupation
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Corporate Body

Active 1958

Active 1981

Americans

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