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Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M Records

1941-1988

This collection was microfilmed as a part of the Harry Van Arsdale, Jr., Labor History Project.

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Abstract

This collection includes records from Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M and the three previously independent unions that merged to form GCIU Local 259-M - Utica Graphic Communications Union, Local 58-C; Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union Local 21-P; and Local 59 of the Amalgamated Lithographers of America (ALA).

Summary

Creator:
International Printing and Graphic Communications Union
Date Coverage:
1941-1988
Quantity:
5 reels of microfilm

The Albany Photo-Engravers Union No. 21 was chartered in 1921 as an affiliate of the International Photo Engravers Union of North America (IPEUNA). Local 59 of the Amalgamated Lithographers of America (ALA) was chartered in 1943 with a single shop and approximately 50 members.[GCIU, Local 259-M. Dinner Journal (20th Anniversary of Local 59), [1963]] In 1964 IPEUNA and ALA merged at the international level to form the Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union (LPIU). Local 59-L merged with the Albany Photo-Engravers Union No. 21-P, LPIU, to form Local 259 in 1966.[GCIU Local 259-M. Dinner Journal, 1966] With the merger of LPIU and the International Brotherhood of Bookbinders (IBB) in 1972, the local became Local 259-M (signifying "Merged") of the Graphic Arts International Union (GAIU). In 1983 the GAIU merged with the International Printing and Graphic Communications Union (IPGCU), Local 259 became an affiliate of the Graphic Communications International (GCIU). In 1987, the Utica Graphic Communications Union, Local 58-C (signifying "Commercial") merged into Local 259-M.

The Utica Graphic Communications Union, Local 58-C, was chartered in 1898 as Utica Printing Pressmen's Local 58 of the International Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Union of North America (IPPAU). When the IPPAU merged with the International Stereotypers', Electrotypers', and Platemakers' Union of North America (ISE&PU) in 1973, the local became Utica Printing and Graphic Communications Union No. 58 of the International Printing and Graphic Communications Union (IPGCU). When the IPGCU merged with the GAIU to form the Graphic Communications International Union in 1983, the local became the Utica Graphic Communications Union No. 58-C.[Fink Gary, ed. Labor Unions. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1977, pp. 137-39, 300-04]

Local 58 was involved in a prolonged strike against the Utica Observer-Dispatch that involved four other unions. The strike was begun on July 15, 1967, by Local 58 when it disagreed with the newspaper over how many people were needed to tend a new press. The Utica Newspaper Guild No. 129; Stereotypers', Electrotypers', and Platemakers' Union, Local 46; and the Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union, Local 61, joined the strike afterwards. The Utica Typographical Union No. 62 observed the picket lines but never joined the strike. The five unions formed a joint committee during the strike and bargained with management together, although the Utica Typographical Union was the leader in economic negotiations.[The Guild Reporter, October 27, 1967, pp. 1 and 6] After 100 days, the unions received an improvement in wages that was also sought, and the strike (the longest in Utica's history) ended.

GAIU, Local 259-M, was involved in a noteworthy case against the Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation. The union had lost an National Labor Relations Board election in 1973, but it objected to the conduct of Amsterdam Printing and Litho during the election and another election was held. Local 259-M won that election and was certified as the bargaining agent for all lithographic production employees in the plant. The company refused to recognize the union and eliminated a Christmas bonus, changed wages, and reduced the workweek for its employees, all without consulting with the union. In 1976, the company was determined by NLRB to be engaging in unfair labor practices and was ordered to restore the workweek, pay all lost bonuses, pay for wages lost, and pay for the wages of laid-off employees up to the time the company began bargaining in good faith with the union. All these payments included interest. [GCIU Local 259-M. Subject Files. "Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corp.--Litigation over Refusal to Recognize Union--Folder 2, 1973-77."]

Since GCIU Local 259-M is an amalgam of what were once three independent locals, it has records produced in all its incarnations. However, there is always a dominant partner in any merger and usually only the records of that partner are retained after a merger. Although there is a good deal of documentation from Locals 259-M and 58-C, only scattered contracts remain of LPIU Local 21-P. The bulk of the records in this manuscript group are those produced by ALA Local 59 and its successor organizations.

Of special interest in these records are the minutes, which are almost complete from 1947 (three years after Local 59 was chartered). Although there is documentation of the union's negotiations with many shops, those records dealing with Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation are the most extensive and potentially interesting. A large percentage of the records of Local 58-C deal with the Utica Observer-Dispatch, including material on the 1966-67 strike.

For other printing trade unions in the Albany area, see the records of the Albany Typographical Union No. 4; the Albany Printing Pressmen, Assistants, and Offset Workers Union No. 23-C, GCIU; Graphic Communications International Union, Local 10-B (Bookbinders); and the Newspaper Guild of Albany No. 34.

After this collection was microfilmed, the originals were returned to GCIU Local 259-M.

The collection is organized into the following series: 1 - Minutes: 1947-1988; 2 - Subject Files: 1946-1988; 3 - Utica Graphic Communications File Local No. 58-C., GICU, Records: 1941-1986.

Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M allowed its original records to be microfilmed by the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives. After microfilming, the originals were returned.1989-1990

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M Records, 1941-1988. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the GCIU Records).

Contents of Collection

Quantity:  reel of microfilm

Arranged by type of meeting minutes and chronologically thereunder.

Contains minutes of general membership meetings (1947-74, 1979-88) and minutes of the executive board meetings (1950-56, 1960-88). The earliest minutes for ALA Local 59 no longer exist, and there are two significant gaps in the minutes, but otherwise these are complete. No minutes for LPIU Local 21-P are included in these minutes. Local 59 was apparently the dominant union, and only its minutes survive. For an interesting comparison with the actual minutes, see the subject files for the agendas for meetings (1973-85) as kept by the president of the local.

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Reel 1Amalgamated Lithographers of America, Local 59 Minutes1947-1959

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Reel 1Amalgamated Lithographers of America, Local 59 Minutes1960-1964

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Reel 1Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union, Local 59-L/259 Minutes1964-1966

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Reel 1Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union, Local 259-M Minutes1967-1969

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Reel 1Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union, Local 259-M Minutes1970-1972

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Reel 1Graphic Arts International Union, Local 259-M Minutes1973-1974

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Reel 1Graphic Arts International Union, Local 259-M Minutes1979-1982

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Reel 1Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M Minutes1983-1985

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Reel 1Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M Minutes1986-1988

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Reel 1Amalgamated Lithographers of America, Local 59 Minutes of Council Board Meetings1950-1956

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Reel 1Amalgamated Lithographers of America, Local 59 Minutes of Council Board Meetings1960-1964

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Reel 1Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union, Local 259-M Minutes of Council Board Meetings1965-1967

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Reel 1Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union, Local 259-M Minutes of Council Board Meetings1968-1969

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Reel 1Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union, Local 259-M Minutes of Council Board Meetings1970-1972

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Reel 1Graphic Arts International Union, Local 259-M Minutes of Council Board Meetings1973-1975

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Reel 1Graphic Arts International Union, Local 259-M Minutes of Council Board Meetings1976-1978

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Reel 1Graphic Arts International Union, Local 259-M Minutes of Council Board Meetings1979-1981

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Reel 1Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M Minutes of Executive Board Meetings1982-1984

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Reel 1Graphic Communications International Union, Local 259-M Minutes of Executive Board Meetings1985-1988
Quantity: 2 reels of microfilm

Arranged alphabetically.

Contains by-laws (1951, 1963, circa 1964, circa 1972, circa 1983), contracts (1946-48, 1951-52, 1955, 1959, 1961-65, 1976, 1986-88), correspondence (1948-49, 1951-52), arbitration material (1973-80), and agendas for meetings (1973-85). This series is a collection of different types of material, including records on dealings with companies and information on the structure of the local.

BoxFolderContentsDate

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Reel 2Agendas for Council Board Meetings1973-1979

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Reel 2Agendas for Executive Board Meetings1980-1985

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Reel 2Agendas for General Membership Meetings1973-1979

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Reel 2Agendas for General Membership Meetings1980-1985

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Reel 2Alfred Publishing--Organizing1985

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Reel 2Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation1980

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Reel 2Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation--Litigation over Refusal to Recognize Union (1 of 4)1973-1975

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Reel 2Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation--Litigation over Refusal to Recognize Union (2 of 4)1973-1977

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Reel 3Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation--Litigation over Refusal to Recognize Union (3 of 4)1975-1977

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Reel 3Amsterdam Printing and Litho Corporation--Litigation over Refusal to Recognize Union (4 of 4)1975-1980

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Reel 3Argus Press--Contract1987

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Reel 3Baronet Litho, Inc.--Contract1986

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Reel 3By-Laws1951, 1963, ca. 1964, ca. 1972, ca. 1983

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Reel 3Capital Newspapers Division, The Hearst Corporation--Contracts with LPIU Local 21-P1964-1965

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Reel 3The Color Shop--Contract1976

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Reel 3Committee to Elect Emery B. Miller for Presidentca. 1987

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Reel 3Correspondence of ALA Local 591948-1949

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Reel 3Correspondence of ALA Local 591951-1952

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Reel 3Crest Litho Inc.--Contract1988

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Reel 3Dinner Journals1962-1987

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Reel 3Dodge-Graphic Press, Inc. Contract1988

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Reel 3Greenwood Company--Contract with ALA Local 591955

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Reel 3List of Shops with GCIU Local 259-M Contractsca. 1988

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Reel 3The Maqua Company--Contract with ALA Local 591951

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Reel 3The Maqua Company--Contract Meetings with ALA Local 591959

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Reel 3The Maqua Company--Strike and Strikebreaking1970-1977

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Reel 3Merger of GCIU Locals 259-M and 58-C1987

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Reel 3Metro Data Repro Graphics--Contract1988

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Reel 3Saratoga Printing Company--Representation Election1973-1974

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Reel 3Troy Record Company--Contracts with IPEU and LPIU No. 211946-1948, 1951-1952, 1961-1965
Quantity: 2 reels of microfilm

Arranged alphabetically.

Contains contracts (1950, 1960-61, 1965-85), arbitration material (1941, 1946, 1950-53, 1962-71), hearings conducted by the local (1963, 1966-69), and a constitution (1977). Most of this material concerns the Utica Graphic Communications Local No. 58-C's dealings with companies (especially with the Utica Observer-Dispatch); however, the hearings contain interesting material about the internal politics of the local. No minutes of this local survive.

BoxFolderContentsDate

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Reel 4Constitution1977

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Reel 4Crowley Publishing Corporation1957, 1959-1960, 1962, 1965

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Reel 4 Daily Star--Contracts 1975, 1980, 1982, 1986

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Reel 4Dodge-Graphic Press, Inc.--Contracts1976, 1979-1980, 1982, 1985

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Reel 4Evans, David--Hearings Before Union1963, 1966-1969

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Reel 4Hughes, Leland--Hearing Before Union1963, 1967-1968

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Reel 4Jones Stephenson Company--Arbitration1952-1953

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Reel 4Merger Considerations of the International Printing Pressmen & Assistants' Union of North America1972

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Reel 4Metzler Printing--Contracts1979, 1982

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Reel 4Notices to Local's Members1983

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Reel 4 Oneonta Star--Contracts 1965-1984

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Reel 4Rome Sentinel Company--Contracts1961, 1972-1982

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Reel 4Scononda Press, Inc.--Contracts1968-1982

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Reel 4Thomas circa Peters Printing Co., Inc.1959, 1972-1973, 1976-1977, 1980-1981, 1984

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Reel 4Thomas circa Peters Printing Co., Inc.--Contracts1967, 1979-1982, 1985

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Reel 4 Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Contracts 1941, 1946

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Reel 5 Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Contracts 1950-1951

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Reel 5 Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Demand for Arbitration 1965

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Reel 5 Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Holidays 1967-1968

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Reel 5 Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Manning of New Presses 1971

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Reel 5 Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Overtime 1962-1968

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Reel 5 Utica Observer-Dispatch--Arbitration over Overtime and Improper Relief from Duty 1963, 1965-1967

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Reel 5 Utica Observer-Dispatch--Contracts 1950, 1967-1981, 1984

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Reel 5 Utica Observer-Dispatch--Correspondence 1960-1962, 1966, 1969, 1984

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Reel 5 Utica Observer-Dispatch--Strike 1966-1967