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Fred Pfeiffer Papers

1937-2001

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Abstract

The Fred Pfeiffer Papers document Pfeiffer's work with labor unions and activist organizations in the Albany, NY, area from the mid-1970s to 2001.

Summary

Creator:
Pfeiffer, Fred
Date Coverage:
1937-2001
Quantity:
4.29 cubic ft.

Fred Pfeiffer has been involved in organized labor in the Albany, NY Capital District since the 1970s. He was a machinist at GE in Schenectady. He has worked with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Labor Committee for Safe Energy, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Campaign for a Livable Minimum Wage, and other national and local organizations. As a bargaining advisor, he helped to organize hospital workers, Capital District Off-Track Betting (OTB) workers, Albany Public Library employees, janitors in Albany, and others. He has also worked on behalf of various causes, notably NL Industries and the impact of nuclear power during the 1980s, and Latin American labor organizing and refugee programs, especially El Salvador, during the 1980s and early 1990s. Pfeiffer served as coordinator at the Capital District Worker Center for the Building Skills Project in the 2000s. Pfeiffer remains a lively local activist, most recently demonstrating with the Occupy Movement.

The Fred Pfeiffer Papers contain records resulting from his work with various unions and activist organizations in the Albany, NY area, as well as a collection of union-related materials such as contracts, newsletters, and publications that have historical significance. While all of the series include material directly related to Pfeiffer's work, Series 1 and 2 consist of the most substantial amount of Pfeiffer-related papers. In particular, please see the CSEA and SEIU folders in Series 1 and in the Labor Committee for Safe Energy folder in Series 2. Series 2 contains information on nuclear energy activism and organized labor's engagement with energy issues, mostly during the 1980s. Series 3 relates to labor organizing in Latin America during the 1980s and 1990s. Series 4 is a diverse set of published documents and artifacts (mostly buttons and pins) related to labor organizations, conventions, government reports, protests and marches.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Archivists transfered a monograph An Organizer's Notebook on Public Utilities and Energy, to the book division of Special Collections. The catalogue record for the monograph will be included in Minerva, the University Library Catalog.

Fred Pfeiffer donated the papers to the M.E. Grenander Special Collections and Archives department.

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Fred Pfeiffer Papers 1937-2001 (APAP-139). M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Pfeiffer Papers).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 1.43 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series is composed of meeting minutes, personal notes, correspondence, newsletters, event plans, agendas, and other materials related to organizing efforts or union business. Fred Pfeiffer worked with CSEA, SEIU, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, and the Campaign for a Livable Minimum Wage. The largest amount of material is from his experiences with AFSCME, CSEA and SEIU.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1CSEA Local 445, Eleanor Roosevelt Developmental Services, Meeting Minutes1973-1977

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1 2CSEA Local 445, ERDS, Newsletter1976-1977

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1 3CSEA Local 445, ERDS, By-Laws and Budget1976-1979, Undated

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1 4CSEA Local 445, ERDS, Disciplinary Hearing1977

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1 5-6ENYCOSH and Silkwood Project1977-1983, Undated

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1 7Glass Bottle Blower Association1979, Undated

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Oversized 21Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Workers in Unions Film Series Posters1984, Undated

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1 8Solidarity Committee of the Capital District1984, 1986, 1991, 1994-1998

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1 9IUE, Brushworker1985-1986, Undated

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1 10SEIU, Local 200D1986-2000, Undated

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1 11SEIU, D Connect Newsletter1987-1989, 1995, 1998-2000, Undated

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Oversized 22 AFSCME, Council 66 News 1991-1994

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1 12AFSCME, General Electric Taxes in Schenectady (1 of 2)1991-1994, Undated

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2 1AFSCME, General Electric Taxes in Schenectady (2 of 2)1991-1994, Undated

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2 2AFSCME, Council 661991-1994, Undated

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2 3AFSCME, Regional Reports1992-1993, Undated

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2 4Albany Public Library Workers1993-1994

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2 5Capital District Off-Track Betting Workers1993-1994

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2 6-7Campaign for a Livable Minimum Wage1994-1997, 1999, Undated

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2 8Graduate Students1994, 1996-1997, Undated

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Oversized 23AFL-CIO Poster about Governor Pataki's Budgetca. 1996

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2 9-10SEIU, Local 200-D, Minutes, Reports and Notes (2 folders of 3)1998-2001

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3 1SEIU, Local 200-D, Minutes, Reports and Notes (3 of 3)1998-2001

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3 2Fred Pfeiffer's ResumeUndated

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Oversized 11SEIU, Local 200-D, T-ShirtsUndated
Quantity:  1.14 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series' biggest concentration of materials spans the late 1970s to the mid-1980s and contains Fred Pfeiffer's founding and organizing work with the Labor Committee for Safe Energy. The clippings, notes, publications, pamphlets, reports, official government documents, and flyers related to NL Industries are extensive. The folders for the PSC/CUB and GE PEP include materials related to Pfeiffer's work with the International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE) Local 301.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Pro-Nuke Unionism1962, 1977-1981, Undated

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1 2Peace and Conversion1977-1993, Undated

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1 3-4Labor Committee for Safe Energy1978-1983, 1986, Undated

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1 5-7NL Industries1978-1984, Undated

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1 9-12Capital District Anti-Nuclear Alliance (CDANA)1979-1982

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Oversized 24KITE1980

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1 13General Electric, PEP, IUE1980-1993, Undated

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Oversized 25"Powerline"1981

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1 14Public Services Commission (PSC) and Citizens Utility Board (CUB)1981-1996, Undated

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1 15IUE, Fuel Adjustment Clause, PSC Case #277411982-1983, Undated

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Oversized 26Earthroots Newspaper, "Northern Rights Southern Light"1991

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Oversized 27"Three Mile Island: One Year LaterUndated
Quantity:  .74 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series contains materials related to labor organizing in Latin America, South America and the Caribbean, with a strong collection of correspondence, clippings, government documents, and organizing materials about El Salvador. The folder on Free Trade contains records on local organizing efforts. Pfeiffer was engaged with international labor organizing through unions and activist organizations in the Albany area.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Cruzada Nacional de Alfabetizacion, Nicaragua Stickers1980

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1 2-5El Salvador1981, 1988-1991, 1993, Undated

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1 6Central American Briefing Book1984

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1 7Guatemala, Coca-Cola Display1984, 1986, 1990-1991, 1993

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1 8Nicaragua1987, 1991, Undated

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1 9Andean Focus, Labor Action, Newsletters1987-1994, Undated

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2 1Puerto Rico1989-1991, 1993-1994

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Oversized 28AFL-CIO News, "Jobs Exported To Mexico"1991

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2 2-3Free Trade1991-1993, Undated

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2 4Haiti1993-1994

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Oversized 29"Boycott Salvadoran Coffee" PosterUndated
Quantity:  .98 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series includes a box of pins and buttons related to political campaigns (including ones for Democratic U.S. Presidential candidates), union programs, protests and marches. Most of the buttons are undated, although some are stamped with the date of the election or related special event. There also is a collection of contracts and workers' agreements, historically significant publications from national AFL-CIO meetings, and U.S. Senate Reports related to organized labor.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Violations of Free Speech and Rights of Labor "Harlan County," U.S. Senate Report1937

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1 2Textile Workers Union of America, Agreement, Constitution, Ethical Practices1946, 1953, 1957-1958, 1962

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1 3New York State Industrial Union Council1950

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1 4AFL, Proceedings of 74th Convention1955

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1 5AFL-CIO, Draft Constitution, IUD Digest1955, 1959

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Film 1Hudson Valley Area Joint Board Sealy Mattress Strike by TWUA, Schenectady, Albany, Buffalo1960s

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1 6Worker Alienation, U.S. Senate Report1972

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1 7International Association of Bridge, Structural, and Ornamental Iron Workers, Shopmens Local 534, Agreement1976

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1 8Glass Bottle Blower's Association, Local By-Laws, Contract, Constitution1976-1977

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1 9United Cement, Lime and Gypsum Workers International Union, Agreement1978

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1 10United Mine Workers Association, Bargaining Bulletin1981

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1 11Public Employee Federation, Resolutions, Bulletin1981, 1995, Undated

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1 12Brushworkers Union, Contract1982

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2 1Report to Governor and Legislators on Garment Manufacturing Industry and Industrial Homework1982

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2 2A Report on the Plight of the Collective Bargaining System, NYS Assembly Report1984

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Artifact-box 1Pins and Buttons from various demonstrations, labor unions, and political campaigns1983-1996, Undated

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2 3Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union, Constitution1988

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2 4Green Island Plant, "65 Years of Pride"1988

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2 5IUE Local 318, Agreement1989

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2 6James Joseph Roti, Award of Merit Dinner1989

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2 7New York State Senator Franz S. Leichter, Reports on Corporate Welfare1991, 1995

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3 1SENSES, Counterbudget1993-1994

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3 2American Postal Workers Union, "The Albany Post"1998-2000

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3 3AFSCEME PatchUndated

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3 4AFSCEME Stickers Supporting Bill ClintonUndated

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3 5Coalition for Public Higher Education Sticker Supporting SUNYUndated

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3 6Lock Haven and the Dream DeferredUndated

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3 7Stickers ProtestingUSA Today/Gannet SubsidiaryUndated