The Department of Organization and Field Services for AFL and CIO and then AFL-CIO was responsible for promoting cooperation between national and local union bodies, as well as advocating for union victories in National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) elections. These records document the relationships between local central bodies and their parent federation. Types of materials include charters and local documents.
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Local central bodies were smaller, regional chapters of AFL, CIO, or AFL-CIO which conducted business and campaigns in their area. These charter records document the affiliation of these local central bodies in the United States and its territories with their parent federation (AFL, CIO, or AFL-CIO). Documents reflect the struggle of local central bodies to organize, define their identity and purpose within their communities, and secure and strengthen the bonds with their respective federations.
These records are arranged in alphabetical order by state and name of the city where the local was located.
The George Meany Memorial Archives transferred these records as part of a major transfer of their archive and library holdings to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2013.
Archive staff at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records. The University of Maryland Libraries received the records and the finding aid in 2013. In 2017, Bria Parker exported and cleaned the finding aid contents from the Eloquent Systems database using OpenRefine, and finally transformed the finding aids into Encoded Archival Description (EAD) using a series of programmatic scripts. The finding aid was ingested into ArchivesSpace in 2018, at which point Rebecca Thayer updated the descriptive content for accuracy. Revisions include changes to biographical/historical notes, scope and content notes, and the creation of new collection numbers. Rebecca Thayer also enhanced custodial histories and re-wrote collection titles to better conform to archival standards.