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Angi Burgess Collection on Communications Workers of America (CWA) Locals 9410 and 9430
larc.ms.0381  
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  • Accruals
  • Preferred Citation
  • Availability
  • Restrictions
  • Acquisition
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Separated Materials
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • Biography of Angi Burgess
  • Scope and Contents

  • Title: Angi Burgess collection on Communications Workers of America (CWA) Locals 9410 and 9430
    Identifier/Call Number: larc.ms.0381
    Date (bulk): 1981-2005
    Date (inclusive): 1972-2010
    Creator: Burgess, Angi
    Collection number: larc.ms.0381
    Accession number: 2006/018, 2008/008 and 2010/030
    Extent: 7.3 cubic ft. (7 cartons)
    Repository: Labor Archives and Research Center
    J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
    San Francisco State University
    1630 Holloway Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94132-1722
    (415) 405-5571
    larc@sfsu.edu
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English.
    Abstract: Consists of the files of Angi (Evangeline) Burgess, particularly as they relate to her service as shop steward and executive board member with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 9, and locals 9430 (San Francisco, California) and 9410 (Foster City, California), spanning the years 1973-2008.
    Location: Materials are stored offsite; requires advance notice.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Angi Burgess Collection on Communications Workers of America, larc.ms.0381, Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University.

    Availability

    Collection is open for research.
    Some material is restricted to protect personally identifiable information until 2039. Access restrictions are noted at the file level, and redacted copies are available when possible. Please contact the Director of the Labor Archives and Research Center for more information.

    Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives and Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Labor Archives and Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Acquisition

    Materials in the Angi Burgess Collection on Communications Workers of America (CWA) Locals 9410 and 9430 were donated by Burgess in 2006-2010, and includes the following accessions: 2006/018, 2008/008 and 2010/030.

    Related Archival Materials

    Communications Workers of America (CWA), Locals 9410 and 9430 Records (larc.ms.0223)

    Separated Materials

    Yard signs transferred to large format graphic material collection.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Labor Archives and Research Center staff.

    Arrangement

    The Burgess collection is arranged into the following series: Series 1: Communications Workers of America, further subdivided into CWA National; Local 9430; and Local 9410; Series 2: Labor Organizations, further subdivided into Council of Labor Union Women (CLUW), San Mateo Central Labor Council, and California Labor Federation; and Series 3: Publications.

    Biography of Angi Burgess

    Angi (Evangeline) Burgess, born 1941, attended high school in Greeley, Colorado before moving permanently to San Mateo, California. Her involvement in labor unions began in 1969 with her employment as a communications technician at Pacific Bell. Soon after, Angi joined the Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 9, and locals 9430 (San Francisco, California) and 9410 (Foster City, California) where, between 1973 and 2008 she became heavily involved in union work, serving as shop steward and executive board member, and later completing two terms as vice-president. Angi was elected chair of the Community Service Committee for CWA local 9430, and represented the CWA at various local and national conventions.
    Although she studied commercial art in Colorado, Angi focused her continuing education on labor and union studies, attending classes at San Mateo College and San Francisco State College (later known as San Francisco State University) among others, and undertaking courses in stewards training and arbitration through the CWA. Her experience and interest in politics and union organizations led to numerous activities outside of the CWA, including her role as president of the Coalition of Union Labor Women (CLUW), San Mateo County, board member for the Committee in Support of Trade Union Rights (CISTUR), and work on state and federal political campaigns and issues such as California’s minimum wage. Angi remained at Pacific Bell until her retirement in 1994, although she returned as a temporary employee for a short time in 1996. During her time there she joined the picket line in both the 1983 and 1989 strikes against Pacific Bell.
    In 1987 Angi’s work was recognized when she received a Unity Award from the San Mateo Labor Council AFL-CIO and a recommendation for the COPE Award by California Assemblywoman Jackie Speiers.

    Scope and Contents

    Consists of the files of Angi (Evangeline) Burgess, particularly as they relate to her service as shop steward and executive board member with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 9, and locals 9430 (San Francisco, California) and 9410 (Foster City, California), spanning the years 1973-2008. The collection offers significant insight into the CWA and the working conditions of a communications worker during the Bell System divestiture and breakup of AT&T in 1984, documenting strikes and the organizing efforts and legislative aims of the national CWA. Materials include CWA executive board correspondence; steward manuals, training materials, and administrative documents; local correspondence with CWA District 9; flyers and other materials generated to communicate with members; Pacific Bell work crew documents; documents provided to Local 9430 by Pacific Bell relating to contractual bargaining; and materials related to the negotiations of contracts and the organizing of strikes, including a strike against Pacific Bell in 1983. In addition, the collection contains meeting agendas of the San Mateo Central Labor Council from 1982-2008 and council correspondence to membership sporadically covering the same years; materials related to Burgess's membership in Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW); and national and international labor-related publications collected by Burgess.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO .
    Communications Workers of America. Local 9410 (San Francisco, Calif.).
    Communications Workers of America. District 9.
    Communications Workers of America. Local 9430 (Foster City, Calif.).
    Council of Labor Union Women.
    San Mateo County Central Labor Council.
    Strikes and lockouts--Telephone companies.
    Telecommunication--Employees--Labor unions.
    Women labor union members--United States.