This collection documents the activities of Local 192 of the Amalgamated Transit Union from 1930 to 2004, with the bulk of
the collection covering the years 1948-1986. The records provide insight into the activities of the union and its members,
as well as offering some documentation of working conditions and labor relations for transit employees. Highlights include
detailed grievance cases (Series IV) and arbitrations (Series V) that reveal the relationship between the union and employers
as well as the evolving relationship between Local 192 and other transit unions in light of Section 13 (C). Strike files document
particularly revealing moments in the history of the union (Series VII), while subject files document what issues and information
the union was interested in (Series VII). Meeting minutes (Series I), correspondence (Series II), and union publications (Series
VIII) reveal the official policies of the union as well as its internal dynamics. Similarly, election files illustrate the
internal politics of the local (Series X). The collection reveals some of the unique problems of transit unions working for
publicly owned employers like AC Transit and BART. Interestingly, during the span of this collection, Local 192 had only three
main bargaining relationships: with Key System and then AC Transit and BART. Another unique aspect of the collection is the
effect of the federal law on the bargaining relationship between union and employers, which is documented in many of the arbitration,
grievance, and legal cases in the collection.
Local 192 of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the first ATU local in California, was founded in Oakland in 1901. The Local
192's parent union, the international ATU, is today the largest transit workers' union in North America, including 273 locals
in the US and Canada.
30.0 cubic feet
(24 record cartons, 2 oversized volumes)
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