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San Francisco Bike Messenger Association Records
larc.ms.0174  
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  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents

  • Title: San Francisco Bike Messenger Association records
    Date (inclusive): 1999-2002
    Creator: San Francisco Bike Messenger Association
    Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (1 box)
    Collection number: larc.ms.0174
    Accession number: 2003/004
    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
    Abstract: Collection contains documents related to the organizing of bike messengers employed by Dispatch Management Services Corporation (DMS), Flash Messenger Service, and Ultra Ex by the San Francisco Bike Messenger Association (SFBMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).
    Location: Collection is available onsite.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English.

    Availability

    Collection is open for research.

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], San Francisco Bike Messenger Association Records, larc.ms.0174, Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University.

    Related Archival Materials

    Christopher Stevens San Francisco Bike Messenger Association Collection.

    Acquisition

    Collection donated by Natasha Dedrick in 2003. Accession number 2003/004.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Labor Archives and Research Center Staff.

    Arrangement

    Collection arranged as received.

    Biographical Note

    San Francisco Bike Messenger Association was established in 1991 with the purpose of increasing incomes, securing employer paid health insurance, implementing work safety programs, establishing a pension for retired workers, and promoting the status of the messenger profession. SFBMA eventually sought union organization and formed an alliance with the Iternational Longshoremen and Warehouse Union, Local 6 (2000-2001), enabling employees to fight for benefits due by employers and address wage and overtime violations.

    Scope and Contents

    Collection contains documents related to the organizing of bike messengers employed by Dispatch Management Services Corporation (DMS), Flash Messenger Service, and Ultra Ex by the San Francisco Bike Messenger Association (SFBMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Material includes worker and union leaflets related to organizing and the strike, bike messenger newsletters, newspaper clippings, employer correspondence and documents, and contracts.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bicycle messengers -- California -- San Francisco.