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Finding Aid to the Steve Early Research Files for The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor, 1996-2011
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Series 1: Chapter 1: The Quest for Union Renewal 2002-2010

Extent: Carton 1, folders 1-21

Scope and Contents

Consists of SEIU 2008 convention materials, clippings, research notes, and correspondence on Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (FMPR), the Puerto Rican teachers' union, as well as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and the California Nurses Association (CNA). Also includes research and interview notes for individuals profiled in the book, notably Andy Stern, Rose Ann DeMoro, Mary Kay Henry, Sal Rosselli, and Wade Rathke.
Carton 1, Folders 1-3

24th International SEIU convention, Puerto Rico 2008

Carton 1, Folders 4-7

Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (FMPR) and SEIU 2008 Convention, San Juan 2008-2009

Carton 1, Folder 8

Rose Ann DeMoro and CNA and National Nurses United 2002-2010

Carton 1, Folders 9-14

Andy Stern 2003-2010

Carton 1, Folder 15

SEIU finances 2009

Carton 1, Folder 16

Mary Kay Henry 2010

Carton 1, Folders 17-19

Wade Rathke, ACORN 1998-2010

Carton 1, Folders 20-21

Sal Rosselli; labor publications 2006-2009


Series 2: Chapter 2: Taking the High Road 1999-2010

Extent: Carton 1, folders 22-28

Scope and Contents

Bulk of records pertain to SEIU conflict management strategies in relation to health care unions and health care corporations, including Yale-New Haven Hospital and Tenet Healthcare. Also includes documents related to health care organizing, home health care workers, and the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital unionization. Contains interview notes on Barbara Lewis and Bob Muehlenkamp.
Carton 1, Folder 22

Conflict management articles 1999-2008

Carton 1, Folder 23

Yale-New Haven Hospital arbitration proceedings 2007-2009

Carton 1, Folder 24

Barbara Lewis interview notes; Andy Stern's National Public Radio interview transcript 2007-2008

Carton 1, Folder 25

SEIU health care organizing 2007-2009

Carton 1, Folders 26-28

SEIU and nursing home care 2004-2010


Series 3: Chapter 3: A Scramble for New Members 2002-2010

Extent: Carton 2, folders 1-18

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence, articles, and research notes generated by the conflict between SEIU and NUHW, particularly in regards to the 2009 home health care and nursing home workers election in Fresno, California. Also includes materials from a conflict at the April 2008 Labor Notes Conference in Dearborn, Michigan attended by CNA Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro and members from SEIU, UHW, UNITE HERE, CNA, National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) and other unions, as well as correspondence and articles pertaining to Dave Regan from SEIU United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW).
Carton 2, Folders 1-2

SEIU and health care articles 2002-2008

Carton 2, Folder 3


Carton 2, Folder 4

Uncorrected proof of Never Good Enough by Ariel Ducey 2008-2009

Carton 2, Folder 5

CNA and Tenet Healthcare 2008

Carton 2, Folder 6

Fred Ross interview notes; Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital; SEIU and NUHW conflict 2009

Boxes 2, Folder 7

Home daycare worker organizing, New Jersey 2005-2008

Carton 2, Folder 8

SEIU and home care workers and pensions; Childcare Workers Union (CCWU); American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 2002-2010

Carton 2, Folder 9

Home care workers 2008-2009

Carton 2, Folder 10

Blagojevich and SEIU 2005-2008

Carton 2, Folders 11-12

SEIU and CNA conflict 2008-2010

Carton 2, Folder 13

Home care workers, Illinois 2005-2009

Carton 2, Folder 14

Dave Regan and SEIU 2002-2010

Carton 2, Folders 15-17

SEIU and NUHW conflict, Fresno 2005-2009

Carton 2, Folder 18

United Domestic Workers of America (UDW), AFSCME, and SEIU 2005-2009


Series 4: Chapter 4: Dial 1-800-MY-UNION? 2006-2011

Extent: Carton 2, folders 19-30; Carton 3, folders 1-3

Scope and Contents

Comprises research notes, articles, and correspondence pertaining to SEIU Member Resource Action Service Centers (MASC), Member Resource Centers (MRC) which were created to handle grievances, and the implementation of call center services in California and Illinois. Includes notes from interviews with Tom Balanoff, SEIU Executive Board Member, and Local 1 staff. Also includes corrrespondence from a rank-and-file member of SEIU Local 1021 in San Francisco regarding the Unite To Win approval vote.
Carton 2, Folder 19

SEIU Dial 1-800 call center 2011

Carton 2, Folder 20

MASC correspondence and notes 2008-2011

Carton 2, Folder 21

Local 721 (Los Angeles) and MRC 2008-2009

Carton 2, Folder 22

Local 721/Local 660 (Los Angeles) 2009

Carton 2, Folder 23-24

Call center servicing notes 2008-2010

Carton 2, Folder 25

MRC and Member Resource Organizer notes and correspondence, California 2008-2009

Carton 2, Folder 26

Local 1021/Local 790 (San Francisco) conflict with SEIU 2006-2010

Carton 2, Folder 27

Local 1021 (San Francisco) resolution highlights 2007-2008

Carton 2, Folder 28

Local 1021 (San Francisco); Sin Yee Poon notes and correspondence 2008-2009

Carton 2, Folders 29-30

Local 888 (Massachusetts) 2004-2009

Carton 3, Folder 1

Local 521 (Santa Clara) and member service call centers 2008

Carton 3, Folder 2

Local 721(Los Angeles) reformers and MRC 2009

Carton 3, Folder 3

Call centers criticism 2008


Series 5: Chapter 5: Who Rules SEIU? 1996-2010

Extent: Carton 3, folders 4-27

Scope and Contents

Contains research notes, correspondence, clippings, and articles regarding investigations into SEIU leaders and members of the SEIU International Executive Board (IEB). Includes Andy Tripp interview notes, correspondence between Steve Early and Peter Rachleff, Cal Winslow, and Javier Morillo, and a Rutgers University study on SEIU restructuring. Also includes articles and clippings on the 2002 Boston janitor's strike as well as SEIU's organizing of health care workers in Massachusetts.
Carton 3, Folder 4

SEIU organizational structure and leadership; Andy Stern criticism 2006-2010

Carton 3, Folder 5

SEIU organizational structure and union democracy articles and correspondence 2004-2009

Carton 3, Folder 6

SEIU restructuring 2007-2009

Carton 3, Folder 7

Union mergers 2002-2009

Carton 3, Folder 8

Steve Early and Kim Voss correspondence; union trusteeships 2004-2009

Carton 3, Folder 9

Local 1199 (New York City) spending and disputes 2002-2008

Carton 3, Folder 10

Local 509 (Massachusetts) and National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) dispute 2004-2006

Carton 3, Folder 11

Local 26 (Minneapolis); Javier Morillo and Steve Early correspondence; Peter Rachleff interview notes 2008-2010

Carton 3, Folder 12

Andy Tripp interview notes and correspondence 2009

Carton 3, Folder 13

Florida Public Services Union (FPSU) election; SEIU organizer correspondence 2009-2010

Carton 3, Folder 14

James Bryant conflict of interest; SEIU leadership; Natasha Vargas-Cooper article and responses 2005-2010

Carton 3, Folder 15

Local 1199 (Massachusetts) and health care organizing 2006-2010

Carton 3, Folder 16

1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East 2009-2010

Carton 3, Folder 17

SEIU IEB members 2008-2010

Carton 3, Folder 18

Local 6434 United Long-Term Care Workers and Tyrone Freeman 2008-2009

Carton 3, Folder 19

Inquiries into SEIU leaders: Tyrone Freeman; Rickman Jackson; Annelle Grajeda; Alejandro Stephens; Sharon-Frances Moore 2008-2010

Carton 3, Folder 20

Walter Hamilton interview notes; Tom Balanoff article 2008-2010

Carton 3, Folders 21-23

Local 254 and Boston janitor's strike 2001-2004

Carton 3, Folder 24

District 1199 and Jerome Brown; response to Lerner-Rathke papers 2002-2010

Carton 3, Folder 25

AFL-CIO 50th Anniversary 2002-2004

Carton 3, Folder 26

SEIU report, United We Win: A Discussion of the Crisis Facing Workers and the Labor Movement, and Stephen Lerner articles 2002-2008

Carton 3, Folder 27

Labor movement articles by Stephen Lerner and Michael Eisenscher 1996-2004


Series 6: Chapter 6: The Mother of All Trusteeships 2004-2010

Extent: Carton 3, folders 28-37; Carton 4, folders 1-16

Scope and Contents

Comprises interview notes, news clippings, articles, and correspondence related to the battle between United Healthcare Workers (UHW) and SEIU, resulting in UHW being placed under emergency trusteeship in January 2009. Includes interview notes with Sal Rosselli, former President of the UHW and head of the newly formed National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW); legal documents and emails detailing the election process; trusteeship hearings, reports, post-hearing reply briefs and transcripts of proceedings; SEIU's civil trial against NUHW; interview notes with Paul Kumar and John Borsos; exit interview questionnaires from former SEIU members; and numerous emails and articles by union members and leaders, with arguments both for and against the trusteeship.
Carton 3, Folder 28

Local 87 and SEIU Local 1877 (San Francisco) decertification; Olga Miranda expenses and reimbursements 2004-2009

Carton 3, Folder 29

San Francisco Labor Council (SFLC) and Mike Casey 2009

Carton 3, Folder 30

UHW rally; SMART 2008

Boxes 3, Folder 31

Interview notebooks 2008

Carton 3, Folders 32-33

Sal Rosselli interview notes 2007-2010


SEIU and UHW conflict

Carton 3, Folder 34

Longterm healthcare workers local vote 2008-2009

Carton 3, Folders 35-36

Trustee conflict notes and correspondence 2008-2010

Carton 3, Folder 37

SEIU consolidation of locals 2008

Carton 4, Folder 1

Dan Siegel, UHW's post hearing brief and notes 2008-2010

Boxes 4, Folders 2-3

UHW trusteeship hearing 2008-2009

Carton 4, Folders 4

Longterm healthcare workers local protests 2008

Carton 4, Folder 5

Alexandra Early notes and correspondence 2009-2010

Carton 4, Folder 6

Correspondence and transcript of proceedings 2008-2009

Carton 4, Folder 7

Protest correspondence 2008-2010

Carton 4, Folder 8

SEIU vs. NUHW report, correspondence, and clippings 2009-2010

Carton 4, Folders 9-10

SEIU's civil trial against NUHW 2010

Carton 3, Folder 11

SEIU Local 134 (Rhode Island) trusteeship; Karen McAninch affidavit 2002-2008

Carton 4, Folder 12

Paul Kumar notes and correspondence 2009

Carton 4, Folder 13

UHW and Catholic Healthcare West contract; John Borsos interview notes; exit interview questionnaires 2008-2009

Carton 4, Folder 14

NUHW founding convention 2009, April 25

Carton 4, Folder 15

Steve Early correspondence with Adios Andy! blogger 2010

Carton 4, Folder 16

SEIU staff dissent, resignation correspondence, and exit questionnaires 2008-2010


Series 7: Chapter 7: Ivy League Amigos No More 1999-2010

Extent: Carton 4, folders 17-30

Scope and Contents

Includes interview notes, news clippings, articles, and correspondence pertaining to the 2009 leadership conflict within UNITE HERE, with Bruce Raynor forming Workers United (WU) and affiliating with SEIU. Includes materials pertaining to "pink sheeting" and to the UNITE HERE split and resulting legal battles. Also includes Articles of Agreement between Communications Workers of America (CWA) and San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, and CWA and Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.
Carton 4, Folder 17

John Wilhelm 2009-2010

Carton 4, Folder 18

Elvis Meadez correspondence; legal documents 2009-2010

Carton 4, Folder 19

"Pink Sheeting" at UNITE HERE 2009

Carton 4, Folder 20

UNITE HERE conflict 2009

Carton 4, Folder 21

John Wilhelm and UNITE HERE conflict 2009-2010

Carton 4, Folder 22

SEIU and UNITE HERE secret deals; student activist grievances against SEIU 2008-2009

Carton 4, Folder 23

Bruce Raynor and UNITE HERE/SEIU/WU 2009-2010

Carton 4, Folder 24

Massachusetts and gambling 2007

Carton 4, Folder 25

UNITE HERE 2002-2009

Boxes 4, Folder 26

Unions and tribal casinos 2003-2008

Boxes 4, Folder 27

Boston labor movement; Las Vegas and hotel workers; student activist movements; Steve Early and Warren Heyman correspondence 2003-2005

Carton 4, Folder 28

UNITE HERE and SEIU settlement 2005-2010

Carton 4, Folder 29

UNITE HERE and hotel workers 2004-2006

Carton 4, Folder 30

Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: The Rise and Fall of Local 26, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE) in Boston by Betsy Aron 1999


Series 8: Chapter 8: The Progressive Quandary 1999-2011

Extent: Carton 5, folders 1-14

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the materials pertain to the 2008-2009 SEIU/UNITE HERE and SEIU/UHW conflicts, including An Open Letter of Concern to Andy Stern About United Healthcare Workers-West, and An Open Letter of Concern About SEIU's Interference with UNITE HERE. Includes correspondence between those who signed the letters as well as correspondence between SEIU staff and leaders.
Carton 5, Folder 1

Open Letter to Andy Stern about UHW 1999-2008

Scope and Contents

Contains an open letter to Andy Stern signed by educators, journalists, and political activists expressing concern over SEIU's move to put UHW under trusteeship. Contains correspondence between academics coordinating the signing of names, Stern's response, and an email from Dorian Warren to Andy Stern apologizing for signing the letter.
Carton 5, Folders 2-3

SEIU correspondence 2008

Scope and Contents

Emails between SEIU officers and staff, in particular Stephen Lerner, and between SEIU staff and academics who signed the open letter to Andy Stern. Also includes a draft of Stern's statement announcing the establishment of an independent committee to develop standards for ethics and accountability in SEIU.
Carton 5, Folder 4

Organizational Change at SEIU by Adrienne Eaten, Janice Fine, Allison Porter, and Saul Rubinstein 2010-2011

Scope and Contents

Contains annotated copy of book, Organizational Change at SEIU 1996-2009 by Adrienne Eaton, Janice Fine, Allison Porter, and Saul Rubinstein. Also includes emails between Steve Early and Tom Kochan, Steve Greenhouse, and Janice Fine regarding consultant relationships at SEIU and other institutions.
Carton 5, Folder 5

Nelson Lichtenstein articles 2008-2011

Carton 5, Folder 6

Stronger Together: The Story of SEIU by Don Stillman 2009-2010

Carton 5, Folder 7

UNITE HERE and WU/SEIU conflict 2006-2009

Carton 5, Folder 8

Randy Shaw articles 2009

Carton 5, Folder 9

Academics statements and correspondence on SEIU-UHW dispute 2005-2009

Scope and Contents

Academics statements on the SEIU-UHW dispute, Andy Stern, and the labor movement in general. Includes correspondence from Barbara Ehrenreich, Adolph Reed, Kim Voss, Kate Bronfenbrenner, and Andrew English.
Carton 5, Folder 10

SEIU Ethics Commission 2008-2010

Carton 5, Folder 11

Steve Fraser articles 2008

Carton 5, Folder 12

Steve Early correspondence with Jack Metzger, Max Fraser, and Katrina Vanden Heuvel from the weekly journal The Nation 2008-2010

Carton 5, Folder 13

An Open Letter of Concern about SEIU's Interference with UNITE HERE and responses 2009

Scope and Contents

Contains an open letter of concern from academics and activists regarding SEIU's interference in UNITE HERE. The letter went public on June 25, 2009 with over 200 signatures. Includes correspondence between Nancy MacLean, one of the coordinators of the letter signing, Javier Morillo and Michelle Ringuette from SEIU, and blogger Perez Stern. Also includes articles and notes about The Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA) and LAWCHA's Fall 2009 newsletter.
Carton 5, Carton 14

Articles on SEIU and Andy Stern 2005-2009


Series 9: Chapter 9: How EFCA Died for Obamacare 2007-2010

Extent: Carton 5, folders 15-21

Scope and Contents

Comprises news clippings, interview notes, and organizational documents related to health care, in particular, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and labor law reform campaigns.
Carton 5, Folder 15

CNA and health care reform 2007-2010

Carton 5, Folder 16

President Obama, Rose Ann DeMoro, Wal-Mart, and health care reform 2008-2010

Carton 5, Folder 17

EFCA, President Obama, and health care reform; former Senator Scott Brown 2008-2010

Carton 5, Folders 18-19

Health care and labor unions 2009

Carton 5, Folder 20

Health Care for America Now (HCAN) and health care reform 2007-2009

Carton 5, Folder 21

Labor polls 2007-2010


Series 10: Chapter 10: Labor Day: The Sequel 1997-2010

Extent: Carton 5, folders 22-29; Carton 6, folders 1-8

Scope and Contents

Contains research materials relating to the 2009-2010 battle between the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) and SEIU for bargaining rights at Kaiser Permanente.
Carton 5, Folder 22

Labor Day documentary 2006-2009

Carton 5, Folder 23

Draft of chapters 9 and 10 2010

Carton 5, Folder 24

NUHW Annual Report and research notes 2009-2010

Scope and Contents

Includes 2009 Form LM-2 Labor Organization Annual Report signed by Sal Rosselli on behalf of NUHW.
Carton 5, Folder 25

NUHW and SEIU conflict 2009

Carton 5, Folder 26

National Labor Relations Board and NUHW/SEIU conflict 2009

Scope and Contents

Delaware North, UNITE HERE, and WU petition to the National Labor Relations Board.
Carton 5, Folder 27

UHW trusteeship and formation of NUHW 2009

Scope and Contents

Notes and emails pertaining to the January 28, 2009 formation of NUHW, and its petitions to the National Labor Relations Board seeking elections at hospitals where UHW represents workers.
Carton 5, Folder 28

SEIU, SMART, and the reform movement 2008-2010

Scope and Contents

Includes Early's notes from a SMART meeting on March 4, 2009 as well as emails and articles pertaining to SEIU and the reform movement. Also includes election campaign and SMART campaign materials.
Boxes 5, Folder 29

Mike Parker interview notes and correspondence 2007-2008

Carton 6, Folder 1

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and California nurses 2010

Carton 6, Folder 2

Kaiser Permanente and union elections; NUHW campaign materials 2010

Scope and Contents

Includes Kaiser Permanente letter to Sal Rosselli of NUHW and Dave Regan of SEIU-UHW regarding the upcoming elections.
Carton 6, Folder 3

Agreement between SEIU and Kaiser 2010

Carton 6, Folders 4-5

Kaiser Permanente-Southern California region and SEIU/NUHW elections 2010

Carton 6, Folder 6

SEIU Local 1877 (California) 2009

Carton 6, Folder 7

Glen Goldstein notes and correspondence 1997-2010

Carton 6, Folder 8

Kaiser Permanente-Southern California region and SEIU/NUHW elections 2007-2010


Series 11: Conclusion : Signs of a New Worker Movement 2007-2010

Extent: Carton 6, folders 9-12

Scope and Contents

Consists of research materials and notes generated while writing the conclusion to the book. Includes correspondence between Steve Early and Monty Kroopkin concerning Local 221 elections in July 2009, and between Steve Early and Ed Bruno, National Organizing Coordinator for National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC). Also includes materials pertaining to the SEIU and California Nurses Association (CNA) alliance in March 2009.
Carton 6, Folder 9

SMART News! articles by Steve Early, Catherine Cox, and Lorrie Beth Slonsky 2008-2010

Carton 6, Folders 10-11

SEIU Local 221(California) and 2009 election protest 2008-2010

Carton 6, Folder 12

SEIU and CNA/NNOC agreement 2007-2010

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence between Steve Early and Marti Garza, a former SEIU-UHW leader sued for damages by SEIU.

Series 12: Audio-visual materials 2007-2010, undated

Extent: Carton 6, folders 13-18

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of taped interviews with key players in SEIU, California Nurses Association (CNA), and National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) labor structure disputes.

Separated Materials

Audiovisual materials were removed from their original folders and rehoused in Series 12. See folder level descriptions for original location notes.
Carton 6, Folder 13

Stewards firing video 2009

Scope and Contents

Video pertaining to the 2009 removal of UHW shop stewards by SEIU.
Carton 6, Folder 14

Rose Ann DeMoro interview 2007, October 31

Separated Materials

Original location: Carton 1, folder 8
Carton 6, Folder 15

Sal Rosselli interview 2007, November 6

Separated Materials

Original location: Carton 5, folder 7
Carton 6, Folder 16

Steve Early interview 2008, October 27

Separated Materials

Original location: Carton 1, folder 7
Carton 6, Folder 17

Mike Parker interview ca 2008-2010

Separated Materials

Original location: Carton 5, folder 29
Carton 6, Folder 18

PowerPoint presentation, Changing Messages and Changing Images, by Suzanne Gordon 2008, March 16

Separated Materials

Original location: Carton 1, folder 2