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  • Title: University of San Francisco Faculty Association records
    Date (inclusive): 1969-1986
    Creator: American Federation of Teachers. Local 4269 (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Creator: University of San Francisco Faculty Association.
    Collection number: larc.ms.0369
    Accession number: 2010/022
    Extent: 13.0 cubic ft. (9 cartons, 1 oversize box)
    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: This collection documents the activities of the University of San Francisco Faculty Association (USFFA), also known as the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 4269. The bulk of the material consists of grievances filed by USFFA, especially in regards to the denial of tenure, faculty hiring and firing, salaries, and working conditions. Other records consist of arbitration proceedings, contract negotiations, and correspondence between USFFA and its members, and USFFA and the University of San Francisco (USF) administration. Also includes Executive Board meeting minutes and administrative and financial documents generated in the day-to-day running of the union, as well as reference materials on collective bargaining and reports on accreditation.
    Location: Collection stored offsite: advance notice required for use.

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], University of San Francisco Faculty Association Records, larc.ms.0369, Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University.

    Acquisition

    Donated by University of San Francisco Faculty Association in 2010, accession number 2010/022.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Frances Wratten Kaplan in 2015.

    Arrangement

    Arranged as received. The records are arranged in eight series with Series 1 further arranged into two subseries. The contents of Series 1 and Series 6 are arranged alphabetically.
    Series 1: Administrative Records, 1974-1984
    Subseries 1.1: 1975-1976 Administrative Files
    Subseries 1.2: 1976-1977 Administrative Files
    Series 2: Committee Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1975-1980
    Series 3: Grievances and Arbitration Proceedings, 1971-1986
    Series 4: Contract Negotiations, 1967-1981
    Series 5: Auditor Reports, 1975-1986
    Series 6: Accreditation, 1975-1984
    Series 7: Treasurer Records, 1975-1986
    Series 8: Publications, 1974-1982

    Administrative History

    Founded in 1975, the University of San Francisco Faculty Association, a local of the California Federation of Teachers, represents members from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing, the School of Business and Management and the Gleeson Library. The founding president was economics professor Michael Lehmann (1975-1988). The USFFA represents its members in all matters concerning wages, workload, and benefits, and is responsible for negotiating and enforcing a collective bargaining agreement with the University of San Francisco administration.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection documents the activities of the University of San Francisco Faculty Association (USFFA), also known as the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 4269.The bulk of the material consists of grievances filed by USFFA, especially in regards to the denial of tenure, faculty hiring and firing, salaries, and working conditions. Other records consist of arbitration proceedings, contract negotiations, and correspondence between USFFA and its members, and USFFA and the University of San Francisco (USF) administration. Also includes Executive Board meeting minutes and administrative and financial documents generated in the day-to-day running of the union, reference materials on collective bargaining, reports on accreditation, and multiple issues of Foghorn, the student-run newspaper published by the University of San Francisco. Only a small percentage of private universities in the United States have unionized faculty, making this collection fairly unique. The records provide insight into the activities of an academic union, and the relationship between USF administration and faculty. Highlights include court documents from the 1983 lawsuit filed by USFFA against USF for breach of contract; records generated from protracted negotiations over salary adjustments and fringe benefits; correspondence related to the "modular system" of class scheduling that the University implemented in response to possible strike action; and correspondence between the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the University administration regarding reaccreditation.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lehmann, Michael B.
    Littler, Mendelson, Fastiff & Tichy.
    University of San Francisco.
    Van Bourg, Victor J., 1931-
    Collective labor agreements--College teachers.
    Grievance arbitration.
    Universities and colleges--Faculty--Employment.
    Universities and colleges--Faculty.