Inventory of the Russian independent trade union publications collection, 1987-1999

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Title: Russian independent trade union publications collection, 1987-1999
Date (inclusive): 1987-1999
Collection Number: 2009C16
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: Russian
Physical Description: 5 manuscript boxes (2.0 Linear Feet)
Abstract: The collection is comprised of serial issues, pamphlets, leaflets, and circulated documents issued by Russian independent trade unions, relating to the labor movement in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2009.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Russian independent trade union publications collection, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Historical Note

In the Soviet Union, labor unions were generally guided by Communist party policy, with the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions (VTsSPS) in the forefront. Labor unions incorporated a majority of the labor force, as trade union membership was mandatory. The unions distributed and administered a wide range of social services to workers.
After the Perestroika in 1990, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia (FNPR) was established and became the post-Soviet successor of the VTsSPS, inheriting its resources as a monopolistic representative of workers' interests. At the same time, liberalization and economic reforms caused a tremendous wave of labor protest. Following the strike wave, the independence of the trade unions from the party was sealed in 1990 by the amendment of the Soviet constitution and the Soviet trade union law.
The mass protests that marked the end of the 1990s disappeared and since then social peace reigned, supported by economic growth and high world energy prices. The result was that most alternative unions either faded away or accommodated with management and shifted into a "traditional" company union. The Independent Miners' Union, which was the heart of the movement, disappeared. The trade unions of dockers and air traffic controllers, originally formed as independent professional unions from the traditional sector unions, struggled to survive. In some regions the regional administration used the trade unions as an instrument for monitoring local employers, just as the Communist Party did in the past, and the employer might approach the regional trade union organization with a request to establish a trade union branch in order to manage conflicts on the employers' behalf.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection documents the role of the trade unions in the political life, the structure of Soviet and post-Soviet trade unions. It contains serial issues, pamphlets, leaflets, and circulated documents issued by Russian independent trade unions.
Documents of "official" or "traditional" trade unions affiliated with the FNPR; and alternative or free labor unions independent from the FNPR are included. There are publications and reports of the Independent Trade Union of Miners (NPG), which marked the beginning of the alternative labor movement in Russia in 1991.
The collection also contains publications of the All-Russian Confederation of Labor (VKT), the Russian Confederation of Labor (KTR), and the Trade Union Association of Russia (SOTSPROF).


The collection is organized alphabetically by publishing organization.

Related Materials

SMOT (Svobodnoe mezhprofessional'noe ob'edinenie trudiashchikhsia) records, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Rostislav Evdokimov papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Oleg Nikolaevich Moskvin papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Labor movement -- Russia (Federation)
Labor movement -- Soviet Union

box 1, folder 1

Assotsiatsiia Sovetskoĭ professional'no-tekhnicheskoĭ shkoly 1991

box 1, folder 2

Cherezvychinyĭ s'ezd trudiashchikhsia Pridnestrov'ia 1992

box 1, folder 3-4

Demokraticheskoe dvizhenie "Nezavisimost'," 1989-2000

box 1, folder 5-13

Federatsiia Nezavisimykh Profsoiuzov RSFSR 1991-1999

box 1, folder 14

Federatsiia Profsoiuzov Aviatsionnykh Dispetcherov 1992-1997

box 2, folder 1

Institut Svobodnykh Profsoiuzov 1992-1997

box 2, folder 2

International Labor Conferences 1992-1993

box 2, folder 3

Klub demokratizatsii profsoiuzov circa 1992

box 2, folder 4

Konfederatsiia svobodnykh profsoiuzov transporta Rossii 1993-1998

box 2, folder 5-6

Konfederatsiia Truda Rossii 1991-1998

box 2, folder 7-13

Leningradskaia (Sankt-Peterburgskaia) federatsiia profsoiuzov 1991-1996

box 2, folder 14

Mezhprofessional'nyĭ soiuz rabochikh Magnitki circa 1990

box 2, folder 15

Moskovskaia federatsiia profsoiuzov 1991-1995

box 2, folder 16

Nauchnyĭ tsentr profsoiuzov 1993

box 2, folder 17

Nezavisimyĭ professional'nyĭ soiuz "Svobodnyĭ Trud," 1991

box 2, folder 18

Nezavisimyĭ profsoiuz "Osvobozhdenie," circa 1990

box 2, folder 19

Nezavisimyĭ profsoiuz gorniakov Rossii 1990-1998

box 3, folder 1-2

Ob"edinenie profsoiuzov "Sotsprof," 1989-1996

box 3, folder 3

Ob"edinenie svobodnykh profsoiuzov "Spravedlivost'," 1993-1994

box 3, folder 4

Ob"edinennyĭ vsesoiuznyĭ tsentral'nyĭ komitet svobodnykh profsoiuzov 1994-1995

box 3, folder 5

Ob"edinenie professional'nykh soiuzov trudiashchikhsia kooperativnykh predpriiatii SSSR 1990

box 3, folder 6

Obshcherossiiskoe obshchestvenno-politicheskoe dvizhenie "Soiuz Truda," 1998

box 3, folder 7-8

Permskiĭ Rabochiĭ Soiuz 1987-1995

box 3, folder 9

Pervyĭ s"ezd rabochilh dvizheniĭ I organizatsii trudiachshikhsia SSSR 1990

box 3, folder 10

Professional'nye Soiuzy RSFSR "Edinenie," 1991-1992

box 3, folder 11

Profkom "Energetik," 1992

box 3, folder 12

Profsoiuz "Studencheskaia Zashchita," 1990

box 3, folder 13

Profsoiuz mashinostroiteleĭ Rossiiskoĭ Federatsii 1990

box 3, folder 14

Profsoiuz voditileĭ taksi Sankt-Peterburga 1990-1992

box 3, folder 15

Proizvodstvennoe ob"edinenie "Kirovskiĭ Zavod," 1991-1996

box 3, folder 16

Rabochiĭ komitet Kuzbassa 1989-1994

box 3, folder 17

Rossiiskiĭ profsoiuz lokomotivnykh brigad 1993-1999

box 3, folder 18

Rossiskiĭ profsoiuz dokerov 1995-1996

box 3, folder 19

Russko-Amerikanskiĭ fond profsoiuznykh issledovaniĭ i obucheniia 1993-1997

box 4, folder 1-9

Russko-Amerikanskiĭ fond profsoiuznykh issledovaniĭ i obucheniia, (contd.) 1993-1997

box 5, folder 1-4

Russko-Amerikanskiĭ fond profsoiuznykh issledovaniĭ i obucheniia, (contd.) 1993-1997

box 5, folder 5

Soiuz rabotnikov profsoiuznykh sredstv massovoĭ informatsii "Profimform," 1995

box 5, folder 6

Svobodnoe Mezhprofessional'noe Ob"edinenie Trudiashchikhsia (SMOT) 1988-1997

box 5, folder 7

Tovarishchestvo profsoiuzov Ekaterinburga 1995-1996

box 5, folder 8

Transnational Information Exchange (TIE) 1992-1999

box 5, folder 9

Ural'skiĭ Profsoiuznyĭ Tsentr 1995-1996

box 5, folder 10-15

Zakony o profsoiuzakh 1990-1999