Colette Walls Collection of UAW District 65 Cornell Organizing Materials

Collection Number: 6365

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Colette Walls Collection of UAW District 65 Cornell Organizing Materials, 1980- 2014
Collection Number:
6365
Creator:
Walls, Colette United Auto Workers (UAW) UAW District 65 Cornell Chapter Active Concerned Employees (ACE)
Quantity:
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Materials relating to the UAW organizing committees at Cornell University during the early 1980s.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Colette Walls began working at Cornell University in June 1976. During the early part of 1980 she became involved with the UAW/District 65 Cornell union drive as a member of the organizing committee. Ms. Walls was also a member of the Clerical Organizing Committee working to organize the office workers. The significant goal in unionization for the Clerical unit was for women in those traditionally female jobs to have a say in the issues facing them: automation, occupational stress, low pay, low status, and lack of appreciation.
As part of the organizing effort Ms. Walls helped write newsletters and flyers, often drawing the cartoons for them, worked with focus groups, held informational meetings, and appeared on radio talk shows.
After the unsuccessful drive came to an end Ms. Walls continued on her Cornell career, retiring in 2013 as a department administrative manager.

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Active Concerned Employees (ACE) committee was formed in early 1979 in an effort to improve the working life of Cornell employees. By 1980 their efforts began to take the form of unionization and ACE started an organizing campaign. District 65 initially led the drive, but as the drive progressed District 65 affiliated with UAW and by the end of the drive organizing at Cornell was clearly a UAW effort.
Althought the organizing drive initially included a wide array of employees differences in the card-signing rates led to a split. The service and maintenance employees were ready to vote for unionization by the end of 1980, well before the technical or the clerical and library employees were. The service and maintenance employees held a union election on February 24, 1981. The majority voted to unionize, forming UAW Local 2300. After difficult negotiations with the University, which included a strike, a contract was ratified in October, 1981.
Organizing continued with separate Technical Workers and Clerical Workers drives. Eventually the Technical Workers' drive had enough signatures to call for an election. Unionization was voted down in that election. The Clerical Workers' drive never reach the 30% threshold for signatures and was abandoned after over three years of effort.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection consists largely of the publications produced by the UAW organizing committees at Cornell University during the early 1980s. The best represented are "The Bear Facts" and "Clout!" There is only one issue of "Backbone." Also included is a narrative about the organizing effort, written by Colette Walls, who was active in the effort. There is also a 2006 interview with the professional organizer from the UAW, Barbara Rahke.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Cupery, Steve
Davidoff, Al
Edelman, John
Edelman, Kurt
Lane, Carol
Livesay, Jane
Mackesey, Pam
Macomber, Jean
McPheeters, Jean
O'Conner, Chris
Rahke, Barbara
Reitz, Marlene
Rundle, Jim
Sexton, Brendon
Sirlin, Judy
Susselman, Sue
Tepperman, Jean
Valentino, Catherine
Walls, Colette
Weiss, Stephanie
Weldon, Cyd
York, Carolyn
Cornell University
District 65, Distribution Workers of America
International Union, United Automobile Workers of America (CIO)
International Union, United Automobile Workers of America (CIO) Local 2300

Subjects:
Labor Unions, Organizing
Universities and colleges, Employees, Labor unions


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
Colette Walls Collection of UAW District 65 Cornell Organizing Materials #6365. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
/4252m: ILR School Student publication "The Cornell Worker"
5016: Cornell University Union Representation Material
5117: UAW-Cornell University Organizing Documents
5411 mf: Public Review Board Cases #11 & #48 on Microfilm
6094: UAW Public Review Boaard Decisions

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 2013-2014
Brief history of UAW District 65 organizing at Cornell University. Includes a November 2013 draft and a February 2014 final copy.
Box 1 Folder 2 2006
Ms. Rahke was the UAW professional organizer sent to Cornell for the organizing effort
Box 1 Folder 3
Union fact sheets for distribution to Cornell employees and students
Box 1 Folder 4 1980
Cornell's Ithaca, NY, campus divided into organizing zones.
Box 1 Folder 5
Advertising picnics and other events
Box 1 Folder 6 1980-2014
From the Cornell Daily Sun, The New York Times, and other publications
Box 1 Folder 7
Box 1 Folder 8 1980
no.1 (1980:Sep.). Publication of the Cornell Chapter of UAW Service and Maintenance Organizing Committee
Box 1 Folder 8 1980
Format: Publication
Author: Cornell Chapter UAW Service and Maintenance Organizing Committee
Notes: no.1 (1980:Sep.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Publication of District 65 Cornell Chapter
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: v.1 (1980:Mar.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.2 (1980:Mar. 17)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: March 24, 1980.
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.3 (1980:Apr.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.4 (1980:Apr.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: April 1980.
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.5 (1980:May)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.6 (1980:May)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.7 (1980:June)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.8 (1980:June)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.9 (1980:July)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: v.10 (1980:Aug.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: v.11 (1980:Aug.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.12 (1980:Sep.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.13 (1980:Oct.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.14 (1980:Oct.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.15 (1980:Nov.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 9 1980
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.15 (1980:Dec.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 10 1981
Format: Publication
Publication of District 65 Cornell Chapter
Box 1 Folder 10 1981
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.17 (1981:Jan.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 10 1981
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.17 (1981:Jan.). Copy 2.
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 10 1981
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.18 (1981:Feb.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 10 1981
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.19 (1981:Apr.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 10 1981
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.21 (1981:June)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 10 1981
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.23 (1981:July)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 10 1981
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.25 (1981:Sep.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 10 1981
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.26 (1981:oct.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 10 1981
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.27 (1981:Dec.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 11 1982
Format: Publication
Publication of District 65 Cornell Chapter
Box 1 Folder 11 1982
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.28 (1982:Feb.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 11 1982
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.29 (1982:Feb. 24)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 11 1982
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.30 (1982:Mar. 8)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 11 1982
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.31 (1982:apr. 5)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 11 1982
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.32 (1982:May)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 11 1982
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.33 (1982:June)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 11 1982
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.34 (1982:July/Aug.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 11 1982
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.35 (1982:Sep.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 11 1982
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.36 (1982:Oct.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 11 1982
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.37 (1982:Nov.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 11 1982
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: no.38 (1982:Dec.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 11 1982
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: Special 10th Anniversary Issue
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 12 1980-1981
Publication of the UAW Clerical Organizing Committee
Box 1 Folder 12 1980
Format: Publication
Author: UAW Clerical Organizing Committee
Notes: no.1 (1980:Sep. 1)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 12 1980
Format: Publication
Author: UAW Clerical Organizing Committee
Notes: no.2 (1980:Sep. 23)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 12 1980
Format: Publication
Author: UAW Clerical Organizing Committee
Notes: no.3 (1980:Oct.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 12 1980
Format: Publication
Author: UAW Clerical Organizing Committee
Notes: no.5 (1980:Dec.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 12 1981
Format: Publication
Author: UAW Clerical Organizing Committee
Notes: no.6 (1981:Jan.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 12 1982
Format: Publication
Author: UAW Clerical Organizing Committee
Notes: March 1982.
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 12 1983
Format: Publication
Author: UAW Clerical Organizing Committee
Notes: April 1983. Special Issue for National Secretaries' Week
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 12 1983
Format: Publication
Author: UAW Clerical Organizing Committee
Notes: August 1983.
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 13
Format: Publication
Two union song books
Box 1 Folder 13
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 13
Format: Publication
Author: District 65 Cornell Chapter
Notes: Sung by the Cornell/UAW Singing Bears
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 14 1981-1983
Box 1 Folder 14 1981
Format: Publication
Author: United Auto Workers (UAW)
Notes: v.24:No.7 (1981:Aug.)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 14 1982
Format: Publication
Author: United Auto Workers (UAW)
Notes: v.22:no.6 (1982:June)
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 15
Format: Publication
By Jean Tepperman
Box 1 Folder 15
Format: Publication
Author: Jean Tepperman
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 1 Folder 16
Format: Publication
Address listing
Box 1 Folder 17
Format: Publication
Three union buttons (pins).
Box 1 Folder 17
Format: Memorabilia
2.25 inch diameter button/pin
Format: Memorabilia.
Box 1 Folder 17
Format: Memorabilia
1.5 inch diameter button/pin
Format: Memorabilia.
Box 1 Folder 17
Format: Memorabilia
1.75 inch diameter button/pin with drawing of a Cornell bear on it.
Format: Memorabilia.