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Finding Aid to the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 192 (Oakland, Calif.) Records larc.ms.0327
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Description
This collection documents the activities of Local 192 of the Amalgamated Transit Union from 1930 to 2004, with the bulk of the collection covering the years 1948-1986. The records provide insight into the activities of the union and its members, as well as offering some documentation of working conditions and labor relations for transit employees. Highlights include detailed grievance cases (Series IV) and arbitrations (Series V) that reveal the relationship between the union and employers as well as the evolving relationship between Local 192 and other transit unions in light of Section 13 (C). Strike files document particularly revealing moments in the history of the union (Series VII), while subject files document what issues and information the union was interested in (Series VII). Meeting minutes (Series I), correspondence (Series II), and union publications (Series VIII) reveal the official policies of the union as well as its internal dynamics. Similarly, election files illustrate the internal politics of the local (Series X). The collection reveals some of the unique problems of transit unions working for publicly owned employers like AC Transit and BART. Interestingly, during the span of this collection, Local 192 had only three main bargaining relationships: with Key System and then AC Transit and BART. Another unique aspect of the collection is the effect of the federal law on the bargaining relationship between union and employers, which is documented in many of the arbitration, grievance, and legal cases in the collection.
Background
Local 192 of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the first ATU local in California, was founded in Oakland in 1901. The Local 192's parent union, the international ATU, is today the largest transit workers' union in North America, including 273 locals in the US and Canada.
Extent
30.0 cubic feet (24 record cartons, 2 oversized volumes)
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.
Availability
Collection is open for research.