Guide to the Utility Workers Union of America Local 102 Records, 1941-1965 AIS.1997.37

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Utility Workers Union of America Local 102 Records
Creator
Utility Workers Union of America. Local 102 (Springdale, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1997.37
Date
1941-1965
Extent
0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract
Utility Workers Union of America, Local 102 began in 1942 when the Utility Workers Organizing Committee signed an agreement with West Penn Power Company in Springdale, Pennsylvania. This collection is comprised of photocopies of agreements between Utility Workers Union of America, Local 102 and West Penn Power Company, dating from 1941 to 1965.

Preferred Citation

Utility Workers Union of America, Local 102 Records, 1941-1965, AIS.1997.37, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

Utility Workers Union of America, Local 102 began in 1942 when the Utility Workers Organizing Committee signed an agreement with West Penn Power Company in Springdale, Pennsylvania. As veterans came back to work following World War II, the union grew to encompass several shops and locations within the company and, subsequently gained power and leverage in collective bargaining negotiations. Union members gained company assistance for health care benefits and, during the 1963 negotiations, went on strike when the company tried to replace their insurance provider with an inferior plan. Eventually the local won the right to administer its own health plan. During the 1980s, Local 102 managed to negotiate wage increases and other benefits at a time when other companies and workers were struggling. Faced with potential layoffs by Allegheny Power in the 1990s, Local 102 cooperated with Local 331 to preserve existing jobs and eventually the two unions would combine to fight off a company merger that would have also put jobs at risk. Local 102 now represents workers of Allegheny Power in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection is comprised of photocopies of agreements between Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), Local 102 and West Penn Power Company, dating from 1941 to 1965. Also included is a copy of the proceedings of the first Constitutional Conference of the UWUA’s predecessor, the Utility Workers Organizing Committee (UWOC) in 1942.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, February 2010

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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Fred Ruker in 1997.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Utility Workers Union of America. Local 102 (Springdale, Pa.). -- Records and correspondence
  • Utility Workers Union of America.
  • West Penn Power Company.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Springdale (Pa.)

Subject(s)

  • Collective labor agreements -- Electric industries -- Pennsylvania -- Springdale
  • Electric industry workers -- Labor unions -- Pennsylvania -- Springdale
  • Labor
  • Labor unions -- Pennsylvania -- Springdale

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Previous Citation

Utility Workers Union of America, Local 102 Records, 1941-1965, AIS.1997.37, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
UWOC Local 102 Agreement with West Penn Power Company, 1941 11

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UWOC Local 102 Agreement with West Penn Power Company, 1944 2

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UWUA Local 102 Agreement with West Penn Power Company, 1946 3

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  Folder
UWUA Local 102 Agreement with West Penn Power Company, 1947 4

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UWUA Local 102 Agreement with West Penn Power Company, 1950 5

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UWUA Local 102 Agreement with West Penn Power Company, 1952 6

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  Folder
UWUA Local 102 Agreement with West Penn Power Company, 1954 7

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  Folder
UWUA Local 102 Agreement with West Penn Power Company, 1956 8

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  Folder
UWUA Local 102 Agreement with West Penn Power Company, 1963 9

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UWUA Local 102 Agreement with West Penn Power Company, 1965 10

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  Folder
Proceedings of the First Constitutional Conference, Utility Workers Organizing Committee-CIO, Hotel Roosevelt, Pittsburgh, PA, October 31-November 1, 1942 11

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