Canadian Union of Public Employees fonds [multiple media]
Record Information – Brief
Canadian Union of Public Employees fonds [multiple media]
- Hierarchical level:
- R5440-0-X-E, MG28-I234
- Type of material:
- Textual material, Sound recordings, Objects (including medals and pins), Photographs, Art
- Found in:
- Archives / Collections and Fonds
- Item ID number:
- Context of this record:
Record Information – Details
- Fonds includes:
44 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)
- Place of creation:
- Added country of publication:
- Kenya, Mauritius
105.46 m of textual records.
140 audio reels (ca. 140 h).
2 audio discs.
1 audio cassette.
ca. 10 buttons.
ca. 10 pins.
2 seal dies.
240 photographs : 121 b&w and 119 col.
91 prints : posters.
6 video cassettes (3h, 6 min) : 4 VHS, 2 Betacam
- Language of material:
- Scope and content:
Fonds consists of textual records documenting the following three main areas: predecessors of CUPE which includes the National Organization of Civic, Utility and Electrical Workers, the Toronto Municipal Employees' Association Local 79, the Calgary Civic Employees Association, the National Union of Public Employees, and the National Union of Public Service Employees; the Canadian Union of Public Employees, National Office files; and the CUPE, Ontario Regional Office files. Textual material has been divided into thirty-nine separate series. Also included in fonds are sound recordings comprised of oral history interviews of various CUPE members, annual convention proceedings, and recordings of the CUPE song. Material has been divided into a separate series entitled Sound recordings. In addition, fonds includes medallic items from the National Union of Public Employees, 1952-1963. Objects, including buttons, pins, badges, seal dies, medals and ribbons have been divided into a separate series entitled Medallic objects. Also included in fonds are photographs depicting conventions of the Canadian Union of Public Employees; a group photo of Dennis McDermott, Grace Hartman, Kealy Cummings, and Ed Broadbent; a portrait of Gil Levine, ca. 1977, and candid photographs of the World March of Women 2000.
- Biography/Administrative history:
Canadian Union of Public Employees : Union organization among Canadian public sector workers dates back to at least the early 1920s, when directly chartered local unions of the Trades and Labor Congress of Canada (TLC) existed in some cities to represent municipal workers. By 1950, provincial organizations of TLC public employee unions existed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. The formation of a national union had been considered at a 1949 meeting, and in 1952 the TLC issued a charter creating a national federation of public employee unions. A new charter creating the National Union of Public Employees and giving it full union status was issued by the TLC in 1955. Robert Rintoul was the new union's National Director. Membership and organization increased markedly during the first three years of NUPE's existence; individual membership increased from 18,000 to 37,000, and the number of affiliated local unions increased from 105 to 230. In addition to organization, other important functions of the NUPE national office were education and research. The National Union of Public Service Employees (NUPSE) grew out of the Canadian Electrical Trades Union (CETU), which notwithstanding its name, was centred around Toronto. In 1944 locals of the CETU formed the National Organization of Civic, Utility and Electrical Workers (NOCUEW) and affiliated with the Canadian Congress of Labour (CCL). During 1949-1952 the NOCUEW expanded to include civic employees in other Ontario cities. In 1952, the NOCUEW became the National Union of Public Service Employees, and during the next four years it expanded into Manitoba and northern Quebec, and added the employees of hospitals and boards of education to its organizing jurisdiction. A major expansion occurred when the Ontario Hydro Employees Union, an independent organization, affiliated with NUPSE in the late 1950s. Stanley Little was a leading figure in NUPSE, serving variously as secretary-treasurer, director of organization, and national president. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) was formed in 1963 by the merger of NUPE and NUPSE. The merger had been under negotiation since the 1956 merger of the federations to which the two unions were affiliated -- the TLC and the CCL -- but had been delayed by questions of structure, jurisdiction, per capita tax, and other issues. One of the largest unions in Canada, CUPE has been primarily concerned with the organization of employees of: hospitals, nursing homes, and other health institutions; municipal governments; school boards, universities, and other educational institutions; public utilities; social service agencies; and broadcasting. In 1987, the former Canadian Air Lines Flight Attendants Association affiliated with CUPE to become its Airline Division. National Presidents of CUPE have included Stanley Little (1963-1975), Grace Hartman (1975-1983), Jeff Rose (1983-1991), and Judy Darcy (since 1991). Major functions of CUPE are reflected in its organizational structure, which has included departments for education, organizing and servicing, research, and legislation.
- Finding aid:
Textual records (Electronic) MSS0379 Part 1 of the finding aid is a file list for volumes 1 to 242; it also includes a list of some non-manuscript documents transferred to other divisions of the National Archives. MSS0379 (90: Open)
http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002242.pdfTextual records (Electronic) MSS0379 Part 2 of the finding aid is a file list prepared by the CUPE and amended at the National Archives for accession 1996/0171. MSS0379 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000061.pdfMedallic objects (Paper) See Medal inventory numbers 7678 to 7696. (90: Open)Sound recording (Electronic) Refer to MINISIS for item-level descriptions. (90: Open)
- Additional information:
- General Note:
- Charters, Certificates and a poster are in horizontal storage. Additional material, not described here, is in process. Researchers wishing to use this material should consult with archival staff., Received in 1970 from Francis K. Eady of Ottawa, Ont.; in 1975 from Stanley A. Little of Ottawa, Ont.; in 1980 from Gilbert Levine of Ottawa, Ont.; in 1980 from John F. (Lofty) MacMillan; and in 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1997 from the National Office of CUPE, Ottawa, Ont., In 1994, the Canadian Union of Educational Employees (CUEW) merged into CUPE.
- Related material:
- Related materials may be found in the Canadian Union of Educational Employees (CUEW) fonds (R9911 / Mikan no. 198638).
- Subject heading:
- Trade-unions - Canada, 1919-1986 G. Levine, 1957-1986
- Trade-unions - Ontario, 1949-1963 Labour Research, 1969-1979
- Trade-union meetings, [between 1939 and 1981] Collective Bargaining, 1969-1979
- Trade-unions - Public utilities - Ontario, 1949-1963 Canadian Union of Public Employees. Education Department, 1963-1979
- Trade-unions - Officials and employees, 1963-1975 R.P. Rintoul, 1964-1967
- Labour laws and legislation, 1964-1972 Ben Coffey, 1964-1967
- Trade-unions - Periodicals, 1969-1979 Allan Millard, 1963-1975
- Civil service - Ontario, 1964-1972 Francis K. Eady, 1963-1975
- School boards - Employees - Wages, ca. 1959-1981 Stanley A. Little, 1939, 1963-1975
- School boards - Employees - Working conditions, ca. 1959-1981 Ontario Hydro Employees Union, 1949-1963
- Hospitals - Staff - Working conditions, 1959-1978 National Union of Public Service Employees, 1949-1963
- Hospitals - Staff - Salaries, etc., 1959-1978 Toronto Municipal Employees' Association, Local 79, 1942-1956
- Municipal officials and employees - Salaries allowances, etc., 1959-1978 National Organization of Civic, Utility and Electrical Workers, 1939, 1944-1952
- Municipal officials and employees - Working conditions, 1959-1978 Harold Crook, ca. 1980-1983
- Public utilities - Employees - Working conditions, 1959-1978 Richard Deaton, 1962-1982
- Wages - Public utilities, 1959-1978 Calgary Civic Employees Association, Local 37, 1920
- Collective bargaining - Canada, 1965-1977 Mario Hikl, 1964-1970
- Trade-unions - Municipal employees, 1959-1978 Norman Marshall, 1974-1981
- Trade-unions - Hospitals, 1959-1978 Kealey Cummings, ca. 1971-1985
- Nursing homes - Canada - Employees, 1970-1981 John F. "Lofty" MacMillan, 1956-1979
- Universities and colleges - Canada - Employees, ca. 1962-1982 Grace Hartman, 1945-1982
- Refuse collectors, 1957-1983 Anti-Inflation Board, ca. 1969-1979
- Labour conditions - Canada, 1957-1983 Ontario Hydro Employees Union, 1919-1981
- Wages-Price policy - Canada, 1981-1985 New Democratic Party, 1978-1985
- Trade-unions - Nursing homes, 1970-1981 Economic Security Employees National Association, n.d., 1966-1968
- Trade-unions - Universities, ca. 1962-1982 New Brunswick Teachers' Federation, 1970
- Dirty Business, ca. 1983
- Canadian Electrical Trades Union, 1939
- Calgary Federation of Civic Employees, 1923
- Former archival reference no.:
Ordering and Viewing Options
- Conditions of access:
Sound recordings: Reproduction requires written permission of copyright owner. Donor restrictions vary.
Medallic items: No restriction on use or reproduction. Copyright held by the Canadian Union of Public Employees or various. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
Photographs: No restrictions on use or reproduction. Various copyrights on items less than 50 years old. Copyright expired on items greater than 50 years old.
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