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AFSCME's History-Making 1964 Convention

(11396) 1964 AFSCME Convention

Fifty-five years ago, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees elected a new president who would dramatically change the trajectory of the union.

A founding member of the Wisconsin Service Employees Association in 1932, Arnold Zander took the lead in forming the national public employee union that would become AFSCME.  read more »

Lillian Roberts's willing sacrifice for public employees

(7678) Lillian Roberts arrives at New York City jail to serve time, 1968

Lillian Roberts almost spent Christmas in jail.

The series of events leading up to December 1968 began more than a year before. New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller decided to make the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) the sole collective bargaining representative for state employees, rather than allowing those employees to make their own choice. Rockefeller promised to hold a representation election after a year, but he failed to keep his word.  read more »

December Historical Calendar

Learn more about the information offered in our December Historical Calendar, featured in person at Noel Night:

December 1, 1955: Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Alabama.
December 2,  read more »

June 7 at 6:30 pm: Photographer Richard Copley and the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike

Richard Copley Event Flyer

The Walter P. Reuther Library, in collaboration with the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, is proud to host photographer Richard L. Copley as he discusses his work and experiences during the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike.  read more »

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