International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 22 (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Collection ID: 
URB 53
Date: 
1929-1978
Collecting Area: 

Subjects:

 

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Local 22 of IAFF traces its origins back to 1915, when Philadelphia firemen formed the City Fire Fighters' Association. When the IAFF was founded as a national fireman's union under AFL auspices in 1918, the Philadelphia Association immediately affiliated, thus becoming local 22. The local has remained affiliated with both the IAFF and the AFL (and later the AFL-CIO) down to the present day.

In its early years following World War One, the IAFF was involved in many local strikes. Because of the frequent defeat and even destruction of striking locals, the International became extremely cautious. This was reflected in Philadelphia where the fire fighters never struck and gained regular collective bargaining only in 1952. Up until that year, local 22's major endeavor was running its own benefit programs, including death and disability insurance, which commercial insurance companies hesitated to provide for such a dangerous occupation. Local 22's first publication. The Flame, was originally designed to help finance Death Benefits Payments and the Sick Benefit Fund through its advertising revenues.

In 1952, political pressure from the Central Labor Union induced the administration of Mayor Clark to conduct negotiations with the fire fighters. Although disagreements between the union and the city persisted over issues like hours, wages, and political rights, the union's position gradually improved.

The union also initiated extensive lobbying efforts, most notably that resulting in the 1968 state act for compulsory arbitration in the uniformed city services. Although striking remained illegal, the relatively favorable arbitration structure has aided fire and police unions in often making the best contract gains of all municipal workers.

The records concentrate mainly on the post-World War Two era, documenting fully the most important period of growth in the union's power. Efforts such as lobbying, negotiating, public relations and participation in the civil service system are all covered.


 

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT
 

The records are arranged into four series as follows:

  • Series I: Administration (1929-1980)
  • Series II: Activities (1947-1977)
  • Series III: Relations with Management (1945-1977)
  • Series IV: Other Organizations (1947-1978)



Series I: Administration. This series is organized in ten subseries:

A. Constitution and Bylaws: 1944-1974, arranged chronologically.
B. Officers' Papers: 1947-1965, 1973-1976, arranged by name.
C. Executive Reports: 1949-1961
D. Communications to Members: 1964-1973, arranged chronologi.cally.
E. Meetings: 1929-1975, arranged chronologically.
F. Elections: 1946-1977, arranged chronologically, and support.ing documents.
G. Publications: The Flame , 1958-1980 and supporting documents, The Newsletter , 1959-1977 and supporting documents.
H. Finance: 1953-1978
I. Lists and Schedules: Both from the union and the department.
J. Dues Books: (3 cu. feet).


Series II: Activities, 1947-1977 . This series is arranged in five subseries:

A. Negotiations and Arbitration: 1952-1977, arranged chron.ologically, includes background information.
B. Lobbying: General Public Appeals and Political Information, 1950-1976, Local Lobbying, 1946-1967, State Lobbying, 1951- 1973, National Lobbying, 1947-1978.
C. Benefits and Services: Retirement, Disability, Death and other benefit programs, arranged by type.
D. Other Cases and Issues: Individual cases, issues, arranged by subject.
E. Honorary and Recreational Events: Arranged by subject.



Series III: Relations with Management . Folders are arranged chronologically within each of nine subseries:

A. Philadelphia Fire Department Publications; P.F.D. Annual Reports, 1962, 1973, 1974, 1977, P.F.D. Progress Reports, 1952-1967; P.F.D. News, 1952-1964-1972-74.
B. P.F.D. Chief's Staff Meetings, 1972-1977.
C. PFD Rules, Memos, and Orders, 1949, 1953- 1954, 1960-1975.
D. PFD Miscellaneous.
E. Fire Commissioner's Office, 1952-1971.
F. Mayor's Office, 1948-1967.
G. Other City Offices.
H. City Personnel Department.
I. Civil Service Commission, 1945-1974.



Series IV: Other Organizations . Arranged in four subseries:


A. IAFF Outside of Local 22: Communications with the Inter.national, 1953-1975, The International Firefighter , 1972-1975, International Wage and Conditions surveys, 1947-1978, International Conventions, 1960-1974, State Fire Fighters' Association, 1954-1974, Affiliated Locals, 1962-1970 (arranged alphabetically).
B. Fire Officers' Association: Officers Call , 1954-1964 and supporting documents.
C. Non-fire Unions: Arranged hierarchically from the XFL-CIO to various locals.
D. Charitable and Fraternal Organizations (arranged alpha.betically).
E. Professional Fire Organizations, Vendors of Memorabilia, equipment, etc.
 

INVENTORY
 

Series I: Administration

Box 1

A. Constitution and Bylaws

1 Constitution and Bylaws, 1944-1959
2-6 Constitution and Bylaws Changes, 1958: 1961-1971, 1974
7 Proposed Bylaws Changes in Voting Procedures, 1974

B. Officers' Papers

8-9 James J. Forbes, Personal, 1947-1963
10 Forbes, Fire Department, 1950-1964
11 Recording Secretary, Loesche, 1953
12 Loesche Correspondence, 1959-1962
13 Communications, Charles Gatler, 1964

Box 2

14-15 Ray Hemmert, Personal, 1963-1965
16 John Reilly, Personal, 1973-1976
17 John Reilly, Meeting on Promotion, 1975
18-19 John Reilly, Correspondence, 1975-1976
20 John Reilly, Notebook

C. Executive Reports

21 Executive Reports Special Meeting on Pension, 1949
22-28 Executive Reports Special Meeting on Pensions, 1949
29 Executive Committee, 1961
30 Committees

D. Communications to Members

30-33 Meeting Notices, 1964-1965, 1969-1973
34-36 Correspondence to Members, 1952, 1964-1967, 1972- 1973
37 Correspondence to New Members, 1964-1972
38 Correspondence, 1964-1970

E. Meetings

Box 3

39-51 Meeting Minutes, 1929-1945

Box 4

52-60 Meeting Minutes, 1946-1953

Box 5

61-80 Meeting Minutes, 1946-1953

Box 6

81 Executive Board Minutes, 1948
82-83 Members Attendance Record, 1965-1969, 1971-1975
84 Lists of Attenders at Meetings, 1960

F. Elections

85-106 Election Results, 1946-1948, 1954-1956, 1959-1961, 1963-1968

Box 7

107-112 Election Results, 1970-1971, 1973-1977
113 Poll Working Schedules, 1956
114-117 Acceptance & Decline of Nominations, 1963-1964, 1969

G. Publications

118-122 The Flame , 1958-1967

Box 8

123-128 The Flame , 1968-1980
129 The Flame Original Copy
130 The Flame , Miscellaneous
131 The Flame , Printing Copy of Union Label
132-134 The Flame , Correspondence
135 The Flame , Ad Reports
136 The Flame , Letters to Editor
137-142 The Flame , Photos

Box 9

143-148 City Fire Fighters Association Newsletters, 1959- 1977
149 List Selected Articles from Newsletter, 1952-1962
150 Material for Newsletter

H. Finance

151-157 Audits, 153-162-66, 1975
158-161 Monthly Financial Reports, 1955, 1975, 1977-1978
162 Trustees Report 1962
163-164 Lease 1956, 1963-1972
165 W-2 Withholding Forms, 1956
166 Pension Fund Court Case, 1957
167 Broad Street Trust, 1964
168 Officers Tax Exemption, 1964
169 Fund Raising for Political Action, 1966
170 National Properties, 1967
171 Tax Refund, 1969

I. Lists & Schedules

172 Work Schedules, 1938-1939

Box 10

173 Chief's Work Schedule, 1941
174-183 Stewarts, 1956-1965, 1973-1978
184 Lieutenant's List, 1950
185-191 Transfers, 1963-1964, 1970, 1974-76, 1978
192 Transfer Information

Box 11

193-196 Change of Address, 1963
197-201 Fire Stations List
202 Police Department List
203-204 Heart Fund Drive Donations 1976

J. Dues Books

19 dues books

Series II: Activities

A. Negotiations & Arbitration


Box 12

1-7 Collective Bargaining, 1952-1962
8-12 Arbitration, 1963-1970

Box 13

13-17 Arbitration 1963-1973
18 Report of 1955 Negotiations
19-23 Background Materials 1963-1974
24 Memorandum of Understanding, 1970
25 Contract, 1970
26 Negotiation Correspondence, 1970-1971

Box 14

27-31 Wages, 1965-1977

B. Lobbying

32 Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, 1949-1954
33-35 City Ordinances, 1949-1976
36 Mayor Tate Campaign, 1963
37 Revision of Building Code, 1965
38 City Memorial to Firemen, 1965

Box 15

41-44 Letters of Thanks, 1966-1967
45-46 Letters, 1967-1971
47-50 Press Releases & Letters to Editors, 1950-1976
51-52 State Legislators, 1961-1965
53-54 Letters, 1966
55 Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, 1966- 1968
56-63 Pennsylvania House Bills, 1951-1973
64 Pennsylvania League of Cities, 1955
65 State Legislative Committee on Labor, 1955
66 Pennsylvania Economy League, 1955-1969

Box 16

67 Fireman's Legislative Federation of Pennsylvania, 1958-1972
68 Committee on Governmental Legislative Issues for Pennsylvania Labor, 1966
69 Civic Association on State Issues, 1966
70 Congressman Green, 1959
71-72 Letters from Congressman, 1966-1967
73 Letters of Congratulations, Election of 1967
74 Labor Acts, 1947-1949
75 Mason Act, 1954
76 Congressional Bills, 1967-1968
77 Anti-Riot Legislation, 1967
78 Compensation Bills, 1967
79 Landrum-Griffin Bill, 1960
80 Fine & Safety Act, 1969
81-86 Social Security, 1958-1965, 1977-1978

C. Benefits & Services

Box 17

87-88 Police & Fire Medical Associations
89 Relief Association
90 Houseman & Ladderman Associations
91 Hero Award
92 Insurance
93 Killed In the Line of Duty
94 Lung Caner
95 Blood Program
96 Hospital Committee
97-100 Hospitals
101-103 General Benefits
104-105 Workmen's Compensation
106 Disability

Box 18

107-108 40-Hour Week
109-116 Pension 1930-1964

Box 19

117-125 Pension 1965-1973
126 Death Claims
127 Philadelphia Police, Fire & Park Credit Union

D. Other Cases & Issues

Box 20

128 Hair
129 Trial Board
130 Women's Auxiliary
131 1961 Explosion
132 Berg Chemical Explosion
133 Incidents & Harassments
134 Florence Kerrigan Fund
135 Military
136 Uniforms
137 Seniority
138 Consolidation of Police & Fire
139 Picketing
140 Subversive Organizations
141 H.U.D. Affirmative Action
142 Strikes
143 Illegal Union Stickers
144 Newspaper Clippings
145 Editorials
146 Wages
147 Miscellaneous, 1939, 1952

Box 21

148 Lemuel B. Schofield, Attorney, Issues, Legal Opinions, 1952-1954
149 Cummings & Jones, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1953
150 Fireman's Pension Fund, 1954
151-153 Samuel Henkle, 1960-1962
154 James Driscoll, 1965
155 George DeFlavis, 1953
156 Michael Kerrigan, 1973
157 Joseph McAnag, 1914
158 Edward Kane
159 Miscellaneous Members Records

E. Honorary & Recreational Events

160-167 Banquet, 1962-1966, 1968-1972, 1974
168 Citations, 1953
169 Picnic, 1964, 1973
170 Fire School Awards, 1964
171 Liberty Bell Park, 1965-1966
172 Names of Retiree's Deaths for Fire Fighters Magazine
173 Chamber of Commerce Fire Prevention Luncheon
174 Softball Tournament, 1977
175 Miscellaneous

Series III: Relations with Management

A. Philadelphia Fire Department Publications

Box 22

1 PFD Annual Reports, 1962, 1973-1974, 1977
2 PFD Progress Reports, 1952-1961, 1963-1967
3-17 PFD News 1952-1961, 1963-1964, 1972-1974

B. PFD Staff Meetings

18-21 Staff Meetings, 1972-1975
22-23 Staff Meetings, 1976-1977

C. PFD Rules, Memos & Orders

Box 23

24-28 Rules & Regulations, 1949, 1953-1954
27-33 General Orders, 1960, 1967-1972
34-39 Special Orders, 1967-1972
40-45 General Memos, 1962-1963, 1968-1972

Box 24

46-49 General Memos, 1972-1975

D. PFD Miscellaneous

50 Fire Department Statistics
51 National Board of Fire Underwriters
52 Safety Report
53 Graduation Programs
54 Apparatus Manual
55 Promotion Information
56 Experimental Physical Examination Program

E. Fire Commissioner's Office

Box 25

57-58 Frank McMamee, 1952-1964
59 George Hink, 1964-1965
60 James McCarey, 1965-1971

F. Mayor's Office

61 Bernard Samuel, 1948-1950
62 Joseph Clark, Jr., 1951-1955
63 Richard Dilworth, 1955-1961
64 James Tate, 1961-1967

G. Other City Offices

65 Managing Director's Office
66 Controllers Office
67 Director of Finance
68 Department of Licenses & Inspection

H. City Personnel Department

69-73 Personnel Department, 1952-1956, 1960, 1964-1970
74-75-75A Annual Report, 1953-1954

Box 26

76 Committee of 70 Report, 1957
77 Fire Investigation Specialist
78-79 Job Classes, 1952-1974
80-84 Pay Schedules, 1965-1966, 1970-1973

I. Civil Service Commission

85-87 Amendments to Regulations 1952-1964, 1966-1970

Box 27

88-97 Meeting Announcements 1953-1955, 1958-1964

Box 28

98-99 Meeting Announcements, 1966-1971
100 Miscellaneous & Correspondence

Series IV: Organizations

A. IAFF outside of local 22

Box 28

1-13 IAFF, 1953-1965

Box 29

14-20 International Fire Fighter Magazine, 1972-1975
21-23 International Fire Fighter Magazine, 1972-1975
24-25 Salary & Working Conditions Surveys Forms, 1960, 1974, 1976-1978
26-28 Salary & Working Conditions Surveys, 1947-1975

Box 30

29-38 Salary & Working Conditions Surveys, 1960-1975

Box 31

39-40 IAFF Conventions, 1960, 1962
41-43 State Fire Fighters Association, 1964, 1972, 1974
44-49 State Fire Fighters Association, 1954-1956, 1959- 1964, 1966-1974

Box 32

50-53 Affiliated Locals, 1962, 1964-1970
54 Affiliated Local, Baltimore, Maryland
55 Affiliated Local, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
56 Affiliated Local, Chester, Pennsylvania
57 Affiliated Local, Columbus, Ohio
58 Affiliated Local, Detroit, Michigan
59 Affiliated Local, Los Angeles, California
60-63 Affiliated Local, New York City, New York
64 Affiliated Local, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
65 Affiliated Local, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
66-67 Affiliated Local, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
68 Affiliated Local, St. Paul, Minnesota
69 Affiliated Local, Scranton, Pennsylvania

B. Fire Officer's Association

Box 33

70-80 Officer's Colt Publication 1954-1964
81 Fire Officials Association
82-83 Court Cases
84 Firemen's Protective Association

C. Non-Fire Unions

85 Philadelphia Directory
86-91 AFL-CIO
92 Pennsylvania Building & Construction Trades Council
93 Philadelphia Civil Employees Association

Box 34

94 Fraternal Order of Police
95 Philadelphia Industrial Union Council
96 Maritime Post Council of Delaware Valley & Vicinity
97 Teamster Union
98 Miscellaneous Union Material

D. Charitable & Fraternal Organizations

99 American Legion
100 "Custodes Pacis," Sons of Italy
101 Golden Slipper Square Club
102 Heart Association of Southeast Pennsylvania
103 Lambskin Club
104 League of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
105 Liberty Bell Racing Association
106 Lu Lu Temple
107 Men of Malvern
108 Muscular Dystrophy Association
109 Police Athletic League
110 Salvation Army
111 Second Alarmer's Association
112 Shalom Memorial Park
113 Shomrin Society of Philadelphia
114 United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
115 U.S. Saving Bonds Drive
116 Club Viliants

E. Professional Fire Organizations & Vendors of Memorabilia, Equipment

117 American Photocopy Equipment Company
118 Oliver H. Bair, Company, Funeral Directors
119-120 Clothing Information
121 Fire Engineering Magazine
122 Music
123 Navy Fire School
124-125 National Fire Protection Association
126 Observer , Newspaper
127 Pennsylvania State Police