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A Finding Aid for the Union Contract Records 1970-2022

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Union Contract Records

Creator: Ferris State University. Office of General Counsel.

Dates: 1970-2022

Abstract: This collection consists of copies of final proposals/contracts for various unions on campus, as collected by the General Counsels office. The record group spans the dates 1970-2022 and does not always contain the current contract.

Language: English

Quantity: 1.5 cubic feet; 1 records center box

Identification: UA 11.4.600

Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program

Historical Note

In April 1966, the office of the president at Ferris State College, received notification from the national AFCSME-CIO chapter (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) that there was a movement to unionize workers on the campus. They were the first, but many were to follow shortly. All of these organizations were seeking formal written contracts that they felt would provide a more equitable working environment.

The first copies of existing contracts held by the University Archives date back to 1970 and cover clerical-technical workers, as well as AFSCME employees. In 1973, the first contract was signed with the Ferris Faculty Association, an affiliated member of the Michigan Education Association-National Education Association. The first Teamsters affiliate contract begins in 1976. Contracts cover a two to six year period and cover a variety of employment issues relevant to the various groups.

Scope and Content Note

Union contracts usually run from twenty to eighty pages and cover the same basic set of rights and responsibilities. It begins with the contractual provision allowing the university and union to recognize each other's role- including the right to meet, conduct business and provide information. There are also sections relating to the rights and responsibilities of the employee group including such categories as tenure, professional conduct, access to personnel records, benefits (including tuition, health insurance and retirement), personnel reviews, seniority, absences and grievance and retrenchment procedures.

This collection contains only the final proposals and official contract copies. There is no supporting documentation relating to contract negotiations available. Also, some copies of contracts may be missing from the collection.


The papers are contained in a single series.

Access Information

Conditions of Access

The Union Contract Records are open for research to all users in accordance with University Archives and Records Management access policies. It is available in the reading room of the Ferris State University Archives.

Conditions of Use

Requests for permission to publish material should be directed to the University Archivist. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Copyright interests for this collection been transferred to Ferris State University. For more information, contact the University Archivist.

Subject Headings

Below are a list of names, organizations and subjects relating to the collection. Names have been taken from Library of Congress Authority headings whenever possible.

Related Materials

None specified

Administrative Information


Footnotes and bibliographic references should use the following format:
[Item], Folder, Box (or url). Union Contract Records. Ferris State University Archives. Big Rapids, Michigan.

Provenance (Acquisition Information)

Some contracts were transferred to the University Archives by the General Counsel's office in December 2008. Additional contracts were transferred in April 2018. The remainder of the records were transferred to the University Archives by several offices at an earlier date. Some were located in the library reserve collection.

Processing Information

The Union Contract Records were processed to the folder level by Melinda McMartin Isler in March 2009. A finding aid was prepared in a word processing format and converted to EAD 2.0 utilizing the Archivist Toolkit. A collection level MARC-format record was prepared and placed in the library online public access catalog. Description based on Describing Archives (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2004). A revised finding aid was prepared in October 2018.

Technical Requirements

This collection consists of textual materials and artifacts. There is no specialized software required for viewing.

Content Listing

Series 1. Contracts. 1970-2022.

This series consists of 1.5 cubic feet of contracts. Contracts detail the employment conditions and benefits.

The records are arranged alphabetically by group and chronologically within the group.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 AFSCME. AFL-CIO. Contract. 1970-1972.
1 2 AFSCME. AFL-CIO. Contract. 1972-1974.
1 3 AFSCME. AFL-CIO. Contract. 1974-1976.
1 4 AFSCME. AFL-CIO. Contract. 1976-1978.
1 5 AFCSME. AFL-CIO. Contract. 1978-1981.
1 6 AFCSME. AFL-CIO. 1984-1987.
1 7 AFSCME. AFL-CIO. Contract. 1987-1990.
1 8 AFCSME. AFL-CIO. 1991-1994.
1 9 AFCSME. AFL-CIO. 1995-2000.
1 10 AFCSME. AFL-CIO. 2000-2004.
1 11 AFSCME. AFL-CIO. Contract. 2007-2012.
1 12 AFSCME. AFL-CIO. Contract. 2012-2017.
1 13  AFSCME. AFL-CIO. Contract. 2017-2022.
1 14 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 1972-1975.
1 15 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 1976-1978.
1 16 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 1978-1981.
1 17 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 1981-1984.
1 18 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 1984-1987.
1 19 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 1987-1990.
1 20 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 1990-1993.
1 21 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 1993-1997.
1 22 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 1997-2002.
1 23 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 2002-2005.
1 24 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 2005-2008.
1 25 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 2008-2013.
1 26 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 2013-2018.
1 27 Clerical Technical Union. Contract. 2018-2024.
1 28 Ferris Faculty Association. Contract. 1973-1975.
1 29 Ferris Faculty Association. Contract. 1975-1978.
1 30 Ferris Faculty Association. Contract. 1978-1981.
1 31 Ferris Faculty Association. Contract. 1981-1984.
1 32 Ferris Faculty Association. Contract. 1984-1987.
1 33 Ferris Faculty Association. Contract. 1987-1990.
1 34 Ferris Faculty Association. Contract. 1990-1994.
1 35 Ferris Faculty Association. Contract. 1994-2002.
1 36 Ferris Faculty Association. Contract. 2002-2006.
1 37 Ferris Faculty Association. Contract. 2006-2010.
1 38 Ferris Faculty Association. Contract. 2010-2013.
1 39 Ferris Faculty Association. Contract. 2013-2018.
1 40 Ferris Faculty Non Tenure Track Association. 2015-2020.
1 41 Hall Directors. Contract. 1996-1998.
1 42 Hall Directors. Contract. 1999-2002.
1 43 Nurses. Contract. 1970-1972.
1 44 Nurses. Contract. 1994-1998.
1 45 Nurses. Contract. 1998-2002.
1 46 Nurses. Teamsters. Contract. 1984-1987.
1 47 Nurses. Teamsters. Contract. 2006-2010.
1 48 Nurses. Teamsters. Contract. 2010-2015.
1 49 Nurses. Teamsters. Contract. 2015-2020.
1 50 Public Safety. Teamsters. Contract. 1976-1978.
1 51 Public Safety. Teamsters. Contract. 1984-1986.
1 52 Public Safety. Police Officers Labor Council. Contract. 1994-1998.
1 53 Public Safety Officers. 2004-2007.
1 54 Public Safety Officers. 2008-2013.
1 55 Public Safety Supervisors. Police Officers Labor Council. 1994-1998.
1 56 Public Safety Supervisors. 2007-2012.
1 57 Public Safety Supervisors. 2017-2022.