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AFSCME - American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees

View Resource Joe Ames Oral History

The first part of this interview with Joe Ames is not transcribed and begins already in progress. Ames recalls the last years of President Zander and the highlights of those years are discussed. The controversy behind Leo Kramer’s book Labor’s Paradox is discussed as well as the making of the book and reaction to it after it was published. The union conventions of the 1960’s are discussed in...

View Resource Roy Kubista Oral History

This interview takes place in two parts. Part I discusses the Kubista’s early life and education. Kubista began to work for the Wisconsin State Employees Association in 1934 conducting research on a part-time basis. Kubista discusses his research and the state of the Association during that period and the early days of the AFSCME. Kubista recalls Arnold Zander and describes his experiences with...

View Resource William J. McEntee Oral History

William J. McEntee began his career as a union activist in 1924 after getting a job with the city of Philadelphia as a street cleaner. The street cleaners first organized under the Teamsters. The affiliation did not last and the cleaners were briefly organized under the city. The new city run union soon ran into problems, and after striking the union joined the State, County and Municipal...

View Resource Dr. Joseph Mire Oral History

Dr. Joseph Mire was an economist and the first Education and Research Director of the AFSCME from 1943-1955. Dr. Mire was born and raised in Vienna, Austria and was active in the European labor movement. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1941 and taught economics at the School for Workers in Madison, WI. In 1943 Arnold Zander hired Dr. Mire as an economist/educator/researcher for the AFSCME. Dr. Mire...