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Living Wage Campaign Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 00/05/02/UA 253

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials on the Tidewater Labor Support Committee (TLSC), TLSC's Living Wage Campaign, and the Living Wage Coalition (LWC). Much of the collection consists of material collected by James Spady including correspondence from 2000-2001, articles, reports, studies, and other resource materials related to labor relations in the U.S., Virginia, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and the College of William and Mary.

The first box contains meeting notes, emails, and correspondence among student members, workers, and the W&M administration.  Reports and resource materials on wages and working conditions at William and Mary, Colonial Williamsburg, and in Virginia are also included.  Some of these materials include: a Grievance Procedure Manual for workplace disputes, The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Virginia by Diana Pearce, a sociology honors thesis on working conditions of W&M housekeepers, and a W&M Report to the President.  The second box contains news articles about TLSC, the Living Wage Campaign, and the LWC in addition to articles on subjects such as food production, animal rights, corporations, living wages and living wage campaigns, etc.  The collection also contains fliers for presentations and film screenings, rallies and marches about workers rights and the Iraq occupation, worker appreciation brunches, and the sex workers art show.  Labor newspapers from late 1990s early 2000s, William and Mary Service Employee Union materials, and conference materials are included in the collection.

Acc. 2012.172 contains training documents, books, zines, and other publications relating to student organizing. Acc. 2012.173 contains organizational materials, such as meeting minutes and notes; training documents; publications; and conference material.

Acc. 2016.130 contains correspondence, reports, and bank account creation records of the Tidewater Labor Support Commission (TLSC).  These records relate to the Living Wage Campaign Collection within the University Archives of the College of William and Mary.  Of note is a letter from P. Geoffrey Feiss, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, to Cindy Hahamovitch dated August 17, 1999.  In the letter, Feiss rebukes an email Hahamovitch sent via a William and Mary list serve on behalf of TLSC that was political in nature.  Feiss reminded Hahamovitch that the e-mail distribution contained her signature as Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies which implied official endorsement of the political event and that she should not use a publically funded e-mail system on behalf of a political cause.

Dates

  • 1991-2012
  • Majority of material found in 1999-2002

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Historical Note:

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Extent

4.20 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is arranged into two series: Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2: Publications.

Custodial History:

Portions of this collection were previously part of the University Archives Publications Collection and the Student Organizations Collection.

Acquisition Information:

Most of the collection was accessioned in 2002 and was donated by James Spady prior to that date. Spady also donated 3 issues of The Richmond Defender and 1 issue of the UE News on June 30, 2006. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Accruals:

2016.130 was added to the collection on August 2, 2016.

Related Materials:

University Archives Poster Collection(UA 12); University Archives Subject File Collection (UA 9); various administrative records

Artifacts transferred to the University Archives Artifact Collection (UA 13) include Purple "Trabajos con Justica" Pin (2002.066.01), Blue "Trabajos con Justica" Pin (2002.066.02), "Union Summer" Button Pin (2002.066.03), "Jobs with Justice" Pin (2002.066.04) United Electrical Radio & Machine Workers Pin (2002.066.05), "I Know Kissinger is a Criminal" Pin (2002.066.06), "Shame" and "Raise the Wage" White Label Stickers (2002.066.07a-c), Student Labor Action Stickers (2002.066.08ab), "Family Farms Not Animal Factories" Bumper Sticker (2002.066.09), Black Satin Ribbon (2002.066.10), "Jobs with Justice" Bumper Sticker (2002.066.11), Shipyard Steelworkers Bumper Sticker (2002.066.12), "Steelworkers Workplace Democracy" Bumper Sticker (2002.066.13), "Steelworkers Unity Strength Respect" Bumper Sticker (2002.066.14), United Steelworkers of America Sticker (2002.066.15), Sheet of United Steelworkers of America Decal Stickers (2002.066.16), "Jobs with Justice" Vinyl Banner (2002.066.17), Living Wage Campaign Button (2006.003), Living Wage Campaign T-Shirt (2008.15), Living Wage Campaign Donation Can (2008.16), and Living Wage Campaign Buttons (2008.17). SLAP Corporate Greed" Stickers (2012.173.03ab), "Solidarity" United Students Against Sweatshops Pink Stickers (2012.173.04ab), ""Solidarity" United Students Against Sweatshops Blue Stickers (2012.173.05ab), Student/Farmworker Alliance Stickers (2012.173.06ab), "Fighting for Fair Food!" Coalition of Immokalee Workers Sticker (2012.173.07), "¡Luchando por comida justa!" Coalition of Immokalee Workers Stickers (2012.173.08ab), "Fighting for Fair Food! Coalition Button Pin (2012.173.09), "Trabajos con Justica" Button Pin (2012.173.10), "Unite Here!" Button Pin (2012.173.11ab).

DVDs "A Day at the Plant" (2012.173.001) and "Service Workers Rising! United for Power" (2012.173.002) were transferred to the University Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Information about related materials is available at http://guides.swem.wm.edu/wm

Separated Materials:

Artifacts transferred to the University Archives Artifact Collection (UA 13) include Purple "Trabajos con Justica" Pin (2002.066.01), Blue "Trabajos con Justica" Pin (2002.066.02), "Union Summer" Button Pin (2002.066.03), "Jobs with Justice" Pin (2002.066.04) United Electrical Radio & Machine Workers Pin (2002.066.05), "I Know Kissinger is a Criminal" Pin (2002.066.06), "Shame" and "Raise the Wage" White Label Stickers (2002.066.07a-c), Student Labor Action Stickers (2002.066.08ab), "Family Farms Not Animal Factories" Bumper Sticker (2002.066.09), Black Satin Ribbon (2002.066.10), "Jobs with Justice" Bumper Sticker (2002.066.11), Shipyard Steelworkers Bumper Sticker (2002.066.12), "Steelworkers Workplace Democracy" Bumper Sticker (2002.066.13), "Steelworkers Unity Strength Respect" Bumper Sticker (2002.066.14), United Steelworkers of America Sticker (2002.066.15), Sheet of United Steelworkers of America Decal Stickers (2002.066.16), "Jobs with Justice" Vinyl Banner (2002.066.17), Living Wage Campaign Button (2006.003), Living Wage Campaign T-Shirt (2008.15), Living Wage Campaign Donation Can (2008.16), and Living Wage Campaign Buttons (2008.17). SLAP Corporate Greed" Stickers (2012.173.03ab), "Solidarity" United Students Against Sweatshops Pink Stickers (2012.173.04ab), ""Solidarity" United Students Against Sweatshops Blue Stickers (2012.173.05ab), Student/Farmworker Alliance Stickers (2012.173.06ab), "Fighting for Fair Food!" Coalition of Immokalee Workers Sticker (2012.173.07), "¡Luchando por comida justa!" Coalition of Immokalee Workers Stickers (2012.173.08ab), "Fighting for Fair Food! Coalition Button Pin (2012.173.09), "Trabajos con Justica" Button Pin (2012.173.10), "Unite Here!" Button Pin (2012.173.11ab).

DVDs "A Day at the Plant" (2012.173.001) and "Service Workers Rising! United for Power" (2012.173.002) were transferred to the University Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing Information:

Added to Archon by Eileen O'Toole, SCRC Staff, in August 2007. This collection was processed by David Basset and updated in the database by Steven Bookman in February 2008. Acc. 2011.290 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in May 2011. Becky Little, SCRC Staff, processed Acc. 2011.290 and reorganized material received in earlier accessions in March-April 2012. 2012.172 and 2012.173 accessioned and minimally processed by Benjamin Bromley in May 2012.
Title
Guide to the Living Wage Campaign Collection
Author
Finding Aid Authors: David Bassett, SCRC Staff (2008), Becky Little, SCRC Staff (2012).
Date
2007-08-15
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository

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