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Campaign for State Employee Union Representation collection

Identifier: L418

Scope and Contents

This collection includes legal information from the State of Indiana, pamphlets, flyers and broadsides from Unity Team, AFSCME and other unions in Indiana and Michigan ranging from May 1990 to December 1990 regarding union representation. There is also an oversize folder containing State Employee Voice newsletters and a Unity sign, 1990 and undated (OB091).


  • 1984-2006


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative History

Executive Order Number 90-6 issued by Indiana Governor Evan Bayh on May 22, 1990 "established procedures for recognition of employee organizations representing employees of the executive branch."

As a result of the executive order state workers were divided into ten units. Each of the units could choose a union for representation or choose to have no organization for representation. Several unions showed early interest in state employees but by late summer only two groups remained in contention. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) and the Unity Team (comprised of the UAW, Indiana State Employees Association and the American Federation of Teachers).

Statewide elections were held on three occasions. The first election, held on September 25, resulted in no clear winner in any of the units. The second election, on October 2, resulted in winners in nine of ten units. In the final election, December 11, only employees in Unit 2 were involved. This final elected was needed because of 57 incorrect ballots that were used in the second election. Final result in all units are as follows:

Unit 1 Labor, Trade and Crafts - Unity

Unit 2 Clerical and Administrative Support - Unity

Unit 3 Regulatory, Inspection and Licensure Nonprofessionals - Unity

Unit 4 Health and Human Services Nonprofessionals - AFSCME

Unit 5 Regulatory, Inspection and Licensure Professionals - AFSCME

Unit 6 Health Care Professionals - AFSCME

Unit 7 Social Services and Counseling Professionals - AFSCME

Unit 8 Engineering, Scientific and Information Professionals - No Rep

Unit 9 Professional Administrative Employees - No Rep

Unit 10 Public Safety and Institutional Security - Unity

Information supplied by staff involved in process and found in collection.


1.35 Cubic Feet (4 manuscript boxes, 1 medium oversize folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Indiana State Library Employees on 1990.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/05/08 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/05/08 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid updated 2023/01/12 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.