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American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1684 records

Identifier: larc-ms-0322


Minutes; membership and election records; executive officer files; grievances, health and safety and health benefits files; Humboldt Transit Authority (HTA) files; Local 1684 formation history; negotiations; office correspondence; publications; salary statistics; records of state, county and municipal boards; and strike files.

Scope and Contents

The earliest materials in the collection are in the scrapbook with clippings dating back to 1961. The most contemporary material is dated 1990. The bulk of the material is 1965-85. Significant gaps are the following: Executive officers’ files - Pert to Evers 1979-81, Minutes/Shop Steward 1974-75, Negotiations 1964-69, Salary 1970-81, State, County, and Municipal Boards 1971-75, Strikes 1968-82.

The social aspects of union life are seen in the union’s practice of announcing member’s birthdays in the newsletters and the company picnics every summer. Counties began to unite in December 1960 in their bargaining efforts for good conditions. Local 1684 had an extraordinary degree of expansion, growing faster than any other union affiliated with the AFL-CIO, a record 500% growth in membership when most unions were into negative figures, as reported in a news clipping dated August 18, 1967.

Important legislative bills were introduced, as reported by the Union Steward News, including the right of state employees to bargain in 1973. AFSCME fought the tendency to privatize jobs, and the members were interested in comparable worth/pay equity in March 1986.

Individuals referred to frequently in the collection are: Steve Antongiovani, HCEA President April 1961 C. Clark, Accident Free Miles Record, Bus Driver January 20, 1984 Jerry Clark, AFSCME Business Manager December 1980 Michael J. Evers, President September 1982 (2/18, 3/25) Claud James, HCEA President 1965-66 William F. Landis, Business Manager, 1968-75 Harvey Larson, Local 1684's 1st President 1966-67 Richard Ogelsby, President Local 1684 1969, 1973-74 Dan Raffaelli, President HCEA May 1967 Dorothy Shirke, HCEA President August 1960 James Spallino, President Local 1684 December 1970 Ken Thompson, HCEA President January 1963 Wesley Windsor, HCPE Local President May 1968 Jerry Wurf, International AFSCME President 1966-75 Scot Yarnell, Local 1684 President May 1986

Subjects, organizations and events noted in the collection are: Redwood National Park Plan 1966-75 Sale of General Hospital 1966-75 Humboldt Taxpayers’ League 1967-75 Working Poor of Humboldt County 1970-71 Citizen’s Committee to Keep the People’s Medical Center 1974-75 Hoopa Medical Center 1976-82 Clerical Parity 1979-81 Agency Shop Research 1980-87 Personnel Action Procedures 1984

Various issues of AFSCME newspapers, local and national, are part of the collection, including: The Humboldt County Employees, Vol II, April 1958 The HCEA Mirror, 1960-63 HCEA Bulletin, January 1963, September 1966 The Steward, Vol. 1, No. 1, March 1968 - 1974 AFSCME Collective Bargaining Newsletter, Vol. 1, October 1976 Articles documenting high wage settlements Collective Bargaining Reporter, September 1982 Article documenting bargaining for child care


  • 1961 - 1990
  • Majority of material found within 1965 - 1985


History of AFSCME Local 1684

A letter in Box 14, folder 18 gives a short history, written in 1968 by Local 1684's Business Manager, James J. Gallapher. Local 1684 news letters and correspondence also refer to these early historical events.

The Humboldt County Employees’ Association was formed on August 10, 1945 with a meeting attended by one hundred employees. The Association was formed with 430 out of 750 employees voting for it.

In December 1960 a meeting was held with Emery F. Mitchell, former District Attorney, presiding. The following officers were elected and installed on January 21, 1961 at the Bella Vista Inn: President, Steve Antongiovanni; Vice President, Gene Cox; Secretary, Mary Brazil; Treasurer, Neva Griffin.

In 1962 a second group of officers were installed at the Bella Vista: President, Kenneth Thompson; 1st V.P., Wesley Windsor; 2nd V.P., Dorothy Shirek; Secretary, Betty Perdew; Treasurer, Neva Griffin.

On May 31, 1966 HCEA voted to affiliate with the International AFSCME, which had been formed in 1936. The vote was 265 for and 100 against, according to the Redwood Empire Labor Journal, June 9, 1966. On Labor Day the following year, the Local received its charter as AFSCME, Local 1684, with eight hundred county employees present at the Labor Day BBQ. This was the second local in California to affiliate. The first was AFSCME Local 1675 in 1963.

One of the significant events of the local occurred in September 1967 when the county refused to negotiate. The Local held a three-day strike, claiming to be a pioneer of this tactic. This may be the first local in California, and perhaps in the nation, to call a limited strike. The success of the strike was the result of the high percentage of involvement in the action by the members of the Local--seven hundred out of 1100 employees, or 63.63%, went out on strike and 500 were on the picket line. The Local’s minutes dated October 19, 1967 describe the momentum forged by this successful action.

On January 1, 1968, the Eureka Municipal Employees, Local 54, merged with Local 1684. See the minutes of January 30, 1968 with the special meeting notice on the back.

On December 19-20, 1970, the Local and Farm Workers held the United Conference and Victory party at Delano.

In the course of the twenty-nine years that these records cover, ASCME, Local 1684, had some significant achievements. A county work week of 37½ hours was established in 1950 in lieu of a pay raise, in a year of tight county finances. Many letters attest to the Local making impressive salary gains for its members in the 1960s. In 1965 HCEA requested that the board of supervisors establish a limited civil service commission. This was approved by the electorate and a commission was adopted for Humboldt County. International AFSCME increased its membership greatly in the 1960s going from 210,000 in 1960 to 525,000 in 1972, an increases of 150%.

The Local pursued various grievances through the years. Issues include: grievance procedure, undated comparable worth 1969-90 Hedlund, Self Insurance 1978 pregnancy sex discrimination rights dispute 1981 CETA reclassification 1980 holiday pay--rights dispute 1981 HDSO vs. County lawsuit 1982-84 DFR in public sector, part-time benefits 1983 defense of public employees being sued 1983 sick leave payoff--rights dispute 1983 Domingo, Nestor B., fringe benefits 1984 Humboldt Transit Authority (HTA) grievance on rest breaks 1984 HTA grievance on holiday pay 1984 Kolstad discrimination--rights dispute 1985-86 HTA grievance on acts of God 1986 non-work intervals 1986 HTA grievance--on split shifts 1986 HTA grievance on unpaid rest breaks 1987


18.75 Cubic Feet ( (15 cartons))

Language of Materials



The records of AFSCME, Local 1684, have been divided into seventeen series: Minutes, Elections, Executive Officers’ Files, Grievances, Health and Safety, Health Benefits, Humboldt Transit Authority (HTA), History, Membership, Negotiations, Office Correspondence, Office Files, Publications, Salary, State/County and Municipal Boards, Strikes, and Subject Files.State/County and Municipal Boards, Strikes, and Subject Files.


The records of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Local 1684, were donated by Marylee Jamison in 1993 when the Local’s address was at 333 J street, Room #101, Eureka, California. Accession number 1993/004.

Separated Materials

Scrapbook added to Scrapbooks Collection, larc.srp.0002.

Processing Information

The collection was initially processed by Robert G. De Santis in 1995, roughly revised by Lynn A. Bonfield in 2002.

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1684 Records
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Labor Archives and Research Center staff.
2005, revised 2013
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Finding aid written in: English.

Repository Details

Part of the Labor Archives and Research Center Repository

San Francisco State University
J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
1630 Holloway Ave
San Francisco 94132-1722 USA
(415) 405-5571