University of Texas Arlington

Robert W. Staley Papers:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Staley, Robert W.
Title: Robert W. Staley Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1944-1975
Identification: AR143
Extent: 3 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

Communications Workers of America representative for District 6 (Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Illinois) until 1976. Served the thirty-three local unions in Texas and Oklahoma.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, newsletters, reports, agreements, clipping, proceedings, NLRB case briefs, manuals, handbooks, and pamphlets. Files of Robert W. Staley while representative for the CWA, District 6, Dallas, Texas, office. Primarily printed material including the CWA Newsletter, 1970-1975; the District 6 Newsline, 1970-1974; the District 6 Coordinator, 1965-1967; and scattered issues of other district and local newsletters. Includes proceedings and reports of CWA annual conventions; copies of insurance and pension plans of telephone companies; and pamphlets on various topics such as collective bargaining, labor and politics, organizing, automation, public relations, and CWA history.



Arrangement is by document type as follows:
  • Series I. Correspondence (R.W. Staley) - in chronological order
  • Series II. Newsletters - in alphabetical order by title
  • Series III. Convention Materials (a) National CWA - in chronological order (b) Local 6179
  • Series IV. National CWA, Miscellaneous records
  • Series V. National CWA, educational materials in alphabetical order by subject





Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Staley, Robert W.--Archives.
Communications Workers of America. District 6--Records and correspondence.
Communications Workers of America. District 6--Officials and employees.
Telephone companies--Employees--Labor unions--Texas.
Telephone companies--Employees--Labor unions--Oklahoma.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

AR59: Blanche Wells Papers

CWA News, 1966+

Administrative Information


Gift of Robert W. Staley, 1976.


Robert W. Staley Papers, AR143, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Container List


Box Folder
1 1 Staley, R. W. - General Correspondence, 8/17/53 - 10/11/55
Plan for Hospitalization, Medical & Surgical Benefits - Southwestern States Telephone Co.) - booklet, "Group Hospital and Surgical Benefits for You", 12/12/51, for Southwestern States Telephone Co. Employees; booklet, "Plan for Employees' Sickness Disability Benefits", by the Southwestern States Telephone Co., 1/1/55; Correspondence on Hospitalization Insurance; Pamphlet on Blue Cross Insurance policies; Summary of CWA Proposed Health Insurance Agreement
2 Staley, R. W. - General Correspondence, 7/26/66 - 6/26/67
(Closing of Business Offices - 1966 - 1967)- Correspondence on the closing of business offices
3 Staley, R. W. - General Correspondence, 12/9/71 - 1/25/72
Correspondence, Clippings
4 Staley, R. W. - Miscellaneous Correspondence, 3/24/72 - 7/22/75
5 CWA Channel 12 News - District 12, Austin, Texas, July, 1975,
6 CWA District 1 - Hot Line - New York, October, 1973,
7 CWA Newsletter - Washington, D.C., 2/20/70 - 9/12/75,
Narional Newsletter
8 CWA Tie-Line - CWA, Local 6179, Brownwood, Texas, 1971 - 1975,
9 District 6 Coordinator - St. Louis, Missouri, April, 1967 - September, 1965,
10 News Line - CWA, District 6, 1970 - 1974,
11 CWA 6th Annual Convention, Cleveland, Ohio, June 16-22, 1952
Summary of Proceedings, Committee Reports, Statements
12 CWA 7th Annual Convention, San Francisco, California, June 22-26, 1953
Daily Proceedings, Miscellaneous Material, Resolutions, Committee Reports, Statements
13 CWA 32nd Annual Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 15-18, 1970
Summary of Convention
14 CWA 34th Annual Convention, Los Angeles, California, June 12-16, 1972
Report of Finance Committee, Official Call, Summary of Convention
15 CWA 38th Annual Convention, Los Angeles, California, June 19-25, 1976
Schedule of Events
16 CWA Local 6179, 20th Annual Convention, Dallas, Texas, November 6-7, 1970
Box Folder
2 1 "In Memoriam,", 1970, 1972, 1974
(3) Pamphlets from conventions paying tribute to deceased CWA Members
2 CWA Executive Board & Council Reports, 1965, 1973, 1974
3 Tape Recording: Task Force, 1971
Tape Labelled R. W. Staley, 12/18/70 - President Bierne Launches CWA Task Force '71; Booklet, "Let's Get it Done in '71," 78 pages on CWA Task to strengthen Union, and by doing this strengthen its bargaining power (Tape removed to Tape Collection)
4 CWA Court Cases, 1954 - 1975
National Labor Relations Board Case No. 16-RC-1123, brief dated 8/22/55; Telephone Co. and CWA, Bargaining and Contract Rights, No. 246; Memorandum for US as Amicus Curiae, Supreme Court, October, 1954 term; Paul W. Diehl, Jr., Petitioner vs. Lehigh Valley Railroad Co. Et Al
5 Local Presidents' Conference, February, 1963
Exhibits, Agenda, Points for Presidents to Consider
6 Communications Workers of America Southwestern States Unit - Ballot Report by R. W. Staley, 1967
Report on balloting for contract ratification
7 CWA Pension Plan Material
Pamphlets, Pension Plan Agreements, 17 pamphlets on various CWA Locals Pension Plans; Pension Plan as of 9/16/55; Working agreement between Palestine Telephone Co. and Local Union 1506 I.B.E.W., AFofL as of 2/1/58
8 Steward Taining Workbook - CWA Education Department, 1968
9 CWA and Automation
Material on Automation, Booklet, "Automation: Impact and Implications," Readers Digest reprint, "The Union that Automation Built," by Lester Velie, 1964; Labor Looks at Automation," AFL-CIO booklet, with illustrations; "Automation and the Bell System", Statement of Clifton W. Phalen, President of Michigan Bell Telephone Co., before Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization of the Joint Committee on the Economic Report - 10/27/55
10 CWA and Collective Bargaining
Pamphlets on Collective Bargaining (2) by Joseph A. Bierne, President of CWA, Undated
11 CWA and Politics
Pamphlets on Labor and Politics (9); 1 reprint from Congressional Record of the subject 2/26/59
12 CWA Guidebook, Handbook & Manuals
"CWA External Organizing," booklet, CWA Training Department, 1965; "CWA, In Quest of Knowledge," Education Department, 1964; A Public Relations Manual for Local Unions and area CIO Councils, Austin, Texas, 1955; "Union Public Relations," Steward's Manual, CWA-CIO, 1953; "Keys to Internal Organizing, A Guide for the Locals of CWA," 1965
Box Folder
3 1 CWA Handbook, no date
"A Handbook for Local Officers, In Pursuit of Excellence," Education Department, CWA, AFL-CIO.
2 CWA - Organizing
Material on Organizing, "ABC's of External Organizing," CWA, no date; "CWA, The History of an Organizing Union," - CWA - "An Organizing Union's Pictorial History - 1941 - 1972
3 CWA:Training Department - Series Study Primers
8 booklets on various subject for CWA Training Department, 1974
4 CWA Wage Standards
Report on Wage Standards, January, 1965, "Geographical Wage Standards for Reclassification of Work Locations in the Telephone Industry," A Report prepared by Robert R. Nathan Associates, Inc. for CWA, AFL-CIO, January, 1965
5 Unity and the CWA
Brochure, 1959 on Unity; "Unity Now-When it Means so Much;" Brochure, "Unity is the Answer," 1959
6 News Clipping, "Communication Jobs Promise Good Line", 12/17/70,
clipping & story on jobs in communications
7 "Rules Governing AFL-CIO State & Local Bodies,", 2/26/73
"Rules Governing AFL-CIO Local Central Bodies," 2/26/73 2 brochures
8 "Workmen's Compensation Insurance Law, Texas"
Rules of the Industrial Accident Board, Tables, 1961, Austin
9 "Union Security, the Case Against the Compulsory Open Shop," Washington D.C., 1966
booklet, AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education
10 Miscellaneous Pamphlets
22 miscellaneous pamphlets and reports, AFL-CIO, CWA & other sources
11 Miscellaneous Materials, CWA Invitations, Leaflets
Invitations and Programs to various functions, "Your Boss and the Union, as seen thru the eyes of a baby," pictures and captions, CWA handout