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UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Fiser, Melba, 1945-
Melba Fiser Collection, 1990-1992
2.5 Linear feet; 5 document boxes
By type and chronologically within
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains correspondence, handwritten daily notes, signed petitions, reports, contact lists, printed material, and photographs. The material was collected by Melba Fiser, a state coordinator for the Anti-Striker Replacement letter campaign in Arkansas concerning the group's efforts to gather support for the Strike Participation bill. Included are letters and printed material concerning worker and union member issues in Arkansas as well as items from the 1992 presidential campaign.
Photographs in the collection depict Fiser at various campaigns in Arkansas and nationwide, including rallies for the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), containing images of Fiser, labor leader J. Bill Becker, and politician and civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Melba J. Fiser was born 1945 October 27 in Little Rock and started working for the United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU) in 1972. There, she became secretary and office manager for Wayne Glenn, the Vice President and Regional Director in Little Rock. While a member of the UPIU, she also worked for the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), Local 105.
In 1982, Fiser was appointed as a secretary in the Research and Education Department, the Legal Department, and the President's Department at UPIU Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. After a brief leave of absence, she returned to the UPIU in September 1990 as State Coordinator for the Anti-Striker Replacement letter campaign in Arkansas. The campaign’s goal was to initiate support for the Strike Participation (Striker Replacement/Workplace Fairness) bill.
The Arkansas House of Representatives Bill 5: Strike Participation (Striker Replacement/Workplace Fairness) bill was introduced January 1991. The bill passed the House with 247 votes to 182 votes on 1991 July 17. On 1992 June 19 Senate Bill 55: Strike Participation (Striker Replacement/Workplace Fairness) bill was killed by the Senate. The bill would have amended the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act by preventing discrimination based on participation in labor disputes, including strikes.
Arkansas--Politics and government--20th century
Becker, J. Bill, 1924-
Fiser, Melba, 1945-
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
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Melba Fiser Collection, 1990-1992, UALR.MS.0233. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.