Edgar Pauk Statement on Union Merger
Pauk would come to play an important role once the two unions decided upon a merger with the creation of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) in April 1972. In the first election of the new union in 1973, Pauk decided to run for union presidency doing so against Belle Zeller, president of the LC, and also Israel Kugler, president of the UFCT. Pauk received a meager 321 votes in the election, however, the winner, Zeller, defeated runner-up Kugler by only 124 votes. Kugler would thereafter claim that most of Pauk’s votes came from those who otherwise would have supported him, and that without Pauk in the election, he would have won. Instead, the caucus led by Zeller and members of the former LC took control of the union in its early years. While Kugler's claims remain unproven, Pauk undoubtedly had a real impact on the election though such would forever remain the extent of his influence with the PSC.
Creator | Pauk, Edgar
Date Created | 1971 (Circa)
Rights | Obtain From Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Item Type | Text (Report / Paper / Proposal)
Cite This document | Pauk, Edgar, “Edgar Pauk Statement on Union Merger,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed April 19, 2019, http://cdha.cuny.edu/items/show/4932.