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Guide to the California and West Coast Labor and Industrial Relations, Selected Publications
IRLE-LB01  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California and West Coast labor and industrial relations, selected publications
    Dates: 1933-1993
    Bulk Dates: 1945-1980
    Collection number: IRLE-LB01
    Creator: University of California, Berkeley--Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
    Collection Size: 1,169 items 1,169 digital objects
    Repository: University of California, Berkeley. Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California 94720-5555
    Abstract: During the mid-twentieth century, the American Labor Movement reached a pinnacle of power and influence within society. The extent of labor's reach was often seen in its concerted efforts to secure better pay, better working conditions and reliable pensions for its members. This digital repository enables scholars to study broad trends in U.S. labor and industrial relations by providing access to original materials from a variety of authors, organizations and government agencies, which together provide a multi-disciplinary perspective on the life and times of the labor movement between 1945 and 1980. The collection includes original documents, pamphlets, company publications, union reports, student papers and theses, and is divided into five areas of focus: General Labor; Longshore Workers; Minority Workers; Older Workers; and Personnel Policies.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English French

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head Librarian, The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) Library, 2521 Channing Way, #5555, University of California, Berkeley 94720-5555. Consent is given on behalf of The IRLE Library as the owner of the physical items and does not constitute permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/library/digitalcollections/permissions.html

    Preferred Citation

    California and West Coast labor and industrial relations, selected publications, IRLE-LB01. Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection represents publications collected by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library.

    Administrative History

    During the mid-twentieth century, the American Labor Movement reached a pinnacle of power and influence within society. The Second World War required that labor be managed as a strategic resource; the high productivity of workers during the war carried over in the peace time economy, which experienced a sustained economic "boom." Unlike European labor relations, where unions play an "official" role in government, the American trade union system does not allow for an official "place at the table" for unions. U.S. labor unions nonetheless wielded extensive political power and also were in a position to influence social policy in a wide of array of areas.
    The extent of labor's reach was often seen in its concerted efforts to secure better pay, better working conditions and reliable pensions for its members. These priorities spilled over into the non-unionized workplace, where management actively sought to stay "union-free" by matching or improving upon union benefits. It could be argued that workers benefited from this competition. However, even as labor reached the apex of its power, it was already becoming more bureaucratic, more institutional and less bold in its actions. At the same time, management associations remained virulently anti-union, and the Cold War triggered widespread probes of unions as potential "hot beds" of communist activity. Even as the U.S. labor movement reached many of its goals with respect to policy and influence, it found itself beset from all directions with competing and even hostile forces within the fabric of society.
    This multi-disciplinary collection captures some of the flavor of the times. It provides original documents, pamphlets, company publications, union reports, student papers and theses that explore the state of American Labor during these heady years. The collection has five areas of focus:
    • General labor
    • Longshore Workers
    • Minority Workers
    • Older Workers
    • Personnel Policies
    The General Labor category offers a cross-section of materials that breathe life into the debate about the leading issues of the times. Longshore Workers explores the tumultuous post-war history of the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association, with original materials from both organizations as well as related materials. Minority Workers made important strides in the workplace, both during World War II and in the years following the war. It could be argued that the workplace of the 1950s was a front line in the civil rights movement, because work was a forum where all kinds of people came together for a common purpose. Older Workers and Personnel Policies both explore societal attitudes toward the work force, which was comparatively "youthful" at the time, but was certain to "age" as the twentieth century progressed. Personnel Policies, including pension policies of the era reveal a direct look at how policy making was formed and implemented.
    This digital collection was funded by the University of California Labor and Employment Research Fund (LERF). The Fund enabled the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library to digitize a large percentage of the Federation's publications.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This digital repository enables scholars to study broad trends in U.S. labor and industrial relations. It provides access to original materials from a variety of authors, organizations and government agencies, which together provide a multi-disciplinary perspective on the life and times of the labor movement between 1945 and 1980.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Aging--Economic aspects--United States.
    Arbitration, Industrial
    Collective bargaining
    Discrimination in employment
    Grievance arbitration
    Industrial hygiene
    Industrial relations
    Industrial safety
    Labor movement
    Labor policy
    Labor productivity
    Labor unions
    Labor unions and communism
    Labor--Education
    Labor--Statistics.
    Migrant labor
    Migrant agricultural laborers
    Older people--Economic conditions.
    Pensions
    Personnel management
    Retirement income
    Retirement--Economic aspects.
    Stevedores--Labor unions
    Unemployment
    Wages and labor productivity