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Inventory of the U.S. National War Labor Board Records, 1942 - 1945
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The Clark Kerr Collection records the full range of labor relations during World War II. Over half of the material is dispute cases brought before the Tenth Regional War Labor Board. These case files may include directive orders, briefs, opinions, transcripts, exhibits, research and correspondence. Most of the documents are mimeographed and copies will frequently be found in related files. Major cases may provide a detailed view of labor relations within a company or industry. Research and exhibits often describe the organization of work performed within a company, occasionally accompanied by charts and photographs. The subjects of Regional Board decisions cover the full range of industrial relation issues. Among them were wages, overtime, union security, benefits, discrimination, vacations, sex differentials, and seniority.
Following the United States' entry into the war in 1941, President Roosevelt called a conference of labor, employer and government representatives with the objective of ending industrial disputes which might hinder production during the war. By December 23, 1941, three general points were accepted: 1) there would be no strikes or lockouts; 2) all disputes would be settled by peaceful means; and 3) the President would set-up a war labor board to make a final determination on all disputes not settled by agreement between the parties.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives & Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Labor Archives & Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Collection is open for research.