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United States Shipbuilding Labor Adjustment Board Hearings. Records
1 linear ft. (6 Volumes)
Special Collections Research Center
Contains transcripts of hearings relating to labor, hours, wages in shipyards, shipbuilding plants, and private industries in which construction was carried on for the US Navy Department. Includes proceedings of the conferences with shipyard employees and builders held in Seattle and Philadelphia.
When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: United States Shipbuilding Labor Adjustment Board Hearings. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
The United States Shipbuilding Labor Adjustment Board was a World War I agency authorized to resolve disputes after the failure of mediation between employers and employees related to conditions of labor, hours, and wages in shipyards, shipbuilding plants, or in private industries in which construction was carried on for the Navy Department.
The Board members were Leon C. Marshall, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Chicago and former Dean of that school's College of Commerce, V. Everit Macy, Chairman, and A.J. Berres.
The hearings provide an extensive picture of existing conditions and demands for improved wage scales during a period of wartime inflation. While they present a routine recorded description of the federal government's involvement in labor relations in World War I, the hearings still manage to project a colorful picture of the character of the Board's witnesses.
This collection consists of transcripts of hearings conducted by the Board in August 1918. Each Volume is indexed according to the subject considered at each session. In addition, there is one typewritten Volume of proceedings of conferences with shipyard employers and builders held in Seattle, Washington, on 18 July 1918, and another mimeographed Volume of "Conferences between Shipbuilders and Employees of the Pacific Coast and the Emergency Fleet Corporation" held that same summer.
The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:
Series I: Hearings Before the Shipbuilding Adjustment Board, Washington, DC
Pattern Makers, August 14&16, 1918
Blacksmiths, August 14&16, 1918
Plumbers, Steamfitters, Pipe fitters and helpers, August 14&16, 1918
Metal Polishers, August 14&16, 1918
Molders, August 14&16, 1918
Sheet Metal Workers and Coppersmiths, August 16, 1918
Steamfitters on the Pacific Coast, August 16, 1918
Boiler Makers, August 18, 1918
Miscellaneous Trades on the Pacific Coast, August 19, 1918
Steam and Operating Engineers, August 19, 1918
Blacksmiths, August 19, 1918
Electrical Workers, August 20, 1918
Painters, August 20, 1918
Foundry Workers, August 20, 1918
Machinists, August 21, 1918
Atlantic Coast Employers, August 21, 1918
Stationary Firemen and Oilers, August 22, 1918
Bridge and Structural Iron Works, August 22, 1918
Employers on the Great Lakes, August 22, 1918
Laborers, Clerks, Counters, and Timekeepers, August 23, 1918
Carpenters, August 23, 1918
Quartermen and Leading men, August 9, 1918
Series II: Conference with shipyard employees and builders; Seattle, Washington, July 18, 1918
Conference Between Piez and Schwab and Shipyard Employees
Conference between Piez and Northwestern Shipbuilders
Appendix, U.S. Department of Labor, Plan for Handling Needed Labor on War Emergency Work
Series III: Conference between shipbuilders and employees of the Pacific Coast; (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), August 5, 1918
Transcript of meeting