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Guide to the United States Shipbuilding Labor Adjustment Board Hearings Records 1918

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

United States Shipbuilding Labor Adjustment Board Hearings. Records

Dates:

1918

Size:

1 linear ft. (6 Volumes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

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.

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Citation

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

Historical Note

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.

Scope Note

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.

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Hearings Before the Shipbuilding Adjustment Board, Washington, DC

Volume I

Pattern Makers, August 14&16, 1918

Volume I

Blacksmiths, August 14&16, 1918

Volume I

Plumbers, Steamfitters, Pipe fitters and helpers, August 14&16, 1918

Volume I

Metal Polishers, August 14&16, 1918

Volume I

Molders, August 14&16, 1918

Volume II

Sheet Metal Workers and Coppersmiths, August 16, 1918

Volume II

Steamfitters on the Pacific Coast, August 16, 1918

Volume II

Boiler Makers, August 18, 1918

Volume II

Miscellaneous Trades on the Pacific Coast, August 19, 1918

Volume II

Steam and Operating Engineers, August 19, 1918

Volume II

Blacksmiths, August 19, 1918

Volume III

Electrical Workers, August 20, 1918

Volume III

Painters, August 20, 1918

Volume III

Foundry Workers, August 20, 1918

Volume III

Machinists, August 21, 1918

Volume III

Atlantic Coast Employers, August 21, 1918

Volume IV

Stationary Firemen and Oilers, August 22, 1918

Volume IV

Bridge and Structural Iron Works, August 22, 1918

Volume IV

Employers on the Great Lakes, August 22, 1918

Volume IV

Laborers, Clerks, Counters, and Timekeepers, August 23, 1918

Volume IV

Carpenters, August 23, 1918

Volume IV

Quartermen and Leading men, August 9, 1918

Series II: Conference with shipyard employees and builders; Seattle, Washington, July 18, 1918

Volume V

Conference Between Piez and Schwab and Shipyard Employees

Volume V

Conference between Piez and Northwestern Shipbuilders

Volume V

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

Volume VI

Transcript of meeting