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David L. Cole Arbitration Transcripts, 1947-1948
Cole, David L.
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Transcripts, records (documents).
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Records, transcripts & exhibits of several of Mr. Cole's arbitration cases.
Collection material in English
David Lawrence Cole was a graduate of Harvard University (BS., 1921) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (LL.B., 1924, LL.D.,
1964.) Although he practiced law in Paterson, N.J. from 1926 until his death as senior partner in the law firm of Cole,
Berman & Belksy, David Cole will chiefly be remembered for a distinguished career as a government arbitrator and mediator.
In this field he served on numerous state and federal boards and in various governmental agencies. Cole was chairman
of the New Jersey State Board of Mediation; a public member of Region 2, United States War Labor Board; and chairman of
the Presidential Boards of Inquiry in the bituminous coal industry (1948) and in the longshore industry (1953, 1968). Cole
was also a member or chairman of numerous Presidential Emergency Boards which settled disputes in the railroad and airline
industries (1948-1958); the chairman of the conciliation service for the New York City transit service (1961-1965);
director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (1952-1953); chairman of the New Jersey Governor's Committee
on Public Utility Strike Service (1952-1953); member of the President's Labor-Management Advisory Committee (1961-1964); and
member of the New York Governor's Public Employee Relations Committee (1966-1968), which established the New York State
Public Employee Relations Board. Cole was also appointed as chairman of the President's Commission on Industrial Peace in
Beyond his public service, Mr. Cole was active as a counsel for employer groups in the textile industry (1926-1942) and as
an impartial chairman for other labor-management contract disputes. He was also impartial arbitrator for the AFL-CIO
Internal Disputes Plan (1954-1976), served as a visiting professor at the New York State School of Industrial and Labor
Relations at Cornell University (1954-1955) and was Kestenbaum lecturer at Harvard in 1962. Mr. Cole was the author of
INDUSTRIAL PEACE (1963).