© 2003 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
United States. National War Labor Board files, 1913-1946 [bulk 1942-1945].
United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945).
3 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Awards, decisions, reports and recommendations of mediation panels, hearings transcripts, statements, briefs and answers of
employers and unions, memoranda, press releases, bulletins, summaries of Board actions and decisions.
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Records consist of documentation of labor-management dispute settlement and wage stabilization cases brought before various
mediation panels of the National and Region 2 War Labor Boards, as well as the Non-Ferrous Metals Commission of the U.S. National
War Labor Board.
Collection material in English
The National War Labor Board, a tripartite body established in 1942 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was charged with acting
as an arbitration tribunal in labor-management dispute cases, thereby preventing work stoppages which might hinder the war
effort. It was also responsible for determining wage adjustments in accordance with anti-inflationary wage stabilization criteria
The Board was initially divided into 12 Regional Administrative Boards which handled both labor dispute settlement and wage
stabilization functions for specific geographic regions. The National Board further decentralized in 1943, when it established
special tripartite commissions and panels to deal with particular industries on a national basis.
This collection reflects the Board's decision-making and internal communication processes, and documents Board policy on no-strike
pledges, grievance and arbitration procedures, union security, management rights, maintenance of membership, anti-inflationary
wage control policy, and fringe benefits.
The bulk of the collection consists of materials pertaining to labor dispute settlement cases. Includes awards, decisions,
and reports and recommendations of mediation panels; hearings transcripts, and documents used as evidence in hearings; and
statements, briefs and answers of employers and unions. Documents generated by the War Labor Board also include memoranda,
press releases, bulletins and reports concerning directives for case handling, administrative procedures and regulations,
and summaries of Board actions and decisions.
United States. Non-Ferrous Metals Commission.
United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945). Region 2.
Arbitration, Industrial--United States--Cases.
Mediation and conciliation, Industrial--United States--Cases.
Wage-price policy--United States.
War and emergency powers--United States.
World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects--United States.
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