NWLB Southern Coal Procedures Records

Collection Number: 5313

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
NWLB Southern Coal Procedures Records, 1943
Collection Number:
5313
Creator:
U.S. National War Labor Board (NWLB)
Quantity:
1 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Reports, Tanscripts.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Records of the U.S. National War Labor Board in the matter of the Operators Negotiating Committee, Appalachin Joint Conference, Southern Appalachin Joint Wage Conference and the United Mineworkers of America.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Fact Finding Panel was appointed by the National War Labor Board to investigate the dispute which arose when the parties were unable to agree on the terms of a new contract in the spring of 1943. The following were members of the panel: Morris L. Cooke, representing the public, chairman; David B. Robertson, representing labor; and Walter White, representing industry.
Negotiations began on March 10, 1943. The principal demands of the United Mine Workers were: a wage increase of $2 a day, payment for travel time from portal to portal for all underground workers, inclusion of some supervisory personnel, and several minor issues.
No agreement could be reached, and the case was certified to the War Labor Board on April 22, 1943. The panel held its first hearing in Washington D.C. on April 28 at which the Mine Workers refused to appear. The panel was recessed when it learned that the Mine Workers had gone on strike in violation of the no-strike agreement of 1941. On May 1 the Federal Government seized the mines and the miners went back to work. On May 6, the National War Labor Board resumed hearings and issued a report on May 25, which the Mine Workers refused to accept, and struck again. President Roosevelt ordered the miners back to work. On June 7 negotiations for a new contract were resumed and in mid-June the Central Pennsylvania signed an agreement which it later repudiated on pressure from the other operators. On July 21 the Illinois operation signed an agreement which the NWLB refused to approve because it violated the "Little Steel Formula." The mines were returned to the operators on October 1. The miners struck for a third time on November 1, and the mines were again seized by the government, and a contract between the government and the Mine Workers was signed on November 3.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Records of the U.S. National War Labor Board in the matter of the Operators Negotiating Committee, Appalachin Joint Conference, Southern Appalachin Joint Wage Conference and the United Mineworkers of America.
Included are hearing proceedings, reports, and statements of the parties in the dispute.
SUBJECTS

Names:
United States. National Labor Relations Board (1942-1945)
Southern Coal Producers.
United Mineworkers of America.

Subjects:
Arbitration, Industrial -- United States.
Miners -- Labor unions -- United States.
Collective bargaining -- Mining industry -- United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Records


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Cite As:
NWLB Southern Coal Procedures Records #5313. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

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5241: National Wartime Conference of the Professions, the Sciences, the Arts and the White Collar Fields
5289: AoM Records
5309: NWLB Files
5310: NWLB Records
5311: NWLB Region II Office Files and Cases
5312: NWLB Files
5314: NWLB Non-Ferrous Metals Commission Records
5699: William Bardsley Collection of United States National Recovery Administrations and National War Labor Board Printed and Mimeographed Documents
5752 mf: Papers of the National War Labor Board on Microfilm
5780/085: ILGWU National War Labor Board case files
6127m: National War Labor Board Executive Meeting Transcript

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1943
April 28th; in the case of the Operators Negotiating Committee, Appalachian Joint Conference, and the Southern Appalachian Joint Wage Conference and the United Mine Workers of America, 1 vol.
Box 1 Folder 2 1943
Hearing with same parties, May 6-11, 1943, 4 volumes, 624 pp.
Box 1 Folder 3 1943
June 10th; in the Case of the Bituminous Coal Operators and the United Mine Workers of America, 1 volume, 152 pp.
Box 1 Folder 4 1943
Aug. 3rd; in the case of the Illinois Coal Operators Association and the limited Mine Workers of America, District 12, 1 volume, 90 pp.
Box 1 Folder 5 1943
Oct 21st-23rd; in the case of the Illinois Coal Operators Association and the limited Mine Workers of America, District 12, 3 volumes.
Box 1 Folder 6
5 volumes, 280 pp.
Box 2 Folder 1 1943
Box 2 Folder 2 1943
Box 2 Folder 3
Box 2 Folder 4
on wages and related problems in the Bituminous Coal Industry
Box 2 Folder 5
Economic Evidence bearing on the demand of the Bituminous Coal Workers for a General Wage Increase.