CIO Maritime Committee Proceedings Transcript

Collection Number: 5282

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


CIO Maritime Committee Proceedings Transcript, 1947
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Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) Maritime Committee
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Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Conference proceedings of a strategy meeting on contract negotiations. In the matter of a meeting of the CIO Maritime Committee, involving discussion of the mapping out of strategy and tactics on uniform basis for all unions whose contracts expire on June 15, and related subjects; 636 pages.
Collection material in English


On May 15-19, 1947 the maritime committee of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, CIO, met at the CIO Building in San Francisco, California to discuss and formulate a common strategy for the maritime unions whose contracts expired on June 15, 1947. The unions officially represented at the meeting were the National Maritime Union, N.M.U., American Communications Association, A.C.A., International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, I.L.W.U., National Union of Marine Cooks and Stewards, M.C.S., and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, M.E.B.A. The Marine Firemen, Oilers, Watertenders and Wipers Association, an independent, non-CIO union attended as an interested observer.


The inventory includes six (6) mimeographed booklets which record the proceedings of the conference:
Volume 1, May 15, 1947, PP- 1-60, records the background and intended purpose of the conference, discussion of the problem of transfer of American ships to foreign registry, discussion of policies to counter the passage of the Taft- Hartley Bill, including measures calling for a nation-wide work stoppage and a march on Washington.
Volume 2, May 16, 1947, pp. 61-209, contains the preliminary reports of the ACA, MEBA, NMU, ILWU and MCS concerning the policies and demands for the proposed June 15 contracts.
Volume 3, May 17, 1947, pp. 210-335, contains discussion of policy motion seeking national unity to enforce contracts on both coasts.
Volume 4-A, May 18, 1947, pp. 335-418, contains the report of the subcommittee established to consolidate the demands of the west coast maritime unions and the discussion of this issue. Also included is the ten point program formulated to govern the conduct and operation of contract negotiations.
Volume 4-B, May 18, 1947, pp. 419-514, contains a record of the discussions to formulate a telegram to be sent to the Brazilian labor movement condemning its disbandment and the debate to remove the Secretary of the CIO maritime committee.
Volume 5, May 19, 1947, pp. 515-636, records the formulation of the telegram to the Brazilian labor movement, discussion of the maritime committee's opposition to the Taft-Hartley Bill, the formulation of local committees to coordinate action among the various unions in the coming negotiations, the drafting of a resolution on the subject of ship transfers, and the discussion of the admission of the Shipyard Workers Union to the CIO maritime committee.

Rand, Ann
Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) Maritime Committee
National Maritime Union of America.
American Communication Association.
International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union.
National Union of Marine Cooks and Stewards.
National Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (U.S.)
Pacific Coast Marine Firemen, Oilers, Watertenders and Wipers Association.

Arbitration, Industrial -- United States.
Collective bargaining -- United States.
Labor unions -- United States.
Sailors -- United States.
Sailors -- Labor unions --United States.
Stevedores -- United States.
Stevedores -- Labor unions -- United States.

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CIO Maritime Committee Proceedings Transcript #5282. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.


Box 1 Folder 1 1947
pages 1-60
Box 1 Folder 2 1947
pages 61-209
Box 1 Folder 3 1947
pages 210-335
Box 1 Folder 4 1947
pages 336-418
Box 1 Folder 5 1947
pages 419-514
Box 1 Folder 6 1947
pages 515-636