George Novack "Unity Caucus on the Railroads: The Story of the Consolidation Committee of Enginemen" on Microfilm

Collection Number: 5496 mf

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

This collection was processed with the help of generous funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
George Novack "Unity Caucus on the Railroads: The Story of the Consolidation Committee of Enginemen" on Microfilm , 1957- 1958
Collection Number:
5496 mf
Creator:
Novack, George;
Hedlund, C.R.
Quantity:
1 microfilm reel
Forms of Material:
Records (documents), microfilm .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Microfilm copy of "Unity Caucus on the Railroads: The Story of the Consolidation Committee of Enginemen." This manuscript is an account of the development of the CCE, including an assessment of its impact.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

This unpublished monograph was prepared by George Novak in 1957-1958 for the Labor Project of the Fund for the Republic, directed by Paul Jacobs. The Fund for the Republic was a non-profit education corporation created by the Ford Foundation in 1952 to counter pressures on civil liberties and basic freedoms from the political right. The Fund wanted to "support activities directed toward the elimination of restrictions on freedom of thought, inquiry and expression in the United States, and the development of policies and procedures best adapted to protect these rights."*
The manuscript was written by George Novack, who had served the Consolidation Committee of Enginemen [CCE] as public relations advisor. The CCE was a powerful postwar nationwide caucus to affect the fusion of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers [BLE] and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen [BLF&E]. It functioned within the framework of the two unions to achieve amalgamation through constitutional procedures. Beginning in April 1946 under the leadership of Russell R. Walker, the CCE attempted to mobilize the rank and file of the two labor unions in support of unification. The merger plan was defeated in May, 1949.
Mr. Novak's manuscript describes the development of the CCE, its approach to the issue of unification, and its strategies for organizing in support of a merger. The CCE did succeed in having its program adopted by the conventions of both the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers.
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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Inclusive date range: 1957-1958
Bulk dates: 1957-1958
This collection consists of the microfilmed copy of an unpublished monograph, written by George Novak, public relations advisor for the Consolidation Committee of Engineers. The manuscript has been annotated by the author and contains corrections, additional notes, and edited sections. The manuscript pages are numbered 1-137, and a supplemental report follows, with pages numbered 1-5.
Table of Contents:
1. The Uncoupled Brotherhoods, page 1
2. Earlier Attempts At Unification, page 7
3. Background of the Consolidation Movement, page 13
4. Walker Launches The CCE, page 22
5. First Reactions of the Brotherhood Heads, page 31
6. The First CCE National Conference, page 39
7. Popularizing the Program, page 45
8. Moves Against The Consolidators, page 51
9. The BLE Convention, page 61
10. Showdown At The BLFE Conference, page 71
11. The Joint Committees In Session, page 85
12. Pressure From The CCE, page 93
13. Robertson's Reprisals, page 101
14. Crisis In The CCE, page 106
15. The Merger Plan, page 112
16. Defeat Of The Merger Plan, page 116
17. The CCE Folds Up, page 124
18. Unification Today, page 128
19. References, page 135
Supplement:
"Report: What Did The BLF&E Members Get From Their Convention?" by C.R. Hedlund, member BLF&E Lodge 814
A negative copy is available upon request.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Novack, George.
Fund for the Republic
Consolidation Committee of Enginemen (U.S.)
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (U.S.)
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen

Subjects:
Railroads -- United States.
Labor unions -- Mergers -- United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)
Microfilm.


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Cite As:
George Novack "Unity Caucus on the Railroads: The Story of the Consolidation Committee of Enginemen" on Microfilm #5496 mf. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5147: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Records
5141: Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen Records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Reel 2 Item 1 1957-1958