Chicago & Northwestern Transportation Company Records

Collection Number: 5533

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Chicago & Northwestern Transportation Company Records, 1907-1971
Collection Number:
5533
Creator:
Chicago & Northwestern Transportation Company (CNW);
Quantity:
10 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Agreements, records (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Collection includes correspondence concerning grievance claims and work rules; agreements with major railroad unions; statistics on workers' compensation and hours; miscellaneous legal documents concerning disputes brought before federal boards; and circulars from industry conferences, concerning company-labor relations. Also includes documentation of the Chicago and North Westerns' merger with the Chicago Great Western Railway. Select information from predecessor carriers is also found in this collection.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

William Butler Ogden, a railroad investor (b. 1805), took over the Madison and Beloit Railroad in Wisconsin, extended the lines and later, after the financial troubles of 1857, reorganized the line into the Chicago and North Western Railway, into which the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was also merged.

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Chicago and North Western Transportation Company [CNW] was a Class I railroad in the Midwestern United States, often called the North Western. The CNW also called itself the "Pioneer Railroad," because one of its predecessor lines, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad, was the first railroad to run out of Chicago. The railroad operated more than 12,000 miles of track in seven states (Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois, Missouri, and Michigan) before retrenchment in the late 1970s. At the height of the railroad era, the CNW was one of the most profitable of the Midwestern railroads and one of the longest railroads in the United States because of mergers with other railroads, such as the Chicago Great Western Railway, Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway and others.
The CNW's earliest predecessor, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad [GCU], was chartered in 1836. In 1848, it operated the first steam locomotive out of Chicago. Despite this early success, the GCU had many problems, including an inability to build tracks to Galena, Illinois, one of its supposed terminals, and instead had to rely on an interchange built by the Illinois Central to reach the city. These problems led to it being purchased by William Butler Ogden. Ogden was the first mayor of Chicago and a railroad investor. Ogden had already taken over the Madison and Beloit Railroad in Wisconsin and extended its lines. After the financial trouble of 1857, Ogden founded and incorporated the CNW. The CNW was chartered on June 7, 1859, by the legislatures of Illinois and Wisconsin. Five days previously, it had purchased the bankrupt Chicago, St. Paul and Fond du Lac Railroad. Ogden now controlled numerous roads in the Midwest; by 1865, they were merged into one system, the CNW, with over 850 miles of track. Ogden left the company in 1868 and became president of the Union Pacific. This was after one of CNW's predecessor lines, the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Rail Road, had reached Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1867, establishing a direct interchange with the Union Pacific, the first transcontinental railroad. By the end of the 19th Century, the CNW operated on over 7,000 miles of track, connecting such cities as Chicago, Omaha, Milwaukee, Duluth, Rapid City and the Twin Cities.
The CNW opened its Proviso Yards in Chicago in 1929. This facility was the largest of its kind when it was built, containing 224 miles of tracks and a huge diesel shop. The CNW was a "granger" railroad, primarily serving agricultural businesses. Potatoes were ones of its main crops, and the Potato Sheds in its Wood Street Yards were the largest in the world. It also did extensive business in transporting sugar beets, corn and wheat. The CNW also operated extensive passenger lines, including serving as one of the main commuter lines for Chicago.
The CNW was unique among American railroads in that it ran on a left-hand main, which meant that traffic was routed to the left instead of to the right. This was common among railroads built by British companies, but not among American ones.
The CNW was badly affected by the Great Depression, declaring bankruptcy in 1935 and not emerging until 1944 with the surge in traffic that happened because of the mobilization of men and goods for World War II.
The post-war period saw another sharp decline in the CNW's profits, as freight increasingly moved to the highways and the CNW had a large amount of secondary trackage that was a massive drain on the company since the industries on these lines no longer used the rails to ship their goods. However, even with this reality, the CNW still made major acquisitions in the late 1950s and 1960s, gaining control of the Litchfield and Madison Railway in 1958, the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway in 1960, and the Chicago Great Western Railway in 1968.
In 1972, the CNW was sold to its employees and renamed the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company. In 1985, the employee owned stock of the company was transferred to the newly formed CNW Corporation, ending the employee owned period. By 1995, track sales and abandonment had reduced the total mileage of the CNW to about 5,000 miles. The company was purchased by Union Pacific [UP] in April 1995 and ceased to exist as an independent entity.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Inclusive date range: 1907-1971
Bulk dates: 1950-1968
This collection consists of the records of the Chicago North Western Transportation Company's records. The majority of materials in this collection were produced by the CNW's predecessor railroads: specifically the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway [M&StL], a small granger railroad acquired by the CNW in 1960; and the Ft. Dodge, Des Moines, and Southern Railroad, an inter-urban electric line, acquired by the CNW in 1968.
The collection has been arranged into 14 series:
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Circulars
Series III: Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Motive Power and Operations Data
Series IV: Dispute between the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway and the Federated Shop Crafts
Series V: Employee Manuals
Series VI: National Railroad Adjustment Board Decisions and Awards
Series VII: Federal Railroad Legislation and Emergency Boards
Series VIII: Carrier Mergers
Series IX: National Rules Movements
Series X: Local Agreements, Conferences, and Reports
Series XI: Clerks, Represented by BRAC
Series XII: Yardmasters, Represented by Railroad Yardmasters of America
Series XIII: Dispatchers, Represented by the American Train Dispatchers Association
Series XIV: Agreements, Historic, Between Various Labor Organizations and Ft. Dodge, Des Moines, and Southern Railroad
SUBJECTS

Names:
Braese, O. H.
Jewell, B. M.
Leighty, G. E.
Leiserson, William.
Thompson, E. C.
40-Hour Week Committee.
American Federation of Labor
American Federation of Labor. Railway Employees' Department.
American Telegraph Dispatchers Association
Association of Western Railroads.
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees.
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen
Brotherhood of Railway, Airline, and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express, and Station Employees.
Chicago and North Western Railway Company.
Chicago Great Western Railway Company (1940-1968)
Eastern Carriers' Conference Committee.
Ft. Dodge, Des Moines, and Southern Railroad
Great Northern Railway.
Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad.
Order of Railroad Telegraphers (U.S.)
Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen
Order of Railway Conductors of America.
Railroad Yardmasters of America
Southeastern Carriers' Conference Committee.
United States. Board of Conciliation and Investigation.
United States. Interstate Commerce Commission.
United States. National Mediation Board.
United States. National Railroad Adjustment Board.
United States. National Railway Labor Panel.
United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945)
United States. Railroad Labor Board.
Western Carriers' Conference Committee.

Subjects:
Collective Bargaining. Railroads, United States.
Employee fringe benefits. Railroads. United States. Statistics.
Employees, Transfer of. Railroads. United States.
Supervisors, Industrial. Labor unions. United States.
Grievance procedures. Railroads. United States.
Job vacancies. Railroads. United States.
Labor discipline. Railroads. United States.
Layoff systems. United States.
Personnel directors.
Occupations. Classification
Railroads. Employees. United States.
Railroads. United States. Personnel management.
Sex discrimination in employment. United States.
Wages. Railroads. United States.
Women. Employment. United States.
Work rules. Railroads. United States.
Working conditions. Railroads. United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Agreements.
Records (documents)


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Cite As:
Chicago & Northwestern Transportation Company Records #5533. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

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SERIES LIST

Series I: Correspondence, 1926-1958
Series II: Circulars, 1945-1958
Series III: Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Motive Power and Operations Data, 1930-1949
Series IV: Dispute between the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway and the Federated Shop Crafts, 1920-1953
Series V: Employee Manuals, 1941-1968
Series VI: National Railroad Adjustment Board. Decisions and Awards, 1952-1955
Series VII: Federal Railroad Legislation and Emergency Boards, 1918-1951
Series VIII: Carrier Mergers, 1958-1968
Series IX: National Rules Movements, 1940-1960
Series X: Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway. Local Agreements, Conferences, and Reports, 1926-1960
Series XI: Clerks, Represented by the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees [BRAC], 1921-1960
Series XII: Yardmasters, Represented by Railroad Yardmasters of America [RRYMoA], 1922-1960
Series XIII: Dispatchers, Represented by the American Train Dispatchers Association, 1921-1960
Series XIV: Agreements, Historic, Between Various Labor Organizations and Ft. Dodge, Des Moines, and Southern Railroad, 1907-1947

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
The correspondence chiefly consists of grievance claims and discussions of the rules surrounding the claims. The major claims regard seniority, including seniority dating, rights, status, and rosters; claims for time- and-a-half; wage rates, including adjustments and wage differentials, apprentice rates, wage increases, and rates for various positions; claims for overtime; claims for back pay; time claims as a result of position abolishment, sickness, and injury; mileage claims; claims regarding reductions in the work force; displacement claims; and vacation claims.
Other claims regard working conditions, including the issues of inadequate facilities, sanitation, drinking water, lockers, and hazardous conditions; women workers, including the issues of dismissal for marrying, wages, and employment due to the labor shortage; and claims regarding the workweek and the workday, including the seven-to-six- day workweek, six-hour workday, and five-day work assignments. Finally, other grievance cases involve disciplinary actions and suspension; layoffs; transfers; dismissals; reclassifications; and posting of positions in accordance with local agreements.
Major correspondents include officers of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad, of the Great Northern Railway, and of the Chicago Great Western Railway. Other major correspondents include officers of the following unions: the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [BRT], the Order of Railway Conductors [ORC], the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees [BRAC], the Order of Railway Conductors [ORC], and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees. Finally, there are numerous pieces of correspondence with officers of the Association of Western Railroads.
Individual correspondents include G.E. Leighty, (president of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers), E.C. Thompson (executive secretary, National Mediation Board), William M. Leiserson (chairman, National Railway Labor Panel), B.M. Jewell (president, Railway Employees Department, American Federation of Labor) and O.H. Braese (president, American Telegraph Dispatchers Association).
Additional pieces of correspondence are also found in the other series where indicated.
Box 1 Folder 1 1926-1929
Box 1 Folder 2 1928-1929
Box 1 Folder 3 1930
Includes arbitration agreement between BRAC and Norther Pacific
Box 1 Folder 4 1931
Box 1 Folder 5 1932
January to March 1932
Box 1 Folder 6 1932
April to July 1932
Box 1 Folder 7 1932
August to December 1932
Box 1 Folder 8 1933
January to June 1933
Box 1 Folder 9 1933
July to December 1933
Box 1 Folder 10 1934
January to April 1934
Box 1 Folder 11 1934
May to August 1934
Box 1 Folder 12 1934
September to December 1934
Box 1 Folder 13 1935
Box 1 Folder 14 1936
Box 1 Folder 15 1937
Box 1 Folder 16 1938
Box 1 Folder 17 1939
Includes mediation agreements, ICC filings, and court filings
Box 1 Folder 18 1940
January to July 1940
Box 1 Folder 19 1940
September 1940. Contain Memorandum of Agreement with BRAC.
Box 1 Folder 20 1940
October to December 1940
Box 2 Folder 1 1941
January to April 1941
Box 2 Folder 2 1941
May to July 1941
Box 2 Folder 3 1941
August 1941
Box 2 Folder 4 1941
September to December 1941
Box 2 Folder 5 1942
January to April 1942
Box 2 Folder 6 1942
May to June 1942
Box 2 Folder 7 1942
July to December 1942
Box 2 Folder 8 1943
Box 2 Folder 9 1944
January to June 1944
Box 2 Folder 10 1944
July to December 1944
Box 2 Folder 11 1945
January to June 1945
Box 2 Folder 12 1945
July to December 1945
Box 2 Folder 13 1946
Box 2 Folder 14 1947
January to October 1947
Box 2 Folder 15 1947
November 1947
Box 2 Folder 16 1947
December 1947
Box 2 Folder 17 1948
January to June 1948
Box 2 Folder 18 1948
July to December 1948
Box 3 Folder 1 1949
Box 3 Folder 2 1950
January to May 1950
Box 3 Folder 3 1950
August 1950
Box 3 Folder 4 1950
September 1950. Contains memorandum of Agreement between M&St.L Rwy and ORT.
Box 3 Folder 17 1956
July to December 1956
Box 3 Folder 18 1957
Box 3 Folder 19 1958
This series consists of two sets of circulars. One set, from the Association of Western Railways [AWR], contains updates on agreements member carriers have entered into with various labor organizations. They also contain the text of the Agreements. AWR Circulars also contain information on decisions by various boards of adjustments based on interpretations of the previously mentioned agreements. Some of the circulars have attached correspondence, discussing how these interpretations affect either the carrier or their employees.
The second set of circulars come from the CNW itself. These circulars, issued by the personnel department, inform employees about updates and changes to the Rules, Agreements, and Schedules made between the carrier and the various labor organizations that represent the employees in negotiations. The circulars also interpret the changes, and inform the different classes of employees how the changes affect them.
Box 3 Folder 5 1951
June to August 1951
Box 3 Folder 6 1951
September to November 1951
Box 3 Folder 7 1952
January to June 1952
Box 3 Folder 8 1952
July to December 1952
Box 3 Folder 9 1953
January to March 1953
Box 3 Folder 10 1953
April to August 1953
Box 3 Folder 11 1953
September to December 1953
Box 3 Folder 12 1954
January to June 1954
Box 3 Folder 13 1954
July to November 1954
Box 3 Folder 14 1955
March to August 1955
Box 3 Folder 15 1955
September to November 1955
Box 3 Folder 16 1956
February to June 1956
Box 8 Folder 6 1945
Box 8 Folder 7 1948
Box 8 Folder 8 1946
Box 8 Folder 9 1947
Box 8 Folder 10 1949
Box 8 Folder 11 1950
Box 8 Folder 12 1951-1956
Box 8 Folder 13 1958
Box 7 Folder 1 1950-1954
Folder 1 of 5
Box 7 Folder 2 1950-1954
Folder 2 of 5
Box 7 Folder 3 1950-1954
Folder 3 of 5
Box 7 Folder 4 1950-1954
Folder 4 of 5
Box 7 Folder 5 1950-1954
Folder 5 of 5
Box 7 Folder 6 1950-1953
Folder 1 of 5
Box 7 Folder 7 1950-1953
Folder 2 of 5
Box 7 Folder 8 1950-1953
Folder 3 of 5
Box 7 Folder 9 1950-1953
Folder 4 of 5
Box 7 Folder 10 1950-1953
Folder 5 of 5
Box 7 Folder 11 1950-1954
Folder 1 of 2
Box 7 Folder 12 1950-1954
Folder 2 of 2
Box 7 Folder 13 1951-1954
Box 7 Folder 14 1952-1953
Box 7 Folder 15 1950-1953
Box 7 Folder 16 1951-1954
Folder 1 of 2
Box 7 Folder 17 1951-1954
Folder 2 of 2
Box 8 Folder 1 1951-1954
Box 8 Folder 2 1950-1954
Box 8 Folder 3 1949-1954
Box 8 Folder 4 1950-1954
Folder 1 of 2
Box 8 Folder 5 1950-1954
Folder 2 of 2
This series is comprised of information relating to Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway's [M&St.L] motive power. It includes both blank and completed forms for both the Carriers' Conference Committee and the Association of Western Railways. These spread sheets contain information on the types of motive power used by the M&St.L, the repairs made on the engines, the types of rolling stock used, and a rosters of both engines and rolling stock. These statistics are all for the month of December 1948. There are also spreadsheets documenting the number of trips made by different divisions of the M&St.L in August 1930. There are also reports on accidents.
Of interest are the two blank questionnaires designed to test aspiring firemen and engineers on their knowledge of different types of motive power.
Box 3 Folder 20
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company, Mechanical Department. No date.
Box 3 Folder 21
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company, Mechanical Department. No date.
Box 3 Folder 22 1949
Blank.
Box 3 Folder 23 1949
Blank.
Box 3 Folder 24 1949
Blank
Box 3 Folder 25 1949
Blank.
Box 3 Folder 26 1949
Blank.
Box 3 Folder 27 1949
Blank.
Box 3 Folder 28 1949
Blank.
Box 3 Folder 29 1949
Blank.
Box 3 Folder 30 1949
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company. For the month ending December 31, 1948.
Box 3 Folder 31 1949
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company. For the month ending December 31, 1948.
Box 3 Folder 32 1949
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company. For the month ending December 31, 1948.
Box 3 Folder 33 1949
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company. For the month ending December 31, 1948.
Box 3 Folder 34 1949
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company. For the month ending December 31, 1948.
Box 3 Folder 35 1949
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company. For the month ending December 31, 1948.
Box 3 Folder 36 1949
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company. For the month ending December 31, 1948.
Box 3 Folder 37 1949
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company. For the month ending December 31, 1948.
Box 3 Folder 38 1947
To the Bureau of Transport Economics and Statistics, Interstate Commerce Commission. September 1947. For the M&St.L Rwy.
Box 4 Folder 1 1930
August 10-16, 1930. Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company.
Box 4 Folder 2 1930
August 10-16, 1930. Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company.
Box 4 Folder 3 1930
August 10-16, 1930. Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company.
Box 4 Folder 4 1930
August 10-16, 1930. Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company.
Box 4 Folder 5 1930
August 10-16, 1930. Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company.
Box 4 Folder 6 1930
August 10-16, 1930. Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company.
This series contains records documenting a dispute between the M&St.L and its employees who worked in non-operating crafts. These employees belonged to the International Association of Machinists; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, and Helpers of America; the International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths, Drop Forgers and Helpers; the Amalgamated Sheet Metal Workers International Alliance; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; and the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America. This series includes documentation on who represented the non-operating employees, including a decision by the U.S. Railroad Labor Board regarding the representation, and the Constitution and By-Laws of the M&St.L Railroad System Association, Federated Shop Crafts AFL, which was deemed the representative organization instead of the American Federation of Railroad Workers. The complete filing of the 1921 case, including a transcript of the testimony before the U.S. Railroad Labor Board, is found in this series.
Of particular interest is the documentation of the Great Railroad Strike of 1922, also called the Shopmen's Strike. This strike, which occurred in July and August 1922, was a nationwide strike launched by seven of the sixteen railroad labor organizations in existence of the time and the largest railroad work stoppage since the Pullman Strike of 1894. This series contains records of the financial losses suffered by the M&St.L as well as a timeline of strike activities that occurred on their properties.
Reports on conferences and Agreements between the M&St.L and the Federated Shop Crafts are also located in this series. Also found are changes to the agreement with regards to the seniority rights of employees who served in the military during the course of their employment.
Box 4 Folder 7 1945-1953
Association of Western Railways Circular Nos. 246 in re Advancement of apprentices, etc. to position of Mechanic. Agreement is between Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway Company and Federated Shop Crafts, Railway Employees Dept., AFL.
Box 4 Folder 8 1920- 1934
Includes correspondence; filings; transcript of proceedings before U.S. Labor Board, Docket 979, held December 5, 1921; and the Constitution and By-Laws of the Minneapolis and St. Louis System Association, adopted September 2, 1922
Box 4 Folder 9 1920- 1934
Includes correspondence; filings with the U.S. Railroad Administration; list of names of members of the System Association Lodge; copy of National Agreement for Shop Crafts; statement of the aggregate cost of the Shop Crafts' Strike of 1922; timeline of events of Shop Crafts' Strike of 1922; and ex parte filings by M&St.L Rwy management with U.S. Railroad Labor Board.
Box 4 Folder 10 1934
Federated Shop Crafts, Railway Employees Dept., AFL v. Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway.
This series contains bound volumes with information for railroad employees. The manuals cover different aspects of railroad employment. Some are personnel focused, such as the manuals on interviewing, salary administration, and workforce reductions; the directories of payroll numbers and disability ratings also focus on personnel matters. Instructional matters are also covered, both in the manual on preventing workplace mishaps and in the routing guides, which instruct employees on interchanges with other railroads. Finally, a bound volume containing the proceedings of the American Association of Railroad Superintendents' annual conference is also located in this collection.
Box 4 Folder 11 1946
Box 4 Folder 12 1961-1966
Lists of employees by union affiliation.
Box 4 Folder 13 1968
Box 4 Folder 14 1954
Box 4 Folder 15 1965-1968
Box 4 Folder 16 1965-1968
Box 4 Folder 17 1961
Bound book.
Box 4 Folder 18 1963
Contains a poster.
Box 4 Folder 19 1971
Claims and decisions by the Board.
Box 4 Folder 20 1957
Box 4 Folder 21
No date.
Box 4 Folder 22 1941
Bound book.
Box 4 Folder 23 1942-1952
The National Railroad Adjustment Board [NRAB] was created by 45 U.S. Code 153, part of the Railway Labor Act. It is overseen by the National Mediation Board, which was created by the 1934 amendment to Railway Labor Act to oversee the arbitration of labor disputes in the railway and airline industries. The NRAB is tasked with arbitrating minor disputes, i.e. grievance arbitrations, in the railway industry. This series contains the NRAB's decision in cases that either affected labor relations on the M&St.L system, or cases that directly involved M&St.L personnel. The latter are all cases of employees' claims for wages, filed by the Switchmen's Union of North America [SUNA].
Box 5 Folder 1 1955
Box 5 Folder 2 1955
Box 5 Folder 3 1955
Box 5 Folder 4 1955
Box 5 Folder 5 1955
Box 5 Folder 6 1955
2-PRR-URRWA, CIO-55.
Box 5 Folder 7 1955
2-CNO and TP-EW-55.
Box 5 Folder 8 1955
2-AT and SF-CM-55.
Box 5 Folder 9 1955
2-UT-EM-55.
Box 5 Folder 10 1955
2-SP(PL)-CM-55
Box 5 Folder 53 1955
August 4 1955. In re Claim for One Yard Day's Pay. Filing from SUNA.
Box 5 Folder 54 1952-1955
In re Claim for One Yard Day's Pay. Includes correspondence and filings from SUNA.
Box 5 Folder 55 1952-1955
In re Claim for One Yard Day's Pay. Filing from SUNA.
Box 5 Folder 56 1950-1955
In re Claim for One Yard Day's Pay. Filing from SUNA.
Box 6 Folder 1 1952-1955
In re Claim for One Yard Day's Pay. Filings from SUNA.
Box 6 Folder 2 1951-1955
In re Claim for One Yard Day's Pay. Filings from SUNA.
Box 6 Folder 3 1952-1955
In re Claim for One Yard Day's Pay. Multiple filings from SUNA.
Box 6 Folder 4 1952-1955
Filing by SUNA.
This series contains records of federal agencies which regulated the railroad industry. This includes the nationalization of the railroads during World War I under the U.S. Railroad Administration and the decision by an Emergency Board in 1942 to ensure that labor disputes did not hinder the U.S.'s war mobilizations during World War II. Also found in this series is the legislation that amended the Railroad Retirement Acts and Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act in 1951.
Box 5 Folder 11 1951
Box 5 Folder 12 1942
July 21, 1942
Box 5 Folder 13 1918-1919
Box 5 Folder 14 1918-1919
This series contain documentation of various mergers between carriers that occurred during the 1950s and 1960s; this period is sometimes referred to Railroad Merger Era. It began in the late 1950s with the approval of the merger between the Norfolk and Western with The Virginian Railway. The culmination of the railroad merger era was the merger of the Pennsylvania Railroad with the New York Central Railroad in 1968, forming the Penn Central Transportation Company.
This series contains some of the Agreements of the Penn Central merger, as well as copies of Agreements from other large carrier mergers. These records are present because they were used as templates for the Agreements used in CNW's merger with Chicago Great Western Railway in 1968. The various Consolidation Agreements demonstrate how complicated and unwieldy this process was, and helps demonstrate why the majority of these mergers resulted in larger carrier companies declaring bankruptcy and led to the deregulation of the industry and the creation of national corporations ConRail and Amtrak which operated on what had been the Penn Central's tracks.
Box 5 Folder 15 1966-1967
Consolidation of seniority districts, of terminal services, of terminals through attrition and other means, passenger service, zones, and schedules.
Box 5 Folder 16 1967
Agreement between Pennsylvania Railroad and N.Y. Central with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen .
Box 5 Folder 17 1966
June 1, 1966. Agreement between Pennsylvania Railroad and N.Y. Central with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen .
Box 5 Folder 18 1964-1966
Box 5 Folder 19 1966
December 1, 1966. Agreement between Pennsylvania Railroad and N.Y. Central with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen .
Box 5 Folder 20 1967
January 13, 1967. Agreement between Pennsylvania Railroad and N.Y. Central with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen .
Box 5 Folder 21 1962
Box 5 Folder 22 1966
Filed with copy of October, 11 1966 Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central Railroad Agreement.
Box 5 Folder 23 1966
April 14, 1966.
Box 5 Folder 24 1966
Appendix to Agreement
Box 5 Folder 25 1966
Box 5 Folder 26 1959-1966
Sent to CNW Vice President of Labor Relations T.M. Van Patten at his request
Box 5 Folder 27 1966
Sent to CNW Vice President of Labor Relations T.M. Van Patten at his request
Box 5 Folder 28 1966
Box 5 Folder 29 1958
Box 5 Folder 30 1968
Agreements with BLE, BLF&E, and SUNA.
Box 5 Folder 31 1968
Agreements with BRT and ORC&B.
Box 5 Folder 32 1968
Route Map and Attachments.
Box 5 Folder 33 1968
Attachments.
This series contains records relating to National Rules Movements. The bulk of the records come from the Rules Movement of 1958, but other years are represented. The National Rules Movement were efforts by the railroad labor organizations to change operating rules for railroad employees. The Rules Movement of 1950 was concerned with moving to a 40-Hour week from a 48-Hour week with no reduction in pay. The 1958 Rules Movement was concerned with the operation of rules establishing time limits for the handling of claims and grievances; hiring practices; safety, health, and sanitation; and, accidents. Other issues addressed in Rules Movements of 1958 include vacation and holiday agreements.
The records in this series include Section 6 Notices, in which the Unions notify the carriers of their desire to change the language of their Agreements; records of conferences had between the two sides to negotiate changes; and, circulars from carriers' conference informing other member railroads of changes made to Agreements.
Of interest are records regarding the efforts of the American Railway Supervisors Association to organize supervisory officials, such as supervisors engaged in mechanics departments of various railroads. The negotiations and Agreements between carrier and labor organization were then subject to the changes requested by the Federated Shop Crafts during the Rules Movement.
Box 5 Folder 34 1958
Case between St. Louis Southwestern Rwy and the BLE, BLF&E, and BRT re changing Rules of their Agreement
Box 5 Folder 35 1955
Box 5 Folder 36 1956
Box 5 Folder 37 1956
Between M&St.L Rwy and Railroad Yardmasters of America
Box 5 Folder 38 1956
Includes correspondence and minutes to meetings.
Box 5 Folder 39 1958-1959
Includes Mediation Agreement, Case No. A-5987, Western Carrier Conference Circulars, and correspondence
Box 5 Folder 40 1958-1959
Includes Mediation Agreement, Case No. A-5987, Western Carrier Conference Circulars, and correspondence
Box 5 Folder 41 1956-1957
Circulars 748 series
Box 5 Folder 42 1940-1947
Includes internal memos, correspondence, circulars from the National Mediation Board, and Rules and Agreements.
Box 5 Folder 44 1958-1959
Section 6 Notices
Box 6 Folder 13 1956-1960
Filed by the Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen.
Box 6 Folder 14 1955-1959
Filed by International Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers
Box 6 Folder 17 1958
Section 6 Notice Served: 1. The operation of rules establishing time limits for the handling of claims and grievances; 2. Hiring practices; 3. Safety, health, and sanitation; 4. Accidents.
Box 6 Folder 18 1958
Section 6 Notice Served: 1. The operation of rules establishing time limits for the handling of claims and grievances; 2. Hiring practices; 3. Safety, health, and sanitation; 4. Accidents.
Box 6 Folder 19 1958
Section 6 Notice Served: 1. The operation of rules establishing time limits for the handling of claims and grievances; 2. Hiring practices; 3. Safety, health, and sanitation; 4. Accidents.
Box 6 Folder 20 1958
Box 6 Folder 21 1959
Folder also contains correspondence, circulars, and appendixes to old agreements.
Box 6 Folder 22 1956-1959
In handling Western Union business. Filed by Order of Railroad Telegraphers.
Box 6 Folder 23 1959-1960
Revision of vacation and holiday agreement between carriers and non-operating crafts.
Box 6 Folder 24 1959
Revision of vacation and holiday agreement. Filed by Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express & Station Employees.
Box 6 Folder 35 1959
Designation of Western Carriers' Conference as representative for M&St.L Rwy.
Box 6 Folder 39 1959-1960
Contains revised Agreements with non-operating crafts.
Box 8 Folder 28 1959-1960
Filed by Railroad Yardmasters of America.
Box 8 Folder 29 1957-1959
Filed by Railroad Yardmasters of America.
Box 9 Folder 8 1957-1960
This series contains records of the local agreements the M&St.L had with various railroad labor organizations. Also included are reports of conferences between the local representatives of the labor organizations and the M&St.L representatives. These agreements are interesting because of their focus on smaller and more local concerns that are not always represented in the national agreements. Many of these records are about the M&St.L facility on Fort Dodge, Iowa. Of particular interest are the blue prints for a proposed office building, maps of the train yards, and an attempt by the M&St.L to rent space from the Illinois Central Railroad to defray the costs of maintaining their own facilities.
Also located in this series is a folder containing articles and essays on the issue of featherbedding. Featherbedding is the practice of hiring more workers than are needed to perform a given job. The term is often used by management to refer to labor union contracts which require them to keep a certain number of staff employed, even in instances in which they are no longer needed, such as with the rise of automated workflows that render certain positions obsolete. Certain local agreements are also filed with theses clippings, presumably because the M&St.L felt that these Agreements were example of the same.
Of particular interest is a file regarding the use of Edifone Equipment to record formal investigations. It is included in this series because it was a policy adopted by the M&St.L and agreed upon by the various locals. However, the introduction of this equipment is indicative of the effects automation began to have on the work, particularly with regard to the clerks and stenographers employed by the M&St.L.
Box 5 Folder 43 1958-1959
In re amending agreements to include Ft. Dodge, improve working conditions
Box 5 Folder 45 1959
3 sets of blueprints (oversize)
Box 5 Folder 46 1958
Box 5 Folder 47 1957-1958
Box 5 Folder 48 1959
Between M&St.L Rwy and BLF&E.
Box 5 Folder 49 1959
Between M&St.L Rwy and BLF&E.
Box 5 Folder 50 1959
Between M&St.L Rwy and BLF&E.
Box 5 Folder 51 1955
Between M&St.L Rwy and BLF&E.
Box 5 Folder 52 1959
Box 6 Folder 5 1958
Includes correspondence with Illinois Central asking to rent part of their facilities. Contains freight station maps.
Box 6 Folder 6 1957-1958
Possible violation of Article 45 of Agreement.
Box 6 Folder 7 1923-1924
For crews deadheading or being towed.
Box 6 Folder 8 1925-1954
Claims filed with Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
Box 6 Folder 9 1935-1956
Claims filed with Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
Box 6 Folder 10 1924-1939
Claims filed with Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
Box 6 Folder 11 1956-1960
Agreement violations; consolidated code of operating rules; contracting out work; seniority; apprenticeships.
Box 6 Folder 12 1956-1960
Agreement violations; consolidated code of operating rules; contracting out work; seniority; apprenticeships.
Box 8 Folder 21 1945
BRT and BLF&E
Box 8 Folder 22 1951-1955
With the ORC, BRT, and BLF&E.
Box 8 Folder 23 1929-1946
With the ORC, BLE, BRT, and BLF&E.
Box 9 Folder 5 1926-1957
On trains from Nemo and Monmouth.
Box 9 Folder 6 1944-1954
3 booklets. Also contains correspondence and circulars.
Box 6 Folder 16 1956-1960
Includes articles on featherbedding, labor law, agreements with various classes of employees, and correspondence.
Box 6 Folder 15 1956-1960
Folder includes a "test recording" on an Ediphone Diamond Disc.
This series consists of records of labor relations between the M&St.L and the BRAC locals that represented their employees. Contained in this series are claims from employees, reports on conference between local representatives and management, implementation of agreements, correspondence, and conferences regarding the abolishment of positions that have been made redundant by automated processes.
Box 6 Folder 25 1956-1958
Memoranda and notes from conferences re rate of pay for Inventory Accountant position. Between carriers and Clerks.
Box 6 Folder 26 1958-1960
Conference between carriers and Clerks.
Box 6 Folder 27 1958
With regard to decision reached in matter of conference between Boston & Maine Railroad and BRAC Clerks.
Box 6 Folder 28 1959
August 25 1959. Filed by BRAC.
Box 6 Folder 29 1959
Reports on conference between carrier and BRAC.
Box 6 Folder 30 1959
Abolishment of her position; Dictaphone recording device replaces stenographer.
Box 6 Folder 31 1958-1959
Stenographer pool employees.
Box 6 Folder 32 1958-1959
Report on conference with BRAC.
Box 6 Folder 33 1959
Report on conference with BRAC.
Box 6 Folder 34 1958
Report on conference with BRAC.
Box 6 Folder 36 1959
RESTRICTED. Contains Discipline File and Edison Dictaphone recording of investigation.
Box 6 Folder 37 1959
RESTRICTED. Contains Discipline File and Edison Dictaphone recording of investigation.
Box 6 Folder 38 1959
October 22, 1959
Box 8 Folder 14 1959
Box 8 Folder 15 1924-1925
Box 8 Folder 16 1921-1924
Contains letter re practice of firing female employees if they get married.
Box 8 Folder 17 1921-1924
Box 8 Folder 18 1921-1924
Box 8 Folder 19 1945
Box 8 Folder 20 1957-1958
Discontinuance of position in revenue accounting division, and redistribution of wealth.
This series consists of records of labor relations between the M&St.L and the RRYMoA locals that represented their employees. Contained in this series are claims from employees, reports on conference between local representatives and management, agreements, memoranda of understanding, correspondence, and conferences regarding how open positions are advertised on the boards. Of particular interest is the report of the Emergency Board on the implementation of the 40- Hour workweek.
Box 8 Folder 24 1956-1958
Requesting increase of rate of pay.
Box 8 Folder 25 1945-1951
Box 8 Folder 26 1958
With Railroad Yardmasters of America.
Box 8 Folder 27 1959
With Railroad Yardmasters of America.
Box 8 Folder 30 1959-1960
Filed by Railroad Yardmasters of America.
Box 8 Folder 31 1922-1927
Correspondence re negotiations contains coded telegraphs.
Box 8 Folder 32 1935-1939
Box 8 Folder 33 1940-1944
Contains claims, correspondence, agreements, and rates of pay.
Box 8 Folder 34 1945-1947
Includes "Report to the President by Emergency Board Appointed March 8, 1945," circulars, and correspondence.
Box 8 Folder 35 1948-1951
Railroad Yardmasters of America.
Box 8 Folder 36 1952
Contains Agreements with Railroad Yardmasters of America regarding seniority and policies for furloughed employees.
Box 9 Folder 1 1953-1955
Contains circulars, claims, correspondence, conference reports, and rates of pay.
Box 9 Folder 2 1956-1959
Includes circulars, Agreement for increase in rate of pay, correspondence, and claims.
Box 9 Folder 3 1941-1950
Includes circulars, correspondence, and Agreement.
Box 9 Folder 4 1951-1956
Board decision from 1951, three pieces of correspondence relating to decision from 1956.
This series consists of records of labor relations between the M&St.L and the ATDA locals that represented their employees. Contained in this series are claims from employees, reports on conference between local representatives and management, agreements, correspondence, and conferences regarding consolidation and abolishment of positions for dispatchers.
Box 9 Folder 7 1923-1935
Box 9 Folder 9 1951-1953
Box 9 Folder 10 1953
Box 9 Folder 11 1953-1960
Box 9 Folder 12 1960
Box 9 Folder 13 1957
August 8 1957
Box 9 Folder 14 1921-1925
Box 9 Folder 15 1926-1929
Box 9 Folder 16 1930-1935
Box 9 Folder 17 1936-1939
Box 9 Folder 18 1940
Box 9 Folder 19 1941
Box 9 Folder 20 1942
Box 9 Folder 21 1943-1946
Box 9 Folder 22 1947
Folder 1 of 3.
Box 9 Folder 23 1947
Folder 2 of 3.
Box 9 Folder 24 1947
Folder 3 of 3.
Box 9 Folder 25 1948-1949
Box 9 Folder 26 1950
Box 9 Folder 27 1951
Box 9 Folder 28 1952-1953
Box 9 Folder 29 1954
Box 10 Folder 1 1955
Box 10 Folder 2 1956
Folder 1 of 2.
Box 10 Folder 3 1956
Folder 2 of 2.
Box 10 Folder 4 1957
Folder 1 of 2.
Box 10 Folder 5 1957
Folder 2 of 2.
Box 10 Folder 6 1958-1960
This series consists of historic agreements between the Ft. Dodge, Des Moines, and Southern Railroad and various labor organizations representing their employees. These are a valuable resource for the study of the development of collective bargaining agreements between carriers and labor organizations.
Box 10 Folder 7 1907
Box 10 Folder 8 1911
1 booklet.
Box 10 Folder 9 1911
Box 10 Folder 10 1912
Box 10 Folder 11 1912
Box 10 Folder 12 1912
Box 10 Folder 13 1913
January 1 1913
Box 10 Folder 14 1914
Box 10 Folder 15 1914
June 1 1914.
Box 10 Folder 16 1914
Box 10 Folder 17 1914
Box 10 Folder 18 1915
June 1 1915
Box 10 Folder 19 1916-1918
September 5 1916 - September 5 1918.
Box 10 Folder 20 1916
Box 10 Folder 21 1916
June 1 1916.
Box 10 Folder 22 1916
Box 10 Folder 23 1916
Box 10 Folder 24 1917
Box 10 Folder 25 1917
May 7 - 12 1917
Box 10 Folder 26 1917
June 14 1917
Box 10 Folder 27 1917
June 14 1917
Box 10 Folder 28 1917
Box 10 Folder 29 1917
Box 10 Folder 30 1917
March 13 1917
Box 10 Folder 31 1917
June 14 1917.
Box 10 Folder 32 1918
Box 10 Folder 33 1918
Box 10 Folder 34 1918
Box 10 Folder 35 1920
BLE, BRT, and ORC.
Box 10 Folder 36 1920
Box 10 Folder 37 1920
Box 10 Folder 38 1921
Box 10 Folder 39 1921-1929
Box 10 Folder 40 1928
Box 10 Folder 41 1921
January 1 1921.
Box 10 Folder 42 1921
Box 10 Folder 43 1921
Box 10 Folder 44 1921
January 1 1921.
Box 10 Folder 45 1921
January 1 1921
Box 10 Folder 46 1921
Box 10 Folder 47 1921
Box 10 Folder 48 1922
Box 10 Folder 49 1922
June 1 1922.
Box 10 Folder 50 1922
June 1 1922
Box 10 Folder 51 1922
June 1 1922
Box 10 Folder 52 1922
June 1 1922.
Box 10 Folder 53 1922
June 1 1922
Box 10 Folder 54 1922
June 1 1922.
Box 10 Folder 55 1922
June 1 1922.
Box 10 Folder 56 1922
March 21 1922.
Box 10 Folder 57 1922
June 1 1922.
Box 10 Folder 58 1923
July 21 to October 1 1923
Box 10 Folder 59 1925
July 30 1925
Box 10 Folder 60 1926
December 1926
Box 10 Folder 61 1927
February to August 9 1927
Box 10 Folder 62 1927
February 23 to November 25 1927
Box 10 Folder 63 1929
August 17 1929
Box 10 Folder 64 1929
February to June 10 1929
Box 10 Folder 65 1930
March to April 1930.
Box 10 Folder 66 1932
February 11 1932
Box 10 Folder 67 1932
February 11 1932
Box 10 Folder 68 1932
February 23 1932
Box 10 Folder 69 1932
February 11 1932
Box 10 Folder 70 1932
February 10 1932
Box 10 Folder 71 1932
February 11 1932
Box 10 Folder 72 1932
February 1932
Box 10 Folder 73 1932
February 11 1932
Box 10 Folder 74 1932
February 1932.
Box 10 Folder 75 1932
February 11 1932
Box 10 Folder 76 1933
September to November 1933
Box 10 Folder 77 1933
September to October 1933
Box 10 Folder 78 1935
August 23 1935
Box 10 Folder 79 1935
February 9 1935
Box 10 Folder 80 1941
September 6 1941
Box 10 Folder 81 1942
March 1942
Box 10 Folder 82 1944
August 16 1944
Box 10 Folder 83 1944
August 1 1944. 2 booklets.
Box 10 Folder 84 1945
April 28 1945
Box 10 Folder 85 1942-1945
Box 10 Folder 86 1946
Box 10 Folder 87 1946
August 30 1946
Box 10 Folder 88 1946
June 1 1946
Box 10 Folder 89 1946
June 1 1946
Box 10 Folder 90 1946
September 21 1946
Box 10 Folder 91 1947
February 3 1947