The IUE Labor Archives Project: Records of the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine & Furniture Workers, AFL-CIO (IUE)

Subgroup: Conference Boards & Negotiations
ca. 1939-1963, bulk 1950-1960
Quantity: ca. ll.60 linear feet

Special Collections and University Archives
Rutgers University Libraries

Table of Contents

Series Descriptions and Container Lists 1

Outline of Series

Subgroup: Conference Boards & Negotiations

  1. General Electric Corporation Conference Board & Negotiations Files
  2. Westinghouse Electric Corporation Conference Board & Negotiations Files
  3. GM Conference Board & Negotiations Files
  4. Subsidiary Conference Boards Files


In October, 1965, Rutgers University received the Records of the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, AFL-CIO (IUE), in accordance with the agreement between the IUE and the University Library designating Rutgers as the official repository for the archives of the union. The first accession group of IUE Archives contained approximately 495 linear feet of material and was transferred to Rutgers in the original office transfiles formerly stored at the union's international headquarters in Washington, D.C. These transfiles contained records and documents generated and collected by IUE President James B. Carey and other union officers, the various IUE Departments and their heads, and the constituent district offices and local unions from 1949 (the inception of the union) to 1962.

The IUE Conference Board & Negotiations records, comprising 11.5 linear feet, constitute one subgroup within Record Group I of the IUE Archives. Though the IUE's original central transfiles included a small core of IUE Conference Board records generated by the respective chairmen of the major conference boards (GE, Westinghouse, GM), Rutgers University Archivist William Miller and his staff attempted to amalgamate these with the voluminous conference board records contained in other departments, thus creating an all-inclusive subgroup. However, this effort remained incomplete by 1971. Upon further appraisal of this artificial arrangement plan, it was decided to reconstitute and return identifiable Conference Board & Negotiation files to their department of origin, or the department head responsible for generating the records. Thus, the bulk of the various IUE Conference Board & Negotiations Files are contained within the following subgroups: President's Office, Secretary-Treasurer's Office, and Legal Department.

Arrangement, processing, and description of the IUE Conference Board & Negotiations records- Record Group I, IUE Archives, was initiated and completed in 1993 after the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Rutgers University Library received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and additional financial support from the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine & Furniture Workers, AFL-CIO.

Administrative History

The International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (CIO) Conference Board was established as the union's chief institutional mechanism to coordinate the collective bargaining activities of local unions situated within a multi-plant setting, or, "more or less well-defined segments within the electrical, radio and machine industries." Article XXIV, Section B of the IUE Constitution (adopted at the union's 2nd Annual Convention, December 1950), formally created the Conference Boards representing IUE locals in the General Electric Company (GE), General Motors Corporation (GM), Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and Sylvania Electric Products Company. In fact, these IUE Conference Boards had been fully operational during the union's earliest negotiations with the aforementioned chain corporations. The constitution empowered the IUE Executive Board with the authority to establish additional conference boards as the need arose.

The Conference Board represented the IUE's functional and democratic response to the complexity of collective bargaining with large, decentralized electrical and electronics manufacturers. It united all locals within their respective corporate "chain" to formulate a common bargaining agenda and achieve industry-wide standards with respect to wages, pension, health, and insurance benefits, employment security, seniority, union security, and improved vacation and holiday pay provisions. By evolving democratic procedures for the framing of contract demands and building a consensus toward negotiations, the IUE leadership blunted management's ability to divide locals against one another.

Each Conference Board consisted of delegates elected by each local union falling within its jurisdiction. Representation was proportional, based upon the following formula: one delegate for the first thousand (1,000) members; one additional delegate for each additional thousand members; provided that a local may have no more than four (4) delegates. The primary tasks of the Conference Board involved: formulating collective bargaining demands within their respective jurisdiction; designating negotiating committees to negotiate contracts; determining the acceptance or rejection of national agreements; coordinating the administration of bargaining agreements within their jurisdiction; and determining whether or not strikes should be called to obtain satisfactory national collective bargaining agreements. Acceptance of a national agreement by the Conference Board required a vote by local unions "representing no less than two-thirds of the IUE members represented by that Conference Board." Once approved, the national agreement was binding upon all locals covered under the jurisdiction of the Conference Board. Likewise, a two- thirds vote determined whether strikes should be initiated or terminated. An elastic clause in Article XXIV enabled the Conference Board to "establish additional regulations to govern their activities, subject to the approval of the IUE Executive Board. Thus, each Conference Board drafted its own rules and procedures, primarily empowering and expanding the functions of the Conference Board Chairman.

Local union delegates attended an annual February meeting of their respective Board to elect a Conference Board Chairman. The Chairman served a one-year term and had primary responsibility for coordinating the collective bargaining activities and administering the national agreement under their jurisdiction. The Conference Board Chairman served as a permanent member of the negotiations committee. The chairman was empowered to call special meetings of committees and subcommittees established by the Board--either upon the request of IUE President, or, written request of locals representing two-thirds membership. Assisted by the IUE International Office, Conference Board Chairmen participated in contract negotiations and furnished local unions with minutes and other informational material (concerning wages, hours, and working conditions) generated by the Conference Board and Negotiating Committee. They also were empowered to arrange meetings with management concerning questions arising over interpretation of the national agreement and resolution of grievance matters at the national appeal level. At the request of a local union within his jurisdiction, the Chairman assisted in negotiating supplemental agreements to the national contract, providing that these did not violate the national agreement and jeopardize standards and working conditions existing in other plants. All Conference Board Chairmen were active in planning organization drives and the establishment of Steward's Councils within their jurisdiction.

Prior to the annual Conference Board meeting to formulate a bargaining program, the respective Conference Board Chairmen called for regional grassroots conferences in an effort to survey and assess local conditions and management's observance of the current contract. Often, in conjunction with the Secretary-Treasurer's Office and Research Department, they initiated wage surveys to gauge the extent of existing inequities or endemic problems impacting upon future negotiations. Once the bargaining demands had been formulated, the Chairman, assisted by the International Office and Negotiating Committee, devised a strategy for the impending negotiation sessions with management. During the course of negotiations, the Conference Board Chairman and IUE leadership conducted a vigorous educational and publicity campaign to sustain local union support for the initiatives of the Negotiating Committee, and the pending national agreement.

The 1950's witnessed the union's vigorous expansion of its Conference Board Program, extending coverage to IUE members working in diverse occupation sectors and other chain corporations. Conference Boards were established for groups with more than 25,000 employees, or where the IUE Executive Council deemed justified. Among the new Conference Boards were: R.C.A., Sperry-Rand, Professional, Technical and Salaried Workers, Skilled Trades, and Radio, TV & Parts, and Philco. The IUE also created Councils for significant occupational segments requiring their own special collective bargaining agenda. These included workers employed in the Battery, Optical, and Lamp industries, nominally affiliated with the electrical manufacturing industry.

Scope and Content

The IUE Conference Board & Negotiations subgroup contains 11.63 linear feet of records documenting the history and organizational evolution of the major IUE Conference Boards and their impact upon labor-management relations within the large chain corporations--GE, Westinghouse, and GM--during the 1950's. Establishment of the IUE conference boards reflected the union's functional and bureaucratic response to the complexity of negotiations with highly decentralized conglomerates. Record contents provide evidential documentation of the administration and operation of the various conference boards and their impact on pattern bargaining within the electrical and electronics industries. The IUE Conference Board provided an institutional and democratic framework for local union representation in the framing of contract proposals and other major collective bargaining decisions--strikes, work stoppages, and the acceptance or rejection of contracts.

Proceedings, minutes, and reports of the various IUE Conference Boards and Negotiating Committees (GE, Westinghouse, and GM) are incomplete and sporadic for certain years but still provide the best documentation of the board's scope of activities. Reports to the Conference Boards prepared by various IUE Conference Board Chairmen and officers such as President James B. Carey, Albin Hartnett, and Research Director, David Lasser, offer an incisive overview of major issues and the formulation of contract demands pursuant to negotiations with the major chain corporation. Contained within the reports are analyses of wage patterns and statistical data on corporate profits, historical sketches of collective-bargaining relations with the major chains, and the comparative analysis of contracts on an intra-industry basis. Collectively, these sources provide labor historians and labor-management specialists with valuable reference material on the evolution of the IUE's collective bargaining agenda. Particularly noteworthy was the union's refinement of its pension, health, and insurance programs and the struggle to achieve employer- financed benefits. Another predominant theme was the IUE's concern with employment security issues and its successive contract proposals for a minimum security wage, guaranteed annual wage, and Supplemental Unemployment Benefits Plan (SUB) in the face of layoffs and economic recession. Other collective bargaining goals included: the inclusion of wage escalators and cost of living adjustments; establishment of a wage inequity fund; and improved union security, seniority, and grievance provisions.

Reports, circulars, and releases issued by the various IUE Negotiating Committees and transcripts of IUE bargaining sessions are the best sources to trace the chronology of negotiations with GE, Westinghouse, and GM. The Secretary-Treasurer's Office subgroup, however, contains a more comprehensive Conference Board and Negotiations series covering inclusive bargaining dates and a broader array of conference boards (i.e. RCA, Sylvania, and Radio, T.V. & Parts). This material documents the collective bargaining process and the strategic maneuvering by the IUE to formulate contract proposals and respond to corporate counter proposals.

The activities of IUE Conference Board Chairmen (John Callahan, GE, Michael Fitzpatrick and Robert Nellis, Westinghouse, and E.J. Kraft, GM), are chronicled in supporting correspondence and memoranda accompanying sessions of the Conferences Boards. Their missives are interspersed throughout the series. Chief correspondents include IUE officials--James B. Carey, Albin Hartnett, David Lasser, Joseph Swire and Benjamin Sigal. There is also correspondence between IUE officers (specifically Carey) and corporate executives--including letters received from GE President Ralph Cordiner, Westinghouse President, Gwilym Price, and Louis G. Seaton, General Motors Director for Labor Relations. While Conference Board meetings and negotiations dominate the subject content, there is important documentation of IUE efforts to build a consensus among locals in regards to formulating contract proposals and taking strike action. This is evident in the regional IUE-GE Grassroots Conferences which shaped the union's bargaining agenda with GE. Though contract demands were filtered from the bottom-up, there is ample correspondence and memoranda showing how the IUE leadership and Conference Board Chairmen orchestrated the bargaining agenda and undertook extensive educational work to build consensus at the local and regional levels.

The subgroup also documents the impact of various strikes, organizing campaigns, and government (war) economic stabilization programs on negotiations and labor agreements. There is supplementary information pertaining to the 1952 lockouts and strikes at Bowling Green, Kentucky and Buffalo, NY, and the nationwide IUE strike against Westinghouse in 1955-56. The IUE-GM Conference Board series sheds light on the impact of UAW agreements with GM, and their implications for IUE members within GM. The 1960 IUE-GE contract talks comprise a sizable portion of the IUE-GE Conference Board Records and include strike material and records pertaining to IUE Local 301 and Leo Jandreau (Schenectady, NY).


Organized chronologically by year and arranged alphabetically within the yearly grouping.

The GE Conference Board and Negotiations Files document the frequently contentious course of IUE- GE negotiations at the national level from 1950-1963. This series includes a variety of records and material generated and collated by GE Conference Board participants, IUE officers, and GE management active in contract negotiations during the period covered.

The bulk of the series includes the following: minutes, reports, and releases generated by IUE- CIO "Grassroots" GE regional conferences, IUE-GE Conference Board meetings, and the IUE-GE Negotiations Committee; minutes (transcripts) of IUE-GE negotiations and bargaining sessions; union and corporate-issued publicity material (circulars, leaflets, newsletters, press releases, and clippings); summaries and analyses of contract proposals, counter proposals, and agreements; transcripts and summaries of IUE-GE bargaining sessions conducted under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services; correspondence (the bulk, office copies) between IUE and GE officers; copies and transcripts of statements, addresses, and interviews; and IUE memoranda and correspondence relating to GE negotiations and labor-management relations. There are also brief overviews of IUE-GE collective bargaining history which were prepared by Carey and his staff. A substantial portion of the IUE memoranda and circular letters were issued by John H. Callahan (IUE-GE Conference Board Chairman), Frank Fiorillo (IUE-GE Conference Board Secretary), James B. Carey, Al Hartnett, David Lasser, Joseph Swire, and Benjamin Sigal. Corporate correspondents include GE President, Ralph Cordiner, Vice President for Labor-Management Relations, Lemuel Boulware, and Virgil B. Day, Manager for Union Relations.

Record contents trace the evolution of the turbulent collective bargaining history between the IUE and GE. From the outset, GE stalled official recognition of the IUE and the first contract negotiations--a three-month affair that included a series of "rolling strikes" closing down 13 GE plants in eight states--in 1950, set the tone for subsequent collective bargaining sessions. IUE- GE negotiations were marred by strikes, in 1953 (Syracuse, NY and Linton, IN) and 1960 (nation- wide), as well as threatened work stoppages throughout the decade. The series contains a small amount of correspondence and bulletins devoted to the 1960 GE strike, with reference to the actions of IUE Local #301 and its Business Agent, Leo Jandreau, during the strike. Though the national IUE-GE labor accord of 1955 (a five year pact) provided a modicum of labor stability on wage issues, the Conference Board records and related materials document the contentious bargaining relationship over the union's push for a comprehensive employment security program to address the problems of automation and technological displacement, runaway shops, subcontracting of work, and cyclical recessions. Bargaining gains and trends are traced in the areas of: health, pension, and insurance benefits; cost of living adjustments (COLAS): and unsuccessful campaigns for a guaranteed annual wage, supplementary unemployment benefits, and non-contributory payment provisions for funding employee health care and retirement programs.

Memoranda and correspondence, sent and received by IUE-GE Conference Board officials and IUE officers, illuminate the degree to which the IUE's jurisdictional struggle with the UE impacted upon GE negotiations. IUE organizational gains were directly proportional to strengthening its position at the bargaining table. Early IUE-GE negotiations took place against the backdrop of a frenzied anti-communist environment and IUE officials cited examples of GE's policy of collusive- bargaining with the communist-dominated UE to defeat the IUE in key locals. Another predominant theme involves the intense publicity campaign waged by GE at both the national and local levels to discredit the IUE during negotiations and strikes. Documents contained in this series illustrate the union's concern and preoccupation with debunking GE's extensive and heavily financed propaganda machinery in communities dominated by the corporation. The degree to which pattern bargaining--i.e. gains made by the autoworkers, and steelworkers--shaped the conference board's pre-bargaining sessions and formulation of demands is also highlighted in this series.

Al Hartnett's GE Conference Board sequence (covering the period 1951-1957) contains important correspondence and memoranda between John Callahan and Hartnett assessing the status of negotiations and conditions and membership data at various GE locals. File contents also include pristine copies of conference board meeting minutes, IUE-GE Negotiating Committee reports, and typescript drafts of circulars and releases covering the period from 1953-1958. A substantial amount of this material is duplicated in the preceding sequence, but was used as Hartnett's own conference board reference files.

This series is complemented by GE Conference Board material contained within the GE and Westinghouse Research Files series of the IUE Research and Education Department Subgroup and the more substantial President's Office Subgroup (RG-I) records. The latter houses the largest portion of Carey's correspondence, memoranda, and reports pertaining to IUE-GE Conference Board activities and GE labor-management relations for the period, 1950-1963. There is much overlap and duplication, however, in terms of IUE-GE Conference Board proceedings, Negotiating Committee reports, and releases and circulars.

Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
7 GE Commentator - Public Relations Bulletins (incomplete run) 1948-1952, 1956
  8 IUE-GE Relations - Circulars & Publicity Material 1948-1950
  9 Comparison - IUE-GE Contract Proposals 1948-1950
  10 Circular Letters on IUE-GE Labor Relations & Negotiations Dec. 1949 - Jan. 1950
  11 Correspondence between Carey & GE 1949-1951
  12 General Electric Corp. - Study prepared by Robert R. Nathan Associates for IUE; Lasser Memorandum to Carey 1949
  13 Electrical Machinery & Equipment Industry - Statistical Analysis Jan., 1950
  14 GE Affidavits from East Boston, MA re: Intimidation of workers at GE Lamp Works who refused to sign UE cards Jan., 1950
  15 GE Summary Report Mar. 29, 1950
  16 IUE-GE Conference Board - Summary of Contract Demands Apr. 1, 1950
  17 GE-NLRB Cases - Decision & Press Release Apr. 27, 1950
  18 GE Offer - Summary June 27, 1950
  19 Carey-George H. Pfeif Correspondence - Economic & Bargaining Proposals June-Aug., 1950
  20 IUE Economic Demands July 27, 1950
  21 Tentative Final Draft - IUE-GE Contract Aug. 1, 1950
  22 Summary Report to Conf. Bd. Aug. 16, 1950
  23 Congressional Replies to Carey Letter and Analysis of GE Negotiations Aug. 24-28, 1950
  24 Carey Statement - GE-IUE Conference Aug. 29, 1950
  25 Boulware Letter to Carey - GE Proposals Outlined Aug. 31, 1950
  26 GE Advertisements - copies for Carey Sept.-Oct., 1950
  27 Resolution - IUE-GE Conference Board Sept. 1, 1950
28 Transcript - Fed. Conciliation Panel Hearings IUE-GE Dispute Sept. 7-15, 1950
  29 Transcript of US Mediation & Conciliation Hearings - IUE-CIO & GE Sept. 12-15, 1950
  30 IUE-GE National Agreement - National Agreement, Memorandum of Agreement, & Wage Settlement Sept. 15, 1950
  31 Letter - Benjamin Sigal to William Barron - regarding local union certification of IUE-GE National Agreement Oct. 2, 1950
  32 Certification of GE-IUE National Agreement - tendered by IUE Locals Sept.-Oct., 1950
  33 GE Contract Demands - Correspondence & Supplement 1950
  34 GE Locals - Negotiations - Research Material; Telegrams re: Strike votes 1950
  35-36 GE Negotiation Material - Correspondence, Memoranda, Releases, Demands 1950
  37 GE - Resume 1950
  38 IUE-GE Pension & Insurance Agreement 1950
  39 Preliminary Draft - Proposed Contract 1950
  40 Release - Background of GE-IUE Situation (GE Company Release) 1950
  41 GE News Releases - Employee Relations Newsletters & other Publicity Material 1950-1953
1 1-2 GE News Releases - Employee Relations Newsletters & other Publicity Material 1950-1953
  3 Boulware Speech before Society for Advancement of Management Jan. 8, 1951
  4 GE Negotiations - Copies of GE Employee Relations Newsletters; Carey-Boulware Correspondence Feb., 1951
  5 GE Conference Board Minutes & Negotiating Committee Minutes May & July, 1951
1 6 Letters to Local Union Presidents re: Plan to bring GE & Westinghouse Locals bound to UE into IUE July, 1951
  7 GE Conference Board - Minutes, Reports, Releases Aug. 29, 1951
  8 Amendments to GE-IUE National Agreement proposed by IUE 1951?
  9 Canadian GE Membership Lists - Lists & Correspondence 1951
  10 GE Grievance Cases 1951-1952
  11 GE Locals - Replies regarding supplements re: Lay-off & Transfer Correspondence & copies of agreements 1951
  12 GE Negotiations - Copies of GE Employee Relations Newsletters; Clippings 1951
  13 GE Pension Plan - Correspondence 1951
  14-15 GE Wage Reopening 1951
  16 GE-IUE National Agreement - Draft 1951
  17-20 IUE-GE Relations - Circulars & Publicity Material 1951
  21 Newsletters - GE Locals 1951
  22 Television Script - Carey & Hartnett on GE 1951
  23 Television Script - Carey & Hartnett on GE & UE Situation 1951?
  24 GE Contracts 1951 & 1952
2 1 GE Conf. Bd. Meeting - Minutes, Carey Report Feb. 21-22, 1952
  2 Negotiation Committee Report to GE Conf. Bd.; Wage Petition: GE & IUE to WSB; Photo: IUE GE Organizational HQ; List of GE Locals May, 1952
  3 GE Conf. Bd. Meeting - Minutes May 4, 1952
  4 GE Conf. Bd. Meeting - Minutes Sept. 16, 1952
  5 GE Conf. Bd. Meeting - Minutes Oct. 9, 1952
  6 GE Anti-Trust Cases - Memoranda, Cases Summaries 1952
2 7 GE Defense Fund - Telegram: Finnegan to Hartnett re: comments on failure of UE defense fund in address about IUE fund 1952
  8 GE Negotiations - Strike Threat - Bulletins, Clippings, IUE Resolution, Pamphlet & Poster 1952
  9-11 GE - Renewal of Negotiations - IUE Negotiating Committee Reports; Bulletins; Releases; Correspondence; GE Statements 1952
  12 GE Wage Reopener - Correspondence, Bulletins, Reports, WSB Petition - Compensation Adjustment 1952
  13-16 IUE-GE Relations - Circulars & Publicity Material 1952
  17 GE Conf. Bd. - Minutes - Carey & Hartnett Reports Feb. 8, 1953
  18 Plant Dispersal: New Jersey - Bulletins, Correspondence, Clippings Feb., 1953
  19 GE Conf. Bd. - Minutes Apr. 17, 1953
  20 GE Conf. Bd. - Report of Negotiating Committee June 16, 1953
  21 GE Conf. Bd. - Demands & Resolutions Dec. 5-6, 1953
  22 GE Contract Negotiations - Memoranda, Bulletins, Minutes of Meetings, Correspondence 1953
  23-25 GE Negotiations - Revision of Contract - Correspondence, Bulletins, Contracts & Drafts, Conference Bd. Resolutions 1953
3 1-2 IUE-GE Relations - Circulars & Publicity Material 1953
  3 Federal Mediation & Conciliation Session with GE - Minutes Aug. 3, 1954
  4-7 GE Negotiations - Negotiating Comm. Bulletins, Correspondence, Releases, Circulars & Publicity Material 1954
  8 GE Negotiations - Subversion Case - Bulletins, Releases - Conf. Bd. 1954
  9-13 IUE-GE Relations - Circulars & Publicity Material 1954
  14 Local 761 - Appliance Park GE, Louisville, KY - Local Union Publications, Clippings, Correspondence 1954-1955
3 15 GE Regional "Grass Roots" Conf., Schenectady, NY - Summary, Carey Address, Minutes Jan. 22, 1955
  16 Erie, PA - GE Campaign - Clippings & Leaflets 1955
  17 Erie, PA & Holland, MI Campaigns - IUE Publications 1955
  18-19 Final Negotiations & Settlement of GE Contract - Minutes, Clippings, Bulletins, Contract Summaries 1955
4 1 GE Agreement - GE & IUE Offers & Agreements, Releases 1955
  2 GE Agreement - Publicity Materials encouraging support of agreement 1955
  3 GE Grass Roots Conferences - Summaries & Reports 1955
  4 GE Grass Roots Meetings - Louisville, KY & Schenectady, NY 1955
  5 GE Joe and His Family - Television Script 1955
  6-7 GE Negotiations - Clippings, GE & IUE Bulletins & Releases, Local Union Publications & Leaflets 1955
  8 GE Negotiations - Local Unions - Clippings, Correspondence, Local Union Publications 1955
  9 GE Publications 1955
  10 Interpretation and Application of the GE-IUE(CIO) National Agreement - GE Union Relations Services Dept. Handbook 1955
  11-13 IUE-GE Relations - Circulars & Publicity Material 1955
  14 Shelbyville, IN - GE Local - Clipping & Newsletter 1955
  15 IUE-GE Relations - Circulars & Publicity Material 1956
  16 IUE-GE Relations - Circulars & Publicity Material 1957
  17 GE Board of Directors Bylaws - Amendments Apr. 23, 1958
  18 Employment Security - IUE Proposals to GE Aug.-Sept., 1958
  19 IUE Bulletins on GE Savings & Security Program - GE Summary of Program Aug. 27, 1958
4 20 Drafts of Letter to Mayors - Cities with IUE-GE Local Union Sept., 1958
  21 Savings & Security Ballot Proposal by IUE Sept., 1958
  22 IUD Analysis of GE Savings & Security Plan Sept. 4, 1958
  23 Minutes - IUE-GE Negotiations, New York, NY Sept. 10, 1958
  24 Statement Sent by IUE to Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service Sept. 10, 1958
  25 Minutes (Drafts) of IUE-GE Negotiations N.d. [1958?]
  26 Minutes (Draft) of IUE-GE Negotiations Sept. 11, 1958
  27 Bulletins to Field Representatives Sept. 13 & Oct. 10, 17, 1958
  28 Minutes (Draft) of IUE-GE Negotiations, New York, NY Sept. 14, 1958
  29 Minutes (Draft) of IUE-GE Negotiations, New York, NY Sept. 16, 1958
  30 Minutes (Draft) of IUE-GE Negotiations, New York, NY Sept. 18, 1958
  31 Memorandum - Lasser to Carey - Ge Reopener Sept. 18, 1958
  32 GE Statement - Company's position on IUE demands in Reopener Negotiations Sept. 19, 1958
  33 GE Conf. Bd., Phila. PA - Excerpt from Meeting Sept. 25, 1958
  34 IUE-GE Conf. Bd. - Reports, Resolutions, Bulletins Sept. 25, 1958
  35 IUE Bulletins on GE Savings & Security Program Oct., 1958
  36 Minutes (Draft) of IUE-GE Negotiations, New York, NY Oct. 1, 1958
  37 IUE Statement on GE's "Farming Out of Work" Oct. 9, 1958
  38 "The General Electric Hoax" - Statement by James B. Carey Oct. 14, 1958
  39 NLRB - IUE Charge Against GE Oct. & Nov., 1958
  40 "Strike Machinery" - Outline of Strike Organization N.d.
  41 Employment Security Booklet - Program for GE Workers adopted by IUE-GE Conf. Bd. 1958
4 42 GE-Air Force Contract & IUE Strike - IUE charges of GE and Air Force collusion in strike negotiations 1958
  43 GE Decentralization Program - IUE Bulletin 1958
5 1-5 GE Negotiations - Correspondence, Bulletins, Releases, Memoranda, Research Material 1958
  6 GE Reopener - Draft Statements, Pamphlets, Correspondence 1958
  7 GE - Wabash, IN - Plant Closing - Correspondence 1958
  8 List of GE Locals 1958?
  9 Questions on GE Savings and Security Program 1958?
  10 Securities & Exchange Commission - IUE Bulletins & Releases, Copies of Correspondence 1958
  11 Strike Vote Information 1958
  12 IUE Press Releases Aug. 1958 - May 1959
  13 News Releases from GE Aug. 1958 - Jan. 1959
  14 Clippings on GE Negotiations 1958-1959
  15 Correspondence - GE Conf. Bd. - Circular Letters & Bulletins 1958-1959
  16 GE Documents on Savings & Security Plan 1958-1959
  17 Letter - Callahan to E.J. Ritter, GE Union Relations; Re: National Docket #3829, Local 161, Roanoke, VA May 14, 1959
  18 Carey Statement to Senate Monopoly Sub-Comm., May 19, 1959; Letter: Carey to Cordiner, Apr. 29, 1959; Letter: P.D. Moore to Carey, May 7, 1959 Apr. & May, 1959
  19 Report - Negotiating Comm. to IUE-GE Conf. Bd., New York, NY May 21, 1959
  20 GE Conf. Bd. - Press Release May 23, 1959
  21 IUE-GE Conf. Bd. - Carey Report, Resolution, List of Delegates Aug. 28, 1959
5 22 Ballot - "On to 1960" Program 1959
  23 Report - IUE-GE Negotiating Committee to IUE-GE Conf. Bd., New York, NY May 25-26, 1960
  24 Transcript - Carey Press Conference, Philip Murray Bldg., Wash., D.C. June 16, 1960
  25 "Statement of IUE-GE Negotiating Committee on Summary of Meetings with GE" July 19 - Aug. 11, 1960
  26 Minutes - IUE-GE "National Level Negotiations" July 19-21, 1960
  27 Minutes - IUE-GE "National Level Negotiations" July 26-28, 1960
  28 Minutes - IUE-GE "National Level Negotiations" Aug. 2-4, 1960
  29 Minutes - IUE-GE "National Level Negotiations" Aug. 9-11, 1960
  30 GE Newsletter - The Complex Problems of Employment Security Aug. 12, 1960
  31 Minutes - IUE-GE "National Level Negotiations" Aug. 16, 1960
  32 "IUE Proposals for Modification of GE Insurance & Health Program" Sept., 1960?
  33 "IUE Proposals for Modification of GE Pension Program" Sept., 1960?
  34 Excerpt (Transcript) - Carey-Mahler Conversation on Speak-Up - WRCV-TV, Phila., PA Sept. 1, 1960
  35 Carey Statement to Lynn, MA City Council Sept. 7, 1960
  36 Minutes - IUE-GE "National Level Negotiations" Sept. 8, 1960
  37 Report of IUE-GE Negotiating Committee Sept. 13, 1960
  38 Callahan Statement - Re: Unfair Labor Practices Sept. 20, 1960
  39 IUE Statements on GE Interference with Local Voting on Company Offer Sept. 20 & 22, 1960
  40 Minutes - IUE-GE "National Level Negotiations" Sept. 20-23, 1960
  41 GE Statement to IUE Negotiating Committee Summarizing the State of Negotiations Sept. 21, 1960
5 42 "IUE Proposal on Insurance and Health" Sept. 22, 1960
  43 "IUE Proposals for a Settlement" Sept. 23 1960
  44 Letter - Carey to Cordiner - Re: Proposal to end dispute - arbitration Sept. 26, 1960
  45 "Summary of Current Status of Bargaining Issues Between IUE and GE" Sept. 26, 1960
  46 Minutes - IUE-GE "National Level Negotiations" Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 1960
  47 IUE Press Releases Sept. 27 & Oct. 11, 1960?
  48 Letter - P.D. Moore, GE Employee Relations, to Carey, Re: IUE Proposal - Arbitration - Ltr. of Sept. 26, 1960 Sept. 28, 1960
  49 Letter - P.D. Moore, GE Employee Relations, to Carey, Re: Request for Information Sept. 28, 1960
  50 Telegram - Carey to Gov. Foster Furcolo of Massachusetts, Re: IUE-GE Dispute Sept. 28, 1960
  51 Letter - P.D. Moore, GE Employee Relations to John A. Burke, Commissioner, Fed. Mediation & Conciliation Service Sept. 26, 1960
  52 Report of IUE-GE Negotiating Committee to IUE-GE Conf. Bd., New York, NY Sept. 30, 1960
6 1 Notes - Telephone Conversation - Carey & GE Vice. Pres. Jack S. Parker Oct. 2, 1960
  2 Minutes - IUE-GE "National Level Negotiations" Oct. 4, 7, 11, 13, 1960
  3 Extension Agreement - GE-IUE Truce Oct. 5, 1960
  4 IUE-GE Strike Bulletin, Oct. 7, 1960; IUE-GE Negotiations Bulletin, Aug. 26, 1960 Aug. & Oct., 1960
  5 Newswire - Truce Proposed by IUE Oct. 9, 1960
  6 Steves (Schenectady GE) Letter to Leo Jandreau (IUE Local 301) Oct. 9, 1960
6 7 Carey Telegram to J.S. Parker, GE Vice-Pres. in charge of Union Relations Oct. 12, 1960
  8 P.D. Moore (GE) Telegram to Carey Oct. 12, 1960
  9 IUE-GE Negotiation Committee Meeting - Minutes Oct. 13, 1960
  10 Carey Letter to Walter A. Maggiolo, Dir. of Mediation Activity, Fed. Mediation & Conciliation Service Oct. 14, 1960
  11 Carey Statement to Local 301 Oct. 15, 1960
  12 Minutes - IUE-GE "National Level Negotiations" Oct. 17-19, 1960
  13 Report of IUE-GE Negotiating Committee to IUE-GE Conf. Bd., New York, NY Oct. 18, 1960
  14 Minutes - IUE-GE "National Level Negotiations" Oct. 21-22, 1960
  15 Letter - P.D. Moore (Manager, GE Employee Relations) to Carey & Callahan, Re: Strike Settlement & Resumption of Work Oct. 22, 1960
  16 GE Local Publications 1960
  17 GE Strike Material - GE Strike Bulletin, Circulars, Releases, Memoranda 1960
  18 Mailing List - Presidents of GE Local Unions N.d. [1960?]
  19 NLRB - GE-IUE - IUE Reply Brief 1962
  20 Minutes - IUE-GE Negotiations Aug. 5, 1963
  21 Proposals to GE by IUE-GE Negotiating Committee Aug. 5, 1963
  22 "IUE General Statement on 1963 IUE-GE Negotiations"; "Rules Governing Directly Affiliated Local Unions" Aug. 5, 1963
  23 Minutes - IUE-GE Negotiations & IUE-GE Negotiations Bulletins Aug. 6, 1963
  24 Minutes - IUE-GE Negotiations Aug. 7, 1963
  25 Minutes & Bulletins - IUE-GE Negotiations Aug. 8, 1963
  26 Minutes - IUE-GE Negotiations Aug. 13-14, 1963
  27 Minutes & Bulletin - IUE-GE Negotiations Aug. 15, 1963
6 28 Minutes - IUE-GE Negotiations Aug. 20-22, 1963
  29 Minutes - IUE-GE Negotiations Aug. 27-29, 1963
  30 Minutes - IUE-GE Negotiations Sept. 3-5, 1963
  31 Minutes - IUE-GE Negotiations - GE Company Bulletin Sept. 10, 1963
  32 Minutes & Bulletin- IUE-GE Negotiations Sept. 11, 1963
  33 Minutes - IUE-GE Negotiations; IUE Statement on Wages, Living Costs & Productivity in G3; Drafts of Agreement Amendments; Bulletin Sept. 12-13, 1963
  34 Minutes - IUE-GE Negotiations - Drafts of Agreement; Bulletins Sept. 17-20, 1963


Organized chronologically by year and arranged alphabetically within yearly grouping.

Consists of a variety of historical and evidential material documenting IUE-Westinghouse Conference Board activities and negotiations with Westinghouse corporate management. This series complements and duplicates to some degree, the more definitive Westinghouse Conference Board & Negotiations records housed as a separate series within the Secretary-Treasurer's (Hartnett) Office Sub-Group, RG-1. Additional Westinghouse Conference Board Records can also be found within the IUE Legal Department Records, RG-1, General Files of Sigal. Dating from 1950- 1955, the records cover the early and formative period of the union's collective bargaining relationship with the electrical conglomerate. That bargaining relationship, though frequently contentious, nevertheless established a pattern and standard for wages, pension, health, and insurance agreements, and work-related issues covering 55,000 electrical workers. Record contents were generated by Conference Board participants, various IUE officers, and Westinghouse corporate managers. Correspondents include: IUE-Westinghouse Conference Board Chairmen, Michael Fitzpatrick (1950-52), Robert Nellis (1950-56); James B. Carey, Al Hartnett, David Lasser, Benjamin Sigal, and Joseph Swire; and Westinghouse Corporation President Gwilym Price, and Vice-President for Labor Relations, Robert Blasier.

Items include: proceedings and minutes of IUE-Westinghouse Conference Board meetings; reports, circular letters, and bulletins issued by the IUE-Westinghouse Negotiating Committee; employer newsletters and releases; research data on IUE organization, membership, and strike finances; analyses of Westinghouse Corporation's financial profile; agreements, contract proposals, and local supplements; summaries and transcripts of sessions of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services; correspondence, memoranda, and telegrams generated and received by IUE officers and Westinghouse management; transcripts of Carey statements and addresses on IUE contract demands and Westinghouse labor policies; correspondence and reports filed by IUE Field Representatives concerning local union support (strike contribution fund) for the nation-wide Westinghouse strike, 1955-56.

The Westinghouse Conference Board records chronicle the process by which the IUE leadership, research staff, Westinghouse Negotiating Committee, and Conference Board Chairmen formulated and refined the union's bargaining demands. Correspondence and memoranda exchanged between the IUE Conference Board Chairmen and IUE officers illustrate the intense publicity and educational efforts to forge a consensus among IUE-Westinghouse Conference Board delegates representing locals within the Westinghouse chain. Although early IUE-Westinghouse (1950-52) negotiations were generally less adversarial than those conducted with GE, friction soon resulted when the corporation concluded substandard wage agreements and work rules with the UE and sought to impose them upon IUE membership. Relations further deteriorated in 1951 when Westinghouse initiated lockouts at Bowling Green, Kentucky (refusing to extend coverage of the national contract to a new IUE local) and Cheektowaga, NY.

The IUE-Westinghouse Conference Board files and reports issued by the union's Westinghouse Negotiation Committee trace the IUE's aggressive campaign for: across-the board wage increases; establishment of an inequity fund to ameliorate regional wage differentials; cost of living adjustments; equal pay provisions; employer-financed health, insurance, and pension plans; the strengthening of seniority, grievance, and maintenance of membership clauses in contracts; and more liberal policies regarding vacations and holidays. Employment security issues figured prominently in the 1954 round of negotiations as the union bore the brunt of lay-offs attributed to a variety of factors--automation and technological displacement, plant relocation, and economic recession. As correctives, the IUE-Westinghouse Conference Board included among its ten point program proposals for a corporate minimum wage ($1.25 per hour) and a guaranteed annual wage.

There is substantial material relating to the issues which ignited the 156 day nationwide Westinghouse Strike of 1955-56. Management's unilateral demand for a multi-year pact (five years with a no-strike pledge) and the imposition of time-study schedules covering day workers under its "Industrial Engineering Control Program," galvanized the IUE to strike action. Included among the IUE-Westinghouse Conference Board & Negotiations Files are memoranda and correspondence relating to local union conditions during the strike. There is also an insightful survey of workers attitudes (with inclusive quotes) towards Westinghouse's contract offer of November 1955 involving Feeder and Service Employees at an unidentified plant.

Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
6 35 Westinghouse Corp. - Study prepared by Robert R. Nathan Associates for IUE 1939-1949
  36 Minutes - Westinghouse Conf. Bd., Pittsburgh, PA Apr. 1, 1950
  37 Partial Agreement - Westinghouse-IUE July 14, 1950
  38 Economic Demands of the IUE-CIO July 26, 1950
  39 Agreement - Westinghouse-IUE Oct. 1, 1950
  40 Proposed Agreements - Westinghouse-IUE Oct., 1950
  41 NLRB Decisions - Westinghouse–IUE - Contested UE/IUE Representation Elections 1950
  42 "Resume" - Westinghouse Elec. Corp. - Report regarding possible wage increases N.d. [1950?]
  43-44 Westinghouse Electric Corp. Negotiations - Drafts of Agreement; Bulletins; Correspondence; Memoranda 1950
  45 Westinghouse Corp. - Summary Report 1950
  46 Correspondence re: Authorization Cards & Union Shops Dec., 1950 - Apr., 1951
  47 Westinghouse Conf. Bd. Meeting - Minutes - Draft & Corrections Apr. 21, 1951
  48 Letter - Price (Pres., Westinghouse) to Employees regarding proposed wage increase May 18, 1951
  49 Open Letter to Westinghouse May 25, 1951
  50 Ratification Notices of Westinghouse Supplement June, 1951
  51 WSB Case No. N 6323 - Correspondence, Memoranda, Supplement to Westinghouse–IUE Agreement - Re: General Wage Increase June, 1951
  52 Minutes - Westinghouse Negotiating Committee & Conference Board July 5-6, 1951
7 1 Westinghouse Conf. Bd. Meetings - Minutes, Memoranda, Data on Locals July, 1951
7 2 Westinghouse Conf. Bd. - Reports, Minutes Oct., 1951
  3 Cheektowaga (Buffalo) Dispute - IUE Reports, Local Supplements to Agreement, Strike Settlement Agreement, Carey Settlement Nov.-Dec., 1951
  4 Transcript - Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service Hearing - IUE–Westinghouse Dispute - Bowling Green Westinghouse Lockout Dec. 4, 1951
  5 Transcript - Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service Hearing - IUE–Westinghouse Dispute - Cheektowaga (Buffalo) Westinghouse Strike Dec. 6-13, 1951
  6 Correspondence with Locals - re: bringing UE & IBEW Westinghouse Locals into IUE 1951
  7 Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service - Telegrams & Correspondence, IUE Reports - re: Bowling Green & Buffalo Disputes 1951
  8 Statement to WSB by IUE for approval of wage increase negotiated with Westinghouse 1951?
  9 Wage Reopening Negotiations - Correspondence, Memoranda, Bulletins, Reports, Resolutions 1951
  10 Westinghouse Defense Fund - Tables & Data, Circular Letters, Memoranda 1951
  11 Westinghouse Local Supplements - Buffalo; Pittsburgh; Mansfield, OH; Lima, OH 1951
  12 Westinghouse Stands Indicted - IUE accuses Westinghouse of unfair labor practices N.d. [1951?]
  13 Bowling Green, KY Lockout - Circular letters to Congressmen & IUE Locals, IUE Report, Carey Statement, Hearing Transcripts 1951-1952
  14-15 Negotiations on Westinghouse Insurance, Pension Plans, & Wages 1951-1952
  16 Westinghouse Conf. Bd. - Annual Report 1951-1952
  17 WSB Case No. N-15,126 - Correspondence, IUE Petition & Statements - re: General wage increase 1951-1952
7 18 Westinghouse - Correspondence - re: Stuart letter to Southern Congressmen Jan.-Mar., 1952
  19 Westinghouse IUE District 4 Meetings - Minutes, Correspondence Jan.-May, 1952
  20 Report to Westinghouse Conf. Bd. by Carey - New York, NY Feb. 25-26, 1952
  21-22 Westinghouse Conf. Bd. Meeting, Belmont Plaza Hotel - Minutes & Resolutions Feb. 25-26, 1952
  23 Westinghouse - Michael Fitzpatrick - Correspondence, Memoranda, Notes by Westinghouse Conf. Bd. Chairman Feb., 1952
  24 Negotiations - Westinghouse - Notes, Correspondence, Supplements Apr.-May, 1952
  25 Westinghouse Conf. Bd. Meeting - Minutes, Taft Hotel, New York, NY May 16, 1952
  26-27 Westinghouse Renewal - Negotiations Material 1952
  28 Supplements to Westinghouse Pension & Insurance Agreement 1952-1953
  29 WSB Case No. N-20739 - Correspondence, Memoranda, IUE Petition & Statement - re: Cost of Living Adjustments, General Increases & Holidays 1952-1953
  30 Westinghouse Conf. Bd. Meetings - Minutes, Reports, Rules & Procedures Apr.-Aug., 1953
8 1 Westinghouse - Grievance Problems 1953
  2 Plant Removal - from Essington, PA to Kansas City 1953-1954
  3 Westinghouse Conf. Bd. Meeting - Minutes, Resolutions, Agenda Jan. 4-5, 1954
  4 Westinghouse Conf. Bd. Meeting - Minutes, Correspondence Feb. 20, 1954
  5 Westinghouse - Negotiations & Strikes - Telegrams, Circular Letters July-Sept., 1954
  6 Carey Circular Letter on Westinghouse Strike Oct., 1955
  7 Carey Letter to Westinghouse Bd. of Directors - Arbitration Plan to Handle Grievances Oct.-Nov., 1955
8 8 Comments on Westinghouse Proposed Contract - Excerpted comments & survey of Westinghouse Feeder & Service employees on proposed five year contract Nov. 1, 1955
  9-10 Westinghouse Offer to IUE - Wage Proposal, Modification, Memoranda June, 1955 - Feb. 1956
  11 Circulars - Westinghouse Proposals & Strikes - Drafts & Releases - Includes Carey schedule for attending Westinghouse negotiations Oct., 1955 - Jan., 1956
  12 IBEW Settlement with Westinghouse Jan. 9, 1956
  13 Bulletins - Westinghouse Strike at Metuchin Local 401 - Clipping & Bulletins Jan. 16-17, 1956
  14 Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service Intervention in Westinghouse Strike - Circulars, Report of Fact-Finding Board Jan.-Mar, 1956
  15 Westinghouse Conf. Bd. - Reports & Recommendations Mar. 7, 1956
  16 Westinghouse - Draft of Contract & Strike Settlement Mar. 12, 1956
  17 Carey - Statements on Strike Settlement - Release & TV Script Mar. 20, 26, 1956
  18 Report on Westinghouse Time Standards Sept. 22, 1956

3. GM CONFERENCE BOARD & NEGOTIATIONS FILES , Date Span: 1939–1958, Bulk Date: 1950-1958, 0.85 LN.FT.

Organized chronologically by year and arranged alphabetically within yearly grouping.

The IUE-GM Conference Board & Negotiation series chronicles the union's complex negotiations and bargaining relationship with the automobile giant during the 1950's. GM became the first major chain corporation to conclude a national agreement with the IUE in May 1950. During the period 1950-1958, the union negotiated four national contracts with GM covering 30,000 IUE members in six locals. These locals included various GM subsidiaries: Delco-Remy Battery, (Local 416, New Brunswick, NJ); Delco Appliance, (Local 509, Rochester, NY); Delco Products (Local 755, Dayton, Ohio); Delco Radio (Local 1155, Chicago, Illinois); Packard Electric Company, (Local 717, Warren, Ohio); and Frigidaire (Local 801, Dayton, Ohio). Though covered by the national IUE-GM contract, GM locals negotiated supplemental agreements to improve local plant conditions.

Among the records contained in the series are minutes, correspondence, and memoranda relating to IUE-GM Conference Board meetings (1953-54, 1958); reports, releases, and correspondence issued by the IUE-GM Negotiating Committee; correspondence, memoranda, and telegrams generated and received by IUE-GM Conference Board Chairmen, E.J. Kraft, GM Conference Board Secretary, Homer C. Pierce, and various IUE officers and department heads--James B. Carey, Al Hartnett, David Lasser, and Benjamin Sigal. Though small in quantity, the series contains substantive minutes of the 1958 IUE-GM negotiations sessions. Other negotiations-related records include union demands and corporate counter proposals; research data on wage patterns and GM profits; corporate generated publicity releases and newsletters (1956-58); and correspondence sent and received by Louis G. Seaton, GM's Director for Labor Relations.

The series highlights the IUE's struggle to advance wages, strengthen health, insurance, and pension plans, and refine grievance and union security provisions covered by the national agreements of 1950, 1953, 1955, and 1958. A dominant issue throughout the decade involved union efforts to prod GM to adopt employment security provisions as safeguards to cyclical recessions and layoffs during the 1950's. Reports and statements made by Carey to the Conference Board highlight the union's push for better production planning by management to ameliorate layoffs. Following the lead of the UAW, the IUE formulated contractual demands for the implementation of a minimum security wage and guaranteed annual wage. GM's rejection of these proposals prompted the IUE to devise a Supplemental Unemployment Benefits plan to provide a safety net for workers once state unemployment compensation had been exhausted. GM's efforts to discredit the SUB plan and substitute its own "Income Security Plan," proved a central issue during the 1958 contract talks. There are also files concerning legal issues in Ohio which prevented adoption of the SUB plan, and IUE-GM efforts to formulate an alternative plan. Factionalism within IUE Locals 755 and 801 (Dayton, Ohio) concerning support for GM's Income Security plans is documented in one file.

This series complements the more extensive IUE-GM Conference Board & Negotiations material deposited within the President's Office, Secretary-Treasurer's Office, and Legal Department Subgroups. Collectively, these subgroups provide a comprehensive and definitive overview of the IUE-GM collective bargaining relationship.

Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
8 19 General Motors Corp. - Study prepared by Robert R. Nathan Associates for IUE 1939-1949
  20 GM - Economic Demands - GM Conf. Bd. Apr. 2, 1950
  21 GM - IUE-GM National Agreement May 29, 1950
  22 GM - Contract Proposals & Modifications 1950
  23 GM - Pension & Insurance Agreements & Plans 1950
  24 GM - Resume of GM, Financial Profile N.d. [1950?]
  25-26 Minutes - IUE-GM Conf. Bd. Mtgs. Feb.-May, 1953
  27 GM - IUE-GE Conf. Bd. Material - Includes report by Carey 1954
  28 GM - Negotiations - Correspondence, Releases, Circulars 1955
  29 GM - Pension, Insurance, Supplemental Benefits - Plans, Exhibit Material 1955
  30 GM UAW-CIO Collective Bargaining Program - Includes 1950 GM-UAW Agreement 1955
  31 GM - Conf. Bd. Mtgs. - Minutes, Correspondence, Data 1956-1957
9 1-2 GM - Publicity Releases 1956-1958
  3 GM - Annual Report 1957
  4 GM - IUE-GM Conf. Bd. Mtg.. - Includes Carey Report on SUB Situation Jan. 9, 1958
  5 GM - Factionalism in IUE Locals 755 & 801 (Dayton, OH) Jan. 19, 1958
  6 GM - Carey Report to GM Conf. Bd. Feb., 1958
  7-8 Minutes - IUE-GM National Negotiations Apr.-June, 1958
  9 GM-IUE Releases & Circulars - Contract Negotiations May-Aug., 1958
  10-11 Minutes - IUE-GM National Negotiations Aug.-Oct., 1958
  12 GM - Synopsis of GM Contract Proposal Sept. 15, 1958
  13 GM - Highlights of National Agreement Oct., 1958

4. SUBSIDIARY CONFERENCE BOARDS FILES , Date Span: 1951-1963, Bulk Date: 1951-1958, 0.45 LN.FT.

Organized alphabetically by industry and arranged chronologically therein.

Contains a small quantity of supplemental Conference Board documents and material generated by the following IUE-designated industry and occupational sectors--Lamp Workers, Professional, Technical, and Salaried Workers, and Radio, T.V. and Parts. Much of the series consists of minutes, resolutions, and reports pertaining to sporadic IUE Radio, T.V., and Parts Conference Board meetings between 1951 to 1963. In addition, there are analytical reports generated by James B. Carey and Research Director, David Lasser, assessing issues and problems within each of the enumerated industries. In the Radio, T.V., and Parts industry, the issue of sustained layoffs and unemployment--owing to the government's materials allocation programs and restrictive consumer credit policies--is a predominant theme. Economic recessions, technological displacement, and plant relocation to non-union regions, frustrated IUE efforts to achieve higher wages and fringe benefits comparable to other industrial sectors. Also contained in the series are scattered issues of Salaried Slants, the bulletin for the IUE Professional, Technical, and Salaried Workers. Resolutions adopted in support of the 1954 Philco strike can also be found within this segment of the series.

Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
9 14 Lamp Industries - Conferences - Circulars, Minutes, Reports 1954-1955
  15 Lamp Conference - Cincinnati - Hartnett Report to Lamp Workers' Council & Releases Feb. 23, 1957
  16 Professional, Technical and Salaried Conf. Bd. - Salaried Slants Bulletin 1953-1954
  17 Professional, Technical and Salaried Conf. Bd. Mtgs. - Highlights & Resolutions May 22-24, 1954
  18 Radio, TV and Parts Conf. Bd. - Resolutions and Reports Nov. 1950 - May 1951
  19 Radio, TV and Parts Conf. Bd. Mtg. - Correspondence, Reports, Resolutions (Erie, PA) Feb. 3-4, 1951
  20 Radio, TV and Parts Conf. Bd. - Arrangements and Agenda - Correspondence in re agenda for meeting in May at the Palmer House, Chicago Apr. 20, 1951
  21 Radio, TV and Parts Conf. Bd. Mtg. - Correspondence, Arrangements, Report Aug. 6-7, 1951
  22 Radio, TV and Parts Conf. Bd. - Reports and Resolutions (Indianapolis, IN) Nov. 17-18, 1951
  23 Radio, TV and Parts Conf. Bd. - Carey Report, Minutes Feb. 23-25, 1952
  24 Radio, TV and Parts Conf. Bd. Mtg. - Resolutions, Carey Reports Feb. 17-18, 1954
  25 Radio, TV and Parts Conf. Bd. Mtg. - Report by David Lasser, IUE Research Director June 21-23, 1956
  26 Radio, TV and Parts Conf. Bd. Mtg. - Report to Conf. Bd. by Chairperson Mary E. Callahan Nov. 14-15, 1961
  27 Radio, TV and Parts Conf. Bd. Mtg. - Carey Report to Conf. Bd. June 6, 1962
  28 Radio, TV and Parts Conf. Bd. Mtg. - Synopsis Report filed by Conf. Bd. Chairperson Mary E. Callahan May 15-16, 1963