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The Labor Board CrewRemaking Worker-Employer Relations from Pearl Harbor to the Reagan Era$
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Ronald W. Schatz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043628

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043628.001.0001

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In the Wake of Pearl Harbor

In the Wake of Pearl Harbor

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(p.1) 1 In the Wake of Pearl Harbor
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The Labor Board Crew
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Ronald W. Schatz

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043628.003.0001

In January 1942, President Roosevelt set up the National War Labor Board to reduce strikes, control wage inflation, develop national policies for union-management relations, and resolve disputes between labor and companies for the duration for the war. This chapter explains the dire situation facing the United States and its allies in the winter of 1941-42, how the NWLB came into being, the board’s members, and the backgrounds and outlook of the young economists and attorneys who did the bulk of the board’s work. Philip Murray, the president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations and the Steelworkers union, called the staffers “the Labor Board boys.”

Keywords:   industrial relations, conflict resolution, World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, National War Labor Board, Arbitrators, George W. Taylor, John T. Dunlop, Jean McKelvey, Clark Kerr

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