INVENTORY OF THE ROY PEARSON, RECORDS OF THE INDUSTRIAL UNION OF MARINE SHIPBUILDING WORKERS OF AMERICA (IUMSWA) AND THE WAR MANPOWER COMMISSION COLLECTION 1938-1950

Finding aid prepared by Michele Anderson
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives & Special Collections
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3895
URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Roy Pearson, Records of the IUMSWA and the War Manpower Commission
Dates: 1938-1950
Date (bulk): bulk 1943-1944
Collection Number: "Consult repository."
Creator: United States. War Manpower Commission.
Extent: 3 boxes, [1.25 linear ft]
Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3013
URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
Abstract: Records of Roy Pearson, labor representative for the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, or IUMSWA, from the War Manpower Commission, and other miscellaneous organizations. Included in the collection are meeting agendas, meeting minutes, memorandums, correspondence, letters, press releases, employment statistics, pamphlets, postcards, reports, and handbooks.
Language: Collection material is in English

Administration Information

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Preferred Citation

[Title of item], ROY PEARSON, RECORDS OF THE IUMSWA AND THE WAR MANPOWER COMMISSION, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

Acquisition Information

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Processing Information

The collection was processed, and the finding aid written, in March, 2009.

History

Roy Pearson was a labor representative from the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, or IUMSWA, Local No. 9 in San Pedro, California. The IUMSWA was a labor union that represented all shipyard workers.
Established in the 1930’s, the Congress of Industrial Relations, or C.I.O, was a federation that organized industrial unions, such as the IUMSWA, in the United States and Canada. The C.I.O. merged in 1955 with the American Federation of Labor and is now known as the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO.
The War Manpower Commission was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt via Executive Order 9139 in 1943. The function of the War Manpower Commission was to determine the need for employment in various industries, such as agriculture or industrial manufacturing; formulate programs and plans to recruit and train employees, and establish the most efficient use of its labor force in a manner that would assist in the war effort during World War II. The commission contained members representing the Departments of War, Navy, Agriculture and Labor, as well as the War Production Board, the Labor Production Division of the War Production Board, the Selective Service System, and the United States Civil Service Commission.
The War Manpower Commission corresponded with labor unions, such as the IUMSWA, about programs such as the Employment Stabilization Plan, which aimed to place workers in industry specific jobs during the war.
Roy Pearson acted as an alternate representing labor in meetings of the Southern California Area War Manpower Committee which, as a local offshoot of the War Manpower Commission, met weekly or biweekly to discuss labor and management issues in industries which assisted in the war effort.

Scope and Content

The Records of Roy Pearson, of the IUMSWA, from the War Manpower Commission contain materials from 1938 to 1950. The bulk of the material stems from 1943 to 1944, and is related to labor issues such as recruitment, training, and employee guidelines as dictated by the War Manpower Commission, as well as union agreements, the role of the Congress of Industrial Organizations in the war effort and the state of the shipbuilding industry in Southern California. Included in the collection are memorandums, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, plans, and correspondence. Also contained are press releases, employment statistics, reports, pamphlets, postcards, a holiday card addressed to Roy Pearson, and a handbook for Los Angeles ship employees. Five financial reports for the IUMSWA, C.I.O., Local No. 9 are also included. The collection also contains transcripts from the speeches of Lt. Col. John K. Collins and Representative Fred A. Hartley Jr., as well as correspondence and reports from miscellaneous parties such as the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, the Office of War Information, the War Production Board, and the National War Labor Board.

Arrangement

Indexing Terms

Subjects

United States. War Manpower Commission
Labor Unions-United States
Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America
Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)
United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945)
California Dept. of Industrial Relations
United States. Office of War Information.
United States. War Production Board.
Shipbuilding-California
San Pedro Bay (Calif:Bay)

Personal Names

Hartley, Fred Allan, 1902-1969

Corporate Names

Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America
Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)

Related Material

The following works were used in the creation of this finding aid: Executive Order 9139 Establishing the War Manpower Commission.  

Container List

 

Series 1. War Manpower Commission, 1943-1944

Physical Description: 14 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series includes memorandums, pamphlets, meeting minutes and press releases to and from the War Manpower Commission.
Box 1, Folder 1:1

Employment Stabilization Plan, 1943

Box 1, Folder 1:2

Instructions Regarding Minimum Wartime Workweek, 1943

Box 1, Folder 1:3

List of Essential Activities, 1943, March 1

Box 1, Folder 1:4

Standards Governing Referrals of Workers, 1943, October 20

Box 1, Folder 1:5

Recommendations of the Management-Labor Policy Committee, 1943, November 6

Box 1, Folder 1:6

Meeting Minutes of the Southern California Area War Manpower Committee, 1943, January to June

Box 1, Folder 1:7

Meeting Minutes of the Southern California Area War Manpower Committee, 1943, July to 1944, June

Box 1, Folder 1:8

Area #1 Programs and Plans, 1943-1944

Box 1, Folder 1:9

Employer Violations and Appeals, 1943-1944

Box 1, Folder 1:10

Employment Ceilings and Priority Ratings, 1943-1944

Box 2, Folder 2:11

Employment Stabilization Plan, 1944

Box 2, Folder 2:12

Press Releases, 1944

Box 2, Folder 2:13

Employment Statistics, 1944

Box 2, Folder 2:14

Address by Lt. Col. John K. Collins: "Manpower", 1944, January 8

 

Series 2. Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1938-1944

Physical Description: 8 folders

Scope and Content Note

Speech, reports, pamphlets, postcards and correspondence from miscellaneous contributors.
Box 2, Folder 2:15

Speech by Representative Fred A. Hartley, Jr.: "What the New Deal Has Done to Labor", 1938, September 30

Box 2, Folder 2:16

"Report to Governors Council" [State of California Department of Industrial Relations], 1941, September

Box 2, Folder 2:17

Pamphlet: "Towards New Horizons, The World Beyond War" [Office of War Information], 1942

Box 2, Folder 2:18

War Production Board Correspondence; Agenda, 1943

Box 2, Folder 2:19

Postcards [Federal Security Agency]; Holiday card to Roy Pearson [Los Angeles CIO Council], 1943

Box 2, Folder 2:20

"Wartime Conference on Employee Transportation" [Office of Defense Transportation], 1943, May 26

Box 2, Folder 2:21

War Labor Board Guide; National War Labor Board Correpondence, 1943-1944

Box 2, Folder 2:22

Housing Needs in the Harbor Area, 1944

 

Series 3. IUMSWA and C.I.O. Correspondence, 1943-1950

Physical Description: 6 folders

Scope and Content Note

Memorandums, pamphlets, and reports to and from the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America (IUMSWA) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (C.I.O.).
Box 2, Folder 2:23

Correspondence to and from Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America (IUMSWA), 1943-1944

Box 2, Folder 2:24

Bethlehem Yard and Union Issues, 1943

Box 2, Folder 2:25

"The C.I.O. Reports on the War" [California C.I.O. Council], 1943, April 3-4

Box 2, Folder 2:26

Congress of Industrial Organizations (C.I.O) Memos, Correspondence, Minutes, 1943-1944

Box 2, Folder 2:27

"Report of Political Action and Executive Board Meeting" [California C.I.O. Council], 1944, May 25-28

Box 3, Folder 3:28

Reports from Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America (IUMSWA) C.I.O. Local No. 9, 1942-1945; 1949-1950

 

Series 4. Shipbuilding, 1938-1943

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

Memorandums, agreement, and handbook regarding shipbuilding in Southern California, particularly Los Angeles.
Box 3, Folder 3:29

Southern California Shipbuilding Industry, 1938-1939

Box 3, Folder 3:30

Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation Agreement; Standards of Apprenticeship, 1943

Box 3, Folder 3:31

L.A. Ship Employee Handbook [Los Angeles Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation], N.D.