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Guide to the Lockheed Labor Relations Collection, 1942-1946
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Lockheed Labor Relations Collection
    Dates: 1942-1946
    Identification: URB/LLR
    Creator: Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
    Physical Description: 2.84 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: The Lockheed Labor Relations Collection documents aspects of the Southern California Aircraft Industry's involvement with the National War Labor Board during World War II. The collection provides a historical summary of the West Coast Airframe Committee, as well as wage rates and job classification standards.

    Historical Note:

    Lockheed Aircraft Corporation is an aerospace development company known since 1995 as Lockheed Martin. The history of the company dates back to 1912 with the establishment of the Alco Hydro-Aeroplane Company in San Francisco. It was renamed the Loughead Aircraft Manufacturing Company in 1916 and relocated to Santa Barbara. In 1926 the company moved to Hollywood and changed its name to the Lockheed Aircraft Company, then relocated to Burbank in 1928. The company changed names again in 1932 and became the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.
    In 1943 the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation organized a secret division of engineers under the direction of Clarence "Kelly" Johnson to develop the first American jet fighter for the U.S. Army's Air Tactical Service Command. The covert team adopted the code name "Skonk Works," after the dilapidated factory in Al Capp's comic strip, Li'l Abner. The division has operated under different names throughout the years, including the Lockheed Advanced Development Company, Lockheed Advanced Development Projects, and Lockheed Advanced Development Programs; today it is known officially as Skunk Works and is owned by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
    As an aircraft company, Lockheed's labor and wage issues fell under the jurisdiction of the National War Labor Board during World War II. In an effort to standardize California aircraft plants, the National War Labor Board created the West Coast Airframe Committee, which included the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation and was responsible for carrying out the board's directive orders. In 1946, the National War Labor Board was discontinued and labor-arbitration duties returned to the National Labor Relations Board.

    Access Terms

    This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Holli Teltoe, 2015

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

    Scope and Contents

    The Lockheed Labor Relations Collection documents aspects of the Southern California Aircraft Industry's involvement with the National War Labor Board during World War II. The collection provides a historical summary of the West Coast Airframe Committee, as well as wage rates and job classification standards.
    The West Coast Airframe Companies included: Boeing Aircraft Company, Consolidated Aircraft Corporation, Douglas Aircraft Company, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, North American Aviation Incorporated, Northrop Aircraft Incorporated, Ryan Aeronautical Company, Vega Aircraft Corporation, and Vultee Aircraft Incorporated.
    The labor unions involved included: the International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW-CIO); the National Union, United Aircraft Welders of America; and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
    The collection consists of directive orders and rulings of the National War Labor Board, correspondence, post-hearing briefs, case number briefs, union applications and petitions, and transcripts of proceedings before the board's West Coast Airframe Committee. The records are arranged alphabetically.